This is a great chance to get involved and support local theatre. If you are interested in volunteering backstage, in front of house or other areas - get in touch !
ACT is hosting the Community Theatre Festival, which will be held April 24 , 2021, at the Fox and Crow Pub at UPEI. Shows begin at 1 pm (times are approximate) and admission is 'pay what you will'.
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. This year the audience will be limited to 50 people.
1PM: Ferret Envy- Jyoti is in her late 20’s. She has just murdered her roommate’s ferret (Foozu) due to jealousy and wanting her roommate’s complete attention. Julia (her roommate) has just walked into their living room to find Jyoti with a knife over Foozu’s box.
1:30 Playground - An original absurdist comedy written by Malcolm Murray.
2:30 Apple Bones - An original mature drama by local playwright Jennifer Platts-Fanning. Imagine a world … a green era when procreation is problematic for the planet. Having children? … definitely frowned upon. But Mother Nature weaves her tale, and Lily’s rounded tummy provokes strong emotions and consequent mayhem.
3:30 Deenies Exit - An excerpt of an original work, written by Louise Burley. A 95 year old woman named Deenie is sick of old age: the physical hardships, the loneliness, the boredom etc. She decides to quietly stop eating and end the ordeal. She has a close friend Max who visits her at her retirement home and they read literature together. Deenie persuades Max that she and he should write a play about an old lady who decides to do herself in. Max doesn't know the fiction is fact.
4:30 The Valiant - Written by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass. The Valiant tells the story of James Dyke, a confessed murderer who has been sentenced to die and now awaits his fate on death row at a prison in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The only problem is that no one knows who he really is or where he comes from, and he is determined to take his secret to the grave.
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. A small committee is working on ideas for 2021 and beyond. To join them, contact us at