Time to think about the Community Theatre Festival 2019

  The PEI Community Theatre Festival will be held for 2019 on Saturday, March 30th.  It’s the Island’s annual celebration of World Theatre Day.
  It will be at the Carrefour in Charlottetown, filling the Saturday afternoon with a play running every ¾ of an hour or so, with a social time in-between performances.
  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.  Performers will be given helpful adjudication.  Previous mentors have been helpful people like Wade Lynch, Monique Lafontaine, Richard Haines and Laura Bird.  Participants will be presented with participation award mementoes, and there are refreshments for them, too.
  The Festival has grown in popularity since its resurgence in 2010.  Last year hundreds of audience-people dropped in, commonly to watch two or three of the seven performances—a fine mix of slapstick, intense drama, legend, musical, an original work in French, even some improv.  Photos can be seen on ACT’s website — … click on “Gallery” (upper-right corner) and scroll down to click on the “Community Theatre Festival” sections.
  Here’s what ‘Mister Theatre’ 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 … 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, improv, gripping drama, mystery, slice-of-life, political satire, musical, romance, family-friendly or avant-garde/mature.
  It can also be a fine opportunity for a group to preview or reprise a show they’ve developed for another presentation.
  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 Kim Johnston 902-569-8563, johnstonk @; Kate Martin 902-892-4384, eslkatie1 @; or Rob Thomson 902-628-6778, robthomson @
  A group should signify its intention to participate by December 15th; then definite confirmation is needed by January 31st.

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