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By: Actpei  09-12-2011
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Monday, November 15, 2010


Calling for participants for the PEI Community Theatre Festival, March 2011

  This is just a little follow-up to our suggestion, back in September, that your theatre group might consider participating in the PEI Community Theatre Festival.
The Festival takes place next March 25/26th.  That will be the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s World Theatre Day—an appropriate occasion for local amateur groups, young and old, to get together to share plays and have some fun.  We’ll have an experienced adjudicator to give constructive feedback and present awards—last year it was Wade Lynch.  There’ll also be refreshments.
Last year’s Festival at the Victoria Playhouse was a grand success, with three groups, more than 30 active participants, and an audience of 175.  We want to double that this year.
What’s wanted is a short play or excerpt—anything up to 40 minutes.  It can be a piece of any kind: comedy, classic, avant garde, home-made, whatever.  This seems like a good chance to ‘warm up’ a play which is planned for later in the season, or to reprise an earlier production.
There’s little or no cost for the theatre troupe.  We provide the venue and a technician to serve any sound-and-lighting requirements you might have.  You make your own arrangements about rights, costuming, set, props and transportation.
There’s plenty of time—about three months—to get a play ready.  But we’re getting back in touch now because we need to know about tentative participants by December 15th, so that we can plan the number of performance evenings and the venues.  Then we’d need to have definite confirmation by January 15th.
Would you please take a few moments now to write a note back or give us a call to ask any questions, and to tell us whether or not you’re making plans to join in the Festival.
It’s going to be a lot of fun.  We sure hope you can take part.
The Festival organizing group:
• Rob Reddin [email protected]
• Ruth Lacey [email protected]
• Rob Thomson [email protected] 628-6778

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on 11/15 at 09:25 AM

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Beaconsfield Historic House
A Reunion Concert with
Suzanne Campbell, Emily Hanlin Piper & Jacqueline Sorensen
featuring the works of Vaughan Williams, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland & others
Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 pm
Beaconsfield’s Carriage House
Admission - $12 ~ Tickets at the Door
Doors open at 7pm
Beaconsfield Historic House is pleased to announce a reunion concert, “Three Ladies and Nine Gentlemen”, will be held in its Carriage House on July 24 at 7:30pm.  The three ladies are Island singer Suzanne Campbell, mezzo-soprano, Island pianist Jacqueline Sorensen and American performer Emily Hanlin Piper, soprano.  The trio will perform music by nine of their favorite gentlemen composers, including Vaughan Williams, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland.  These ladies performed regularly together six years ago while Hanlin Piper lived on Prince Edward Island and are excited to once again perform together in concert. The rustic charm of Beaconsfield’s Carriage House is the setting for the reunion concert which takes place at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 24.  Admission is $12 and tickets are available at the door.  Doors open at 7pm.  For more information call at 368-6603.

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on 07/20 at 09:28 AM

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Three Oaks Show

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Harbourfront - last week of May

Three Oaks Senior High School is proud to present this year’s musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with performances by two separate casts May 27-29, 2010. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky, yet charming, cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. The characters involved come to learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a “loser”.  This hilarious tale spells nothing but fun for the audience- and maybe even a chance to “interact”! Join us for an evening at the Harbourfront Theatre May 27-29, 2010, curtain at 7:30 p.m., and enjoy the chance to just “bee” yourself. With two casts performing, the experience will never be the same way twice! Tickets are on sale through the box office beginning April 21 or on line: See you at “The Bee”!

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on 05/22 at 01:20 PM

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Young People’s Theatre Camp

Summer Theatre Camp for Kids at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House

Beaconsfield Historic House and former Island thespian, Emily Hanlin Piper, are presenting a Prince Edward Island History Theatre Camp for children ages 8-12 at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House in Charlottetown, Monday through Friday, July 19 – 23 from 1pm until 5pm.  The students will perform an original comedy, Princess Louise Comes to Call based upon the real-life visit to Beaconsfield of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Louise.  Sharing directorial duties is Cheryl Scofield, MA Theatre.  The cost is $150 for each student with sibling discounts available.

This camp will focus on period manners, comedic timing, diction and more through theatre games as well as play rehearsal.  All of the young thespians’ hard work will culminate in a final performance at 7pm on Friday, July 23rd at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House.

Emily Hanlin Piper, BA Theatre from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, is a former Island theatre and music instructor now residing in Massachusetts.  She was the 2004 winner of Theatre PEI’s Best Production Award.  Since leaving PEI, Emily has lived in Chicago where she performed professionally and taught a number of theatre, music and art classes.  She now lives on a 250 year-old farm in Westford, Massachusetts where she owns her own arts-based business, Rumphius Creativity Unhinged.  She teaches
theatre, puppetry, art and eco-friendly classes as well as performs as Mrs. Junkbox in schools across the state.  She is very excited to be back on PEI this summer and to work with Island kids once again!

