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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Casting Call

Hi folks,
  I’m forwarding along a casting call notice we recently recieved for a musical video. Contact info is available aty the bottom for anyone interested. Take care,

Richard Haines
ACT President.

Could you please forward this information to any ACT members who might be interested?  I would be most grateful.
I am currently assembling a production of a 90 minute musical.  I am looking specifically for two older actors, one man, one woman, both over 50.  The show is a co-operative venture, and everyone is paid an equal share (but I would love to hear from actors of all ages).
The following is a a description of all the characters. in the show:  The role of Miss Crombie has been cast.
Pierre Coldwater/Froideau( the favourite son of the title) a dual character role, baritone.  Coldwater is a folk hero for our time with a deliberately murky past.  He introduces himself with a solo country song (ability to play a guitar or fiddle is an asset but not necessary).  He appears in the second act asPierre Froideau, the real person upon whom they have based their fictional hero only he is now a mobster from Montreal (accent?).  In this persona, he sings a sinister jazzy blues number but drops the accent and becomes quite nonplussed when confronted by Lady Angela (his ex-wife).  He sings the waltz with her and in the gospel-rock finale.
Lady Angela Phelps (character role soprano) mature. Does not appear in the first Act.  She appears in time to provide the resolution of the plot.  The daughter of a Lt. Governor, very wealthy with the calm quiet assurance of a woman born to high status and money.  Her command is palpable.  She has two songs:  one is a back and forth answer/response type nostalgic waltz with the title character (revealed to be her ex-husband); the second is the finale - a gospel-rock anthem to herself backed by the rest of the cast.
Delores Crombie (female lead, alto or soprano) old enough to have achieved a high ranking staff position in government, equivalent to a Ministerial Chief of Staff)  shrewd and professional, somewhat severe.  She commands her boss with authority, and is likely the only reason for his success.  Under her arch exterior she is nonetheless very fond of him in a motherly sort of fashion.  An Iron Lady at the outset, she develops a romantic interest in the title character, which is quite upsetting to her boss, who fears losing her.  She has a solo ballad, in which she reveals a very tender, lonely side of her.  Her song is the recurring love theme used throughout the show.  She sings in all songs but two.
John Perry (male lead, a Junior Minister in Provincial government.  Good looking but not very bright. (Baritone-tenor).  Tries hard but always seems out of his depth.  He relies UTTERLY on Miss Crombie to know what to do, when, and how.  He starts the show with a witty patter song about the art of politics (dont make any decisions ever and you cant get into trouble.)  With the others, he sings four other songs.
Roger Smiles: (tenor) a Public Relations expert the consummate salesman flashy and very stylish.  He oozes charm and confidence.  He introduces himself with a disco song and sings three songs with Perry and Coldwater and again in the finale.

I am asking anyone interested to email me at trevorjohn@eastlink.ca or call me at 569-9370.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Urgent Casting Call

Hi everyone,
I am still looking for a few characters for my film…I have one speaking role left for Sadie, she is very bubbly and homecoming queen/cheerleader-ish - must look between the ages of 16-19, the female non-speaking roles with the same age range. I also have two speaking male roles left, the first being Jessie the nasty hot guy from high school…chick magnet but most people find gross… cocky and completely full off himself, the second is Marcus the guy who is in that dramatic relationship and him and his girlfriend are extremely jealous of each other and are constantly fighting but stay together because they are addicted to the drama. Both parts are age range 16-19. And we have a few non-speaking roles for background actor roles as well. If you fit the character descriptions or know someone who might PLEASE contact me immediately by email with a picture at fortheloveoffilm@gmail.com or call my cell @ 393-4750.

Thank you,

Amy Sark

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Factory Atlantic - ‘a space for theatre inquiry’ - invites you to attend
Excerpt from a Work in Progress.  The 45 minute presentation will be
given Monday, the 30th of November at the yLofts, 252 Prince, in
Charlottetown at 7:00pm.

Please use the side entrance to Loft Three adjacent to the inn parking
lot.  Adults only and please be prompt as late comers will be unable
to attend given the space’s configuration.  A five dollar donation is
suggested.  A gathering will be held immediately following the work in
Loft One.  Modest food will be served and the long awaited 50/50 draw
will occur.  Please bring what you would like to drink.

