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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Acting up ~ Then and Now Drama Workshop

ACT (a community theatre), in cooperation with Beaconsfield Historic House, will hold a workshop Acting Up ~ Then and Now for youth ages 8 -14 on Saturday, September 29, at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House. The underlying theme of the workshop will be life in Charlottetown in the late 1800s.

The morning session (9:30 – 12:30) will be for children ages 8-11; the afternoon session (1:30 - 4:30pm) for youth ages 12-14. Cost is $10 per participant and there is a maximum of 24 per session.

Laura K. Bird, of Class Act Theatre Society, will lead the workshop team. With more than twenty-five years of experience working with young people in the theatre, Laura says,  “ Everyone is creative. Young people will have the opportunity to be imaginative and explore what it would be like to live in Charlottetown in the late 1800s.” Assisting Laura will be Justin Shaw, who coordinates various events for the UPEI Theatre Society and who recently appeared in Vagabond Productions’ Taming of the Shrew, Popalopalots improv troupe and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

The workshop will be active and engaging. Stories will be springboards to explore a different time and era. Participants will have a chance to channel some of their creative energy in a dramatic way while developing skills of listening, cooperation and communicating as well as physical, vocal and improv skills. At the end of each session, there will be a culminating performance opportunity when participants can show their work to each other.

For further information or to register for the workshop, contact Kim Johnston at 569-8563 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Looking for actors

Anyone out there have an interest in performing in the fringe festival this summer?

They are seeking actors ( 1 male and 3 or 4 females) to perform in the Charlottetown Fringe Festival. There is a play that was entered into the festival but the theatre group that was originally asked to perform it can not. If they don’t come up with the actors by the end of day they have to pull out of the festival.

The actors and production assistants would receive 50% of the box office after expenses plus have a great time. It truly is a wonderful script!

The quick synopsis is: it is the story of nineteen women who were turned to stone as punishment for dancing and making merry on a solemn, holy day. Once a century, one soul is released to tell their stories and plead with a serpent (the male of course!), dispatched by the Otherworld, for safe passage to the heavenly realm. The women’s stories are sometimes light-hearted, sometimes serious but always relative to the lives of contemporary society. Each of the women encapsulates a different experience by a female, ancient or modern.

Any assistance that you can provide would be appreciated.

The contact information is email: Cheryl Dalziel cjdalziel@gmail.com Cell phone: 314-6010 or her work phone number is 566-6962.

Yes, it is short notice but opportunity is knocking, why not answer the door?

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Monday, June 04, 2012

Acting Up - Then and Now

Acting up - Then and Now

Youth Workshop

ACT (a community theatre) in cooperation with Beaconsfield Historic House, will hold an exciting acting workshop.Using history as a theme, the workshop will focus on basic acting skills including…

* Physical Skills
* Vocal SkillsImprov Skills
* Storytelling Skills

Where:  Beaconsfield’s Carriage House
When:  Saturday, September 29
For:  Youth ages 8 - 14
Leader:  Laura Bird assisted by Justin Shaw

Laura K. Bird of Class Act Theatre Society has over twenty-five years of experience working with young people in theatre. She has worked with the Vancouver Youth Theatre, Arts Umbrella, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts School and Confederation Centre for the Arts Summer Camps.  Believing everyone is creative, she strives for young people to explore their abilities in a safe and supportive environment.

Justin Shaw of the UPEI Theatre Society will assist Laura. Justin appeared most recently in Vagabond Production’s acclaimed The Taming of the Shrew.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hone your acting skills and work with other young people who are passionate about theatre!
For further information or to register for the workshop, contact Kim Johnston at 569-8563 or johnstonk@hotmail.com.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

ACT AGM - Save the Date - August 18

ACT’s AGM and its traditional pot luck supper - following the meeting - will be held at Robert Cotton Park, Stratford, on Saturday, August 18 at 5:00 pm.

You are also invited to be part of the audience for a full rehearsal of Macbeth which will run from 2:00 to 5:00 pm in the park. 
The formalities of the meeting will begin at 5:00 with the presentation of ACT’s Community Appreciation Award, and will be followed by a short and efficient annual meeting.
The Cotton Centre has a kitchen where you can heat casseroles or the like, and store perishables and food in the refrigerator.  Depending on the weather we can eat inside or outside.  If you wish to eat outside, please take your own chair.
This event is NOT licensed.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012


Director: Richard Haines
Music Director: Mark Parsons
Producers: Edwin Hughes & Marla Haines
Choreographer: Julia Sauvé
Vocal Coach: Julain Molnar

EVENING PERFORMANCES: May 10, 11, and 12th @ 8:00 PM

TICKETS $15 available at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Box Office

Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip Little Orphan Annie

2004 National Tour Version

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)



The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals.  ANNIE is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.  In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Play Reading!

