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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
bedroom.

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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Thursday, June 02, 2011

ACT’s BOARD of DIRECTORS

Advice wanted for nominating board members for 2011-12

  We know that it is a number of weeks away (near the end of August), but the ACT board is looking ahead to the annual general meeting of ACT—in particular, the yearly routine of renewing the Board.  For that, we could use your advice.
  ACT’s constitution calls for a Nominating Committee to prepare a slate of candidates in preparation for the election which is held at the AGM.  Other candidates can be nominated at the meeting, of course, but the purpose of the Nominating Committee is to make certain that there will be at least one nominee for each office that is becoming vacant.  The Nominating Committee this year is Rob Thomson, Janet Macdonald and Heather Parry.
  The 2-year terms of the various Board members are set up so that there is a sort of leap-frogging: about half the officers get elected in one year, the other half in the next year.  This year the offices which are coming due for election are these:
  • President   • Director of Theatre   • Membership Director
  There is also one other opening for an appointed position (which doesn’t have a specific term)—Coordinator for ACT-Out (organizing some social occasions - going to a play and having dinner or dessert).
  So ... here’s the point of this posting: we wonder if you, as an ACT member, would be able to suggest someone who you think would do a committed and effective job on the ACT board (... or may yourself wish to be considered for nomination.)
  The ‘position descriptions’ for each of the four offices are shown below this message.
  Could you please give this some thought and feed us (robthomson at pei.sympatico.ca) any suggestions in the course of the next ten days (by Monday, June 13)?  Thanks.

The current Board, by the way, is this:
  • President - Richard Haines • Past-president - Rob Thomson
  • Vice-President - Rob Reddin   • Secretary - Bunty Albert
  • Treasurer - Janet Macdonald • Director of Theatre - Adam Gauthier
  • Membership Coordinator - Sophia Wong
  • Music Adviser/Guru - Carl Mathis
  • Readings Coordinator - Heather Parry
  • ‘Flex’ member & ACT-Out - Margaret MacEachern
  • Workshops Coordinator - Ben Rayner
  • UPEI Liaison - Devin MacKinnon

The positions ...

President
- Call meetings; set agenda; chair the meeting
- Look ahead: raise issues; ensure planning
- General coordination: keep in touch with participants; make sure doers are in touch with each other
- Call AGM; set agenda; chair the meeting
- Spokesperson for ACT when needed
- Arrange any general publicity (apart from particular shows)
- ‘Foreign affairs’ - representative of ACT; liaison with other parties
- Handling of any requests to borrow items from ACT’s collection of props, costumes, set-pieces etc
- File annual return form (info re officers, etc.) to keep registration as a non-profit company

Director of Theatre
- Plan the production year (September to June): find, encourage, arrange for persons to plan and direct productions, so that ACT will present a suitable number (3 has been a rule-of-thumb standard, but is not the absolute number) and variety of shows for its annual season.  Preferably such planning involves much discussion with others.
- Plan/arrange for (with a fair degree of certainty) these elements of a show:
- the Director, in combination with the Director’s choice of play (or willingness to do the play proposed by the Director of Theatre)
- the rights to perform the play
- the timing (dates of performance, framework for auditions and rehearsals)
- the venue
- a rough budget
- the Producer (... and preferably the Stage Manager)
- Present – with the proponent-Director of a show, using ACT’s standard form/guideline for proposing a show – the plans to the Board for approval.  (The Board as a body must give permission to launch a production which uses ACT’s name and money.)
- Ensure that there is continuing liaison between the person(s) staging a show and the ACT Board
- Contribute views and take part in decisions on all matters which come before the Board as a body

Membership Director
- Act as the ‘keeper’ of policies/rules regarding membership
- Promote, at any opportunity, interest in joining ACT
  ... including ensuring membership on the part of on-stage participants in ACT productions (chiefly by doing a ‘sales’ job at the first gathering of participants)
- Handle applications, process payment of dues ... including issuance of receipts and member cards
- Maintain list of current members and contact information ... and provide for use as needed
- Facilitate members’ use of ticket-discount benefit
- Contribute views and take part in decisions on all matters which come before the Board as a body