We very much look forward to seeing you and drop us a note if you
think you can make it: factoryatlantic @ gmail.com.  Thanks.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Just by Chance Auditions

I was wondering if you would spread the word that I am holding auditions for a short film we will be shooting through IMAC here in Charlottetown on December 5-6th. The open auditions are at the Arts Guild building 115 Richmond Street third floor on Wednesday evening November 18th from 6-10pm.

The character descriptions are attached and the auditions are also posted on Kijiji so I can be contacted through that ad or by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or my home number 370-2357.

The name of the film is “Just by Chance” and it is about a brother and sister forced to live on the streets and the consequences of a robbery for everyone involved BUT with a twist and a chance to start over.

Thank you,

Amy Sark

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Casting Call for Short Film: “Harbinger.”

“Harbinger,” a short film written and directed by Justin O’Hanley, is now casting. It’s an adventure film being made with resources from both Holland College and the Island Media Arts Co-op, and it is also intended to serve as a pilot to raise funds for a feature film project in the future. Barring unforeseen developments, it will shoot over the course of five to six days, on weekend afternoons starting mid-November. And though there’s a limit on the number of people who can actually be in the movie, the number of crew positions are unlimited, so if you’re interested in working behind the scenes, that’s an option too. If you have questions about any of the roles, the movie, or if you want to see the script, e-mail j_ohanley92@hotmail.com. Thanks!

For Casting Call breakdown, click on “Read Full Article>>>” below.

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Monday, September 28, 2009


The Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Young@Arts program is offering an acting intensive workshop this fall for aspiring actors (young people, high school and up).  Charlottetown Festival alumna Marlane O’Brien will be teaching the workshop in the Centre’s new Studio 2.
  “The idea is to offer an opportunity for young people interested in acting a chance to hone their skills,” says Peggy Reddin, Director of Dance Development at the Centre. “Participants will learn improvisation, how to break bad habits and open a direct line to their emotions, and how to glean every last bit of information a script has to offer and become a director’s dream.”
  Over the course of three six-hour sessions, using a Shakespearean monologue and a two-person scene from the classic modern repertoire, students will focus on three major areas: Freeing the Inner Actor, The Voice – Your Instrument, and Scene Study – the Devil is in the Details.
  The workshop is for students high school age and older and there is no experience required. The intensive will run for three Sundays, October 18, November 1, and November 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost for the program is $125. Enrolment is limited. Contact Peggy Reddin at (902) 629-1196 to register.
  Marlane O’Brien has been a professional actress for more than 25 years and has played in theatres all over Canada. On Prince Edward Island she is well known for her role as Patsy Cline in The Charlottetown Festival’s A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and appearances in Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™, Songs of the Island, If You Could Read My Mind: the Music of Gordon Lightfoot, and Dads in Bondage. She has appeared in productions in theatres in Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and Edmonton, among other cities. O’Brien played the recurring role of Mrs. Stuart on Emily of New Moon. She is also a director and choreographer.
  The Confederation Centre of the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of the Michael S. Schurman Family Foundation for Young@Arts programming.

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Friday, September 25, 2009



Fall Semester begins September 26.
Call 370-2493 for more information.
Beginner Class - Adults 19+
Class fee $15.00 per week
12noon - 1pm
8 week class with last two weeks(On-Camera Introductory Training).
Introductory classes on acting - theatre, television and films.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Provocative New Cabaret Hits The Guild

A Peek At “Martha’s Box”
The Guild
August 12 & 13, 8pm.
Licensed 19+, Provocative Content
Tickets $16.

