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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Anne & Gilbert Newsletter Jan. 07

ANNE & GILBERT NEWSLETTER

An Update of What�s Happening with the Show � January 2007
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In This Newsletter:

- Anne & Gilbert Back in 2007
- Ticket Sale Announced
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ANNE & GILBERT BACK IN 2007

Anne & Gilbert is returning to the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre in Summerside, PEI this summer.  This is the second year the show will be staged at the Jubilee.  In 2006, more than 15,000 people came to see the musical.

Maurice Gallant, general manager of the Jubilee said, �I’m very pleased to see Anne & Gilbert return to the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre stage this summer.  Last year, we attracted visitors from all over the world.  The box office is already buzzing with inquires regarding the return of Anne & Gilbert.�

Anne & Gilbert will run from July 15 to September 5th with performances Sunday through Wednesday, matinees on Sunday and Wednesday.  For ticket information call 1-800-708-6505 or visit www.anneandgilbert.com

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ONLY TICKET SALE THIS SUMMER

The Anne & Gilbert production office announces our only ticket discount for the 2007 season.  This special, one-time only, advance ticket sale is now in effect. Tickets are up to 50% off. The sale is only for Anne & Gilbert performances at the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre from July 15 to July 22, 2007. The offer expires on February 14th, Valentine’s Day.  Ticket sale prices are: Adults: $20.00 and $10.00 for children 12 and under.  For ticket information call 1-800-708-6505 or visit at www.anneandgilbert.com

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Option to Renew

Just to let you know, there will be a reading of my play “Option to Renew” at UPEI this Wednesday, November 8. It will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, on the first floor of the Main Building. Greg Doran and the UPEI Theatre students are putting this together.

This is the script that won first prize in the TheatrePEI New Voices competition this year. If you are interested in seeing a reading of the play, a screwball comedy, you are most welcome to attend.

Margaret Martinello

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Friday, June 02, 2006

CITT/ICTS Rendez-vous 2006 Toronto, Ontario

CITT/ICTS Rendez-vous is an annual classic within the Canadian performing arts industry; it combines professional workshops, social events and unique networking opportunities for members and fellow colleagues from across the country. This year, the Toronto Committee has been working relentlessly at putting together a fantastic 4-day event centered around the theme (Enter: The Building) More the Bricks and Mortar.  Conference dates are August 10 to 13 2006, with pre-conference workshops August 8 and 9.

Check out conference details and schedule in this month issue of http://www.citt.org/newsletter/2006-06.pdf
e-StageWorks and on the website http://www.citt.org/conf.htm

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

National Theatre School - Presents Gashlycrumb

The 2006 English graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is proud to present a workshop production of Gashlycrumb, a collective creation directed by PE Islander Ker Wells, from October 25 to 29 at the Monument-National�s Hydro-Quebec Studio.

http://www.ent-nts.qc.ca/nts/events.htm

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Clown Master Philippe Gaulier to Teach in Halifax

Zuppa Circus Theatre, in association with Theatre Nova Scotia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada is pleased to announce a workshop in Character Work led by internationally acclaimed clown master, Philippe Gaulier.  The workshop will be held from August 2-23, 2005, Monday-Friday from 10 am - 3pm.  The workshop will take place in Halifax. During M.Gaulier’s last visit to Halifax in 2002, he taught a three-week long workshop in Clown to students from across Canada and the USA.

The 2005 Halifax workshop will be Character Work.  Each student will be assigned a costume before the class. Through these costumes, scene work, improvisation and writing exercises the class will spend three weeks discovering which characters they are drawn toward.  “In this class we will discover that playing a character means giving what the audience needs in order to continue dreaming about the character, and not an ounce more than this. An ounce more would break the charm and everything would fall back onto the ground again in reality, in a thousand pieces. Students often play too much, so much that they lose their aura, their charm, their soul” (from www.ecolephilippegaulier.com)

