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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Read-along Hamlet

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 bunty1948@gmail.com

Posted by Bunty Albert on 02/15 at 03:20 PM
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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!

Best regards,

Charlotte

Charlotte Shurko
Casting Director,
Ballyhoo Casting Company
www.ballyhoocastingcompany.com
902.499.1346

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 charlotte@ballyhoocastingcompany.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.

Thanks!

~Charlotte

Charlotte Shurko
Casting Director,
Ballyhoo Casting Company
charlotte@ballyhoocastingcompany.com
www.ballyhoocastingcompany.com
902.499.1346

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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.

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Arcadia Update

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:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/985864

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Act has its Hamlet, further auditions in late March.

Auditions for Hamlet—the character, not HAMLET the play—have been successfully concluded.  He is Noah Nazim, 28, a relative newcomer to the Island from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Montreal. Noah and the Director, Terry Pratt, began fencing lessons today, January 10!

The other seven roles in this eight-actor version of Shakespeare’s most famous play, four men and three women, will be auditioned March 29 &30;. 

Performances will be at 4:00 pm, outside in Robert Cotton Park, Stratford, on the last two weekends of the summer, August 29-30 and Sept 5-7 (Labour Day weekend. ) Rehearsals will begin June 13 and continue on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. 
For further information about the production, contact the Director, Terry Pratt (tpratt@upei.ca, 675-3672).  To book an audition contact the Stage Manager,Sharon MacDonald.(sheamacd@gmail.com)

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

To be Hamlet, or not to be

Auditions for Hamlet (only)

ACT (a community theatre) is looking ahead to its fourth, late-summer offering of Shakespeare in Stratford’s Cotton Park.  After successful runs of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing, the company intends to mount the most famous play of them all, Hamlet – with the proviso that a suitable actor be found for the vital central role.  Auditions for the role of Hamlet only will be held throughout December.  Interested men, age 18-35, should email the producer for an appointment (bunty1948@gmail.com).  The director is Terry Pratt and the Stage Manager is Sharon MacDonald.  The play will be done with 8 actors in total, and will run as matinees on two weekends: August 29-30 and September 5-7 (Labour Day).

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Plays in search of performance

Playwrights looking for performers for the 2015 Community Theatre Festival

  Fresh from ACT’s highly successful ‘Plays in a Day’ experience (November 8th), at least two of the participating playwrights have given an enthusiastic indication that they want to enter plays in the 2015 Community Theatre Festival.
  And now they’re looking for help to make it happen.  In a twist on the famous Pirandello play (Six Characters in Search of an Author), here are two authors in search of not just characters, but an amateur team to put on a play.
  Melissa Heald says she’s made it a mission this year to be part of the Festival.  She has a one-act play which calls for one male and one female character.  She’ll also be looking for a director for the play.
  J.J. Steinfeld has a whole shelf-full of plays waiting to be put on, and he’d be glad to work with a group to pick one and get it performed in the Festival.
  The annual PEI Community Theatre Festival will run through the afternoon of Saturday, March 7th, at the Carrefour in Charlottetown.
  Interested?  You can contact Melissa Heald at mheald @hollandcollege.com ... and J.J. Steinfeld at jjwriter @eastlink.ca.
  You can find mini-bios on both playwrights in earlier entries (Oct 11 and Oct 16) on the ACT website.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AUDITION CALL - for Citizens of Our Town

Want to be a part of the re-mounting of ACT’s very first show?

  Most people who know anything about theatre know about Our Town.  It’s the Thornton Wilder classic which gets performed at least once a day somewhere in the world.  It will be performed in our Charlotte’s town on a half-a-dozen days next April.  That’s when ACT (a community theatre) will celebrate the troupe’s 20th anniversary with the play that started them going back in 1995.
  Auditions for the fresh production are coming up.  Plenty of parts are to be cast: there are approximately two dozen citizens of Our Town, in a roughly balanced mix of men and women.  Two of the major roles are for teenagers, and children of several ages are also needed.
  Rehearsals will start in January, and will be held using a combination of Tuesday evenings (to be confirmed), Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
  The Director is Paul Whelan, and he is backed by a strong production team of ACT veterans.
  To audition, a person will be asked to read from the script, but may also bring a prepared piece of their own .  To arrange an audition, contact Kim Johnston at 902-621-0645 or johnstonk@hotmail.com.  Appointments are available on Saturday afternoon, November 15th, or possibly by special arrangement .  The location is Charlottetown Rural High School.
  To see a bit of history, click on ‘Gallery’ (in the upper right-hand corner) and look for photos from ACT’s very first production in 1995.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Plays in a Day - Playwright #4

Introducing the fourth playwright for Plays in a Day, Melissa Heald.

Melissa Heald has won several literary awards including:
Theatre PEI’s New Voices In Playwriting Competition 2006- 2nd place
Island Literary Awards 2006- 2nd place for short story
Island Literary Awards 2011- 1st place for playwriting
Melissa has had several scripts produced for the Charlottetown Fringe Festival 2007, Kings Playhouse Summer Theatre Camp For Kids 2010, Kings Playhouse A Kings Christmas 2010, Centre for Performing Arts in Montague 2012
On the production side, Melissa has worked at the Guild in the box office, on front-of-house and as part of the Anne and Gilbert tech team on sound and lights.  She has also run sound and lights at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown, and run a summer theatre camp for kids.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Hail Amateur Thespians!

