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Monday, February 14, 2011

The PEI COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL is Back

For World Theatre Day 2011 ... Comedy and drama at The Carrefour on March 26th

  100% more!  The 2011 PEI Community Theatre Festival is going to be twice as big as last year’s.
  Last year the Victoria Playhouse was filled to standing-room—and the audience was treated to three diverse plays (as well as mouth-watering cinnamon buns).
  This year The Carrefour will be the venue for 6 short plays, presented in a matinee for some original performances by younger and older groups, and then an evening for a set of more adult-engaging works.
  It’s on Saturday, March 26th—in celebration of the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day.  That special UNESCO day has been marked with plays, workshops and happenings around the globe for half a century now.  A scan of the web shows events in places like Vancouver, Ghana, Indonesia, New York, Mexico, Argentina, India, Mongolia ... and on Prince Edward Island.
  The Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a time when for-the-fun-of-it actors get to perform beyond their usual home audience, to rub shoulders and learn from one another and get constructive feedback from adjudicators Marlane O’Brien and Terry Pratt.
  Comedy links almost all of this year’s plays, but they present a grand spectrum of genres and themes: down-home general-store gossip ... humorously touching seniors’ memories ... edgy romantic fantasy and bedroom farce ... even intense drama.  The plays ...
  “I’m Herbert” is one of the quartet of hugely successful plays by Robert Anderson under the over-title “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running”.  The topic is sex, in its various and fascinating manifestations; the treatment is tastefully touching and explosively funny.  Herbert and Muriel, an advanced-age couple, have a rocking-chair reminiscence about their marriages and flings—but the details, including identities, tend to get rather mixed up.  Bill McFadden is the director.
  “The Peddler’s Potion” is an authentically home-grown play.  It was designed by young Abigail and Joseph Simmonds, and then developed with a dozen other children who are the members of Ruth Lacey’s Bonshaw Young Players.  We get comedy with a message: can the village’s feud be cured by a mischievous travelling salesman?  As in Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love”, what counts is what you believe.
  “Tech No” is another home-grown play—written by Hampton dentist Peter Bevan-Baker and developed as he worked with the drama club at Crapaud’s Englewood school.  Asked what it’s like, Peter says: “It is a comedy/farce with serious dramatic elements ... Have I covered all the bases there?!”  The play looks at the impacts—both positive and negative—that technology has on our lives.
  “That’s Life” is a fascinating project of Ron Irving—the man who created The Venerables—and his ‘Seniors on Stage’ group from the Seniors College.  It is a series of sketches and monologues which the group developed collegially to present experiences and situations which people-who-age encounter.  The scenes make telling points in ways which will cause some good chuckles as well as some more serious food for thought.
  “The Problem” by A. R. Gurney is the entry of ACT (a community theatre), and is directed by Rob Reddin.  It features Marly and Richard Haines as a couple playing psychological games in a wonderfully absurd situation which is triggered by the appearance of a sudden pregnancy.  It’s a sexual-allusion (or sexual-illusion?) comedy which also takes a dandy satiric punch at WASP attitudes toward ‘more exotic’ races.
“Close” is both written and directed by Dylan Riley, and will be staged by his colleagues of the UPEI Theatre Society.  This is an original drama, adapted from the author’s own short story, in which the stale relationship of young Patrick and Michelle is the medium for a look at interpersonal communication.  “The idea of having my own work performed by others,” Dylan Riley says, “is almost dizzying”.
  A fitting observance of World Theatre Day, the PEI Community Theatre Festival is going to be a full day of live, and lively, theatre ... spiced with refreshments and socializing—good fun, indeed.
  It’s at the Carrefour Theatre (accessed via the QEH road).  The matinee of the two young-people groups and the seniors’ troupe starts at 2:00 pm.  The evening curtain for the edgier plays goes up at 7:00 pm.  Admission is by pay-what-you-can donation.  Hearts and Flowers, The Buzz, David Gauthier and ACT (a community theatre) have provided sponsor support.
Information: Rob Reddin 940-0328 robbie_reddin@hotmail.com

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