Thursday, October 26, 2017


New musical - needs producer(s)

  Hank Stinson — the man who for decades has acted in and developed shows for the Charlottetown Festival — has created a musical adaptation of LM Montgomery’s Rainbow Valley.  We think ACT will stage it at The Guild a year from now, in November 2018.  ACT has been directly involved as the show developed, in sort-of ‘testing’ and refining the script.  We know it’s a really good musical.
  The music setting is by Dean Burry, and the orchestration is being done by Natalie Williams-Calhoun.
  Hank himself will be the Director.  Marti Hopson will be Music Director.  Sharon MacDonald will be Stage Manager.  What a team!

  What we need now, in order to complete the proposal and get the go-ahead, is a producer.

  The producer is the co-ordinator of a theatre piece, the person who oversees the organization and manages the finances.  It can be a big job, but we have three ways of making it easier, even for someone with little experience.
• We hope to have an assistant or co-producer, to share the responsibilities.
• ACT has a comprehensive ‘Producer’s Handbook’ which gives detailed guidance about what the tasks are and how to do them.
• An experienced producer (Rob Thomson) has volunteered to provide active mentorship.

  So this is the pitch: can you suggest to us anyone who might be a good prospect as a producer? … or would you be interested yourself?

  We’d be happy to talk about it — no strings attached — with anyone who would like to investigate the idea.
  This is a very good project, and we want to make it happen.

ACT’s Directors of Theatre:
  Sharon MacDonald - 1-902-432-2317, sheamacd @
  Grace Kimpinski - 902-388-4372, kimpinski_g @

Posted by RobAdmin on 10/26 at 01:42 PM
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Plays Wanted!

Time to think about the Community Theatre Festival 2018

  Prince Edward Island’s annual celebration of World Theatre Day is the PEI Community Theatre Festival, which will again be held in March, on Saturday the 17th.
  It will be at the Carrefour in Charlottetown, filling the Saturday afternoon with a play running every ¾ of an hour or so, with a social time in-between performances.  Refreshments will be provided to the players.  Performers will be given helpful adjudication; previous mentors have been helpful people like Wade Lynch, Monique Lafontaine, Richard Haines and Laura Bird.  Participants will be presented with participation award mementoes.
  The Community Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a great chance for scores of actors and off-stage production volunteers to perform beyond their usual home audience, to rub shoulders with and learn from one another and get constructive feedback.
  The Festival has grown in popularity since its resurgence in 2010.  Last year the audience tended to drop in to watch two or three of the six performances—a fine mix of slapstick, intense drama, legend, classic satire, even some improv.  Photos can be seen on ACT’s website — … click on “Gallery” (upper-right corner) and scroll down to click on the “Community Theatre Festival” sections.
  Here’s what Adjudicator Wade Lynch has said about the Festival:
“The PEI Community Theatre Festival reminds me of why I went into theatre in the first place.  It is an inclusive, nurturing community experience … 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.  I can’t wait for next year!”
  Now is the time organizers are inviting amateur (for-the-love-of-it) theatre groups to express interest and get working on a play.  What’s wanted are short plays or excerpts—no more than a half-hour—of any kind: comedy, quasi-improv, gripping drama, mystery, slice-of-life, political satire, romance, family-friendly or avant-garde/mature.
  It can also be a fine opportunity for a group to preview or reprise a show they’ve developed for another presentation.
  So let the creative juices flow.  There’s plenty of time over the coming few months to get into performance mode.  Mentoring guidance is available on request.
  To get information and to express interest, contact Kim Johnston 902-569-8563, johnstonk @; Kate Martin 902-892-4384, eslkatie1 @; or Rob Thomson 902-628-6778, robthomson @
  A group should signify its intention to participate by December 15th; then definite confirmation is needed by January 31st.

Posted by RobAdmin on 10/19 at 01:44 PM
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