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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Auditions for INHERIT THE WIND

ACT’s next major production, partnering with Trinity United Church, Charlottetown, is INHERIT THE WIND.  Auditions are Sat.-Sun., Nov. 23-24, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Rehearsals begin mid-January for performance April 24-27 in Trinity’s hall.  The Director is John Moses.  The SM is Sharon MacDonald.  Contact her for an audition time: sheamacd@gmail.com, or 432-2317.  Auditioners have the option of preparing a short monologue from any modern play.  Experience is not a requirement.

INHERIT THE WIND is based on a real courtroom case, the so-called “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, in the town of Dayton, Tennessee.  At that time, and right until 1967, the state had a law against the teaching of evolution in its schools.  A number of local citizens decided to challenge this law with a show trial – chiefly in order to profit from the publicity.  They persuaded John Scopes, a substitute teacher (who might have presented the evolution chapter from the state-sponsored textbook he was using in one class period; he couldn’t remember), to act as defendant, and they persuaded two famous national figures to be counsels on either side.  For the prosecution they secured William Jennings Bryan, a fundamentalist Christian who had been the Democratic nominee for President three times, and for the defence they had a famous Chicago lawyer, Clarence Darrow, an agnostic who had recently defended two notorious killers.  The two were considered to be among the greatest orators of their day.

During the trial the Judge refused to hear any of the defence’s expert witnesses, ruling that their plausible explanations of evolution were irrelevant to the question of whether Scopes had broken the law.  In a highly irregular proceeding, Darrow called Bryan himself was as an expert witness on the Bible, in order to ridicule his views on creation.  The tactic worked – but still, Scopes was found guilty.

This trial, a battle of giants—which pitted a literal interpretation of the Bible against modern science,  unexamined faith against the right to think, the rural U.S. south against the urbanized north – did indeed garner publicity.  In fact it was the first-ever media circus.  It was covered by 200 journalists, who daily filed about 165,00 words that went round the world.  It was the first trial to be broadcast on live radio.  Hawkers of all kinds came to town to profit from the crowds.  Trained chimpanzees performed on the courthouse lawn.  Today the courthouse itself is preserved as an historic landmark, and features re-enactments of parts of the trial.

Both sides claimed victory, the fundamentalists because the law was upheld (though Scopes was fined only $100 and the verdict was later overturned on a technicality), and the modernists because widespread scorn was heaped on the other side.

INHERIT THE WIND was first performed in 1955.  It played on Broadway for two years, and at the Old Vic in London, and it has been revived in professional and amateur theatres many times.  It was made into a movie and into films for television, with famous actors in the leading roles.  The authors, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, have said that in 1955 they wanted to draw attention to another attack on freedom of thought, the witch-hunts of the McCarthy era.  But the play’s original theme continues to resonate on its own, and is sufficient reason for further performances.  Creationism, as we now call it, is far from dead and the theory of evolution is far from explaining everything.  There are many – including President George W. Bush – who argue that the two sides should be given equal footing in schools.  Many church-goers are not sure what to make of the Biblical story of creation, and many non-religious people are quite ignorant of modern evolutionary theory.  In any case, the fight against unthinking dogmatism must be taken up by every generation.

INHERIT THE WIND is gripping courtroom drama.  To enhance the drama it takes several liberties with the facts, and the preface explicitly rejects the notion that the play is “history.”  The names of the two leading characters are changed to Matthew Harrison Brady and Henry Drummond.  A real-life, wise-cracking journalist, H.L. Mencken (who invented the phrase “monkey trial”) is here E.K. Hornbeck, who provides an element of humour in the play.  John Scopes is Bertram Cates.  There are many other fascinating characters in the cast, some entirely fictitious: Rev. Jeremiah Brown who preaches hell-fire for sinners like Cates; his daughter Rachel, who loves Cates but is under her father’s thumb and is impressed by Brady; the biased Judge; the Mayor; the Jailer; two children in Cates’ class, a mountain man; a radio broadcaster; Brady’s wife; members of the jury and the Ladies’ Aid, and other townspeople.  The town itself is “Hillsboro,” which could be almost any town in the American south.  So strong and popular is the play that many viewers take it to be, literally, the Scopes Monkey Trial.

ACT (a community theatre) and Trinity United Church have combined to put on this drama April 24-27, 2014, in Trinity’s church hall.  The first two performances will be dinner theatre.  For all performances, auditioners who don’t secure a speaking part will be invited to be characters in the drama, townspeople in costume, who freely ad lib their own attitudes towards the trial, as they welcome the visitors to their town, serve them food, and take as much money from them as they can. 

There are twenty speaking roles.  They include only four parts for women, but the Director may dress some women as men.  The extras as above can be of either gender, all female if necessary. 

A strong production team is behind this play.  The Director is John Moses, the Minister at Trinity United, who has directed this play elsewhere, as well as several other plays at Trinity.  The Stage Manager is Sharon MacDonald (Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) who has taught the play in high school.  The Producer is Jennifer Shields, and the Costume Designer is Pam Jewell.  Other team members are Terry Pratt and Rob Thomson.

Successful auditioners must be either members of the Trinity congregation or members of ACT.  They should also be prepared to assist this show or another as crew members, in the spirit of community theatre.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This upcoming summer ACT is pleased to be returning to Cotton Park to once again perform the Bard’s work under (hopefully) the clear blue sky.

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This morning one of the Producers passed along the cast list of all the speaking roles in the show. He tells me that a few more non-speaking parts will be added in the future, but presented here is the list of those thespians who now have the (pleasant) task of studying the script.

Theseus—Adam Gauthier
Hippolyta—Lana Mill
Philostrate—David Bulger
Egeus—Cyril Armstrong
Hermia—Ashley Clark
Lysander—Justin Shaw
Demetrius—Devin MacKinnon
Helena—Olivia Barnes
Quince—Terry Pratt
Bottom—Richard Haines
Starveling—Alex Johnston
Flute—Ben Hartley
Snug—Ian Byrne
Snout—Kassinda Bulger
Fairy/Cobweb—Sara McCarthy
Puck—Keir Malone
Oberon—Andrew Trivett
Titania—Catherine MacDonald
Mustardseed—Courtney Starkman
Peasblossom—Ashley Macleod
Moth—Sarah Bruce

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

2013 Community Theatre Festival

A rich variety of original creativity—A fine success!

  The theatre of the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean was a very lively place on Saturday afternoon, April 6th, 2013.  Several hundred people—some for the whole afternoon, others who dropped in for an hour of two—enjoyed a smorgasbord of six short plays in celebration of World Theatre Day.  The variety was so rich, in both the style of play and nature of the performing group ... small children and seasoned elders ... cultural pageant to biting satire.  A wonderful thing: five of the six pieces were original—developed by the groups themselves.
  For the first time we had a play in French, and it was about the French language.  In their home theatre, students of the dramatic arts program of L’école François-Buote staged “Le français—c’est moi.”  It was a hoot: each character claiming to be the representative of La Francophonie ... and what a potpourri of characters—ranging from snooty Parisians to down-home, full-of-bonhomie Island farm-boy.  Adjudicator Monique Lafontaine commended the amusingly iconic portrayals. Comic it was, yes, but with the good message about the breadth and strength of French language coursing through cultures around the world as well as our own Island community.
  The Bonshaw Young Players are a children’s group (ages 7 to 14) who work with Ruth Lacey.  “The Mystery Men - the Mystery of Joe Hardy” was scripted by youngsters Benaiah Johnson and Qwyn Scurr.  The mystery was a series of thefts from the Hardy’s own house, which connected with the presumed, but unverified, death of Joe himself in a plane crash in the Amazon ... and a trap caught the surprising criminal.  The audience was delighted with the comic touches, especially the car which alternately backed up and then raced forward across the front of the audience.  All was eventually revealed in fine irony as super-sleuth Joe was led off to jail.
  Colour would be the word which would best tell you about “Mi’kmaq Legends”.  The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors were dressed in shiny bright regalia, and the mood was set by a campfire and drum.  The presentation included a haunting song, dancing, and effective flashing of lights.  It was great to see a range of ages working together—adults, youth and small children.  Adjudicator Wade Lynch pointed out how good stories, with good lessons-for-life, cross cultural boundaries: ‘The legend of Little Scar Face’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’ aren’t very far apart.
  ACT (a community theatre) brought back, from its ‘fairy tale’ show last month at The Guild, “Mirror Mirror”.  The three sexy-looking women were, in a way, outclassed by the Mirror—the man in the fittingly termed ‘vanity’ set-piece who stepped out for his bow to reveal Superman underwear!  An impressive achievement was the way two actors portrayed a succession of very different princes.  There was lots of laughter in this satiric refashioning of the Sleeping Beauty tale.
  “Folding Tables”—A Play a Week’s portrayal of a dysfunctional life-coaching seminar—could well have been called ‘Turning the Tables’.  Over the course of 25 minutes the roles of coach and participant gradually reversed in hilarious fashion.  The wonderfully effective silences between the inept facilitator (Lennie MacPherson) and his straight-faced and taciturn victim probably outweighed the amount of dialogue.  Body gestures and facial expressions worked without words, and the audience was repeatedly in stitches.  No one who watched will ever behave the same at any future self-improvement workshop they might attend!
  The final play was “My Buddy Mark” by the duo All the World’s a Stage.  It was a quasi-improv-style portrayal of a rehearsal of itself—as old-pro Bill McFadden provided commentary and led his buddy Mark McIntosh through a reflection on their past few months of working together and building a friendship.  The audience was bolstered by a strong contingent connected with the Island’s Brain Injury Association, there to see their fellow-member or friend Mark take the stage.  Take it he did, climaxing the afternoon with his singing of “The Impossible Dream”.  The lyrics were so meaningful in this context: emotion surged, and the audience rose to give a standing ovation.
  It was a fitting conclusion to an afternoon of not just engaging entertainment but also exceptional achievement for the participants.  What a great springtime tapping of the creative juices running in Prince Edward Island’s community theatre landscape.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

ACT (A Community Theatre) will hold auditions for the outdoor summer production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saturday April 6, and Saturday April 13 at UPEI’s Faculty Lounge. Auditions will run from 10:00AM to 3:00PM over the two Saturdays and are by appointment only. To book an audition and for further information please contact Sharon MacDonald by email sheamacd@gmail.com or by phone (902) 432-2317.

ACT (A Community Theatre) will hold auditions for the outdoor summer production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saturday April 6, and Saturday April 13 at UPEI’s Faculty Lounge. Auditions will run from 10:00AM to 3:00PM over the two Saturdays and are by appointment only. To book an audition and for further information please contact Sharon MacDonald by email sheamacd@gmail.com or by phone (902) 432-2317.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

World Theatre Day and the PEI Community Theatre Festival

Saturday afternoon, April 6th, at the Carrefour
Good entertainment!

  The Community Theatre Festival is back, and variety is the spice of its life.  On the afternoon of Saturday, April 6th, the stage of the Carrefour will offer a smorgasbord of half-a-dozen short plays which appeal to virtually all kinds of audience.
  The Festival will be PEI’s way of marking the 53rd annual celebration of World Theatre Day—the day when thespians all around the globe show their respect for the vital force which live performance has been in virtually all societies stretching down through the centuries.  The Day’s message this year—from Dario Fo, the Italian playwright who won the 1997 Nobel prize for literature—refers to how provocative an influence the theatre has often been; it quotes a reactionary church prelate who 300 years ago lamented: “It is therefore urgent to rid our cities of theatre makers, as we do with unwanted souls”!
  The theatre makers of this year’s Festival are hardly unwanted souls; indeed, they represent a wonderfully varied cross-section of our PEI community.  For the first time there’ll be a play in (and about) the French language, developed and presented by the dramatic arts students of L’école François-Buote.  Children and young adults will have a strong presence in the Bonshaw Young Players, in a play by ACT (a community theatre), and in a unique production by the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors which dramatically presents legendary stories through lyrical narration, music and dance.  Sketch 22 veterans Lennie MacPherson and Graham Putnam will take the audience to an ill-prepared and oddly mixed-up life-coaching symposium.  Another play, done in a modified improv style, will feature a friendship between seasoned pro Bill McFadden and Mark MacIntosh who has coped with a brain injury for most of his life.
  Five out of the six plays are original: they have been developed from scratch by the people who will perform them—a fine example of the creative juices flowing in community theatre on PEI.
  The Festival is an amateur-theatre happening for non-profit, for-the-fun-of-it groups.  It became a regular thing in the early 2000s.  There was a brief hiatus, and then it came back with grand success in the past three years.  It was standing-room-only at the Victoria Playhouse in 2010, and in the past two years it brought hundreds of people to the Carrefour for an all-afternoon session of plays topped up with yummy refreshments.
  For theatre-goers it can be a full afternoon or a drop-in-for-awhile sort of thing.  Each group puts on a short play, a half-hour or less, and there’s a good mix of types—comedy, edgy drama, cultural treat, mystery and such.
  The irrepressible Wade Lynch and his arts-savvy colleague Monique Lafontaine (for the play in French) will be adjudicators, giving helpful tips to each play-presenting group.
  The Community Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance for scores of 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.  For the audience it’s a bargain—pay-what-you-will admission to help defray costs—and good-fun entertainment.
  The Carrefour’s doors open at 12:30 and the plays begin at 1:00 and run till about 5:00 o’clock, following this schedule (subject to modification):
Ecole François-Buote ... Bonshaw Young Players ... Mi’kmaq Confederacy ...
ACT (a community theatre) ... A Play a Week ... All the World’s a Stage.
  There’ll be a 20-minute break between plays to provide for adjudication and set-up of the next play ... and also to give the audience a chance to sample the refreshments.
For information contact Rob Thomson—robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

