At Play In The Dark - The Other Five Percent
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time to think about the Community Theatre Festival - coming in March 2016
Prince Edward Island’s annual celebration of World Theatre Day is the PEI Community Theatre Festival, which will again be held in March, probably on Saturday the 12th.
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; previous mentors have been helpful people like Wade Lynch, Monique Lafontaine and Richard Haines. 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—a fine mix of slapstick, intense drama, legend and the absurd.
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 Kate Martin 892-4384, firstname.lastname@example.org or Rob Thomson 628-6778, email@example.com.
A group should signify its intention to participate by December 15th; then definite confirmation is needed by January 31st.
For the fun of photos of the Festival, click on “Gallery” (on the home page, upper right corner) ... scroll down and click on the “Community Theatre Festival” sections