ACT (a community theatre) will be holding a play reading on Monday, May 7th in the meeting room at the Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown.  The featured play will be Oscar Wilde’s “A Woman of No Importance”.  Depending on the number of attendees, we will either assign roles or take turns around the table.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm with a start time of 7:00 pm.  Admission is free for ACT members, and $2 for non-members to help offset the photocopying costs.  For further information or to RSVP, please contact Heather Parry, ACT Readings Coordinator at hparry@yahoo.ca or 892-5691.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Search Your Closets

Opening Night Dress -ACT-OUT
Thursday March 29th,
Relatively Speaking, 7:30 p.m.

Do you miss wearing head-bands, tye-dyed shirts and torn jeans with sown-on flower patches?
Or did you never have the chance?

ACT’s sparkling, British comedy, Relatively Speaking, is set in the late 60’s/70’s.

Come to the show and opening night reception afterwards all dressed up for a Rolling Stones concert or for a garden party in 1960’s British high class elegance AND have your photo taken for free on the way in and posted on ACT’s Facebook page.

Remember to purchase your tickets from The Guild box office in advance to get your ACT membership discount. (Tickets sold on show date are NOT eligible for a discount)

See you there! I will be the one with flowers in my hair

Jennifer Shields
ACT-OUT Co-Ordinator

PS   Please let Jennifer know if you intend to attend the reception.
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PPS   If you need to renew your ACT membership contact
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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Relatively Speaking its one funny play

Comedy comes to The Guild in Charlottetown as ACT (a community theatre) proudly presents “Relatively Speaking”, the celebrated farce by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn that opens March 29, the 45th anniversary of its London premiere.

Directed by the team of Brenda Porter and Paul Whelan, the shenanigans begin in 1960s London and lead to a lush manor house, where the meeting of two very different couples quickly turns the quiet English countryside on its ear in an entertaining combination of mistaken identity, mischief, and merriment.

The quartet of performers who bring this funny business to life are not new to the ACT stage. Ashley Clark, Adam-Michael James, and Keir Malone all appeared together in last fall’s highly successful production of “Sweeney Todd”, while Barbara Rhodenhizer makes a triumphant return with yet another of her memorable characters. Hosting the festivities is ACT veteran Anthony Welsh.

The laughter of “Relatively Speaking” rings for a limited, four-show engagement – March 29, 30, and 31 at 7:30PM, concluding with a Sunday matinée April 1 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $20 ($18 for seniors, students, and unwaged) and are available through The Guild’s web site, www.theguildpei.com, or by phone at 902-620-3333.

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Friday, March 02, 2012

PEI Community Theatre Festival

Once again, ACT is producing the PEI Community Theatre Festival to mark World Theatre Day.  The festival brings together a diverse group of amateur companies from around the province and gives them a venue, an audience, and an adjudicator.  Wade Lynch, a popular past-adjudicator, returns this year.  The PEICTF takes place on Saturday March 24th, beginning at 1pm at the Carrefour Theatrea (5 Acadien Drive - behind the QEH).  ACT also has a submission for the festival, the hilarious “Sure Thing” by David Ives.  Admission is by donation, and by popular demand, there will be cinnamon buns and refreshments for sale.  Check back for a more detailed time-line of performances.  For more information, or to volunteer for Front of House, please e-mail laurakbird@hotmail.com.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Macbeth Audition Call

Auditions for the September production of Macbeth by ACT will be held March 24, 2012.  Contact bunty1948@gmail.com

Audition Call for Macbeth
ACT (a community theatre) will be producing Macbeth, outdoors in Cotton Park, Stratford, September 6-8 and 13-15.  The play is being presented in conjunction with the Stratfords of the World 2012 reunion being held on Prince Edward Island.  There will be public performances September 6-8 and 13, and special performances on September 14 and 15 for delegates to the reunion.  Rehearsals will begin the first week of June and continue all summer.
The cast will include 14 men and 6 women.  Actors 18 and over are invited to audition.  Those who wish to audition are asked to read the play in advance.  If they wish they may also prepare a monologue from any of Shakespeare’s plays and take a copy of the monologue to the audition.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 24, all day.  Please e-mail: bunty1948@gmail.com to book an audition time.  After March 4, you can also call 651-3612.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

ACT presents Ayckbourn’s comedy Relatively Speaking

February 6, 2012
Charlottetown PE

The Guild will be filled with laughter this spring as ACT (a community theatre) stages the hit comedy Relatively Speaking by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. Directors are Paul Whelan and Brenda Porter and cast members include Ashley Clark, Adam-Michael James, Keir Malone and Barbara Rhodenhizer. The Host for the evenings will be Tony Welsh. The four performances will take place March 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30pm and April 1 at 2:00pm. Tickets will be available online at theguild.com or from the box office (902.620.3333) from March 13. Admission is $20 regular and $18 seniors/students/unwaged.

