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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
  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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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kings Playhouse Season

Quite a variety of offerings at Georgetown’s Kings Playhouse

There’s something for everyone this season at the King’s Playhouse ...

Starting with our “Haunting of the King’s Playhouse” on Friday, October 30th. Ghost hunters are invited to join Soul Patrol, Charlottetown’s paranormal investigators as they present their findings from their last investigation at the Playhouse. 
Presentation begins at: 8pm

For those more interested in dressing up and bobbing for apples, our “Haunted Halloween Carnival” on October 31st may be just the thing!  There will be pumpkin carving (with thanks to Nabuurs Gardens Ltd.), cupcake decorating, games and costume prizes. 
The Carnival begins at: 11am

November welcomes us into our days of remembrance and our musical tribute to those who have served or are serving our country.
A Night to Remember” features music, recordings and footage from wartime and is sure to offer a meaningful walk down memory lane.
Thursday, November 12th at 7:30pm
Friday, November 13th (School matinee) at 11am
Friday, November 13th at 7:30pm

On November 21st join us for our first ever “Black Tie Affair” - a gala fundraiser for The King’s Playhouse, Destination Georgetown Peninsula.
The evening features a 5 course meal, live music by local singer-songwriter Barry O’Brien and flamenco guitarist Jay Keating and amazing prizes. 
Tickets are $55 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Fund.
Available at the King’s Playhouse or by contacting any member of the Board of Directors.

Music continues to fill our halls on November 28th as we welcome Atlantic String Machine as they present their “Bach to Beatles” program.
Showtime is 7:30pm
Tickets are available via email at or by calling 902 394 2579 or at the door. 

Our weekly programming continues with Kindermusik classes at 10am on Mondays.  LIttle ones aged 0-5 are invited to bring their grown ups and join us for music, movement and wonderful learning opportunities.

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

2013 Community Theatre Festival

A rich variety of original creativity—A fine success!

  The theatre of the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean was a very lively place on Saturday afternoon, April 6th, 2013.  Several hundred people—some for the whole afternoon, others who dropped in for an hour of two—enjoyed a smorgasbord of six short plays in celebration of World Theatre Day.  The variety was so rich, in both the style of play and nature of the performing group ... small children and seasoned elders ... cultural pageant to biting satire.  A wonderful thing: five of the six pieces were original—developed by the groups themselves.
  For the first time we had a play in French, and it was about the French language.  In their home theatre, students of the dramatic arts program of L’école François-Buote staged “Le français—c’est moi.”  It was a hoot: each character claiming to be the representative of La Francophonie ... and what a potpourri of characters—ranging from snooty Parisians to down-home, full-of-bonhomie Island farm-boy.  Adjudicator Monique Lafontaine commended the amusingly iconic portrayals. Comic it was, yes, but with the good message about the breadth and strength of French language coursing through cultures around the world as well as our own Island community.
  The Bonshaw Young Players are a children’s group (ages 7 to 14) who work with Ruth Lacey.  “The Mystery Men - the Mystery of Joe Hardy” was scripted by youngsters Benaiah Johnson and Qwyn Scurr.  The mystery was a series of thefts from the Hardy’s own house, which connected with the presumed, but unverified, death of Joe himself in a plane crash in the Amazon ... and a trap caught the surprising criminal.  The audience was delighted with the comic touches, especially the car which alternately backed up and then raced forward across the front of the audience.  All was eventually revealed in fine irony as super-sleuth Joe was led off to jail.
  Colour would be the word which would best tell you about “Mi’kmaq Legends”.  The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors were dressed in shiny bright regalia, and the mood was set by a campfire and drum.  The presentation included a haunting song, dancing, and effective flashing of lights.  It was great to see a range of ages working together—adults, youth and small children.  Adjudicator Wade Lynch pointed out how good stories, with good lessons-for-life, cross cultural boundaries: ‘The legend of Little Scar Face’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’ aren’t very far apart.
  ACT (a community theatre) brought back, from its ‘fairy tale’ show last month at The Guild, “Mirror Mirror”.  The three sexy-looking women were, in a way, outclassed by the Mirror—the man in the fittingly termed ‘vanity’ set-piece who stepped out for his bow to reveal Superman underwear!  An impressive achievement was the way two actors portrayed a succession of very different princes.  There was lots of laughter in this satiric refashioning of the Sleeping Beauty tale.
  “Folding Tables”—A Play a Week’s portrayal of a dysfunctional life-coaching seminar—could well have been called ‘Turning the Tables’.  Over the course of 25 minutes the roles of coach and participant gradually reversed in hilarious fashion.  The wonderfully effective silences between the inept facilitator (Lennie MacPherson) and his straight-faced and taciturn victim probably outweighed the amount of dialogue.  Body gestures and facial expressions worked without words, and the audience was repeatedly in stitches.  No one who watched will ever behave the same at any future self-improvement workshop they might attend!
  The final play was “My Buddy Mark” by the duo All the World’s a Stage.  It was a quasi-improv-style portrayal of a rehearsal of itself—as old-pro Bill McFadden provided commentary and led his buddy Mark McIntosh through a reflection on their past few months of working together and building a friendship.  The audience was bolstered by a strong contingent connected with the Island’s Brain Injury Association, there to see their fellow-member or friend Mark take the stage.  Take it he did, climaxing the afternoon with his singing of “The Impossible Dream”.  The lyrics were so meaningful in this context: emotion surged, and the audience rose to give a standing ovation.
  It was a fitting conclusion to an afternoon of not just engaging entertainment but also exceptional achievement for the participants.  What a great springtime tapping of the creative juices running in Prince Edward Island’s community theatre landscape.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012