ACT-Out Coordinator
- Organize (roughly once every month or two) entertainment/social events for ACT members to enjoy together:
- ‘research’ and consult ... choose theatre productions or comparable activities/events* to attend, normally in combination with a restaurant meal or other dining-sort of activity (e.g. wine-and-cheese, dessert) * Note that it need not be a play - example: concert, film
- Make arrangements - e.g. reservations, way to acquire tickets
- Publicize the outing among members and encourage participation
- Contribute views and take part in decisions on all matters which come before the Board as a body

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COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL 2012

Get involved in a good project

  The PEI Community Theatre Festival—held at the Carrefour on Saturday afternoon, March 26th—was a wonderful success ... far more audience than expected, a fine experience for scores of participating thespians, no significant problems, a simple but effective concept of true community theatre.  That was the second year for the Festival in its renewed form: ACT - a community theatre spear-headed its re-creation after a lapse from earlier production by Theatre PEI.
  Organization of these two festivals was done by a committee of three or four persons ... and it proved to be effective and remarkably easy.
  The reason for this message is to recruit members for that committee.  Two of us are pulling back from overall responsibility on the core group ... although we’ll probably be available for particular tasks such as publicity, awards, sponsorships and such.
   Work on the core committee is not all that onerous.  We found that in the fall there was actually very little for the organizing committee to do—just some general planning + recruiting participant community-theatre groups.  Arrangements-making—choosing and securing venue(s) and a technician, organizing refreshments, getting an adjudicator, etc.—got done after we knew how many and who were the participant groups.  That is, the main work happened in January, February, March.  It took just three or four committee meetings, apart from the ‘homework’ between meetings, of course.  We have two years of experience and written materials which provide guidance for making things happen without a whole lot of stress.
  The Theatre Festival is riding on the momentum of two successful years.  It’s a very worthwhile project, and organizing it is pretty straightforward—and rewarding.
  Do you think this might be something for you to get involved in?

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Proof

A special congratulations to the cast and crew of Proof is called for. Last week audiences were thrilled to see this play realized on the stage of The Guild.

It was certainly an evening well-spent with strong performances of a very engaging script.

Technical issues prevented me from being able to post the information on the website before the show, but I am pleased to see our technical issues resolved and be able to extend my congratulations to all.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Play Reading and ACT-out

Our previously cancelled play reading will now take place on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm in the private room at St. James Gate. We will be reading “Six Characters in Search of an Author” by Luigi Pirandello. Depending on the turn-out, attendees will either be assigned characters or we will go around the table.

This event is being co-hosted by ACT and the UPEI Theatre Society. There will be no charge for members, and only $2.00 for non-members.

If you wish to have a bite to eat and a chance to chat prior to the play reading, please join us at 5:00 pm in the private room at St. James Gate.

Please RSVP by April 1st to hparry@upei.ca - and let us know if you will be joining us for both the meal and the play reading, or just the reading.  Hope to see you there!!!!!
Thank you.
Heather

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Anne & Gilbert Auditions

The producers of the hit musical Anne & Gilbert are holding auditions in Halifax, Sunday March 27th, 2011 (location TBA) and Summerside on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 (location: Harbourfront Theatre, 124 Harbour Drive, Summerside, PEI).

If interested in auditioning and would like further details please respond to anneandgilbertauditions@gmail.com with your contact information which includes your name, afe, phone number (s) and resume/photo. Dates of season including rehearsal period are May 30th to September 25th, 2011 inclusive. Performances Tuesday/Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

THEATRE FESTIVAL UPDATE

There has been some modification of the original plans for the March 26th Festival - Have a look ...

PEI COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL 2011
Enjoy 5 short plays to celebrate World Theatre Day: comedy and drama in a smorgasbord of styles—home-grown young-people’s fun, edgy romantic fantasy and farce, touching seniors’ life-memories.
Saturday afternoon, March 26th, starting at 1:00 o’clock, at The Carrefour
Refreshments available
Admission by pay-as-you-will donation
Information: www.actpei.ca   robbie_reddin at hotmail.com

The players and plays:
• Bonshaw Young Players - “The Peddler’s Potion” + “The Well at the End of the World”
• Seniors on Stage - “What’s Next?”
• UPEI Theatre Society - “Close”
• ACT - “The Problem”

