Evita - Requiem
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Community Theatre Festival - Program
This year’s player groups and their plays
Here’s what’s lined up for Saturday afternoon, March 7th ...
ACT (a community theatre) - The Belarusian Orange Grove
This is a comedy which explores the nature of competition: how far are everyday people willing to go to win the prize of their dreams ... and why? Simple on the surface, it develops with unfolding layers.
It is the product of last fall’s ‘Plays in a Day’, in which authors were given a set of ingredients around which to create a play—in this case, four actors, two suitcases, and the color orange. Written by Benton Hartley and Cameron MacDonald of Popalopalots fame, the play sparkles with wit.
ACT is the well-known theatre organization with more than 50 productions under its belt—now celebrating its 20th anniversary by remounting its original show Our Town this April.
‘In the Moment’ theatre group - A Man of Two Minds
This is a dramatic piece written by Melissa Heald. Returning from a dinner party, Henry and Charlotte face a test of their marriage: Charlotte has learned a secret that her husband has been keeping from her.
Set in the 1940s, the play explores the expected roles of a husband and a wife, the notion of marriage, and ideas of love.
In the Moment is a fresh new group, born from connection via one of last fall’s ‘Plays in a Day’
Art Without Borders - Small Talk
This is a dark comedy—in fact the humour is fairly morbid. As two female corpses in a morgue chat about their dramatic deaths, one lets some information slip that causes the other to believe that their lives may have been connected by more than a common dislike for Coronation Street.
The play, written by Kassinda Bulger, touches on ideas about human connection in our daily lives, and the fact that a lot of it is taken for granted.
Art Without Borders is a group of pals who got much of their theatre experience in UPEI’s Theatre Society and Holland College’s School of Performing Arts.
The Tracadie Players - Betsy’s Diner
This is comedy in the skit genre. The aim is straightforward: to make us laugh ... so get ready for some home-spun shenanigans in the classic diner setting.
Gary Gaudet is the writer and director, and in this particular production, about 8 of the usual gang of 15 or so Players take a fun-filled part.
The Tracadie Players have a long history of putting on successful dinner theatre to raise funds for community service organizations and warm up Tracadie-area residents on a late winter’s night. Every show has been a sell-out.
The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors - Mi’kmaq Legends
This is a set of stories that have been passed down from generation to generation—legends of Creation, of Rabbit, of Muin and of Wind Eagle. The presentation includes songs and poems, and really great costumes, too.
These are a few of the vignettes created by Julie and Richard Pellissier-Lush to share their Mi’kmaq cultural history.
The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors have been performing for four years. Last year the group performed 100 shows, mostly through the summer at the Celebration Zone as a part of the 2014 anniversary presentations.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015, 6:30 pm
Southport Room, Stratford Town Centre
ACT will host a reading of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Those attending will be invited to take turns reading various parts from an adapted script. The same script will be used for an outdoor production of Hamlet in Stratford’s Robert Cotton Park, August 28-29 and September 5-7. Noah Nazim, already cast as Hamlet, will be present as will the director of the September show, Terry Pratt, who will coach readers on delivering the Bard’s lines. Admission is $2 to cover the cost of copying scripts and is free for ACT members. ACT memberships will be available at the door. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Monday, February 09, 2015
Canada Wide Casting for Anne of Green Gables (Movie of the Week)
Hello, I am hoping that it may be possible for you to post the following message on your web page for me. At this time we will only be holding auditions in Halifax but we will welcome reels or self-tapes from interested parties. This is a Canada wide Casting Call and I would greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide to get the word out as time is short. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Thanks in advance!
Ballyhoo Casting Company
Casting Call - We will be holding local auditions for the lead role in an upcoming Movie of the Week, “Anne of Green Gables” that will film in Toronto in late May until mid-June. These auditions will be held on February 21st in Halifax. This is a Canada wide Casting Call and we are organizing the Call for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. We will be joined by Jon Comerford in Halifax on the 21st for the auditions. We are looking for the following:
ROLE: (LEAD) - Slight Caucasian Female
Age range: 11 to 14 years but must look 11.