Wanted: plays for Community Theatre Festival 2015

  Prince Edward Island’s annual celebration of World Theatre Day is the PEI Community Theatre Festival, and in 2015 it will again be held in March—Saturday, March 7th.
  Once more it will be at the Carrefour in Charlottetown, filling the Saturday afternoon with a play running approximately every ¾ of an hour or so, with a social time in-between performances.  Refreshments will be provided to the players.  Performers will be given helpful adjudication; last year that was done by the irrepressible Wade Lynch and his arts-savvy colleague Monique Lafontaine.  Each group will be presented with a participation award.
  The Community Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a great chance for scores of actors and off-stage production volunteers to perform beyond their usual home audience, to rub shoulders with and learn from one another and get constructive feedback.  It’s a fine opportunity for a group to preview or reprise a show they’ve developed for another presentation.
  The Festival has grown in popularity since its resurgence in 2010.  Last year the audience tended to drop in to watch two or three of the five performances—all comedies, as it happened—put on by theatre veterans and newcomers, from Georgetown, Charlottetown and Summerside.  There was even a set of improv theatre games by students of L’Ecole François-Buote.
  Here’s what Adjudicator Wade Lynch has said about the Festival:
“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 see young actors taking their first tentative steps into a public arena alongside those who have spent decades treading the boards is thrilling. 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. I can’t wait for next year!”
  Now is the time organizers are inviting amateur (for-the-love-of-it) theatre groups to express interest and get working on a play.  What’s wanted are short plays or excerpts—no more than a half-hour—of any kind: comedy, quasi-improv, gripping drama, mystery, slice-of-life, political satire, romance, family-friendly or avant-garde/mature.
  So let the creative juices flow.  There’s plenty of time over the coming few months to get into performance mode.  Mentoring guidance is available on request.
  To get information and to express interest, contact any one of the organizing trio:
• Kate Martin 892-4384 eslkatie1 @gmail.com
• Sara McCarthy 315-2839   saradmccarthy @gmail.com
• Rob Thomson 628-6778   robthomson @pei.sympatico.ca
A group should signify its intention to participate by December 15th; then definite confirmation is needed by January 31st.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

OUR TOWN 2015 Play-reading & Auditions

ACT will stage Our Town next April - in celebration of our 20th anniversary.  Join a preview reading, and get ready for auditions!

  Our Town is coming back to our town, and auditions are happening on November 15 and 16.
  This production of the Thornton Wilder classic will celebrate the 20th anniversary of ACT (a community theatre), which began with the staging of Our Town in 1995.  Since then, ACT has put on approximately 60 plays.
  Half-a-dozen evening performances are scheduled for Spring 2015 at the Carrefour—between April 9th and 18th.
  Rehearsals will start in January, and will be held using a combination of Tuesday evenings (to be confirmed), Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
  Plenty of parts are to be cast: there are approximately two dozen citizens of Our Town, in a roughly balanced mix of men and women.  Two of the major roles are for teenagers, and children of several ages are also needed.
  Our Town is Thornton Wilder’s most famous work; it won him the Pulitzer Prize.  The play has been around for 76 years but it’s still performed at least once a day somewhere in the world.  It has been translated into 30 languages.  Why? ... the play’s essential humanity: with gentle good humour it explores the universal through the presentation of the commonplace in everyday small-town life.  And it’s this community flavour that makes Our Town such a good fit with our Prince Edward Island society.
  To audition, a person may bring a prepared piece or simply be asked to read from the script.  To arrange an audition, contact Kim Johnston at 902-621-0645 or johnstonk @hotmail.com.  Appointments are available throughout the day on Saturday November 15th and in the afternoon on Sunday the 16th.  The location is Charlottetown Rural High School.
For a taste of the play, join the reading which will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 28 at the Haviland Club (Rochford & Water St.)  Contact Keir Malone for information about the play-reading - keirm@yahoo.com or 902-316-1400.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Six Playwrights for November’s Plays in a Day

ACT (a community theatre) is thrilled to announce the names of the six (6!)playwrights for its November 8 production of ‘Plays in a Day.”

They are: Ellen Carol, Gordon Cobb, Benton Hartley, Melissa Heald, JJ Steinfeld, and Don Wright.  I will be highlighting one writer every few days over the next two weeks.

Ellen Carol has been writing poetry and music her entire life. She has released four music cds, three solo and one with her band Sammy, and a collection of poetry: Rosy and a Rock Star Hit the Road.  Most of her storytelling has stemmed from her travel experiences and the book of poetry was written when she drove from Vancouver to Costa Rica with a friend. “When I am able to take something real and tweak it a little to make it a bit fantastic, that is when the hilarity ensues. But knowing when to embellish and when to leave it as is…that is the trick that I am still, and I think will always be learning.”