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Monday, February 14, 2011

The PEI COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL is Back

For World Theatre Day 2011 ... Comedy and drama at The Carrefour on March 26th

  100% more!  The 2011 PEI Community Theatre Festival is going to be twice as big as last year’s.
  Last year the Victoria Playhouse was filled to standing-room—and the audience was treated to three diverse plays (as well as mouth-watering cinnamon buns).
  This year The Carrefour will be the venue for 6 short plays, presented in a matinee for some original performances by younger and older groups, and then an evening for a set of more adult-engaging works.
  It’s on Saturday, March 26th—in celebration of the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day.  That special UNESCO day has been marked with plays, workshops and happenings around the globe for half a century now.  A scan of the web shows events in places like Vancouver, Ghana, Indonesia, New York, Mexico, Argentina, India, Mongolia ... and on Prince Edward Island.
  The Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a time when for-the-fun-of-it actors get to perform beyond their usual home audience, to rub shoulders and learn from one another and get constructive feedback from adjudicators Marlane O’Brien and Terry Pratt.
  Comedy links almost all of this year’s plays, but they present a grand spectrum of genres and themes: down-home general-store gossip ... humorously touching seniors’ memories ... edgy romantic fantasy and bedroom farce ... even intense drama.  The plays ...
  “I’m Herbert” is one of the quartet of hugely successful plays by Robert Anderson under the over-title “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running”.  The topic is sex, in its various and fascinating manifestations; the treatment is tastefully touching and explosively funny.  Herbert and Muriel, an advanced-age couple, have a rocking-chair reminiscence about their marriages and flings—but the details, including identities, tend to get rather mixed up.  Bill McFadden is the director.
  “The Peddler’s Potion” is an authentically home-grown play.  It was designed by young Abigail and Joseph Simmonds, and then developed with a dozen other children who are the members of Ruth Lacey’s Bonshaw Young Players.  We get comedy with a message: can the village’s feud be cured by a mischievous travelling salesman?  As in Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love”, what counts is what you believe.
  “Tech No” is another home-grown play—written by Hampton dentist Peter Bevan-Baker and developed as he worked with the drama club at Crapaud’s Englewood school.  Asked what it’s like, Peter says: “It is a comedy/farce with serious dramatic elements ... Have I covered all the bases there?!”  The play looks at the impacts—both positive and negative—that technology has on our lives.
  “That’s Life” is a fascinating project of Ron Irving—the man who created The Venerables—and his ‘Seniors on Stage’ group from the Seniors College.  It is a series of sketches and monologues which the group developed collegially to present experiences and situations which people-who-age encounter.  The scenes make telling points in ways which will cause some good chuckles as well as some more serious food for thought.
  “The Problem” by A. R. Gurney is the entry of ACT (a community theatre), and is directed by Rob Reddin.  It features Marly and Richard Haines as a couple playing psychological games in a wonderfully absurd situation which is triggered by the appearance of a sudden pregnancy.  It’s a sexual-allusion (or sexual-illusion?) comedy which also takes a dandy satiric punch at WASP attitudes toward ‘more exotic’ races.
“Close” is both written and directed by Dylan Riley, and will be staged by his colleagues of the UPEI Theatre Society.  This is an original drama, adapted from the author’s own short story, in which the stale relationship of young Patrick and Michelle is the medium for a look at interpersonal communication.  “The idea of having my own work performed by others,” Dylan Riley says, “is almost dizzying”.
  A fitting observance of World Theatre Day, the PEI Community Theatre Festival is going to be a full day of live, and lively, theatre ... spiced with refreshments and socializing—good fun, indeed.
  It’s at the Carrefour Theatre (accessed via the QEH road).  The matinee of the two young-people groups and the seniors’ troupe starts at 2:00 pm.  The evening curtain for the edgier plays goes up at 7:00 pm.  Admission is by pay-what-you-can donation.  Hearts and Flowers, The Buzz, David Gauthier and ACT (a community theatre) have provided sponsor support.
Information: Rob Reddin 940-0328 robbie_reddin@hotmail.com

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Monday, February 07, 2011

ACT Auditions for “Proof” by David Auburn

ACT (A Community Theatre) will be holding auditions for its May production of the drama “Proof” by David Auburn. The production will be directed by Rob Reddin and co-produced by Rob Reddin and Margaret McEachern.

Auditions will take place from Friday, February 18th to Monday February 21st inclusive, and will be held at the VRC, 81 Prince Street in Charlottetown. Actors interested in auditioning should have a prepared monologue.

