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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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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Case of the Disappearing Posters!



CHARLOTTETOWN—Posters for ACT‘s upcoming production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” have been miraculously, or perhaps not-so-miraculously, disappearing.

Rob Thomson of ACT reports, “Our posters are being taken down by someone. They’re quite attractive and could be a collector’s item. However, we hope there is nothing more sinister behind their disappearance.”

On the positive side, tickets are being sold faster than the posters are being taken. “With three weeks to go before Jesus Christ Superstar opens, ticket sales are out-of this-world!” noted Thomson.

“Superstar” is on stage at Confederation Centre November 4th, 5th and 6th. Tickets are available at the box office.

Further Information:
Rob Thomson, 902-368-4465(W); 892-3288(H); .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Mike Wedge, 902-566-7861(W); 569-4906(H); .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



ACT is an amateur association promoting community theatre on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Jesus Christ Superstar is ACT’s 25th performance.

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Proof That Our Favourite High School Teachers Keep Inspiring Us For Years To Come!


Annette Campbell �  Woman, Seller, and Soul Girl named �Lilith�

An Islander born and bred, Annette originally hails from York, P.E.I. She has a Bachelor of Music from UPEI and a Master of Arts in Musicology from McGill University.  After finishing her degree at McGill, she moved to Ottawa to work as a music program officer with the Canada Council for the Arts, eventually moving back to the Island to work as Administrative Coordinator with the Arts Netlantic research project at UPEI.  Annette currently teaches music privately, and acts as a grant consultant for various clients.  She is also Chair of the PEI Council of the Arts.

What does Annette’s former high school band teacher have in common with JCS Director Allie McCrady? Click on “more” to find out!

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Monday, October 18, 2004

A Graduate of The School Of Rock!



A Charlottetown native, Jeremy graduated from UPEI in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music (with voice as principal instrument).  Jeremy performed in musical productions of My Fair Lady and The Secret Garden while attending Charlottetown Rural High School, and he appeared in several community theatre productions, including a chorus role in ACT’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance”, and he took on he role of “Aeneas” in the UPEI Music Department’s telling of “Dido and Aeneas”.

Hmmm…what could Jeremy want to be when he “grows up”? Click “more” to find out!

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Friday, August 27, 2004

Praise for “Murder” team

Today, as I write this message, still relishing the committed efforts of our cast and production team of “Murder in the Cathedral” after our opening night, I’m reminded of a passage from David Mamet’s (an American playwright/director/teacher)book, “True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor,” which articulates the sentiment that has resonated with me ‘lo these past 4+ months rehearsing with the fine members of ACT:

“Cultivate the habit of mutuality.  Create with your peers, and you are building a true theatre.  When you desire and strive to rise from the ranks rather than with the ranks, you are creating divisiveness and loneliness in yourself, in the theatre, and in the world.  All things come in their time.”

Indeed, the ideal to which Mamet refers here is, I’ve discovered, an inherent quality of each of you and, as such, you commit yourselves to strengthening our global community ~ no small feat, for certain.

Thanks to all and I hope to have the opportunity to share future stages with you.  Cheers, everyone.

Rick Sparkes

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Murder Opens to a Full House

ACT’s production of Murder in the Cathedral opened to what amounted to a Full House last eveing (Thursday). It was a tremendous feeling and the performance went well.

Despite the ‘Sold Out’ designation, there were seats to be seen scattered throughout the pews. These were seats being held for Indian River Festival season ticket holders who had decided not to come to that performance but hadn’t called to realease the tickets. The Box Office can release these tickets just before a performance. That means that there were probably people in the audience Thursday evening who were able to pick them up at the door. Keep these ‘rush seats’ in mind if Saturday is the only evening you can come to the performance and don’t have your tickets yet.

Speaking of not having tickets yet, if you are planning to come tonight (Friday), which is not at present ‘sold out’, it might be wise to to book ahead to avoid disappointment. The Indian River Festival Box Office can be reached at 1-866-856-3733.

