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Monday, April 01, 1996

Selections from ACT One, Scene 3

This is a selection of stories and articles that appeared in the third issue of ACT One, published in May of 1996.

This is a selection of stories and articles that appeared in the third issue of ACT One, published in May of 1996.

In this Issue
Re:ACTion - The Editors Column- Valerie Moore
Continuing Recollections of an Antiquated Thespian- Raymond Moore
ACT Off - Lessons for the Elite - Rob Thomson
Critically Speaking- Gerry Gray
Our Stories

Re:ACTion - The Editor’s Column
 
One Year! In a little more than one year ACT has grown from an idea to a vibrant, ever growing organization that is reaching out to touch more and more people. It is encouraging to see how we are all learning and growing with each experience. The recent box office success with The Crucible is a measure of what we have learned about marketing (see Rob Thomson’s article on publicity), and with each production many people are expanding their experiences in different directions. It is exciting to be involved with such an enthusiastic bunch of people committed to a common cause. 
 
For those who are new members, or even thinking of becoming a member, the monthly play readings are a great way to make a start without a major commitment. The selection of plays is varied and you can even request your own favourite. Last month’s choice was an exciting one - a brand new, as yet unseen, script by Hank Stinson of Young Master Davie, adapted from Dicken’s David Copperfield. And to make it even more exciting, Helen MacCrae was there to introduce us to the music. 
 
Looking forward to seeing you all the Annual General Meeting. - the editor

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Sunday, March 03, 1996

Crucible

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Saturday, March 02, 1996

Crucible

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Friday, March 01, 1996

The Crucible

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Thursday, February 29, 1996

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Friday, December 01, 1995

Selections from ACT One, Scene 2

This is a selection of stories and articles that appeared in the second issue of ACT One, published in December of 1995.

This is a selection of stories and articles that appeared in the second issue of ACT One, published in December of 1995.

In this Issue
Re:ACTion - The Editor’s Column- Valerie Moore
Continuing Recollections of an Antiquated Thespian- Raymond Moore
ACT Up- Updates on Activities - Gerry Gray
The Crucible- David Sherren
Our Stories

Re:ACTion - The Editor’s Column
 
The review in The Buzz of our production of The Foreigner caused me to feel a number of reactions. Putting aside the urge to fill George Spelvin in on my most intimate thoughts, I decided it would be better to pontificate in our own newsletter. Perhaps others might like to respond with your own thoughts in a Letters to the Editor column. 
 
Sean McQuaid said in his Buzz editorial, that he was happy to have someone else suffer the slings and arrows of outraged thespians. Actually, I thought the review made some very good points, but I felt Mr Spelvin seemed to forget that he was critiquing a strictly amateur group. Much as we would all like to measure up to professional standards (for the most part), is it really necessary to criticize details beyond our control, such as the visible tops of the set. Perhaps Mr Spelvin should take a tour of the theatre itself and see the inadequacies of the curtains provided. And he noticed “an apparently missed cue” (lighting) - Well, pardon me, but if an amateur group manages only one ‘apparently’ missed cue, I think it could be overlooked. It was interesting to note that Mr Spelvin thought that our sound was “quite good”. Well done you guys up in the box. I’m glad your professional status was almost recognized! 
 
Ok, so this guy has never met a cockney before. Either that, or he is one and so cannot understand Doug’s accent. Well now, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but is it really necessary to treat the reader as though she is another Ellard and something has to be repeated a number of times to be understood. “A carrot?” “Yes, Ellard, a carrot.” Talk about kicking a guy when he is down. Mr Spelvin must have studied under Sid Adilman at the Toronto Star. 
 
Now, before everyone starts tut-tutting and pointing out that at least he said nothing bad about me. Yes, I agree - and he used a rule of thumb which I try to employ myself (outside of this editorial). If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. But hey guys, which of us involved in the theatre is not an egotist to some extent. Keir and I were the only ones he couldn’t find something to say about. I know I wasn’t great, but were we really so bad that Mr Spelvin could not trust himself to say anything? ACT should be justifiably proud that Mr Spelvin was favourably impressed with our sense of “community” because, after all, that is our raison d’etre. 
 
A standing ovation should be given to our stout-hearted hosts for the concessions stand. Lorraine and Don Poole single (or is that double?) handedly raised our income considerably.  - the editor
 

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Sunday, October 22, 1995

Foreigner

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Saturday, October 21, 1995

Foreigner

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Friday, October 20, 1995

Foreigner

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Thursday, October 19, 1995

Foreigner

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Sunday, October 01, 1995

Of Eyebrows and Accents

George Spelvin’s review of The Foreigner from the Buzz

December 1995—THERE IS NOTHING LIKE GOOD AMATEUR theatre. It’s inexpensive and accessible, and what the players lack in technique they make up in enthusiasm- an enthusiasm that permeated ACT’s new production of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner.

From bad accents to major eyebrow acting, the cast and crew brought a lot of joy to their production- a joy that, despite a slow pace and an awful first twenty minutes, made for an entertaining evening.

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Tuesday, August 01, 1995

Selections from ACT One, Scene 1

A selection of stories and articles that appeared in the first issue of ACT One, published in August of 1995.

This is a selection of stories and articles that appeared in the first issue of ACT One, published in August of 1995.

In this Issue
Re:ACTion - The Editor’s Column- Overture and Places Please -  Valerie Moore
Recollections of an Antiquated Thespian- Raymond Moore
ACT Off - Offstage Counts - Lines NOT heard… - Rob Thomson
The Foreigner- David Sherren
Our Stories

Re:ACTion - Overture and Places Please
 
Welcome to our first, and much sweated over newsletter. If I were being paid by the hour to produce this, I could retire after the first issue. However, I am regarding this job as a learning process (believe me, it is!), and am trying to keep a sense of humour about it.

If you would like to contribute to further editions of ACT ONE, please pass your contributions on to me. We’re looking for anything to do with the world of entertainment, articles that are amusing and / or informative. Critiques of theatre, film etc, plays etc.- the editor

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Thursday, June 01, 1995

Our Town, by A Community Theatre

Sean McQuaid’s review of Our Town from the Buzz

June 1995—The May 11-14 presentation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at the Carrefour Theatre was a major first. The play itself has been produced countless times before, but this performance marks the first production by a major new Island theatre group: ACT (a community theatre).

ACT is essentially a community theatre group who hope to promote and produce theatre in Prince Edward Island through performances, mentoring and workshops.  Members range from amateur enthusiasts and drama students to seasoned professionals, and Our Town brought together many of them for the new company’s stage debut.

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Sunday, May 14, 1995

Our Town

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Saturday, May 13, 1995

Our Town

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