Charlottetown – After you’ve been touring around the world with the hit stage musical Mamma Mia! for 5 years, what do you do for an encore? If you’re Island-raised Marlene Handrahan, you take a break from Dancing Queen and S.O.S., and head back to PEI to put the finishing touches on a musical cabaret show called A Peek At “Martha’s Box”.
The former Miss Stacy from the Charlottetown Festival’s production of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ is bringing her new show to the Guild in Charlottetown for a two-night only run on Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, August 13 at 8 pm. Handrahan describes A Peak At “Martha’s Box” as “a saucy evening of stories, musings and music”, which prompts the actor to ask, “Do you hate tag lines as much as I do?”
Handrahan stresses that the show is “more cabaret than theatre - no set, no staging.” With the emphasis on the entertainment, the cabaret format gives the actor an opportunity to present highlights from her more formal work entitled Martha’s Box as well as some notable musical additions. “The stories are based on the character I created for my play Martha’s Box, though here they’re presented in a more intimate and very musical setting,” explains Handrahan.
The original piece saw Martha, after the end of a relationship, rummaging through a storage locker in an attempt to locate a set of dishes, and finding remembrances of her life in the process. Says Handrahan of the cabaret version, “The story, or arc, is similar to the play in that the evening reflects on relationships, growing up, sex, finding yourself, and finding those damn dishes!” Though wearing its double entendres intentionally, Handrahan adds that the cabaret’s title “refers to the storage space that Martha uses as a metaphor for compartmentalizing her life.” And of course, the audience will be peaking at the play by getting highlights during this full-length cabaret performance.
Joining Handrahan onstage is Halifax singer/songwriter Brad Davidge whom Handrahan describes as “an incredible musician and a really intuitive artist.” Davidge will be featured performing some of his own material, as well as accompanying most of the stories. Handrahan adds that the music “plays an integral part in the piece. I really see it as a duet - both elements really influence each other - the rhythm of the music kind of drives the rhythm within the monologues, and vice versa.”
Handrahan and Davidge met while doing Eastern Front Theatre’s production of Canada’s Songbird: A Musical Tribute To Anne Murray in Nova Scotia this past winter. Davidge played with the band and joined the three female leads during duets. He’s also toured with artists such as Gordie Sampson, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant and Natalie MacMaster and has shared the stage with Faith Hill, Don Henley, Allison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma, Rosanne Cash, Randy Bachman, and Wynton Marsalis. Davidge’s professional experience has also seen him perform at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic and Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops, and appear on Good Morning America, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and ABC’s New Years Eve Special with Peter Jennings. In 2002, Davidge released a critically acclaimed solo recording, Unfolded, produced by Gordie Sampson.
Says Handrahan of the opportunity to present this cabaret on PEI, “I love storytelling, and my writing has been informed by the community and culture I grew up in. To be able to combine the spoken word with music in such a complementary and spontaneous setting is a thrill.”
A Peek At “Martha’s Box” is part of The Guild’s Gotta Go Festival sponsored by Freedom 55 Financial, a Division of London Life.  Credit Union Central joins the festival as this show’s sponsor. For tickets and more information, contact The Guild online at www.theguildpei.com or via their box office at 902-620-3333.
The Guild reminds audiences that A Peek At “Martha’s Box” contains provocative content and is licensed.
Written by Dave Stewart
Media Contact:
Cate Proctor, cate@theguildpei.com, 902-620-3474

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Sketch22 Call for Auditions

Hi Gerry and Brenda,

Sketch-22 is seeking extras for a few hours for our first video shoot of the 2009 season.  The release is attached and is pasted below.  It’s taking place on Saturday, April 19th at 1 p.m. in Charlottetown.  Those interested can email me (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for more details.  I thought some of the ACT players might be interested.  If you’re able to pass this along to your members I’d certainly appreciate it.  Thanks.

P.S. Loved Evita!  Very well done.

Jason Rogerson

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Can ACT come out to play?

Hello Gerry -

It was wonderful to see you kilted and graceful at the Private Lives Ball.  Have you checked out what Laurella Parsnips had to say about you on our blog? (  www.themontgomerytheatre.blogspot.com )  Some nice pics of you and Brenda there as well…

I am hoping that perhaps you will share this attachment with the members of ACT.  It is a great deal for groups of 10 or more who book and pay for theatre tickets before March 1st, when Montgomery Theatre starts selling its tickets through Bookings Online PEI. 

I am looking forward to seeing Evita next month.

Cheers, Gerry!


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Monday, September 01, 2008

Cox and Box at Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield Fundraiser

“COX AND BOX” - a Boarding-House Musical

It’s the perfect scam. Landlady Bouncer is getting double rent for the same seedy room. Mr. Cox works by day, Mr. Box by night. Until today, they’ve never met. Nor do they know they are both engaged to the same woman—and both unwillingly.

