Hail Amateur Thespians!
Wanted: plays for Community Theatre Festival 2015
Prince Edward Island’s annual celebration of World Theatre Day is the PEI Community Theatre Festival, and in 2015 it will again be held in March—Saturday, March 7th.
Once more it will be at the Carrefour in Charlottetown, filling the Saturday afternoon with a play running approximately every ¾ of an hour or so, with a social time in-between performances. Refreshments will be provided to the players. Performers will be given helpful adjudication; last year that was done by the irrepressible Wade Lynch and his arts-savvy colleague Monique Lafontaine. Each group will be presented with a participation award.
The Community Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a great 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. It’s a fine opportunity for a group to preview or reprise a show they’ve developed for another presentation.
The Festival has grown in popularity since its resurgence in 2010. Last year the audience tended to drop in to watch two or three of the five performances—all comedies, as it happened—put on by theatre veterans and newcomers, from Georgetown, Charlottetown and Summerside. There was even a set of improv theatre games by students of L’Ecole François-Buote.
Here’s what Adjudicator Wade Lynch has said about the Festival:
“The PEI Community Theatre Festival reminds me of why I went into theatre in the first place. It is an inclusive, nurturing community experience. The PEICTF is cross-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual celebration of life expressed through theatre. To see young actors taking their first tentative steps into a public arena alongside those who have spent decades treading the boards is thrilling. 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. I can’t wait for next year!”
Now is the time organizers are inviting amateur (for-the-love-of-it) theatre groups to express interest and get working on a play. What’s wanted are short plays or excerpts—no more than a half-hour—of any kind: comedy, quasi-improv, gripping drama, mystery, slice-of-life, political satire, romance, family-friendly or avant-garde/mature.
So let the creative juices flow. There’s plenty of time over the coming few months to get into performance mode. Mentoring guidance is available on request.
To get information and to express interest, contact any one of the organizing trio:
• Kate Martin 892-4384 eslkatie1 @gmail.com
• Sara McCarthy 315-2839 saradmccarthy @gmail.com
• Rob Thomson 628-6778 robthomson @pei.sympatico.ca
A group should signify its intention to participate by December 15th; then definite confirmation is needed by January 31st.