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Monday, March 09, 2009

ACT (what’s in a name)

Why do I care?

• Co-founder
• President for initial five years
• Compiler of original Constitution and By-laws
• Member of Board of Directors for initial ten years

My first thoughts about an organized community theatre group here on PEI were in 1993 during rehearsals for Theatre PEI’s production of Blue Castle. Someone commented on how wonderful it was to be doing something with like minded people and the observation was strongly endorsed. Can you imagine… not having to pretend an interest in or knowledge of hockey / football / curling, in order to have a conversation? Just kidding. But it really was wonderful!  I asked why there wasn’t an organized community theatre group in Charlottetown. No one answered.

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Posted by Gerry Gray on 03/09 at 08:28 PM
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Sunday, March 08, 2009

SUMMERTIME ACTING OPPORTUNITY

Avonlea - Village of Anne of Green Gables
AUDITIONS
This summer be a part of PEI’s most famous story!
• Anne     • Matthew Cuthbert
• Gilbert   • Miss Stacy
Qualifications:
• Must be high energy
• Must enjoy children
• Must enjoy working outside
• Must be a team player
Full training provided
To book an audition/interview
email sheela @ avonlea.ca or call 902-963-3050
www.avonlea.ca

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Classic ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ Drama

Coming this April is Sheep-for-Wheat’s staging of the Eugene Ionesco classic, The Lesson.  Starring accomplished local talents Chris Doiron, Meaghan Blanchard and Kelsey Moore, The Lesson is an absurdist one-act written in 1951.

The critically acclaimed play was one of the French playwright’s (Ionesco) most distinguished works as well as one of the most notable in the history of the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ genre.  It revolves around a strange study session between a naive young student (Blanchard) and a delirious, yet powerful professor (Doiron).

The Lesson will be staged at the Guild April 2, 3 & 4 at 8pm.  Direction is by Rob Reddin, stage management by Ashley Clark and music by Keith Baglole.  Co-producers Fraser McCallum and Chera-Lee Hickox round out the company.

Sheep-for-Wheat Productions is an independent theatre company out of Charlottetown.  Small but mighty, this is their second production after great success with a Guild staging of the Harold Pinter drama, The Dumb Waiter.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance at the box office or at showtime. Come one, come all!

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Invitation to view Bunty’s Picasa Web Album

You are invited to view Bunty’s photo album: Please click on the following link… Evita Rehearsal December 13th, 2008

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Building Buenos Aires

Stage set for ACT’s production of “EVITA” under construction

Designer Garnett Gallant gets a hand from Michelle Doucette of Home Hardware and Building Centre and Home Furniture Stratford

Buenos Aires is taking shape on Prince Edward Island as ACT, Island community theatre group, builds the stage-set for “EVITA”. The musical comes to the Mainstage of the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown on March 26, 27, 28.

Evita is the Broadway and London blockbuster by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who produced a string of hits including “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR”, “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”, and “CATS”. It’s the story of Eva Peron—the woman who rose from poverty through love affairs, radio soap-operas and “B” movies to political and spiritual power in Argentina. Most people know the show’s chart-topping single “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” but the show’s drama pulses with much more music and dance—emotional solos, stirring orchestral and choral pieces, vibrant bass and Latin guitar.

Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture Stratford has given a boost to the set for the PEI production of “EVITA” by furnishing materials worth over a thousand dollars from its stock of hardware, building supplies, furniture and home decor. ACT has been purchasing items for its theatre sets from the Stratford firm for most of its thirty productions over more than a decade.

Design for the “EVITA” set is the work of Garney Gallant. It creates the streets of Buenos Aires, the stately facade of Argentina’s government house, a majestic funeral chapel, even a revolving door which changes its features as a succession of Eva Peron’s boyfriends passes through. Moveable set-pieces will transform the stage continually as cast members roll them to fresh positions.

Construction is taking place in two locations: not just at ACT’s warehouse, but also at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, where construction leader (and teacher) Scott Harvey has engaged a team of students in the experience of building a theatrical set.

ACT’s production of “EVITA” will have almost 50 talented Islanders on stage, and a 15-piece orchestra in the pit. The director is Mark Ramsay, with music direction by Shirley Anne Cameron, choreography by Julia Sauvé, and costuming by Pam Jewell.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Auditions for Christmas Remembered

Beaconsfield Historic Properties, in association with ACT (a community theatre) will reprise its Christmas Remembered production on December 20-21. The show is a collage of “round the fireside” stories, poetry and Christmas songs, which originally played in December 2005.