Philippe Gaulier is a world-renowned teacher/writer and director with a distinctive approach to the world of performance. Currently based in Paris, France he runs his own international theatre school, �cole Philippe Gaulier, where, each year, he welcomes students from up to 36 different countries. Founded twenty-four years ago, it continues to produce enriched theatre artists that take their craft back to their many corners of the world. Theatre artists that have trained with M. Gaulier include Oscar-winning actors Geoffrey Rush (Shine), and Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful), Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility), Helena Bonham-Carter (Fight Club / Big Fish) and the very popular satirist Ali-G.  London’s internationally acclaimed, cutting-edge theatre company Complicit�, under the direction of Simon McBurney and Marcello Magni, was founded on and guided by the principles at the heart of Philippe Gaulier’s teachings.  Philippe Gaulier does not teach a style of theatre, but an approach to theatre that allows an actor to find his or her own style. Gaulier’s approach, puts a great emphasis on character development; however, play creation, writing and directing are also fundamental aspects of Gaulier’s belief in giving birth to unique creative artists.

For more information on the workshop or to request a registration form, please contact Zuppa Circus Theatre at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 902-489-9872. Also, look at photos from the 2002 workshop at www.zuppacircus.com

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Monday, January 17, 2005

Fools at the Jubilee

Theatre group launches inaugural season with Neil Simon comedy

The new Jubilee Players (formerly the Kensington Theatre Company) starts its inaugural season with a light-hearted production of Neil Simon?s 1981 comedy, Fools. The performance will take place on January 22, 28 & 29 at 8 pm at the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre.

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The new Jubilee Players (formerly the Kensington Theatre Company) starts its inaugural season with a light-hearted production of Neil Simon?s 1981 comedy, Fools. The performance will take place on January 22, 28 & 29 at 8 pm at the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre.

The play takes place in the cursed Ukrainian village of Kulyenchikov, where for two hundred years every villager has suffered the curse of absolute and unremitting stupidity. Not just mere stupidity, we?re talking DUM here. Snetsky (Sandra Sheridan), the town shepherdess not only can?t find two dozen sheep, she can?t even find her own first name.

Into this village of fools comes Leon Tolchinsky (Terry Foster), an idealistic young school teacher, who rushes in like a Peace Corp poster boy to save the village from the curse (or, as the villagers invariably call it ?the nurse, no the purse??). Leon is lured to the village by a totally misspelled advertisement placed by the town?s intellectual, Dr. Zubritsky (Thane Clarke) and his wife (Elaine Chessman), to educate the doctor?s daughter, Sophia (Angie Brighty) and rid the village of its curse. Leon, of course, falls madly in love with this damsel sporting the IQ of a cabbage.

With one day, ?25 hours? according to the villianous Duke Yousekevitch (Vernon Campbell) to accomplish this or fall victim to the curse himself, Leon struggles to raise Sophia from a young woman who has mastered the art of sitting, to a Grade 1 mathematics wiz. With veteran performers Grace Jenkins, Roy Young, Albert Gaudet and Don Purich as the village idiots, this production is sure to delight.

This is vintage Simon schtick. One liners and gags, spoken and visual, fly with the frequency of bullets from a Gatling Gun. A sort of Borscht Belt-Brigadoon, this hilarious, laugh-until-your-stomach-aches-comedy is perfect family entertainment. Created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of hits such as The Odd Couple, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Lost in Yonkers. WCBS-TV says, Fools has been described as the brightest, funniest, wittiest, warmest and happiest show on Broadway.

Tickets available by calling the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre box office at 902-888-2787 or 1-800-708-6505.

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

National Theatre School One Month Curtain Call!

Only 30 days left to apply to the “National Theatre School of Canada”

Only 30 days left to apply to the “National Theatre School of Canada”
The National Theatre School has made its mark as one of the few conservatory-type institutions in the world that unite all the theatre disciplines under one roof. Located in Montreal, the NTS offers training in set and costume design, technical production, playwriting, directing and acting, in both English and French.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The Theatre Listing 2005 is here!

