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Friday, February 16, 2018

PEI Community Theatre Festival 2018

March 17 - an afternoon of good entertainment fun

  PEI will mark the 57th celebration of World Theatre Day on the afternoon of Saturday, March 17th, at the Carrefour in Charlottetown.  It’s the annual Community Theatre Festival.
  A half a dozen short plays (30 minutes or less) will run every three-quarters of an hour or so throughout the afternoon.  It’s a smorgasbord of comedy, charming drama, legend-telling and improv.
  PEI is full of theatre.  There are several dozen local drama groups, and literally hundreds of amateur actors and backstage workers who make plays happen.  It’s an important part of the fabric of the Island’s community life.  And the Community Theatre Festival is a great chance for participants to strut their stuff and get good feedback.  Performers will be given constructive tips by adjudicator Laura K. Bird.
  It’s great for the audience, too.  People drop in for a particular play or two, or stay for the whole afternoon.  It’s good-fun entertainment ... and it’s a bargain: pay-what-you-will admission to help defray the costs.  There’s a social time with refreshments in-between performances.
  This year’s Festival has a fine array of participants.  For ever-reliable belly-laugh humour, the Tracadie Players’ skit will be “News at 6”, a spoof of the Island’s most-watched suppertime newscast.  The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors will present several new tellings of imaginative First-Nation legends handed down through the generations.  There is a French-language play: Nadine Salami’s drama-comedy “Ma meilleure amie, ma meilleure ennemie.”  In the suspenseful comedy “Any Body for Tea” the Murray Players have six ‘very proper’ spinsters employing an unorthodox lure to attract the attention of a handsome homicide detective.  The young people of Spotlight School of Arts will provide the fun of theatre-game improv.  We’ll also have a bonus: a staged reading from a new original script, “Missing Mom” by PEI playwright Malcolm Murray, featuring some of the Island’s best playwright-actors.
  The annual event is backed by ACT (a community theatre) and sponsored by several community businesses which have a commitment to the arts, including The Buzz, Bluefield Realty, and Academy of Learning, as well as a well-known dental clinic.  (Apparently they were not too offended last year by Tracadie’s lampoon “A Trip to the Dentist”!)  As well, the Watermark Theatre, Victoria Playhouse and Spotlight School of Arts have all donated tickets to be raffled.
  The Carrefour’s doors open at 12:30 on Saturday, March 17th; the plays begin at 1:00 and run till about 5:30.  There’ll be a 15-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, get raffle tickets and sample the refreshments.  Snow date: Sunday 18 March.
For information: Rob Thomson - robthomson @, 628-6778.

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