There are still spaces for this workshop. The last day to register will be September 27.

The Confederation Centre of the Arts, in association with the The School of Performing Arts at Holland College, is holding auditions for ACTORS and MUSICIANS for the upcoming production of WIZARD OF OZ. The beloved family musical play will be presented on the Homburg Stage at the Confederation Centre of the Arts December 6th   through 15th, 2012.

The play will begin rehearsals on-or-about November 12th, 2012 and will include daytime, evening and weekend rehearsals. A rehearsal schedule will be made shortly after casting is complete and will consider commitments and obligations of the cast. WIZARD OF OZ will be directed by Wade Lynch and co-directed by Catherine O’Brien with Donna Garner as musical Director and Julia Suave as choreographer.

ACTORS of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. The three key roles of DOROTHY, GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH and THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST have been filled by professional actors. ALL other roles remain open and will be filled by non-professional, unpaid players including Holland College students and community players.


Sunday, September 23rd MUSICIANS

We are delighted to offer performance opportunities for amateur and aspiring musicians to take non-paying positions as part of our WIZARD OF OZ orchestra. The score calls for string, reed and brass instruments, percussion, keyboard and synthesizer players. Please bring portable instruments with you as well as a prepared piece of music. You may also be asked to sight-read from the score

Monday, September 24th – ACTORS

Auditioners are asked to prepare a memorized monologue and a song from the Musical Theatre genre, and may be asked to dance or move in groups. You may also be asked to read scenes from the play. Please bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring along a photo and resume if possible.

Contact Cindy Riley (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or by calling 628-6102 to book an audition time.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

“The Philosopher” auditions

Yuling Chen will be directing a play written by Dr. Malcolm Murray called “The Philosopher”. This is a one act play, and will be featured in the PEI Community Theatre Festival at the end of March. Auditions are going to be held at UPEI on January 18th in the Duffy Amphitheater (Room 135) and on January 19th in Kelly 237, both from 7 until 9pm. The auditions will be cold, and no experience is necessary. They will be looking for 3 males and 2 females for the show.

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Monday, November 15, 2010


Calling for participants for the PEI Community Theatre Festival, March 2011

  This is just a little follow-up to our suggestion, back in September, that your theatre group might consider participating in the PEI Community Theatre Festival.
  The Festival takes place next March 25/26th.  That will be the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s World Theatre Day—an appropriate occasion for local amateur groups, young and old, to get together to share plays and have some fun.  We’ll have an experienced adjudicator to give constructive feedback and present awards—last year it was Wade Lynch.  There’ll also be refreshments.
  Last year’s Festival at the Victoria Playhouse was a grand success, with three groups, more than 30 active participants, and an audience of 175.  We want to double that this year.
  What’s wanted is a short play or excerpt—anything up to 40 minutes.  It can be a piece of any kind: comedy, classic, avant garde, home-made, whatever.  This seems like a good chance to ‘warm up’ a play which is planned for later in the season, or to reprise an earlier production.
  There’s little or no cost for the theatre troupe.  We provide the venue and a technician to serve any sound-and-lighting requirements you might have.  You make your own arrangements about rights, costuming, set, props and transportation.
  There’s plenty of time—about three months—to get a play ready.  But we’re getting back in touch now because we need to know about tentative participants by December 15th, so that we can plan the number of performance evenings and the venues.  Then we’d need to have definite confirmation by January 15th.
  Would you please take a few moments now to write a note back or give us a call to ask any questions, and to tell us whether or not you’re making plans to join in the Festival.
  It’s going to be a lot of fun.  We sure hope you can take part.
The Festival organizing group:
  • Rob Reddin
  • Ruth Lacey
  • Rob Thomson 628-6778