Alan Ayckbourn has written a total of 76 full length plays (the most recent of which opens in 2012) but this feather-light farce is probably his best known work. With its timeless combination of dramatic irony, misunderstandings and brilliant wit, it should keep audiences happy for a very long time.

Briefly, the story concerns a young man who unexpectedly turns up at the home of a middle-aged couple he mistakenly believes to be his girl friend’s parents. The remainder of the plot must remain a secret. Ayckbourn says that he wanted to make people laugh when their seaside summer holidays were spoiled by the rain and they came into the theatre to get dry. The popularity of Relatively Speaking over the years attests to his success!

Click here to go to Relatively Speaking pictures in the gallery.

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You forgot your slippers!

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Greg Hughes has died

It is with sadness that I have to tell you Greg Hughes died on December 23 of an apparent heart attack. He was 75 years old. He will be buried in Ancaster, Ontario.

Over the years Greg was a very active ACT member. He certainly holds the record for the most ACT program advertising sold!! His last advertising was for Evita. He attended all shows, if in town, and was an avid participant of ACT reading clubs and/or ACT Outs/Aways whenever they were held.

But Greg’s interests and activities were broader than ACT. He was an avid reader and bridge player. He was very interested in Genealogy and had been active in that community for a long time. He loved classical music and attended concerts frequently, wherever they were held. Greg was also the first certified teacher of Scottish Country Dancing on PEI and ran a SCD group in Charlottetown for many years.

Greg worked for the Federal government for many years. He was with DVA when the decision was made to move the department headquarters from Ottawa to Charlottetown. He retired from DVA more than ten years ago. Since retirement he took the opportunity to travel fairly extensively, both on cruises to interesting locations like the South America (including Machu Picchu) and Egypt’s Nile, and to visit friends and family. ACT Trial by Jury members may remember Greg’s relatives sitting in on our first run through in Summerside. 

Greg will be missed by his many friends in ACT.

- Gerry


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Cuso theatre postings

3 short-term jobs in El Salvador

Cuso International (the renamed CUSO) has posted three overseas job openings which may be of interest to theatre folks.
They are short-term—for 2 or 3 months ... working with a small municipality in El Salvador.  It sounds like a challenging and exciting project.  The positions:
• Stage Manager
• Vocal Coach
• Wardrobe Manager
Go to the volunteer openings website
... and find the three jobs at the bottom of the page under “Theatre and Arts”

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Thursday, November 17, 2011


Famous made-for-TV opera coming to the Island in after-Christmas week

  Have you noticed that as soon as Hallowe’en is finished, the stores are full of Christmas?  We’re getting a bit of a head-start ourselves—to give you advance notice of a very special musical presentation that is coming for Christmastime.

  It’s Gian-Carlo Menotti’s famous short opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”.  The Island’s classical choral group Coro Dolce will give performances in four churches during the time between Christmas and New Year’s.  It will be a captivating and inspirational family experience during the holiday week.

  Amahl is a 50-minute music-drama created for television in the early 1950s.  It is the tale of the three kings on their way to Bethlehem, and what could be considered Jesus’ first miracle, in the simple home of a widow and her crippled son.  It became and remains a magical Christmas tradition throughout North America.

  The creative team for Coro Dolce’s PEI presentation is led by directors Terry Pratt and Carl Mathis, and engages the skilled experience of veterans of ACT - a community theatre.  The orchestra has leading members of The Singing Strings as well as a number of professionals.  There are two dozen actors and singers.

  The schedule:
- Tuesday 27th December - Central Queens United church, Hunter River (preview performance)
- Wednesday 28th December - St. Paul’s Anglican church in Charlottetown
- Thursday 29th December - Trinity United church in Summerside
- Friday 30th December - Cornwall United church
All performances begin at 7:00 pm

  Tickets would make a fine stocking-stuffer, don’t you think?  They are reasonably priced at $14 and $8 for children 12-and-under, with a large-family rate.  (For the Central Queens ‘preview’, admission is just $10.)
  You can get tickets from each of the host churches, whether in advance or at the door.  Phone contacts: Central Queens - 368-2838; St. Paul’s - 892-1691; Trinity Summerside - 436-3155; Cornwall United - 566-4052

Further information: 675-3672

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Theatre Review Prize

Each year ACT awards a theatre review prize to the best review of theatre presented to Greg Doran in his UPEI Theatre Studies course. We are pleased to announce the winner of this year’s prize is Devin MacKinnon. Congratulations Devin.

