Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Community Theatre Festival - Program

This year’s player groups and their plays

Here’s what’s lined up for Saturday afternoon, March 7th ...

ACT (a community theatre)  -  The Belarusian Orange Grove
  This is a comedy which explores the nature of competition: how far are everyday people willing to go to win the prize of their dreams ... and why?  Simple on the surface, it develops with unfolding layers.
  It is the product of last fall’s ‘Plays in a Day’, in which authors were given a set of ingredients around which to create a play—in this case, four actors, two suitcases, and the color orange.  Written by Benton Hartley and Cameron MacDonald of Popalopalots fame, the play sparkles with wit.
  ACT is the well-known theatre organization with more than 50 productions under its belt—now celebrating its 20th anniversary by remounting its original show Our Town this April.

‘In the Moment’ theatre group  -  A Man of Two Minds
  This is a dramatic piece written by Melissa Heald.  Returning from a dinner party, Henry and Charlotte face a test of their marriage: Charlotte has learned a secret that her husband has been keeping from her.
  Set in the 1940s, the play explores the expected roles of a husband and a wife, the notion of marriage, and ideas of love.
  In the Moment is a fresh new group, born from connection via one of last fall’s ‘Plays in a Day’

Art Without Borders  -  Small Talk
  This is a dark comedy—in fact the humour is fairly morbid.  As two female corpses in a morgue chat about their dramatic deaths, one lets some information slip that causes the other to believe that their lives may have been connected by more than a common dislike for Coronation Street.
  The play, written by Kassinda Bulger, touches on ideas about human connection in our daily lives, and the fact that a lot of it is taken for granted.
  Art Without Borders is a group of pals who got much of their theatre experience in UPEI’s Theatre Society and Holland College’s School of Performing Arts.

The Tracadie Players  -  Betsy’s Diner
  This is comedy in the skit genre.  The aim is straightforward: to make us laugh ... so get ready for some home-spun shenanigans in the classic diner setting.
  Gary Gaudet is the writer and director, and in this particular production, about 8 of the usual gang of 15 or so Players take a fun-filled part.
  The Tracadie Players have a long history of putting on successful dinner theatre to raise funds for community service organizations and warm up Tracadie-area residents on a late winter’s night.  Every show has been a sell-out.

The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors  -  Mi’kmaq Legends
  This is a set of stories that have been passed down from generation to generation—legends of Creation, of Rabbit, of Muin and of Wind Eagle.  The presentation includes songs and poems, and really great costumes, too.
  These are a few of the vignettes created by Julie and Richard Pellissier-Lush to share their Mi’kmaq cultural history.
  The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors have been performing for four years.  Last year the group performed 100 shows, mostly through the summer at the Celebration Zone as a part of the 2014 anniversary presentations.


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