Cheryl Scofield  has been teaching theatre in Virginia and Illinois for several years.  She has an MA from Northwestern University in Theatre History, Criticism and Literature and worked as a dramaturg with some Off-Loop theatres while living in Chicago.  Also in Chicago, Cheryl taught theatre in inner-city schools in a program designed to keep kids out of gangs through involvement in theatre.  She is currently director and theatre teacher at Liberty High School located in Virginia.

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on 05/20 at 08:50 AM


What’s in a name?  Quite a lot for the former Indian River Festival Chorus.

IRFC singers enjoyed their role as ‘back-up vocals’ for featured artists at the Festival in each of its nine years.  But this year the Festival chose not to use the Chorus, which strengthened director Carl Mathis’s growing feeling that the group is ready to claim its own identity, repertoire, and audience.

Mathis says that “within minutes” of his e-mailing his decision to break with the Festival, “the responses came back from singers, saying, ‘So where are we going to sing then?’ It was very positive.  I was delighted, overwhelmed, and humbled.  Their answers are what made this future we are launching.”

Much remains unchanged besides the director, a former voice professor at UPEI: the mandate to sing classical music, rehearsals and concerts in the summer, and a core membership of experienced choristers from other choirs, who would otherwise have to forego their singing fix at this time of year.

All of these elements were reflected in a recent “Name-the-choir” ballot circulated by an interim Executive among current members.  The short list included “The Island Summer Chorus,” and “The Master Singers.”  But the clear winner reflects the choir’s classical roots, its unbroken, though altered, existence, and the sheer love of bel canto or ‘beautiful singing’: Vive Viva Voce – the living voice!

“The IRFC,” says Mathis, “sang music from the 14th century to ‘the ink is still wet.’  So will Viva Voce – including classical pieces twisted into something funny.  Composers have written humorous pieces for centuries, so we won’t be stuffy.”

Already there are more performance invitations for this new/old choir than ever before.  During August 1-5 Viva Voce will appear in the organ recital series at St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Charlottetown, and Saint Simon and Saint Jude Roman Catholic Church, Tignish; in a Sunday service at Trinity United Church, Summerside; and in an independent concert at Bonshaw Hall.

Viva Voce currently has 22 members.  New singers of all voices, experienced in learning classical music, are welcome.  Rehearsals are Mondays 7-9 pm at Bonshaw Hall, beginning May 31; regular attendance and dues ($40/year) are required.  Anyone interested should call Carl Mathis at 892-1780.

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on 05/20 at 08:36 AM

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Passing on a message from a Summerside company which is looking for actors for a promotional video

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on 05/11 at 08:38 AM

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Liverpool International Theatre Festival Program Now Available

The LITF 2010 festival program guide is now available on our website.  Please see:

Beth George
Marketing Director, LITF 2010
[email protected]
(902) 356-2670

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on 05/09 at 01:03 PM

Monday, April 26, 2010

Workshops Planned for Liverpool International Theatre Festival


The upcoming Liverpool International Theatre Festival will feature six outstanding theatre workshops at its tenth biennial event, being held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia from May 19 – 23, 2010.  Hosted at the Best Western Liverpool hotel, these workshops will give attendees a chance to learn first-hand about various aspects of theatre craft. 

Although the workshops primarily cater to people involved in theatre, the public at large are invited to attend the workshops for a rare peek at what goes on behind the scenes.  All workshops are free admission for all.  The following workshops are offered at this year’s festival:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Nova Scotia Well Represented at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival

The Liverpool International Theatre Festival, to be held May 19–23 at Liverpool’s Astor Theatre, is pleased to welcome four outstanding Nova Scotian theatre companies to its milestone tenth anniversary competition.
The River Hill Players, from Inverness, will join three Halifax companies—the Once Upon a Theatre Collective, the Theatre Arts Guild, and francophone players from Ca cloche dans ma caboche—at the prestigious festival.
“We’re both pleased and proud to have, among the competitors, four troupes representing Nova Scotia,” says festival artistic director Chris Heide.

The River Hill Players will perform Her Wake, starring Cindy O`Neil and Diane Mouland as two elderly Cape Breton ladies attending the wake of a mutual dear friend who has recently passed away.  As the evening progresses, their tongues loosen and they share stories about their friend at her best and her worst.  This biting social satire, a reflection on life in rural Cape Breton, has had audiences in stitches all over Nova Scotia.  Written by Inverness playwright Frank Macdonald, Her Wake is a home-grown hit.

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on 04/19 at 04:06 PM

Thursday, April 15, 2010

“FAME” on at Bluefield

        FAME The Musical !
is now playing on the Stage at Bluefield High School !

Shows are Thursday April 15th - 8:00pm

          Friday   April 16th - 8:00pm

          Saturday April 17th - 8:00pm

          Sunday   April 18th - 2:00pm

Produced and Directed by Jane Hastelow

Choreography by Brittany Banks

Musical Direction by Adam Van Omme

Tickets only $10.

