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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.

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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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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Case of the Disappearing Posters!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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)

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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!

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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!

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JEREMY ROBERT HICKEY - JESUS

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… http://actpei.ca/pmt_comments.php?id=287_0_1_0_C

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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

Expenses:

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


Revenue:

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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