Time to think about the Community Theatre Festival 2020.
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 again be filling a Saturday afternoon in late March with a half-a-dozen plays, running every ¾ of an hour or so, with a social time in-between performances.
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. Last year 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. Description and photos can be seen by clicking here
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, 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.
So let the creative juices flow. There’s plenty of time over the coming few months to get into performance mode. No matter whether you’re a seasoned troupe or a group which is just getting started. Mentoring guidance is available on request.
To get information and to express interest, contact Kim Johnston 902-569-8563, firstname.lastname@example.org; Kate Martin 902-892-4384, email@example.com; or Rob Thomson 902-628-6778, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We have years of experience and written materials which provide guidance for making things happen without a whole lot of stress. It’s a very worthwhile project, and the organizing is pretty straightforward -- and rewarding.
Do you think this might be something for you to get involved in? Want to talk about it? Give us a call, and perhaps have a coffee with one of us, or sit in on our initial planning meeting.
Rob Thomson - 902-628-6778, email@example.com
Kate Martin - 902-892-4384, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Johnston 902-569-8563, email@example.com