2016 Community Theatre Festival Line-up

A Theatrical Smorgasbord at the Carrefour, Saturday 5 March

  A smorgasbord of theatre!  It’s the 2016 Community Theatre Festival—Saturday afternoon, March 5th, at the Carrefour in Charlottetown.  It’s PEI’s way of celebrating World Theatre Day.
  Starting at 1:00 o’clock, short plays (10 to 30 minutes) will run, on average, every three-quarters of an hour: a variety of one-acts or excerpts—quirky drama, cultural heritage, dramatized poetry, a modern fairy tale and plenty of comedy.  There’s a musical and some dance and a francophone play.
  This year’s line-up includes these drama groups and intriguing play titles:
• L’étoile polaire (Ecole François-Buote) - La chasse galerie
• King’s Playhouse - Beanstalk: the musical
• Murray Harbour Drama Club (& Friends) - Life & Death at the Pearly Gates
• Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors - Mi’kmaq Legends
• ACT (a community theatre) - Lord Byron’s Love Letter
• Murphy Community Centre Rag-Tag Players - Dear March
• Tracadie Players - A Day at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles
  What happens when cabin fever plagues a lumber camp?  when an Islander needs a driver’s license?  when kids dance about the month of March?  when Jack the bean-planter wants the family cow back?  when bored ancestors play a game of chance?  when an old lady turns a memory into a money-maker?  when a funeral parlor sits next-door to a nursing home?
  The Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance for writers, directors and actors to strut their stuff.  Constructive feedback will be given by adjudicators Laura K. Bird and Monique Lafontaine.
  It’s great for the audience, too.  People drop in for a particular play or two, or stay for the whole afternoon.  This is good-fun entertainment ... and it’s a bargain: pay-what-you-will admission to help defray the costs.
  The annual event is backed by ACT (a community theatre) and supported by the helpful sponsorship of community businesses which have a commitment to the arts, including The Buzz, Owls Hollow, and Academy of Learning.  The Watermark Theatre and Victoria Playhouse have both donated tickets for a raffle.
  Here’s what Wade Lynch, adjudicator of several Festivals, has said about the experience: “The PEI Community Theatre Festival reminds me of why I went into theatre in the first place ... It is a celebration of life expressed through theatre ... To hear stories told, sung and physicalized in English, French, Mi’kmaq and mime is how we build a stronger, welcoming, tolerant, safe and magical community.”
  The Carrefour’s doors open at 12:30 on Saturday, March 5th; the plays begin at 1:00 and run till about 5:30.  There’ll be a 15-minute break between plays to provide for adjudication and set-up of the next play ... and also to give the audience a chance to socialize, get raffle tickets and sample the refreshments.
For information contact Rob Thomson—robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca, 628-6778.
For photos of previous Festivals, click ‘Gallery” at the top/right, and scroll down to Community Theatre Festival listings

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