Distance And Depravity: A review of Close and The Problem

By Devin MacKinnon

On Saturday, March 26th, 2011, I had the pleasure of attending two plays at the PEI
Theatre Festival at the Carrefour L’Isle-Saint-Jean in Charlottetown. The festival was divided
into two sections: a section for children and a section for more mature audiences. Close, written
and directed by UPEI student Dylan Riley, was the first play in the “mature” section. The play is about a young couple named Patrick (Ben Hartley) and Michelle (Toni Timmins). The play starts
with Patrick gazing out the window, commenting on the clouds, while Michelle is more
concerned about what he is going to wear to an engagement that they are scheduled to attend.
Suddenly, Michelle gets a phone call and learns that her grandfather has passed away. Upon
hearing the news, Michelle begins to tell Patrick about the few, unpleasant memories she has of
her grandfather. During this time, Patrick says very little, while trying to be as supportive as he
can. In the end, the couple is even further apart emotionally than they were when the play began.

The premise of the show was heartbreaking, and the irony of the title was not lost on any
members of the audience. At times, I found myself captivated with what was going on, and there
was a very intense atmosphere throughout the theatre. However, the play failed to keep me
captivated for the entirety of its run. The lack of physicality made the show seem very
monotonous. Both members of the cast were seated for more than half of the play, and they had
very little to do. The set consisted of nothing more than a table and a couch, while the extra
space of the theatre was hardly used. Moreover, while the emotional performance delivered by
Timmons was excellent, her lack of volume and projection made listening to her a struggle.
Hartley played the role of the desperate boyfriend extremely well, and I found him to be the
more sympathetic character of the two; however, he seemed to serve little purpose in the show,
aside from highlighting the irony of the title. He had very few lines, as compared to Timmins,
which made it difficult for me to establish either a connection or conflict between the two
characters. Another thing that took me out of the moment during the run of Close was the
atrocious sound cue about half way through. During a break in one of Timmins’ monologues, the
sound of rain and thunder began to play. The use of this sound cue was very awkward and
uncoordinated because the volume was much too loud at the beginning; furthermore, it seemed
to randomly fade to silence and was not heard again.

Despite these criticisms, I have to say that the show was entertaining and engaging at
times, and it is great to see students like Dylan taking strides to contribute to the PEI Theatre
scene. There were many positive aspects to the show and plenty of things for Dylan, Toni, and
Ben to improve on.

The second show of the evening was called The Problem. It starred real husband and wife
Richard and Marla Haines, and it was directed by Rob Reddin. The play began with an obviously
pregnant woman (Marla) walking on stage to discuss the “problem” (the baby) with her husband,
a professor (Richard). Upon hearing that the baby may not be his, but may belong to a
mysterious black man, the husband confesses to his wife that for the last several years he has
been pretending to go to an evening class twice a week so that he may rush down to their cellar,
disguise himself as a black man, and make love to her. In return, his wife tells him that she knew
all along that her mysterious lover was him, and, after the initial encounter, she has had a
mysterious woman take her place for all of these years. She then goes on to tell her husband that
she has been the “ghetto pass-around” ever since his charade started, so she has no idea who the
father may be. In the end, the audience learns that these are all lies and nothing more than kinky
stories that the couple makes up to fuel their depraved sexual appetite before making love. The
pregnancy is revealed to be nothing more than a balloon, and the couple dashes off stage to the

The Problem was uproariously funny, and it had the crowd in stitches for the duration of
its run. With each twist in the story, I found myself more engaged and fascinated by what was
happening on stage. Despite the fact that the male protagonist was seated for most of the play,
the play seemed very physical thanks to the director’s excellent use of the space and Richard’s
fantastic physical comedy. The real life relationship between the two characters gave the show
an interesting dynamic, so the connection between the two was genuine.

However, the mood of the show failed to match the audience’s reaction at times. There
were dull moments in the show where it felt as if the couple was simply going through the
motions. Marla struggled to match the projection and volume consistently delivered by Richard,
and the pace of the show was too fast. It felt as if the actors simply wanted to get the show over
with, and there were very few pauses for laughter.

On the whole, I enjoyed my evening at the PEI Theatre Festival. Both shows I had the
pleasure of taking in were excellent in their own respective ways, and I highly recommend any
theatre lover to check out next year’s festival.

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