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Beaconsfield Historic House
A Reunion Concert with
Suzanne Campbell, Emily Hanlin Piper & Jacqueline Sorensen
featuring the works of Vaughan Williams, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland & others
Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 pm
Beaconsfield’s Carriage House
Admission - $12 ~ Tickets at the Door
Doors open at 7pm
Beaconsfield Historic House is pleased to announce a reunion concert, “Three Ladies and Nine Gentlemen”, will be held in its Carriage House on July 24 at 7:30pm.  The three ladies are Island singer Suzanne Campbell, mezzo-soprano, Island pianist Jacqueline Sorensen and American performer Emily Hanlin Piper, soprano.  The trio will perform music by nine of their favorite gentlemen composers, including Vaughan Williams, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland.  These ladies performed regularly together six years ago while Hanlin Piper lived on Prince Edward Island and are excited to once again perform together in concert. The rustic charm of Beaconsfield’s Carriage House is the setting for the reunion concert which takes place at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 24.  Admission is $12 and tickets are available at the door.  Doors open at 7pm.  For more information call at 368-6603.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Three Oaks Show

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Harbourfront - last week of May

Three Oaks Senior High School is proud to present this year’s musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with performances by two separate casts May 27-29, 2010. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky, yet charming, cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. The characters involved come to learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a “loser”.  This hilarious tale spells nothing but fun for the audience- and maybe even a chance to “interact”! Join us for an evening at the Harbourfront Theatre May 27-29, 2010, curtain at 7:30 p.m., and enjoy the chance to just “bee” yourself. With two casts performing, the experience will never be the same way twice! Tickets are on sale through the box office beginning April 21 or on line: See you at “The Bee”!

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Young People’s Theatre Camp

Summer Theatre Camp for Kids at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House

Beaconsfield Historic House and former Island thespian, Emily Hanlin Piper, are presenting a Prince Edward Island History Theatre Camp for children ages 8-12 at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House in Charlottetown, Monday through Friday, July 19 – 23 from 1pm until 5pm.  The students will perform an original comedy, Princess Louise Comes to Call based upon the real-life visit to Beaconsfield of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Louise.  Sharing directorial duties is Cheryl Scofield, MA Theatre.  The cost is $150 for each student with sibling discounts available.

This camp will focus on period manners, comedic timing, diction and more through theatre games as well as play rehearsal.  All of the young thespians’ hard work will culminate in a final performance at 7pm on Friday, July 23rd at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House.

Emily Hanlin Piper, BA Theatre from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, is a former Island theatre and music instructor now residing in Massachusetts.  She was the 2004 winner of Theatre PEI’s Best Production Award.  Since leaving PEI, Emily has lived in Chicago where she performed professionally and taught a number of theatre, music and art classes.  She now lives on a 250 year-old farm in Westford, Massachusetts where she owns her own arts-based business, Rumphius Creativity Unhinged.  She teaches
theatre, puppetry, art and eco-friendly classes as well as performs as Mrs. Junkbox in schools across the state.  She is very excited to be back on PEI this summer and to work with Island kids once again!

Cheryl Scofield  has been teaching theatre in Virginia and Illinois for several years.  She has an MA from Northwestern University in Theatre History, Criticism and Literature and worked as a dramaturg with some Off-Loop theatres while living in Chicago.  Also in Chicago, Cheryl taught theatre in inner-city schools in a program designed to keep kids out of gangs through involvement in theatre.  She is currently director and theatre teacher at Liberty High School located in Virginia.

For more information and to register, go to  Registration forms are available under “How to Register”.  Please use the Summer Camp form.  Or contact Emily Hanlin Piper at 978.995.7002 or  Sibling discounts and payment plans are available.  Limit: 20 students.

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What’s in a name?  Quite a lot for the former Indian River Festival Chorus.

IRFC singers enjoyed their role as ‘back-up vocals’ for featured artists at the Festival in each of its nine years.  But this year the Festival chose not to use the Chorus, which strengthened director Carl Mathis’s growing feeling that the group is ready to claim its own identity, repertoire, and audience.