Your guide to professional theatres and rental facilities across Canada

The Theatre Listing 2005 is comprised of detailed contact information for 340 professional theatres, theatre rental facilities, and key government departments and organizations across Canada.  Published by the PACT Communications Centre, this is an annually updated, print directory that has become a staple reference tool for producers, playwrights, actors, designers and other theatre professionals, as well as for students, agents, arts service organizations and more.

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

“Volunteering Matters” Community School Courses

“Volunteering Matters” will be offered at selected Community Schools across PEI from January - March. Topics include recruiting volunteers, meetings, working with the media, event organization, money matters and more! Courses run for 10 weeks.  Great opportunity for your members to practice skills and get new ideas!

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Saturday, January 01, 2005

TheatrePEI’s 24th Annual New Voices Playwriting Competition 2005

Play scripts are now being accepted for TheatrePEI�s 24th annual New Voices Playwriting Competition.  Prize money is awarded for scripts entered into the full length, one act and high school play categories.  Individual students or classes may enter into the high school category.  A $5 entry fee must accompany each play.  All scripts are judged by three theatre professionals - playwrights are not identified to the judges.

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Monday, August 23, 2004

Murder on Location

From Thursday, August 26 through Saturday, August 28, St. Mary�s Church will become the stage for Murder in the Cathedral, the gripping verse drama by T.S. Eliot reenacting the death of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral on December 29, 1170.
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Written for the Canterbury Festival in 1935, Eliot�s play � arguably the most substantial religious drama of the past century � was soon recognized as a classic and moved into commercial theatres; later it even became a film. But it is still best experienced in a church; in this setting it has been performed all over the world, including at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Charlottetown in 1983.

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Thursday, July 01, 2004

Eighteen Tips for Memorizing Lines

Some of the Women of Canterbury have asked me for tips on how to memorize their lines.  I’ll try to provide some here.  I’d be happy to follow this up with a workshop—as was also suggested—if desired.  But if you already have your own method of memorizing, or if you are doing well with the various aids provided for the Murder, carry on ? you may not have anything to learn from what I write here.

It is a commonplace that people have different learning styles. Some are better with visual aids, others with aural or tactile; some like abstractions such as numbers, while others prefer concrete examples or images; and so on. No doubt, however, everyone learns some things in each of these ways. My own method for memorizing lines is to throw in everything possible.

I’ll take as my first example something I had to memorize this very month: a paragraph from the one-person play, Yr. Obedient Servant: An Evening with Samuel Johnson, by Kay Eldredge.1 The year is 1745, and the place is London, England:

The horrors of daily living make men callous and life cheap. People who live near here complain that cries of murder victims keep them from their sleep. For sport they go and watch animals tied up and stoned. Or people being whipped or branded with a red-hot iron for petty crimes. Or out to Tyburn—eleven hangings there last Monday. Crowds gathered as if it were a festival—people who work twelve-hour days, six days a week, but always take hanging days off. There are 143 things now that can get you hanged. Oh, it’s not a crime to trick a man into debt, then sell him to a slave ship for the war against Spain. Not even a crime to steal a child. But you’ll hang if they catch you stealing its clothes.

Here are the eighteen things I’m doing with this paragraph:

1. I have typed it out on my own, and this new version is what I work from, not the original script.

2. I have freely put in my own punctuation if it seems to help (e.g. I’ve added a comma after “143 things now”).

3. I have typed the piece using lots of my own paragraphs, indentations, and separate lines, so that sense divisions are clear, phrases are isolated as separate units, lesser items are subordinated to main items, and parallel structures end up looking parallel on the page:

The horrors of daily living
     make men callous
     
and life cheap

People who live near here complain
     that cries of murder victims keep them from their sleep
.
For 
sport
      they go 
and watch animals     tied up
                                                
and stoned.
Or 
people being     whipped
                               
or branded with a red-hot iron
                                                 
for petty crimes.
Or 
out to Tyburn
     
eleven hangings there last Monday.
          
Crowds gathered as if it were a festival
          
people who work     twelve-hour days
                                             six days a week
,
                 
but always take hanging days off.

