Friday, April 30, 2010


Passing on this request for narration for a dance presentation ...

Call for volunteer talent:
Dance Stars Academy is looking for narrator for the recital show.
Show split in two parts: Swan Lake (Ballet) and Hairspray (Jazz, Musical). Total of 13-15 acts. Recital is by children and for children age 3-10yrs.
We are looking for someone who has an experience in story telling for children.
Location: Stratford Town Hall
Dates: full dress rehearsal: May 21, 5-7pm; recital: May 22, 5-7pm
Please contact us via email: info @
Thank you,
Maria Brychuk

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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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“Willy Wonka” The Musical on the Confederation Centre’s Mainstage

Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA
Lyrics and Music by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
Adapted for the Stage by Tim McDonald & Leslie Bricusse
Based on the Book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Director: Richard Haines
Music Director: Mark Parsons
Producer: Edwin Hughes
Choreographer: Julia Sauv
Vocal Coach: Julain Molnar

EVENING PERFORMANCES: May 6, 7, and 8 @ 8:00 PM
TICKET PRICES:$14 @ the door

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. This version also features songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder which received an Academy Award nomination in 1971 for Best Original Score.
The play opens somewhere in the bowels of Willy Wonka’s fabulous chocolate factory. Wonka, a famous, eccentric, mercurial, whimsical and occasionally sinister candy wizard, welcomes us into his world with the hit APure Imagination@. Wonka summons his Oompa-Loompa servants for an important announcement: he is planning to retire, and the time has come to choose his successor.
Wonka, acting as narrator, introduces us to the impoverished Bucket family: Mr. And Mrs. Bucket, their young son Charlie, and Charlie’s four bedridden grandparents. A group of children gather outside Charlie’s house, each clutching a nickel to buy a Wonka bar from the local Candy Man. The Candy Man entices his customers with the charming hit “The Candy Man” and reminds them that Wonka always mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.
Charlie is the only child too poor to buy any candy, but the Candy Man treats him to a lollipop and a copy of yesterday’s newspaper. Charlie takes the paper home, and the Buckets learn from it that Wonka has announced a contest: five lucky children will receive a tour of his world-famous factory, and receive a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Five Golden Tickets have been hidden among fifty million ordinary candy bars, and the finders of these tickets will win the tour and the chocolate.
The first ticket is found by Augustus Gloop, an obese, gluttonous child from Frankfurt, Germany. The second Ticket is found in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by an extremely spoiled girl named Veruca Salt. The third Ticket is found in Snellville, Georgia by Violet Beauregard, an abrasive girl who is constantly chewing gum. The fourth Ticket is found in Television City, California by Mike Teavee, a boy who seems more interested in television, video games and cell phones than touring Wonka’s factory. Poor Charlie can barely afford a single Wonka bar. What hope does he have of getting the fifth Ticket? Who will Willy Wonka choose as his heir and successor? Join us and see how this timeless story unfolds.

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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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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Concert for HD Awareness at The Guild

Most of you are already aware that my brother Peter has HD. The PEI Chapter of the Huntington Society of Canada is holding a fund raiser and awareness concert at The Guild April 18/10 at 3pm. See attached for details and see this web site for added info:

Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited brain disorder whereby cells in specific parts of the brain die. It is a genetic disorder that affects about one in every 10,000 Canadians. The defective gene was discovered in 1993 and human drug trials are, for the first time, being launched in 2010.

If you would like to hear what Peter sounded like back in the 70s, listen to this recording of California Lady

Hope to see you on the 18th.

- Gerry

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Casting Call

Hi folks,
  I’m forwarding along a casting call notice we recently recieved for a musical video. Contact info is available aty the bottom for anyone interested. Take care,

Richard Haines
ACT President.

Could you please forward this information to any ACT members who might be interested?  I would be most grateful.
I am currently assembling a production of a 90 minute musical.  I am looking specifically for two older actors, one man, one woman, both over 50.  The show is a co-operative venture, and everyone is paid an equal share (but I would love to hear from actors of all ages).
The following is a a description of all the characters. in the show:  The role of Miss Crombie has been cast.
Pierre Coldwater/Froideau( the favourite son of the title) a dual character role, baritone.  Coldwater is a folk hero for our time with a deliberately murky past.  He introduces himself with a solo country song (ability to play a guitar or fiddle is an asset but not necessary).  He appears in the second act asPierre Froideau, the real person upon whom they have based their fictional hero only he is now a mobster from Montreal (accent?).  In this persona, he sings a sinister jazzy blues number but drops the accent and becomes quite nonplussed when confronted by Lady Angela (his ex-wife).  He sings the waltz with her and in the gospel-rock finale.
Lady Angela Phelps (character role soprano) mature. Does not appear in the first Act.  She appears in time to provide the resolution of the plot.  The daughter of a Lt. Governor, very wealthy with the calm quiet assurance of a woman born to high status and money.  Her command is palpable.  She has two songs:  one is a back and forth answer/response type nostalgic waltz with the title character (revealed to be her ex-husband); the second is the finale - a gospel-rock anthem to herself backed by the rest of the cast.
Delores Crombie (female lead, alto or soprano) old enough to have achieved a high ranking staff position in government, equivalent to a Ministerial Chief of Staff)  shrewd and professional, somewhat severe.  She commands her boss with authority, and is likely the only reason for his success.  Under her arch exterior she is nonetheless very fond of him in a motherly sort of fashion.  An Iron Lady at the outset, she develops a romantic interest in the title character, which is quite upsetting to her boss, who fears losing her.  She has a solo ballad, in which she reveals a very tender, lonely side of her.  Her song is the recurring love theme used throughout the show.  She sings in all songs but two.
John Perry (male lead, a Junior Minister in Provincial government.  Good looking but not very bright. (Baritone-tenor).  Tries hard but always seems out of his depth.  He relies UTTERLY on Miss Crombie to know what to do, when, and how.  He starts the show with a witty patter song about the art of politics (dont make any decisions ever and you cant get into trouble.)  With the others, he sings four other songs.
Roger Smiles: (tenor) a Public Relations expert the consummate salesman flashy and very stylish.  He oozes charm and confidence.  He introduces himself with a disco song and sings three songs with Perry and Coldwater and again in the finale.

I am asking anyone interested to email me at or call me at 569-9370.

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