Time to think about the Community Theatre Festival 2021.
It may be several months away, but now is the time when amateur theatre groups start looking ahead to the PEI Community Theatre Festival. The Island’s annual celebration of World Theatre Day will may look a little different this year, but we hope to present a few short plays or excerpts.
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 from helpful adjudicators.
The Festival has grown in popularity since its resurgence in 2010. In past years, hundreds of audience-people dropped in, commonly to watch two or three of the afternoon’s performances -- a fine mix of subtle comedy, slapstick, intense drama, legend, musical, even some fine improv. Past festivals can be seen here, listed by year.
Unfortunately, the 2020 festival had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Now organizers are regrouping and exploring options for 20201. We 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.
To get information and to express interest, contact Mike Mallaley at
A group should signify its intention to participate by December 15th; then definite confirmation will be needed by January 31st.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED: We want to see if we can talk you into having a part the PEI Community Theatre Festival.
Organization of the Festival has proven to be effective and remarkably easy. It’s done by a small team of three or four persons. Mainly it involves recruiting theatre groups to take part, arranging for the venue and technician, adjudication, refreshments, publicity, awards, printed program, photography and such. That usually takes about three meetings — in late September, mid-January and possibly late February or early March — plus some homework, of course. A small commtitee has already started working on ideas for 2021. To join them, contact us at