There are 143 things nowthat can get you hanged.
     
Ohit's not a crime to trick a man into debt,
          then sell him to a slave ship for the war against Spain.
     Not even a crime to steal a child.
          But you'
ll hang if they catch you stealing its clothes.. 

4. I have made an audio tape of myself speaking this piece, somewhat slower than normal, without much emotion, and with extra-careful enunciation (e.g. “There are 143,” not “There’re 143”). If the piece had been in dialogue, I’d have enlisted someone else to be the other voice(s).

5. I am playing this tape (in fact, the whole play—about 50 minutes) in my car as I drive. This is an obvious place for me to listen to a tape, since I’m half an hour from Charlottetown, and 40-45 minutes from Kensington and Indian River. Others might play such a tape while working around the house, or out in the garden (with or without earphones or a Walkman).

6. For the first many times of playing, I don’t make any particular effort to memorize. I just listen and let my voice drone on. Over and over and over.

7. After a while, I start trying to say the piece aloud as it is playing. I don’t go back to fix any hesitations. And at this stage, I’m still working in big units, the whole play in fact. Over and over and over.

8. Eventually it’s time to get to detailed work, especially where I’m stumbling. Either listening or on the page, I start to analyze the content. What is said?  Why?  What’s the context?  This particular piece is about people seeing so much cruelty around them that they and the system are callous. Why is it in the play?  Because Johnson is NOT callous; he’s sensitive to these evils.

9. I make sure that I understand every word and idea. “Tyburn,” near the Marble Arch in London, is where they held public hangings.  Twelve-hour days, six days a week, is seventy-two hours ? a lot of work.

10. I try to paint pictures in my head of what I’m saying (lots of possibilities here: animals tied up, a child without clothes).

11. I also try to analyze the language. To get from one of my self-created paragraphs above to another (that is, to the next main idea or thought), I try to see if there are linking words. Usually a good author is fairly kind in this respect, since good writing doesn’t jump around arbitrarily. It’s not too hard, for example, to link the opening general statement of “the horrors” to the first example of such horrors, “murder victims,” or to link the example of “hanging days” to the following generality of the “143 things now that can get you hanged.”

12. Still on language, I look for rhyme (“keep ? sleep”) and alliteration (“make men”  and “complain that cries”). I also look for repetition, which is an easy place to stumble. After “men,” this author uses “People” and that word is repeated twice more: “people being whipped” and “people who work”.  But in between the second and third use comes “Crowds.”  So the order of all the words here for folks in general is “men ? people ? people ? crowds ? people,” five instances in all.

13. As in the above example, I use counting a lot. I tell myself there are THREE examples of how people are callous: murder, sports, and Tyburn (though hanging is really another sport). Within sports, there are also three: animals, whipped, branded. A lot of authors like to list things in threes ? so when it’s four or two, I try to remember that as an exception.

14. Maybe this tip is not for everybody, but I also use the alphabet heavily, especially for lists. There doesn’t seem to be a good example in this passage, but elsewhere in the play I have to say, “I was part of the conspiracy for the destruction of paper—hack work—writing anonymous articles, reviews, essays, poems.”  How to get these four kinds of writing in the right order?  Well, the first one starts with A, the first letter of the alphabet, a vowel which also alliterates with “anonymous.”  The next word jumps into the middle of the alphabet and starts with a consonant, R. The next jumps back to the next vowel after A, E for “essays.”  Finally the last starts with another consonant, P, which is just before R in the alphabet, or almost. So it’s A - R - E - P.

This particular tip is not nearly as laborious as it sounds. I find I can go through the entire thought-process above while still saying the four words quite quickly, because what I have actually memorized is the pattern of jumping. Much more often than one would think, there is some such pattern to be found in the first letters of words in lists. And it is amazing how often lists turn out simply to be in alphabetical or reverse-alphabetical order.

15. Back to the audio-tape, there comes a point when I try to say the words on my own, checking my stumbles at once against the tape. (Occasionally I pay attention to my driving too.)