Come into Beaconsfield’s boarding house as the Rataplan Players of Nova Scotia - Duncan Miller, Tony Marshall, and Jacqui Good, accompanied by Leon Cole on piano - sing and squabble through this delightful, 50-minute Victorian gem by Sir Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan) and F.C. Burnand, future editor of Punch. The piece is a musical adaptation of a popular farce of the day, Box and Cox.

Have you ever heard a lullaby sung to a rasher of bacon? It’s here. And watch for the PEI celebrity mystery guest, who plays the non-love interest of Cox and Box.

For the second half you can join the audience chorus for selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS PINAFORE”, led by Carl Mathis and accompanied by Leon Cole, who in another life was host of the well-loved CBC Radio program, RSVP. Solos are optional. Or you can just listen and cheer on the fun.

At the end of the evening, reward your vocal chords with fine Victorian refreshments from Lady Baker’s Tea Trolley.

The event is a fundraiser in aid of Beaconsfield’s Garden Project and takes place one night only, Friday, September 19 at 7:30pm in Beaconsfield’s Carriage House - corner of West and Kent Streets in Charlottetown. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.

Tickets are $30 (with a tax receipt portion to be issued) and reservations can be made by calling Beaconsfield Historic House at 368-6603.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Halifax Theatre Troupe Brings “A Taste Of Honey” to TheGuild

Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10 @ The Guild

“A Taste of Honey”


$18 general admission, $15 for students / seniors

You enjoyed the movie Juno? Come and see A Taste Of Honey! This award-winning witty play written by Shelagh Delaney is about a young teenage girl, Jo, pregnant in a single family home with a mother who is anything but ‘ideal’. The mother’s taste in men only compounds the situation. The show precludes the movie “Juno” by decades, but the scenario is similar.

Delaney produced this play at only 19 years of age; its film version went on to win accolades at Cannes and BAFTA.

The presentation by Broken Leg Act Theatre of Halifax has only 2 shows in Charlottetown! Staged in-the-round, this is true cockpit theatre. Come and cheer for the winning player!

For more details, call 620-3333.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Auditions for Anne & Gilbert

The producers of the hit musical Anne & Gilbert are holding auditions in Charlottetown on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12, 2008. The production team is looking for male and female performers aged 9 through adult with acting, singing and dancing ability. Those auditioning are required to prepare one musical piece, and to bring their sheet music with them, as well as a photo and CV detailing their acting/theatre experience. Performers may also be required to demonstrate their dance skill during auditions.

If you are interested in auditioning, please respond to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with contact information including your full name, age, phone number(s), and please highlight any theatre/dance/singing experience you have. Please also indicate any special skills you possess such as acrobatics, instruments played, etc. If you have photos and a theatre/performance resume that can be e-mailed, please include them with your response. Only those selected for an audition will be contacted.
Anne & Gilbert tells the story of Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, now young adults teaching in PEI, and later attending Redmond University in Halifax. Gilbert continues to pursue Anne, as she continues to resist him. The musical is based on Anne of the Island and Anne of Avonlea, two of L.M. Montgomery’s sequel novels to her Anne of Green Gables. It was written for the stage by Nancy White, Bob Johnston, and Jeff Hochhauser. Anne & Gilbert debuted in Victoria-by-the Sea in 2005 to sold-out houses. For the past two years it has been performed at the Harbourfont Jubilee Theatre. Last year, the original cast recording soundtrack won an East Coast Music Award.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Schools Drama Project in the Solomon Islands with support from ACT

This is a good-news story.  Over the past three months, an excellent thing has happened in Honiara in the Solomon Islands.  It came to fruition on Thursday evening, 7 June.  It was the HAMS Inter-School Drama Competition.


HAMS is our Honiara community-theatre group.  Its main activity has been to put on two or three comedies a year, chiefly for the adult expatriate audience.  We decided to do something different—to reach out into the community, to promote drama in the local elementary schools while bannering the Environment as a critical issue for the people of this South-Pacific archipelago.

The project was led by a chap in the British High Commission here.  He was prompted by his teenage son who had seen the success of a similar competition (in a different field) in the UK.  About ten others of us pitched in to help with planning and arrangements, and to serve as ‘mentors’, assisting the schools who took part.  Sponsors included a bank, a computer company, conservation agencies and others—plus Prince Edward Island’s own ACT (a community theatre), which covered transportation costs for the school drama groups.


