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Friday, November 23, 2018


9 roles for “Wake in the West” - Auditions Dec. 1

  The Benevolent Irish Society in partnership with ACT (a community theatre) is producing an Irish comedy, Wake in the West, on March 7-9th and March 12-14th, 2019.
The play will be staged at the Irish Hall on North River Road.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 1-4 PM at the Irish Hall.
  Please contact director, Paul Whelan, for an audition spot at 902-218-2391 or whelanp2013@gmail.com
  The play is set on the West Coast of Ireland in a country house on the outskirts of a small town. The play is a comedy that revolves around the will of Tom Healy, which has some unusual requests.
List of Characters
1. Tom Healy- Dead man in bed
2. Dr. John- Local doctor
3. Mary- Daughter of dead man- early 40’s
4. Joan- Next door neighbor- early 20’s
5. Margaret- Near neighbor- in her 50’s
6. Rose- An old woman- in her 80’s
7. Martin- Dead man’s son- in his 20’s
8. Barney- Margaret’s husband- late 50’s
9. Fr. Cassidy- Local priest
The BIS is hoping to revive the tradition of producing Irish plays as part of St. Patrick’s Week activities

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Sunday, November 11, 2018


Informal inter-active read-through of 12 Angry Women

Monday, 19 November at 6:30 pm - at Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca, 45 Queen Street in Charlottetown
Round-the-table reading of the play which will be staged by ACT (a community theatre) next spring.  It was a hugely popular film and stage production, and then was adapted from ‘Angry Men’ into ‘Angry Women’, which creates a fresh dynamic.  This is gripping jury-room drama about the ordinary people who must come to a life-or-death decision.  The reading is a good chance to get a preview and think about auditioning, but it’s of general interest and open to all who enjoy drama.
Information: Terry Pratt (675-3672; tpratt @ upei.ca)

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Opportunity for Women Actors

Late-December Auditions for 12 Angry Women

  When was the last time you saw a play with a dozen women players? (… and we’re not talking about a chorus-line of leggy dancers).  Come spring we’ll be seeing ACT’s staging of 12 Angry Women — which will actually feature thirteen female roles.
  The play is an adaptation by Reginald Rose and Sherman Sergel of Rose’s famous 12 Angry Men, which was a hugely popular film and stage production.  It is gripping jury-room drama — set in a grubby and steamy courthouse in New York in the 1950’s — about the ordinary people who together must come to a life-or-death decision.
  This is a fine opportunity for women who, Director Terry Pratt regrets, have too often not been chosen after a fine audition, simply because so many pieces of classic theatre favour male roles.
  “What wonderful variety 12 Angry Women offers,” says Pratt.  There are three larger roles, five medium, and a few fairly undemanding ones — but all of the actors are on stage working their characters throughout the entire play.
  There is wide scope for different character types.  In fact the authors purposefully set the jury up to reflect the diversity of our society — in terms of age, ethnic background, socio-economic and educational class, political leanings and so on.  And while one can’t confidently generalize, this play seems suited to demonstrate that these women express anger, aggression, and disagreement differently, and often more subtly, than ‘12 angry men’ might do.
  The drama will play over the two weeks of April 26 to May 10 at four Island venues — in intimate spaces in Summerside, North Rustico, Charlottetown and Georgetown.  “This is ideal for theatre-in-the-round,” says Director Terry Pratt:  “The jurors sit and move around a central table, and so, surrounded by the audience, there is a cockpit or sports-arena effect that heightens the intensity of the drama.”
  Rehearsals begin in mid-February.  There will be three a week, but they are carefully planned so that typically most players will not have to be at every rehearsal until the late stages of preparation.
  Auditions are during the Christmas holiday week: December 29th from 10am to 1pm and 2 till 4pm; December 30th from 2 to 5pm and 6 till 8pm.  For audition expectations and a 20-minute time-slot, contact the producer, Richard Haines at 12angrywomenact @ gmail.com.  Arrangements can be made, if necessary, for special audition timing before the holidays.

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