Four actors will be required for this production:
Robert - a professor (age 45+)
Catherine - his daughter (age 20-30)
Claire - Catherine’s sister (age 20-35)
Hal - Catherine’s love interest and Robert’s former student (age 20-35)

To book an audition, or if you are interested in working backstage, or for further information, please contact Margaret at margaret@knitpickerspei.com.
Margaret McEachern
Knit Pickers by Margaret McEachern
51 Westcomb Cr
Charlottetown, PE CANADA C1C 1B7
(902) 626-8284
www.knitpickerspei.com

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Thanks to our audiences.

Hello everyone.
  I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank our audience this past week at the Guild. “At Play In The Dark” was a success on many levels for us. It was a great experience to take these shows to the stage, but all those experiences amount to nothing without you.
  Three nights in a row our expectations were blown out of the water by the people who left their houses in the cold dark January nights to bring their warm laughter and applause to our production.
  Thank you. You made it a pleasure.
  Thanks as well to Sheep-for-Wheat productions for this wonderful partnership, these actors are exactly the sort of people you want to run into in the dark.
  As well Erick, and the rest of the Guild staff, who were wonderful to work with, not only bringing us light to work in, but a supportive and easy going atmosphere that helped bring it all together. (A special nod as well to Kevin for his work backstage too)
  And of course, the actors and directors; Mike Rob and Adam and their actors put in the work to get us there, and to give all of you a show to see.
  Long story short. I appreciate you all. Thank you.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

At Play in the Dark: An evening of Edgy One-Act Plays

In January of 2011 ACT (a community theatre) and Sheep-for-Wheat Productions are kicking the year off with an evening of One Act Plays.

A Play in the Dark, will present audiences with three different one act shows from three different sets of directors and actors, each dealing with mature themes. These shows include;

The Problem by A.R. Gurney, Jr., directed by Rob Reddin, is a candid chat between husband and wife which gives new meaning to “the things we do for love.” Performed by Marly Haines and Richard Haines.

The Other Five Percent by Bryan Goluboff, directed by Adam Gauthier, set on a Manhattan Street late on a Halloween night asks us, �Are people and things really as nice as they seem? Or could they be what your mother always warned you about?� Performed by Greg Chandler, Devin MacKinnon and Bethany Mayne.

The Worker by Walter Wykes, directed by Mike Walker and Stage Managed by Nicole Doiron presents us with an absurdist one act. A young woman finds a companion to help cope with the loneliness she suffers each day while her husband is at work. He is furious when he finds out, and perhaps with good reason as the discovery of such companions may translate to violent results. Performed by Ben Rayner, Rebecca Ford and Peter Grandy, with additional talents provided by Jeff Doherty and Fraser McCallum.

Sheep-for-Wheat Productions is an independent theater company created as an avenue for enthusiastic young adults to perform theatrically on P.E.I. The troupe prides itself on its collaborative approach and collection of local talents dedicated to bringing exciting ideas to the stage. In the past Sheep-for-Wheat Productions has performed Harold Pinter�s The Dumb Waiter, and Eugene Ionesco�s, The Lesson at The Guild in Charlottetown.  Sheep-for-Wheat, collective based, is more about friends coming together and reaching out to the community through mediums which they feel passionately about.

At Play in the Dark performs at The Guild on January 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm. Ticket Price is 12 dollars at the door, or from the Guild Box Office (902)-620-3333. These plays contain language that is inappropriate for younger audiences and deal with Mature Subject Matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Delightful ACT-out

Dinner at Miss Daisy’s ... A Christmas Carol

What a wonderful evening our ACT group had on Friday December 10th 2010.
  First it was dinner at Miss Daisy’s Victorian Tea Room on Summer Street in Summerside.  This is a B&B which has full restaurant service for lunch and dinner, five days a week ... and it’s amazingly reasonable in cost.  The food was great—in the range of offerings, in quality and presentation.  Our group had a variety of tastes: seafood linguine, turkey, prime rib, pad thai and more.  A nice feature: you can bring your own wine and there’s no corkage fee.
  After lemon-meringue pie we reconvened at the Harbourfront Theatre for the musical version of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.   This was presented by the Fandango Musical Players, the creation of Shirley Anne Cameron (Artistic Director) and Tanya Bernard (Music Director), both of whom are familiar to ACT folks for their big roles in ACT’s own musical productions.  In fact many of the cast were ‘graduates’ of Evita. What a show—great material, fine quality in costuming, sets, staging, dance, music and the rest.  A timeless story, retold in a very moving (and often fun!) way.
  This was a dandy reminder of the good experiences which ACT-out can give us.  Thanks to Margaret MacEachern and Sophia Wong for making it happen.  Nice goin’!!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

ACT - out

ACT Out

Come celebrate the Christmas season!  A festive ACT-Out evening is planned for Friday, December 10th.