Mathis says that “within minutes” of his e-mailing his decision to break with the Festival, “the responses came back from singers, saying, ‘So where are we going to sing then?’ It was very positive.  I was delighted, overwhelmed, and humbled.  Their answers are what made this future we are launching.”

Much remains unchanged besides the director, a former voice professor at UPEI: the mandate to sing classical music, rehearsals and concerts in the summer, and a core membership of experienced choristers from other choirs, who would otherwise have to forego their singing fix at this time of year.

All of these elements were reflected in a recent “Name-the-choir” ballot circulated by an interim Executive among current members.  The short list included “The Island Summer Chorus,” and “The Master Singers.”  But the clear winner reflects the choir’s classical roots, its unbroken, though altered, existence, and the sheer love of bel canto or ‘beautiful singing’: Vive Viva Voce – the living voice!

“The IRFC,” says Mathis, “sang music from the 14th century to ‘the ink is still wet.’  So will Viva Voce – including classical pieces twisted into something funny.  Composers have written humorous pieces for centuries, so we won’t be stuffy.”

Already there are more performance invitations for this new/old choir than ever before.  During August 1-5 Viva Voce will appear in the organ recital series at St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Charlottetown, and Saint Simon and Saint Jude Roman Catholic Church, Tignish; in a Sunday service at Trinity United Church, Summerside; and in an independent concert at Bonshaw Hall.

Viva Voce currently has 22 members.  New singers of all voices, experienced in learning classical music, are welcome.  Rehearsals are Mondays 7-9 pm at Bonshaw Hall, beginning May 31; regular attendance and dues ($40/year) are required.  Anyone interested should call Carl Mathis at 892-1780.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Passing on a message from a Summerside company which is looking for actors for a promotional video

Shooting a short promotional video for one of our clients to be distributed on the internet, and on DVD format. We are in need of a few actors, and possibly one actress. One man in his late 50’s or early to mid 60’s and one man in his late 30’s/early 40’s. We can give out more details if people were interested. Should be minimal script for a 1-day shoot, and we are willing to pay full rates.
Call or e-mail Josh Smith at Higher Design Multimedia Promotions—Tel: (902) 888-4545 | Fax:(902) 888-4546 | Toll Free: (800) 401-2995 ... Email: josh.smith @ ... Website:

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Liverpool International Theatre Festival Program Now Available

The LITF 2010 festival program guide is now available on our website.  Please see:

Beth George
Marketing Director, LITF 2010
(902) 356-2670

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Workshops Planned for Liverpool International Theatre Festival


The upcoming Liverpool International Theatre Festival will feature six outstanding theatre workshops at its tenth biennial event, being held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia from May 19 – 23, 2010.  Hosted at the Best Western Liverpool hotel, these workshops will give attendees a chance to learn first-hand about various aspects of theatre craft. 

Although the workshops primarily cater to people involved in theatre, the public at large are invited to attend the workshops for a rare peek at what goes on behind the scenes.  All workshops are free admission for all.  The following workshops are offered at this year’s festival:

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Nova Scotia Well Represented at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival

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The Liverpool International Theatre Festival, to be held May 19–23 at Liverpool’s Astor Theatre, is pleased to welcome four outstanding Nova Scotian theatre companies to its milestone tenth anniversary competition.
The River Hill Players, from Inverness, will join three Halifax companies—the Once Upon a Theatre Collective, the Theatre Arts Guild, and francophone players from Ca cloche dans ma caboche—at the prestigious festival.
“We’re both pleased and proud to have, among the competitors, four troupes representing Nova Scotia,” says festival artistic director Chris Heide.

The River Hill Players will perform Her Wake, starring Cindy O`Neil and Diane Mouland as two elderly Cape Breton ladies attending the wake of a mutual dear friend who has recently passed away.  As the evening progresses, their tongues loosen and they share stories about their friend at her best and her worst.  This biting social satire, a reflection on life in rural Cape Breton, has had audiences in stitches all over Nova Scotia.  Written by Inverness playwright Frank Macdonald, Her Wake is a home-grown hit.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

“FAME” on at Bluefield

        FAME The Musical !
            is now playing on the Stage at Bluefield High School !

Shows are Thursday April 15th - 8:00pm
          Friday   April 16th - 8:00pm
          Saturday April 17th - 8:00pm
          Sunday   April 18th - 2:00pm

Produced and Directed by Jane Hastelow
Choreography by Brittany Banks
Musical Direction by Adam Van Omme

Tickets only $10.
Available by calling Bluefield at 675-7480
Clow’s Red & White 621-0500

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