Currently Ellen is working on writing her musical Rebuilding as well as honing her acting skills. “I think the more that I participate in delivering other people’s words and see how they work on stage, the better I will become at writing in a way that can take the audience out of themselves and for a moment be a part of something magical.”  Ellen played a feisty Imogen in ACT’s recent production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Confederation Centre to honour Alan Lund and Lloyd Malenfant in new theatre

Alan Lund and Lloyd Malenfant were amazing. It is incumbent on us alumni to honour them in this very fitting manner. Please help Glenda Landry and I raise the funds to make this happen. And by the way - yes the seats are up where Lloyd sat and took notes!! grin

Gerry (Gilbert) Gray CF 72/73/74 79/80/81

Confederation Centre honour Alan Lund & Lloyd Malenfant

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Monday, March 10, 2014

World Theatre Day and the PEI Community Theatre Festival 2014

Take in a play or two, or three ... Saturday 29 March

World Theatre Day and the PEI Community Theatre Festival 2014

  The Community Theatre Festival is back, and it’s full of comedy fun this year.  On the afternoon of Saturday, March 29th, the stage of the Carrefour will offer a half-a-dozen short plays which appeal to virtually all kinds of audience.
  The Festival is PEI’s way of marking the 54th annual celebration of World Theatre Day—the day when thespians all around the globe show their respect for the vital force which live performance has been in virtually all societies stretching down through the centuries.  The Island’s Festival is a yearly happening for amateur, for-the-fun-of-it groups, and it’s been a lively success with audiences.  Hundreds of people come for a full afternoon or a drop-in-for-awhile sort of thing.  Each acting group puts on a short play, a half-hour or less, and there’s a good mix of types.
This year’s performers offer a delightful assortment of works, with plenty of good comedy.
• The Rag Tag Players, the youngsters of Murphy’s Community Centre, have a multi-media enactment of the poem Desiderata.
• L’Ecole François-Buote offers a pair of French-language features—a comic monologue and some lively adventures in improv.
• ACT (a community theatre) will presentThe Raft: An Interlude by iconic Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock—a gently comedic story of stranding, which serves as an allegory of the courtship process.
• Georgetown’s King’s Playhouse will preview a scene from their coming August production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit—in which a séance has inadvertently summoned up the ghost of a first wife to haunt the man whose second wife is not amused.
• The Harbourfront Players will be delivering two hilarious (and somewhat ‘adult’) playlets from Neil Simon’s California Suite.  First come the Visitors from Chicago—who are two couples in the hotel suite at the end of a disastrous vacation which they should not have shared.  Then comes the Visitor from Philadelphia—who is a woman on her way up to the hotel suite where she may find her husband ‘in flagrante delicto’.
  The irrepressible Wade Lynch and his arts-savvy colleague Monique Lafontaine (for the French-language pieces) will be adjudicators, giving helpful tips to each play-presenting group.
  Here’s what Wade 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.  I can’t wait for this year’s Festival!”
  The project is getting a good boost from PEI businesses which have a commitment to the arts: The Buzz, Dave Gauthier of RBC Dominion, Hearts and Flowers, Colonial Realty, Owls Hollow and the Academy of Learning.  ACT (a community theatre) has been an annual backer of the Festival.
  The Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance for scores of actors and off-stage production volunteers to perform beyond their usual home base, to rub shoulders with and learn from one another and get constructive feedback.  For the audience it’s a bargain—pay-what-you-will admission to help defray costs—and good-fun entertainment.
  The Carrefour’s doors open at 12:30 on March 29th; 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 sample the refreshments.
For information contact Rob Thomson—robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca, 628-6778.

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Casting Call for teenagers

Cornwall United Church Musical seeking one male 16-24 and one female 14-17 for May production.  Interested participants should be able to act, sing and dance.

Murder at the Hollow Rooms is an original murder-mystery musical written by Anne Hotchkis with lyrics by Sam Morgulis and music composed by Perry Neatby.  It is a light-hearted production that takes place in Victoria-by-the-Sea with 10 cast members.  The plot of the story starts with a murder-mystery contest in which 4 teenage detectives attempt to solve a murder using a scavenger hunt for beach creatures and a search for clues attached to each beach creature.  There are 13 songs in the production plus a few dance routines and so i To date the adult roles have been cast and most of the teenage ones except for one male role (young person in the 16-24 age range) and one female role (young person in the 14-17 age range).  The amateur production is being organized as a fund-raiser for Cornwall United Church. 


Performance dates are May 15 and 16, 2014 plus a dress rehearsal on May 14.  Rehearsals are on Sundays (Feb 9 week at 11:30 a.m.) but may change afterwards to 1:30 p.m. and will be conducted on a weekly basis until the end of April and perhaps twice a week during the first two weeks of May.  The director is Diane Wallace.  The address for rehearsals and performances is Cornwall United Church, 9 Cornwall Road.  Anyone interested in auditioning and taking part should contact Anne Hotchkis by phone at 566-2749 or by E-mail, hotchkia@hotmail.com

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