Auditions will be held on Monday, November 10, 7-9 pm. Two adult females and one child are required to complete the cast. Those auditioning will be asked to present a short, prepared reading and a song.

To book an audition or for further information, contact Brenda Porter (tel: 569-5633,  or by e-mail: by clicking on Brenda Porter link found below.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Walk and Chew Gum?

Singing and Acting Workshop

There’s that old expression about how hard it is to do two things at once – ‘Why, I can’t walk and chew gum at the same time!’ That challenge happens on the stage: when drama and tunes come together in a musical, it means having to use both singing and acting talents in a rather special way.

ACT a community theatre is mounting a workshop for developing that blend of skills. It’s on Saturday morning 20 September, 9:00 till noon, at LM Montgomery school.

The leaders are Leon Cole and Jacqui Good, the dynamos of the Nova Scotia Gilbert and Sullivan society, who will be in town for a special benefit show ( “Cox and Box”) at Beaconsfield. ACT has taken the opportunity to have them – along with co-performers Tony Marshall and Duncan Miller – share their skills and their combined more-than-a-century of quality musical-theatre experience with the PEI stage community.

This is for directors and participants in any kind of musical theatre – school musicals, church pageants and cantatas, community drama and choir groups. It’s appealing to the dozens of people who have just joined the cast of ACT’s coming production of “EVITA”, of course, but this workshop is really for anyone in all kinds of theatrical music presentation. It will hone such practical skills as singing while moving, following the conductor while acting to the audience, keeping in time and tune with a group despite physical distance, clear diction, facial and body expressions to convey the meaning of lyrics, positioning on the stage for best singing effect. It’s an inexpensive lesson – just a $10 fee (no charge for ACT members).

For information and to ‘register’ to take part: robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca or 628-6778

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

“Evita” Preview Evening

ACT (a community theatre) will stage the Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster “EVITA” at the Confederation Centre in March 2009. Auditions will be held in the first week of September. To give potential participants a taste of the show, ACT offers a Preview Evening. It’s Wednesday, August 20th, 7 - 9:30, at the St. Peter’s parish hall (corner of Rochford & Fitzroy in Charlottetown). There’ll be excerpts from the recording and the Madonna movie, a video about Eva Peron’s life, information about the show and auditions and a singing-and-acting workshop ... even a Tango demonstration!

Information: robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca or 628-6778

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Annual ACT Gathering

This is for friends / members of ACT (a community theatre) – current, past, would-be interest parties ...

Look ahead to the lovely summer Saturday afternoon/evening (4:00 till ?) on August 16th ...

• You’re playing croquet or lawn darts on the grounds of the magnificent country estate of Monique and Ben.
• You’re chatting with the amiable company as you sip a libation in preparation for a scrumptious potluck dinner.
• You learn the ACT-applications of Facebook communication.
• You hear about the Hallowe’en comedy “Jack the Ripper” and the blockbuster musical “Evita” ... indeed, you watch bits of the Madonna movie, tapping your toes to the pulsing Latin rhythms.
• You are enthralled by Ann Putnam’s staged reading of the intriguing mystery “Trifles”.

... Oh, and you spend 20 minutes fulfilling the requirement of an annual general meeting to recap the past year and confirm that the organization is solvent and pretty well managed – as well as electing the people who will manage it for the coming year.

We need to know how many people will be attending – to be sure we have a quorum and for providing dinnerware, etc. So could you please tell Monique of your plans to join us on August 16th – 651-3131 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Recreate Sir Andrew Macphail and Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Macphail Foundation, which operates the Macphail Homestead in Orwell, will be holding its major fund raiser on September 13 this year.

The date commemorates the visit of Lucy Maud Montgomery to the Homestead in 1910, at the invitation of Sir Andrew Macphail, but is being celebrated this year because of the “year of Anne” events. On that day, Earl Gray,(then Governor General was also in attendance.

