Friday, August 20, 2010


A new membership year
A reminder from our Membership Coordinator

It’s time for membership renewal. Our membership year runs from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011.
  The annual fees are the same as they’ve always been since ACT began in 1995:
  $25 regular   $40 for people of the same household   $15 for someone with limited income such as a full-time student or unwaged person.
It’s actually a pretty good deal ...
  Tickets: you get a $2-per-ticket discount on the advance purchase of two tickets to ACT shows
  Play-Reading Evenings: free participation (vs $3 non-member charge for printing cost)
‘ACT-Out’ social events: going to a show and having dinner together
  Being ‘in-the-loop’: e-mail notice to get word of theatre-related events (auditions, performances, workshops, etc.)
  Performances: the Constitution requires that you must be a current member to participate directly in a show, whether on- or off-stage (... and so be eligible for a comp ticket)
  Why do we need fees? It’s because it costs money to run the organization—about $7,000 a year for maintaining ACT’s building, insurance, snow-removal, the website, office equipment, giving two kinds of theatre awards, etc.
We get that money from two sources: the profits from shows and member dues.
  So ... if you’d like to be a member of ACT for 2010/11, please get in touch with the Membership Coordinator, Sophia Wong (sophiacw @ or send your cheque—payable to ACT - a community theatre—to ACT, 11 Beach Street, Charlottetown PE C1A 5G5.

Posted by RobAdmin on 08/20 at 12:52 PM

Monday, August 02, 2010

Community Theatre Appreciation Award 2010

Terry Pratt - honoured for many contributions to PEI theatre

At ACT’s Annual General Meeting on August 1, 2010, President Richard Haines presented the Community Theatre Appreciation Award to Terry Pratt.  For a photo, click on Gallery (top-right of this page) and choose ‘Award’.  Here’s what was said about ACT’s honouring Terry:

  From time to time during its history, ACT has given an award – call it ‘the community theatre appreciation award.’  We like to recognize a person or an organization who has made a major contribution to the life of community theatre on PEI.
  Sometimes it was an individual – for example, David Sherren who organized and directed Charlottetown Rural’s musicals, the Confederation Centre’s community Christmastime productions, and a number of ACT’s own productions in our early years ... and Mae Ames for all her work in various drama groups and her classes for youngsters.  Sometimes it has been an organization – for example, the Confederation Centre, The Buzz, and The Guardian – all of which played such a strong and on-going part in promoting amateur theatre.
The recipients are people who have done good things in several ways or fields or areas ... helping a number of theatre groups, with direct and ripple effects for lots of people in amateur theatre ... contributing again and again over the years.
Terry Pratt has done this—hugely.
• He has directed so many productions of various kinds, involving so many actors, singers, students, production people – at UPEI and with ACT.
  Think just of his major ACT productions: The School for Scandal, The Gondoliers, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Trial by Jury, Murder in the Cathedral.
• He led in taking ACT to a higher step with the G&S productions at the Confed Centre.
• He was imaginative and collaborative enough to reach out to do joint productions in fresh locations – Summerside Court House, Indian River, Beaconsfield.
• In administrative or organizational ways he has been a leader – as board member, president, treasurer, set construction – not just in ACT but in other theatre enterprises: UPEI, Theatre PEI, Community Theatre Festival, Victoria Playhouse.
• And he has been so generous in donations to theatre enterprises (such as to the Victoria Playhouse), and outstandingly, buying and maintaining a building for ACT’s use.
Community theatre on PEI would not be what it has been without Terry Pratt.

Posted by RobAdmin on 08/02 at 08:48 AM
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