Available by calling Bluefield at 675-7480

Clow’s Red & White 621-0500

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on 04/15 at 12:14 PM

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Concert for HD Awareness at The Guild

Most of you are already aware that my brother Peter has HD. The PEI Chapter of the Huntington Society of Canada is holding a fund raiser and awareness concert at The Guild April 18/10 at 3pm. See attached for details and see this web site for added info:

Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited brain disorder whereby cells in specific parts of the brain die. It is a genetic disorder that affects about one in every 10,000 Canadians. The defective gene was discovered in 1993 and human drug trials are, for the first time, being launched in 2010.

Hope to see you on the 18th.

- Gerry

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on 04/08 at 08:19 PM

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Casting Call

Hi folks,
I’m forwarding along a casting call notice we recently recieved for a musical video. Contact info is available aty the bottom for anyone interested. Take care,

Richard Haines
ACT President.

Could you please forward this information to any ACT members who might be interested?  I would be most grateful.
I am currently assembling a production of a 90 minute musical.  I am looking specifically for two older actors, one man, one woman, both over 50.  The show is a co-operative venture, and everyone is paid an equal share (but I would love to hear from actors of all ages).
The following is a a description of all the characters. in the show:  The role of Miss Crombie has been cast.
Pierre Coldwater/Froideau( the �favourite son� of the title) a dual character role, baritone.  Coldwater is a folk hero for our time with a deliberately murky past.  He introduces himself with a solo country song (ability to play a guitar or fiddle is an asset but not necessary).  He appears in the second act asPierre Froideau, the real person upon whom they have based their fictional hero � only he is now a mobster from Montreal (accent?).  In this persona, he sings a sinister jazzy blues number but drops the accent and becomes quite nonplussed when confronted by Lady Angela (his ex-wife).  He sings the waltz with her and in the gospel-rock finale.
Lady Angela Phelps � (character role � soprano) mature. Does not appear in the first Act.  She appears in time to provide the resolution of the plot.  The daughter of a Lt. Governor, very wealthy with the calm quiet assurance of a woman born to high status and money.  Her command is palpable.  She has two songs:  one is a back and forth answer/response type nostalgic waltz with the title character (revealed to be her ex-husband); the second is the finale - a gospel-rock anthem to herself backed by the rest of the cast.
Delores Crombie (female lead, alto or soprano) old enough to have achieved a high ranking staff position in government, equivalent to a Ministerial Chief of Staff)  � shrewd and professional, somewhat severe.  She commands her boss with authority, and is likely the only reason for his success.  Under her arch exterior she is nonetheless very fond of him in a motherly sort of fashion.  An �Iron Lady� at the outset, she develops a romantic interest in the title character, which is quite upsetting to her boss, who fears losing her.  She has a solo ballad, in which she reveals a very tender, lonely side of her.  Her song is the recurring love theme used throughout the show.  She sings in all songs but two.
John Perry (male lead, a Junior Minister in Provincial government.  Good looking but not very bright. (Baritone-tenor).  Tries hard but always seems out of his depth.  He relies UTTERLY on Miss Crombie to know what to do, when, and how.  He starts the show with a witty patter song about the art of politics (don�t make any decisions � ever � and you can�t get into trouble.)  With the others, he sings four other songs.
Roger Smiles: (tenor) a Public Relations expert � the consummate salesman � flashy and very stylish.  He oozes charm and confidence.  He introduces himself with a disco song and sings three songs with Perry and Coldwater and again in the finale.

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on 04/06 at 03:42 PM

Monday, November 23, 2009

Urgent Casting Call

Thank you,

Amy Sark

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on 11/23 at 07:08 PM

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Factory Atlantic - ‘a space for theatre inquiry’ - invites you to attend
Excerpt from a Work in Progress.  The 45 minute presentation will be
given Monday, the 30th of November at the yLofts, 252 Prince, in
Charlottetown at 7:00pm.

Please use the side entrance to Loft Three adjacent to the inn parking
lot.  Adults only and please be prompt as late comers will be unable
to attend given the space’s configuration.  A five dollar donation is
suggested.  A gathering will be held immediately following the work in
Loft One.  Modest food will be served and the long awaited 50/50 draw
will occur.  Please bring what you would like to drink.

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on 11/17 at 08:43 AM

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just by Chance Auditions

I was wondering if you would spread the word that I am holding auditions for a short film we will be shooting through IMAC here in Charlottetown on December 5-6th. The open auditions are at the Arts Guild building 115 Richmond Street third floor on Wednesday evening November 18th from 6-10pm.

The name of the film is “Just by Chance” and it is about a brother and sister forced to live on the streets and the consequences of a robbery for everyone involved BUT with a twist and a chance to start over.

Thank you,

Amy Sark

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on 11/16 at 03:41 PM

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