Character is described as “a lively girl with blazing red hair. Smart beyond her years, eager, and wildly imaginative, Anne has had to grow up quickly. She is compassionate and vulnerable, though sometimes fiery. She speaks rapidly and excitedly, and is easily lost in her own thoughts and fantasies.”
This is a Union show, however; both Union and Non-Union talent will be considered.
If you would like to have your child considered, please be sure that travel to Toronto during the above dates will not be a problem should it be necessary for call backs or filming.
Please remember that a Minor needs to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
All submissions need to be sent to me before Friday February 13th. Please forward a current head shot (this is a must) and resume to email@example.com. Also please include parents name and contact information.
Auditions will be by appointment only in Halifax.
We will accept reels and/or self tapes for PEI residents due to the distance.
Audition locations, times and sides will be sent out after the 13th.
As I mentioned above, this is a Canada wide Casting Call, please feel free to cross-post and share with your friends and family, school drama clubs, theatre groups etc. Anne is out there somewhere and it would be wonderful if she was right here in the Maritimes!
Parents if you have any questions please send me a quick email and make sure you include your telephone numbers.
Ballyhoo Casting Company
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Play on! The 2015 Community Theatre Festival
Keep your Saturday afternoon, March 7th, open for the fun of a few short plays
A smorgasbord of theatre! It’s the 2015 PEI Community Theatre Festival—Saturday afternoon, March 7th, at the Carrefour in Charlottetown. It’s PEI’s way of celebrating World Theatre Day.
Starting at 1:00 o’clock, short plays will run every three-quarters of an hour or so: a variety of one-acts or excerpts (10 to 30 minutes)—intense drama, cultural heritage, off-beat avant-garde, and comedy—both slapstick-skit and dark humour. There’ll be constructive feedback by adjudicators Richard Haines and Monique Lafontaine.
This year’s line-up offers a set of intriguing titles: The Belarusian Orange Grove, A Man of Two Minds, Small Talk, Betsy’s Diner, Mi’kmaq Legends. They pose questions such as: How far are some people willing to go to make sure they win? What kind of secret comes out as a couple comes home from a party? How was Abegweit created? What gets served besides food in a diner? What kind of conversation goes on in a morgue? The presenting groups are ACT (a community theatre), the Tracadie Players, In the Moment, Art Without Borders, and the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors.
The Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance for writers, directors and actors to strut their stuff. Several of the plays are original works by Island playwrights. It’s great for the audience, too. People drop in for a particular play or two, or stay for the whole afternoon. This is good-fun entertainment ... and it’s a bargain: pay-what-you-will admission to help defray costs.
The annual event is backed by ACT (a community theatre) and supported by the helpful sponsorship of community businesses which have a commitment to the arts.
Here’s what Wade Lynch, adjudicator of several Festivals, says about the experience:
“The PEI Community Theatre Festival reminds me of why I went into theatre in the first place. It is an inclusive, nurturing community experience. The PEICTF is cross-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual celebration of life expressed through theatre ... To hear stories told, sung and physicalized in English, French, Mi’kmaq and mime is how we build a stronger, welcoming, tolerant, safe and magical community.”
The Carrefour’s doors open at 12:30 on March 7th; the plays begin at 1:00 and run till about 5:00 o’clock. There’ll be a 20-minute break between plays to provide for adjudication and set-up of the next play ... and also to give the audience a chance to socialize and sample the refreshments.
For information contact Rob Thomson—robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca, 628-6778.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Tonight’s performance of Arcadia at the Havilland Club is canceled due to inclement weather.
Performance dates and times are as follows:
Friday, February 6th at 7:30
Saturday, February 7th at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 8th at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.
Lady Baker’s Tea Trolley has kindly provided tea for matinee performances.
Ticket prices are $15 or $12 for students, seniors and unwaged.
ACT members can buy discounted tickets for $12 at least 24 hours prior to show time.
Tickets available at: