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Monday, June 02, 2008

ACT Auditions for Jack the Ripper

ACT (A Community Theatre) will be holding auditions for its October production of the rather off-beat comedy “Jack The Ripper - Monster of White Chapel” by Joe Dickinson.The production is directed by Richard Haines and produced by Adam Gauthier.

Auditions will take place Saturday, June 21 and Sunday,
June 22.

To book an audition time or for further information please contact monsterofwhitechapel@gmail.com

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Blue Castle - The musical

Yes, her name is Valancy and ‘The Blue Castle’, to be staged in November by ACT (a community theatre), tells her story. This musical written by Hank Stinson with additional music by Helen Stewart MacRae is based on a 1926 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The Blue Castle tells the story of Valancy Stirling’s escape from her stultifying home life, her quest for identity, and her awakening as a woman. She is a true hero - a glowing example of courage and determination in the face of the unknown; It’s only when you realize that no one else is going to take care of you that you begin to take care of yourself.

This play won Theatre PEI’s ‘New Voices’ first prize in 1992, and has been staged several times on the Island. The original production had a cast of more than thirty and a live band on stage but Hank Stinson had creative second thoughts - he became increasingly convinced that the work was better suited to an intimate setting, told by a few actors who were really in tune with Lucy Maud Montgomery and her milieu. This production boasts a trimmed script, some new music, and a cast of 12 actors, singers and dancers.

This ACT production is timed to be a part of the November ‘kick-off’ for Anne 2008 and there will be a performance of the show on LM Montgomery’s birthday, November 30. Musical direction will be by Helen Stewart MacRae and choreography by Julia Sauve.  Performances will take place at The Guild, on Queen Street, in Charlottetown, on November 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and Dec.1. Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. They are available at the Guild Box Office, (902) 620-3333 and at the Confederation Centre Box Office (902) 566-1267 / 1-800-565-0278 as well as on line at www.confederationcentre.com

This project has been made possible with funding from the Community Cultural Partnership Program of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and with the support of the City of Charlottetown.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Coward in Rehearsal

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

A Couple of Cowards

Here is the article that appears in the February BUZZ, about our next play:

Could the Provinces Room in the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel double as a private suite in a luxurious auberge in Switzerland?

With its old-world charm, its gilded high ceiling, dark wood, massive fireplace, and elegant furniture, I don’t see why not.  Even if there is no view of the Alps.

Imagining this, one can imagine more: that some wealthy, witty, and oh so worldly characters from a chic Noel Coward play have been living for some time in that very suite, dressing for dinner in black tie and evening gown, tossing verbal darts at their absent friends and each other, and flirting from time to time.

Or why not TWO Noel Coward plays, with different but thematically related characters and a handsome waiter who appears in both?  That’s what ACT (a community theatre) is presenting at the Rodd Charlottetown in early March.

The titles of the two short plays—“Come Into the Garden, Maud,” and the still well-known “A Song at Twilight”—are taken from songs of the British music-hall tradition, where Coward got his training.  The first play is a somewhat light-hearted fairy tale of temptation, while the second has more of the reflective and sombre tones of evening, fitting, perhaps, for what turned out to be the last of Coward’s many plays.  The two together are called “Noel Coward in Two Keys.”  They were first performed in 1966 with Coward himself in the leading male roles.

Each features a triangle: a man well past his youth (and feeling it), his wife, and an unconventional woman from outside their social circle, who upsets them both when she comes to visit.  But do not expect the predictable from Coward.

Known simply as ‘the Master’ among his stage associates, Noel Coward was the Da Vinci of British theatre for over half a century: playwright, composer, lyricist, story-writer, stage actor, movie actor, comedian, singer, director, producer, and man about town.  He knew everybody, from Joan Sutherland to the Queen Mother.  Some of his friends made appearances in his plays: for example, the main character in A Song at Twilight, Hugo Latymer, was modelled on the famous novelist Somerset Maugham.

“Noel Coward in Two Keys” is ACT’s second offering of this season, following “The School for Scandal” in November.  It is directed by Brenda Porter, and will include a rendition of both title songs, along with Coward ‘house music.’  Tickets are available from TicketWorks, Confederation Centre: 566-1267 or 1-800-565-0278.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, March 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $12 and $10.

Watching these amusing characters, audiences will feel that they too are guests of the Rodd Charlottetown Swiss Hotel.  And to begin the evening, why not dinner or dessert and coffee in the excellent dining room?  Perhaps a fondue—but with evening dress optional.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Noel Coward in Two Keys Production Under Way

The second offering of ACT’s 2006-2007 season, “Noel Coward in Two Keys”, includes two short plays by Coward, both of which are set in a posh Swiss hotel in the mid-1960s. The titles of the plays—“Come into the Garden, Maud” and “A Song at Twilight”, were inspired by songs from the British music hall, and both songs will be performed as part of the show.

Cast members are already busy rehearsing. The roster includes:

Rowena Stinson as Anna Mary Conklin      
Stephen Beck as Verner Conklin
Hannah Grant as Maud Caragnani
Mark Ramsay as Felix
Cathy Grant as Hilde Latymer
Paul Whelan as Hugo Latymer
Barbara Rhodenhizer as Carlotta Gray
Sophia Wong as Host and Chanteur

Members of the expert production team include Gerry Gray, Wallena Higgins, Pam Jewell, Fred Louder, Clair Smith, Janet Mcdonald, Richard Haines, Terry Pratt, Carl Mathis, Eileen Braidwood, Ruth Lacey, Tony Welsh, Greg Hughes, Linda Kerr, and Cyril Armstrong. Director is Brenda Porter.

