PEI COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL

ACT is sponsoring the PEI Community Theatre Festival - on World Theatre Day, 2010

  People around the world will be celebrating UNESCO’s World Theatre Day on March 27th, and here on the Island that Saturday evening is the occasion for the PEI Community Theatre Festival.  The place is the Playhouse in Victoria, and the curtain goes up at 7:00 pm.

  It’s an evening of short plays presented by some of the Island’s most dynamic amateur theatre groups.  This is a showcase for true community theatre—a time when for-the-fun-of-it actors and back-stage production crew get to perform beyond their usual home audience, to rub shoulders and learn from one another and get constructive feedback.
  Popular theatre-man Wade Lynch will be the adjudicator, providing observations and tips.  The participants will have the opportunity to socialize and discuss their experiences.  Each acting group will go home with a Community Theatre Festival award.

  The Festival play-bill has comedy in common, but the participating groups and their stage-works are delightfully varied.

• Sheep for Wheat Productions has a ‘dark comedy’ with an absurdist touch—“The Worker” by Walter Wykes.  A young woman fashions a pretend child to cope with her loneliness; her husband is furious, and perhaps with good reason—what does this mean for his life ... literally?!  The show offers the bonuses of original music and a recreation of the painting which inspired the writing of the play.  With their playful name from a card-trading board game, Sheep for Wheat is a fresh and enthusiastic group—known for their all-participant collaborative approach in bringing to life the provocative drama of the mid-20th century, such as Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter” and Eugene Ionesco’s “The Lesson”.

• The Bonshaw Young Players have been honing their skills in a fun way with Ruth Lacey for four years now—learning Improv, doing workshops with professional actors, writing, directing, and presenting their own material.  Their ages range from 5 to 16; interestingly, half of them are home-schooled.  Their play is “Heir Repair”, written and directed by one of their members, Rachel Horrocks.  It entangles an elderly spinster in a series of hilarious misunderstandings.

• The Harbourfront Theatre Company offers a half-hour excerpt from a typical Norm Foster comedy, “Opening Night”.  How do you celebrate the 25th anniversary of a now-stale marriage? ... by going to the theatre, of course!  Here’s a play-within-a-play, and it’s a toss-up as to which one causes more laughter.  Islanders know this troupe from their days as the Jubilee Players, which they became on their move from Kensington.  They have almost two decades of comedy experience.

  This is an evening of live, and lively, theatre.  The public is welcome for the fun of the performances and for refreshments served up by the Bonshaw Women’s Institute.  Admission (to somewhat defray the costs) is by donation.

  The Community Theatre Festival—previously a successful project of Theatre PEI—is being mounted this year with the sponsorship and support of ACT (a community theatre).
  The contact for further information is jshields932 @ gmail.com, 675-3672.

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