For more information about Murder in the Cathdral please go to the following page…

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Monday, August 23, 2004

Murder on Location

From Thursday, August 26 through Saturday, August 28, St. Mary�s Church will become the stage for Murder in the Cathedral, the gripping verse drama by T.S. Eliot reenacting the death of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral on December 29, 1170.
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Written for the Canterbury Festival in 1935, Eliot�s play � arguably the most substantial religious drama of the past century � was soon recognized as a classic and moved into commercial theatres; later it even became a film. But it is still best experienced in a church; in this setting it has been performed all over the world, including at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Charlottetown in 1983.

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Thursday, January 08, 2004

American Ghosts final budget


Buzz ads ~$379
Costume rental ~$60
Costume cleaning $38.20
Scripts $ 62.83
Royalties $142.66
Programs and Posters $69.78
Set/Props/Decorating $ 78.93
Refreshments $51

Total: $882.40


Ticket Sales:
October 30 21@ 12 = 252 and 8 @ 10 = 80 for a total of 29 & $332
November 1 17 @ 12 = 204 and 18@ 10 = 180 for a total of 35 & $384
November 1 43 @ 12 = 516 and 33 @ 10 = 330 for a total of 76 & $846

GRAND TOTAL 140 and $1,562 (less taxes - $1,327.10)

Beaconsfield receives $398 (30%)
ACT receives $929 (70%)

Refreshments: ~$145
Final: +$191.60 (not including membership)

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Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Update on Murder

Just a note that the production crew is building well, with Jennifer as Producer assisted by Brenda, Sue Urqhart as Stage Manager assisted by Aldera Chisholm (with advice from Wallena), Pam Jewell as Costumer, Greg Hughes as Solicitor for program advertising and sponsorships. Sue Urqhart is also the Executive Director for the Indian River Festival, which neatly takes care of liaison with our co-presenter and with the venue. She says that the church (St. Mary’s, Indian River) can be used for most rehearsals. Also I have been in touch with the director of the recent production in Antigonish, who is a possible source of costumes (has already sent photos), properties, and ideas. Carl and I intend a meeting with her during the winter.

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Friday, November 07, 2003

Welcome to the Murder in the Cathedral Forum!

This is the forum for ACT’s production of Murder in the Cathedral…

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Monday, November 03, 2003

Indian River Festival and ACT to Produce Murder in the Cathedral

Indian River Festival partners with ACT to produce TS Eliot’s ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ in August 2004 and ACT will also produce JC Superstar in November.

The Indian River Festival has decided to partner with ACT to produce Murder in the Cathedral next summer at St. Mary’s Church, any time after their last concert, which is August 22 (leaving one more weekend before Labour Day weekend).  The show will be fully included in their publicity and program as a special feature of this coming summer’s offerings.  Mary Crane, the President, is quite excited by the whole prospect; she is also the choir director at St. Mary’s.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

American Ghosts

ACT will present an Autumn pageant entitled American Ghosts this fall at the Carriage House, Beaconsfield to open its 2003-2004 theatre season.

ACT will present an Autumn pageant entitled American Ghosts this fall at the Carriage House, Beaconsfield to open its 2003-2004 theatre season.

American Ghosts is a collection of dramatic works including stories, poems and songs based on the creations of two prolific Victorian American writers-Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. The premise of the show will coincide with its Autumn debut. The readings, songs and short plays all center around the themes of harvest, Halloween and all things foreboding.

Highlights of the show will include a one-act play based on Poe’s Tell-tale Heart, a dramatic reading of his famous story, The Raven, and glimpses of Emily Dickinson tucked away letting loose her imagination. Poems by the authors will be peppered throughout the event. Also, the Indian River Festival Chorus, under the direction of Carl Mathis, will complete this
haunting show with songs based on the poems of the two writers and Victorian settings.

The Carriage House will be fully decorated in Autumn style and seasonal treats will be sold at intermission. Show times are Thursday, October 30 at 7:30pm and Saturday, November 1 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 adults and $10 seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased by calling Beaconsfield Historic House at 368-6603. Seating is limited and ticket
reservations are recommended.

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Sunday, August 25, 2002

Trial by Jury


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Saturday, August 24, 2002

Trial by Jury


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Friday, August 23, 2002

Trial by Jury


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