More folks are still required for Front of House and other backstage duties. Anyone interested should contact Gerry Gray, producer (gerry.gray@pei.sympatico.ca or 569-5633).

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The School for Scandal NOW OPENING

The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated hit of ACT’s fall 2006 season is primed and ready to start its engine of laughter and delight.  Tickets are going fast.  To get yours, call the Guild Box Office 1-866-774-0717, or call in person, any business day between noon and 5:00 p.m.

THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL runs Thursday through Sunday, both Nov. 16-19 and Nov. 23-26, starting at 7:30.  ONE MATINEE ONLY, on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2:00.

This comic masterpiece from 1777 has an exceptionally fine and large cast:

Cyril Armstrong—Rowley
Jennifer Carson—Mrs. Snake
Ashley Clark—Lady Teazle
Erin Coffin—Molly
Sharon Eyster—Maria
Cathy Grant—Auntie Crabtree
Gerry Gray—a drinking gentleman
Kathleen Hamilton—Lady Sneerwell
Ron Irving—Sir Oliver
Clive Keen—Sir Peter Teazle
Lana MacAusland—Betty
Colin MacDonald—Sir Benjamin Backbite
Corin McFadden—Joseph Surface
Rene Ortiz—Charles Surface
Barbara Rhodenhizer—Mrs. Candour
Gary Vincent—Careless
Tony Welsh—another drinking gentleman

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Noel Coward in Two Keys

Set in the mid -1960s, this Coward work is really a pair of one-act plays “Come into the Garden, Maud” and “A Song at Twilight”.  The action of both takes place in the sitting room of a private suite in a fine, old Swiss hotel. An ‘outsider’ causes uncomfortable and previously unnamed truths to be dealt with.

When the show played in New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 1974, the cast included Jessica Tandy, Thom Christopher, Hume Cronyn, and Anne Baxter.

Cast

Come into the Garden, Maud
Anna Mary Conklin
Wealthy American matron, late 40s or early 50s
Verner Conklin
Her husband, also wealthy, fit, late 50s
Maud Caragnani
Attractive, mid - 40s, has a style of her own
Felix
Waiter, young, good looking


A Song at Twilight
Hilde Latymer
Early 50s, German, married to Sir Hugo for 20 years
Sir Hugo Latymer
Elegant, author of considerable eminence, late 60s—early 70s
Carlotta Gray
Attractive former actor, late 40s - early 50s
Felix
Waiter, young, good looking

Note: The role of Felix will be cross cast. The remaining three roles in each play will either all be cross cast or none of them will be.

ACT (a community theatre) will stage this pair of one-act plays at the Rodd Charlottetown, in the Provinces Room, March 2/3, 9 -11. The director will be Brenda Porter and the producer, Gerry Gray. The production will also feature dessert, coffee and ‘meet the cast’ following the show.

For audion information, please go to http://actpei.ca/pmt_comments.php?id=M1010_0_1_0_C

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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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Monday, March 07, 2005

Lend Me a Tenor - Had a Wonderful Run

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<td>If you are one of the many that took in ACT’s production of ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ you will know that we had a great run. The only complaints I have heard are from those people who are still hurting from laughing so much!!!

For a little taste of the Tenor, follow this link Lend Me a Tenor Slide Show.  You will need Windows Media Player.</td></tr></table>

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Sunday, February 13, 2005

Lend Me a Tenor - Tickets on sale now

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<td>Here comes the first week of March already ...

Get ready to laugh away the winter blahs � with a somewhat naughty farce! 
�Lend Me a Tenor� is the play. �il Stupendo� is the world�s sexiest tenor, but this is definitely not an opera. It�s a hilarious comedy � full of mistaken identity and misunderstandings, side-splitting gag lines, frenzied comings-and-goings as two lusty young women chase after a man who may, or may not, be �il Stupendo�.
There�s a �doors-and-drawers� flourish of colour: the astonishing art-deco set with its six doors ... and the flash of �30s costumes, right down to the mint-green knickers! </td></tr></table>

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Lend Me a Tenor - Poster

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Lend Me a Tenor

After JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ... WHAT NEXT??
... And Hey, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ACT!!

OK, imagine you’re the folks of ACT - a community theatre.  You’ve just put on what was probably the most talked-about, most phenomenally successful production the Island has seen in a long time - - �Jesus Christ Superstar.�  Sold out the Confederation Centre three nights in a row ... rave reviews ... hundreds and hundreds of people urging you to do it again.  So what do you do now?

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Monday, November 15, 2004

Congratulations on Production of JC Superstar

Congratulations on the excellent production of Jesus Christ Superstar.  Everything was superb, especially the singing. I have seen many productions of JCS, but I can honestly say that Jeremy Hickey was by far the best performer of Jesus.  What a voice!!  When he sang Gethsemane, the hair on my neck stood up!  Looking to the future, how about “Les Miserables”  Your troupe would make an excellent job of this great show, I am sure.  Maybe Jeremy as Jean Valjean?  Just imagine his voice with those wonderful songs. 

Magnificent!!!  Well done and kudos to everyone involved. Also hearty thanks for giving the time and effort to entertain so completely!

Dawn Mulcahy.

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