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Sunday, February 08, 2015
Play on! The 2015 Community Theatre Festival
Keep your Saturday afternoon, March 7th, open for the fun of a few short plays
A smorgasbord of theatre! It’s the 2015 PEI Community Theatre Festival—Saturday afternoon, March 7th, at the Carrefour in Charlottetown. It’s PEI’s way of celebrating World Theatre Day.
Starting at 1:00 o’clock, short plays will run every three-quarters of an hour or so: a variety of one-acts or excerpts (10 to 30 minutes)—intense drama, cultural heritage, off-beat avant-garde, and comedy—both slapstick-skit and dark humour. There’ll be constructive feedback by adjudicators Richard Haines and Monique Lafontaine.
This year’s line-up offers a set of intriguing titles: The Belarusian Orange Grove, A Man of Two Minds, Small Talk, Betsy’s Diner, Mi’kmaq Legends. They pose questions such as: How far are some people willing to go to make sure they win? What kind of secret comes out as a couple comes home from a party? How was Abegweit created? What gets served besides food in a diner? What kind of conversation goes on in a morgue? The presenting groups are ACT (a community theatre), the Tracadie Players, In the Moment, Art Without Borders, and the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors.
The Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance for writers, directors and actors to strut their stuff. Several of the plays are original works by Island playwrights. 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 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.
Here’s what Wade Lynch, adjudicator of several Festivals, says about the experience:
“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 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 March 7th; the plays begin at 1:00 and run till about 5:00 o’clock. There’ll be a 20-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 and sample the refreshments.
For information contact Rob Thomson—robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca, 628-6778.