On September 13, the Foundation will hold a tea in the afternoon from 1-3 and a dinner at night from 6:30 until everyone goes home.
The Foundation would like to have actors play the roles of Sir Andrew, (who was not yet Sir; he earned his knighthood as a result of his service in WWI), Lucy Maud and the Earl during each event. The same actors could do both events or two different sets of actors could play.

We would provide information that would be useful in writing scripts or in preparing the actors to role play/improv based on the times, the characters and the events of the day, and our historical experts would coach the actors on what would be appropriate behaviours, language, and subjects of conversation. We would arrange for costumes. If actors come forward by August 10, we would include mention of ACT in advertising, programs, and on the menus.

The foundation would be very pleased if the actors would donate their time, but we would also ensure that they were not out of pocket, and would provide food, travel costs, etc. This aspect could be negotated if interested participants are found. If the fundraiser is a success, we would be looking to reprise Sir Andrew’s role every year, with different special guests (e.g. John MacRae, Stephen Leacock).

If you are interested, please contact me.

Posted by Bunty Albert on 07/31 at 08:09 AM
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Friday, July 14, 2006

Les Feux-Follets (Dance Collection Danse)

As many of you already know I spent many years as a professional dancer with Les Feux-Follets. In fact, I was with them for most of their contracts from 1967 to 1981 working under the stage name Gerry Gilbert and Gerry Gilbert-Gray (name change due to union problems). 

Les Feux-Follets has had a long history—both here on the Island with the Charlottetown Festival since 1972, and before that in Montreal, where the company was born in 1952.

Dance Collection Danse, a group dedicated to uncovering Canada’s fleeting dance history, decided to do a two part story of Les Feux-Follets in their journal.

* Did you know that Les Feux-Follets represented Canada for three world’s fairs, two for the duration of their runs (Montreal and Osaka), and that these were the two largest expositions ever held. 

* Did you know that Les Feux-Follets were guests on the Ed Sullivan Show six times, including the historic first broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show in colour?

* Did you know that the Montreal based Feux-Follets were part of the command performance that opened the Confederation Centre of the Arts in 1964! It was with that performance that the group turned professional.

Part I was released in November 2005. It is available for downloading at the Dance Collection Danse site, but you can download directly from this site by clicking on the link. Be aware that it is a pdf and so will take a bit of time downloading depending on your system. Feux-Follets is featured on the front cover and on pages 16-19. By the way, that is me on the front cover being carried aloft. I was a lot lighter in those days. The picture was taken at the Theatre Champs Elysee in 1968.

Part II is now available at the Dance Collection Danse site. Feux-Follets is featured on pages 28-35.

Anyone interested in Les Feux-Follets should check this out.

Thanks for your interest

Gerry Gray

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Don’t miss ‘Christmas Remembered’

Don�t miss Christmas Remembered, a collage of readings, songs and music �in the round� at Beaconsfield�s charming Carriage House. The cast includes Cyril Armstrong, Quincy Beck, Madison Bernard, Cathy Grant, Jacob Hemphill, Debbie Maloney, Terry Pratt, Paul Whelan and Sophia Wong. Some of the highlights of the programme include Frederick Forsythe�s The Shepherd, The Gift of the Magi, and A Visit from St. Nicholas set to music especially for this show by Hank Stinson. The show plays this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm. Tickets are $12. ACT members will get a $2 discount at the door.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

ACT Out - Strike at Putney Church

Our next ACT Out will take place on Saturday, November 26 when we will attend the ACT production of ‘Strike at Putney Church’.  This play is written by local playwrite Eliza Jane Wilson based on a short story by Lucy Maude Montgomery.

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Putney Church

Wanted to say hi to Paul. I directed him in the original which sold out at the Centre despite an impending hurricane. I would love to be at the show but will be on stage with Paul’s love interest in Putney(Martha Irving) in Sound of Music at Neptune -  she marries Baron von Trapp and I look after his schloss. More amazingly we double as nuns. Not possible! Merde and have fun everyone.

with fond memories…was that 1989, I think so.

deb

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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Annual General Meeting

The 2005 AGM - 18 June

This is the notice of the Annual General Meeting of ACT - a community theatre

Date/time: Saturday 18 June ... social beginning at 5:00 pm (bring what you’d like to drink) ... meeting at 6:00 ... then supper (bring something good for the potluck)

Place: Annie & Martin Carter’s home, 41 Prince Charles Drive in Charlottetown (368-3937)

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