Sunday, February 12, 2017
Workshop about producing a show - March 26
The Producers: Presentations and A Panel Discussion for People Interested in Spear-heading Community Theatre Shows
When you watch a play, what you are seeing is a very small fraction of what is involved in mounting a show. There are people who manage and organize a team that involves directors, stage managers, costumers, set designers, prop makers and publicity people, to name a few.
These fearless leaders and logistical virtuosos are: The Producers.
ACT (a community theatre), in partnership with Holland College School of Performing Arts (SOPA), will present a workshop that brings together four ACT producers (who together have produced over 30 plays) to provide information and insight about the challenging yet critical role of producer in community theatre productions.
The goal of the workshop is to leave participants feeling informed about the role of a producer and perhaps feel inspired to mount their own shows.
Areas that will be touched on include: What is, and who should be, a producer?; Team building and the life of a show; Publicity, budget and ticketing; Considerations for front of house, managing a venue, the audition process, visual aspects of production, and props.
This workshop will take place March 26th at the Confederation Centre boardroom (just off the Richmond Street entrance) between 1 pm and 5 pm. This workshop is free for ACT members and SOPA students, but there may be a small charge for other participants to help defray costs.
For more information, email Kimberley Johnston - johnstonk @ hotmail.com
Community Theatre Festival - need some help
Volunteers needed for Front-of-House for Saturday 11 March
ACT needs you!
To volunteer at the Community Theatre Festival
The Community Theatre Festival is March 11, 2017 at the Carrefour Theatre, from 1pm to 6pm-ish. The snow date is March 12, 2017 at the same location.
We are looking for volunteers to sit at a table and
• give out programs and oversee the donation money
• sell apples, cookies, coffee etc.
• sell raffle tickets
You can do this all afternoon, or just for a shift of an hour or so.
It gives you a chance to see a play or two.
If you would like to volunteer for the March 11th show, or the snow date of March 12th (or both!), please email Kimberley Johnston at johnstonk @ hotmail.com.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
PEI Community Theatre Festival 2017
March 11 2017 - an afternoon of good entertainment fun
PEI will mark the 56th celebration of World Theatre Day on the afternoon of Saturday, March 11th, at the Carrefour in Charlottetown. It’s the annual Community Theatre Festival.
Six short plays (30 minutes or less) will run every three-quarters of an hour or so throughout the afternoon. It’s a smorgasbord of comedy both classical and farcical, charming drama, legend-telling and improv.
PEI is full of theatre. There are about two dozen local drama groups, and literally hundreds of amateur actors and backstage workers who make plays happen. It’s an important part of the fabric of the Island’s community life. And the Community Theatre Festival is a great chance for participants to strut their stuff and get good feedback. Performers will be given constructive tips by adjudicator Laura K. Bird.
It’s great for the audience, too. People drop in for a particular play or two, or stay for the whole afternoon. It’s good-fun entertainment ... and it’s a bargain: pay-what-you-will admission to help defray the costs. There’s a social time with refreshments in-between performances.
This year’s Festival has at least six confirmed participants. For belly-laugh humour, the Tracadie Players will take “A Trip to the Dentist,” and the Murray Players will show a widow trying to marry off her daughter in a twist on “A Partridge in a Pear Tree.” ACT (a community theatre) offers scenes from “The Dining Room”, A.R. Gurney’s portrayal of the family life of the privileged. The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors will act out several new tellings of imaginative legends built around Glooscap, creation, an oak tree and a berry patch. The Kings Players have chosen an excerpt from George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion”, the foundation for My Fair Lady. And the Spotlight School of Arts will provide the fun of theatre-game improv.
The annual event is backed by ACT (a community theatre) and sponsored by several community businesses which have a commitment to the arts, including The Buzz, Bluefield Realty, and Academy of Learning. A well-known dental clinic is pitching in this year; its staff should especially enjoy Tracadie’s “A Trip to the Dentist”! As well, the Watermark Theatre, Victoria Playhouse and Spotlight School of Arts have all donated tickets to be raffled.
Here’s what Wade Lynch, adjudicator of several Festivals, has said about the experience: “The PEI Community Theatre Festival reminds me of why I went into theatre ... It is a 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 Saturday, March 11th; the plays begin at 1:00 and run till about 5:30. There’ll be a 15-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, get raffle tickets and sample the refreshments.
For information: Rob Thomson - robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca, 628-6778.