 

The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with great conversation and food at five eleven west at Credit Union Place, 511 Notre Dame St in Summerside.  From there, well be heading to the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre to enjoy the Fandango Musical Players production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

 

Theatre tickets are $25.00 pp and can be ordered by phone at (902) 888-2500 or (800) 7080-6505, or online at https://www.harbourfront.summerside.ca/TheatreManager/133/online.  Dont be disappointed order your tickets ASAP!

 

If you plan to join us for pre-theatre dinner, please contact Margaret McEachern at margaret@knitpickerspei.com by December 2nd.  She will be making a group reservation.

 

If anyone is interested in carpooling from the Charlottetown area, please let Margaret know by e-mail by December 2nd.  We will arrange a meeting time and location.

 

Merry Christmas and Bah, humbug to everyone!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PLAYS WANTED

  PEI’s Community Theatre Festival is coming back.  Planning is already under way for the weekend of March 25/26th 2011, and the Festival folks are now inviting amateur theatre groups to participate.

  Last March it was standing-room-only at the Victoria Playhouse as community-theatre troupes put on an evening of short plays to observe World Theatre Day.  Besides the 30 or so players and back-stagers, 175 people packed the cozy theatre.  Adjudicator Wade Lynch gave helpful appraisals of the plays and presented awards.  The Bonshaw Women’s Institute served up cinnamon rolls and other delectables.  It was a grand time!  (You can see the photos by clicking on ‘Gallery’ at the top-right of this home page and choosing ‘Community Theatre Festival 2010’)
  The Community Theatre Festival is an evening or set of evenings in late March when short plays or excerpts get presented by the Island’s amateur theatre groups.  The 2011 Festival will be a celebration of the 50th annual celebration of UNESCO’s World Theatre Day.  The Island Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance for scores of amateur actors and off-stage production volunteers to perform beyond their usual home audience, to rub shoulders with and learn from one another and get constructive feedback.
  The organizing committee is recruiting groups to contribute a play to the Festival.  This is for any group—big or small, young or old—which does theatre in an amateur (not-for-profit, for-the-fun-of-it) way.
  Short plays or excerpts (40 minutes maximum) are what’s wanted, plays of any type—comedy, serious drama, avant-garde, whatever.  There is no pre-screening to assess appropriateness, although a group should be conscious of potential offensiveness. (Even so, it may be possible to have a special performance evening for more ‘mature’ or ‘cutting-edge’ plays).  Choice of play could be affected by technical limitations of the performance space and the limited set-up time between plays.  Location and arrangement of the plays will depend on numbers and nature of the pieces, but a performance evening will probably have 3 plays, with a 10-or 15-minute set-up gap between them.
  Each participating group is responsible for all aspects of its play—rights, costumes, props, light/sound design, special effects, transportation, etc., but there is no charge for taking part.  A technician will be provided for each evening, with whom the player-group can make specific plans.  Each group will be offered (if it’s wanted) directorial/production advice by a visiting mentor, and there will likely be a general-purpose workshop for all during the preparation period.
  An experienced adjudicator will give constructive feedback, and there will be awards to recognize achievements.
  An interested theatre group should express its intent before December 15th, and confirm participation by January 15th.  Contact can be made with any one of the Festival organizing committee:
  • Rob Reddin robbie_reddin @ hotmail.com
  • Ruth Lacey 675-4282
  • Rob Thomson robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca 628-6778

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Monday, September 13, 2010

WANT TO PUT ON A PLAY?

Here’s your chance to do that play you’ve been wanting to see on stage ...

Hello everyone.
ACT has decided to pull together an evening of one-act plays for later this fall (the date is under consideration by a small committee right now). As such we are looking out to the membership for people interested in throwing their lot in as a director to one of these shows.
An interested director would need to have a one act show to propose, and hopefully another person or two interested in helping them produce and/or Stage manage their production.
So give it some thought, and if you’re interested, let me know at richard.haines @ gmail.com

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