The competition worked like this ...

- The challenge was to create a 10-minute play—to develop the ideas, write the script, make the costumes, props and set (with a grant of about 14 Canadian dollars!), and present the drama using 6 or 8 pupils plus a 2-person stage-crew.  The play was to have a strong societal-improvement purpose, deriving from the general theme of protecting the environment.

- Everything had to be done by the students themselves—at the grade 4, 5, 6 level—under the guidance of their teachers and with advisory help from the HAMS mentors.  We arranged with WWF (World-Wide Fund for Nature) education specialists to visit each participating school to get the ideas flowing.

- All elementary schools in Honiara were invited to take part; 6 took up the challenge, and that turned out to be a perfect number.


There was a burst of creative energy over a three-month period.  Besides the weekly work in a classroom or under the canopy of a giant rain-tree, each school had a day at the HAMS theatre for rehearsals and the chance to do some fund-raising, while showing off their play to classmates and parents.  At a dress-rehearsal run-through, all the kids had a grand time watching each other’s plays.

Then came the gala performance evening.  The theatre was full: the Lord Mayor of Honiara, diplomatic officials, the Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister, teachers, school-mates, parents and ‘wantok’ (kinfolk) plus a surprising number of people from the general public.  Scores of student actors and assistants clustered outside, waiting for their turn on the stage.

What a show they put on.  We were all astonished at the level of acting skill, the creative genius of the costumes and set, the provocative impact of the environmental messages about beating the degradation of clear-cut logging, thoughtless rubbish and dynamite fishing.

The prizes went home with a good spread over all six schools—certificates, trophies, computers ...  for costuming, set, stage-crew, actor, actress, group acting, script, overall production/performance, and ‘spirit of the competition’.

The other outcomes were probably more important than the awards.

- A lot of publicity gave profile for the schools, for HAMS, for the idea of grass-roots theatre, and of course for protecting the environment.

- Participation: about 60 pupils were performers and stage-hands; dozens more got in on the action of developing the scripts, costumes, props, set and whatnot.  About 15 teachers volunteered for the experience of learning and leading; most started in a rather shy or modest way, to be honest ... but then grew and grew in enthusiasm, imagination, responsibility and pride.

- We found that there is a great pool of dramatic talent and imagination among Solomon Island youngsters, and this developed enormously during these few months.

- What else developed was confidence and self-esteem.  White River School is the outstanding example.  A disadvantaged school in several ways, it found this project a big challenge ... and then factors like missing set and costumes contributed to a disheartening dress rehearsal.  The kids bounced back two days later with a final show that had the audience rocking; that put mile-wide smiles on the students’ faces ... which lit up even more as they took home the computer for ‘Best Spirit of the Competition.’

Environment is crucially important in the Solomons. The effects of shifting from age-old customs to ‘western ways’ and of pillaging the forests and reefs have been killing the capacity of land-and-sea resources to sustain the people’s traditional subsistence living.  The plays made the problems concrete and visually demonstrated that solutions are within reach.

There is no shortage, though, of other serious problems—urban drift, political instability, land tenure, inter-ethnic tensions, haphazard education and such.  So there is ample potential for using ‘popular theatre’ as an instrument for guiding people to recognize and analyze an issue and feel their way toward remedial action ... and there is no reason to omit children from that process.

We can be almost certain that the HAMS Inter-School Drama Competition will become an annual activity.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Associate Producer

Intern in Professional Theatre

The musical stage production Anne & Gilbert is looking for a reliable and responsible person to intern with our show.  The ideal candidate should:

- Have an interest in theatre.

- Be 16-years of age or older.

- Have a valid driver’s license and consistent access to a vehicle.
- Be available from mid-June through mid-July.

- Be available to work in Summerside, PEI.

The Anne & Gilbert intern assits the show’s stage management team.  This is a non-paying position, though an honorarium is offered at the end of the internship.  It is an excellent opportunity for someone with an interest in theatre to gain valuable experience. 

All candidates should e-mail their contact information along with some details about their theatre or related experinece to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  Please also indicate why you are interested in interning with Anne & Gilbert

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