2013 PEI Community Theatre Festival

Now’s the time to be thinking about your play!


  PEl’s Community Theatre Festival is putting the call out for plays for April 6th, 2013.  Because of UNESCO World Theatre Day landing on the Easter weekend, the Festival is moving to the following Saturday, April 6th.
  The invitation is for short plays and/or excerpts with a 40-minute maximum running time.  All age groups are encouraged; there are usually seniors groups, children and young people, university students, and community groups participating.
  This is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance to rub shoulders with other amateur actors and volunteers and to perform beyond the usual home audience.  This is for any group, young or old, large or small doing amateur theatre (not-for-profit, for the fun of it).
  Constructive feedback will be offered after each performance by Adjudicator Wade Lynch and there will be awards to recognize achievement.  During rehearsal time each group is offered directorial and production advice by a visiting mentor if desired.
  Each participating group is responsible for all aspects of its play: rights, costumes, props, light/sound design, special effects, transportation, etc.  A technician will be available for the technical rehearsal early on the day of performance for each player-group to make specific plans.  There is no charge for taking part.
  The Festival Committee, with the support of ACT (a community theatre), invites those interested to make contact for further information or to express intent.  The contacts are: Ruth Lacey - rlacey688@gmail.com, 675-4282 or Kate Martin - eslkatie@yahoo.ca, 892-4384.
Participation needs to be confirmed by January 15th.

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Monday, April 02, 2012

Macbeth Casting Announcement

Terry Pratt, director, has announced the cast list for ACT’s September 2012 production of Macbeth in Robert Cotton Park, Stratford.

Dramatis Personae for MACBETH, Stratford PEI production

Duncan               David Bulger
Malcolm               Janaya Gallant
Macbeth               Richard Haines
Banquo               Keir Malone
Macduff               Rob Reddin
Ross                   Adam Gauthier
Fleance               Kassinda Bulger
Young soldier (= young Siward + messenger)     
                        Ian Byrne
Seyton                 Gerry Gray
Boy, son of Lady Macduff         TBA
Doctor                 Cyril Armstrong
Porter                 Justin Shaw
First murderer         Michael Joslin
Second murderer     Alex Morkunas

Lady Macbeth         Catherine MacDonald
Lady Macduff         Ashley Clark
Gentlewoman (Nurse to Lady Macbeth) 
                        Joanne Mawhinney
Witch 1               Quinby Barrows
Witch 2               Sara McCarthy
Witch 3               Kathleen Haines
Apprentice witches   Olivia Barnes,
                      Emma Russell Louder,
                      Lucy Morkunas

The three apprentice witches will be crowd control, will have some singing as they do so, and probably some given lines, either from the play or as if from the play.

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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

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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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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!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Read-Along Macbeth

ACT (a community theatre) will host a reading of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on February 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Southport Room of the Stratford Town Centre, 234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford.  Those attending will be invited to take turns reading various parts from an adapted script.

The script has been adapted for an upcoming production of Macbeth, out of doors in Robert Cotton Park, Stratford, in early September, 2012.

The director of the September show, Terry Pratt, adapted the script to better meet the challenges of staging the play’s scenes in various locations around Cotton Park.  Pratt and UPEI Theatre Studies Co-ordinator, Greg Doran, will be present on February 15 to coach readers on delivering the Bard’s lines.

The September production will include public performances on September 6-8 and 13, and special performances on September 14 and 15 for delegates to the Stratfords of the World Reunion 2012 being held in Stratford, PEI.  Auditions will be held in March.

Admission to Read-Along Macbeth is $2 to cover the cost of copying scripts and is free for ACT members.  ACT memberships will be available at the door, as will more information about the upcoming production.

For further information on the reading, contact: Heather Parry: hparry@upei.ca

For further information on the September production, contact the producer, Bunty Albert: bunty1948@gmail.com.

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Monday, May 09, 2011


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, 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

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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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