16. Back to the typing, I cover the page with another page, say each line, and then reveal it.

17. At some point, late in the process, it’s time to enlist a friendly person who will hold the script, prompt me when I can’t remember, and (in the case of dialogue) read the other lines.

18. I don’t let any of the above go too far before the basic blocking (moving from place to place on the stage) is done in rehearsal with the director. This is because where I am on the stage at the time of saying a particular line is a vital aid to my memorization. It’s just a basic association of words and place: “Since I go left here, I must be saying X”; “I find myself saying X, so I must be going left.”

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So much for my personal example. I’ll now take the part of FLORENCIA2 in the opening chorus of Murder in the Cathedral, and see how many of the mechanical devices above I can apply. In this case, as in most plays, it is also necessary to know well—if not fully memorize ? the immediately preceding line or two spoken by someone else in the dialogue. I have included these context lines, and put Florencia’s in italics. Under each I’ve given some memorization ideas in short form:

  Some presage of an act
Which our eyes are compelled to witness, has forced our feet
Towards the cathedral. [Group 1] We are forced to bear witness.

—Group 1 = Florencia’s number one speech
—repeat “forced” from the cue line
—“eyes” in the cue line is the same idea as “witness” in Florencia’s line
—pattern of images in the 2 lines: eyes—feet—eyes (up, down, up)

The New Year waits, breathes, waits, whispers in darkness

—pattern: “waits”—then another speaker—“waits”—then Florencia
—alphabetical order: breathes, waits, whispers
—the new year is the darkest time of the year: in darkness
—pattern: waiting makes no noise, breathing makes a slight noise, waiting again makes no noise, whispering makes a bigger noise

While the labourer kicks off a muddy boot and stretches his hand to the fire,
The New Year waits, [Group 1] destiny waits for the coming

—these lines follow immediately from the last example, so really there are two things close together that Florencia has to say, both of them about waiting. The second is also the second time for Group 1
—repetition of structure: The New Year waits, destiny waits
—coming suggests the coming of Christ, in December, which is now

Seven years and the summer is over
[Group 1] Seven years since the Archbishop left us

—repetition of seven years
—rhythm of the two lines is identical
—start of new idea, first mention of Thomas
—easy place to stumble, thinking the Group 1 line is first ? but get the summer “over” first.

King rules or barons rule;
[Tutti] We have suffered various oppression,
But mostly we are left to our own devices,
And we are content if we are left alone.

—maybe the king and the different barons oppress in different or various ways (some may be trying to apply the droit du seigneur???)
—word oppression might have been oppressionS. Use of singular, not plural, is Eliot perhaps suggesting an older form of language. But the NEXT line ends in a plural.
—it is the first Tutti and a long one ? lots of oppression for lots of people
—but still, just THREE lines: Statement line 1, But line 2, And line 3
—there might be `devices’ of oppression—torture instruments—but we prefer our own devices
—two `L’s’ in line 2” mostLy we are Left
—content starts with C, and the previous big word, devices, with D = reverse alphabet
—left repeated in line 3
—line 2 and 3: we are, we are, we are ? 3 times (which suggests memory tip no. 19: use personal associations. A frequent song heard at U of Toronto football games in my callow youth was “We are, we are, we are, we are the Engineers; we can, we can, we can, we can demolish 40 beers” [tune: “Mine eyes have seen the glory.”].)

Shall the son of Man be born again in the litter of scorn?
[Tutti] For us, the poor, there is no action,
But only to wait and to witness
—these last lines of this first chorus = Florencia’s first lines: wait, witness (which are alphabetical)
—there is no action quite like giving birth, I suppose
—“litter” = hay, straw ? a very “poor” place to be born
—first line of this tutti has four beats, the last three; without only there would “only” be two

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Finally, whose problem is it if someone forgets a line in performance?  It’s EVERYBODY’S problem. Don’t just wait and witness the agony of this poor person ? HELP OUT. And be understanding ? it can happen to anybody.

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