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Up to the Challenge

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE- GARNETT GALLANT BUILDING SET FOR ‘NOISES OFF’ – ACT will present this outrageous comedy at Florence Simmons Performance Hall in May 2023.

The set for ‘Noises Off’, by Michael Frayn, is a major part of the show. This madcap farce follows a theatre troupe trying, but not exactly succeeding, to put on a play. The audience gets to see the action on and off stage, and thus the set has to be quite versatile! The two-story construction includes eight working doors and a window… as well as multiple sets of stairs and a full balcony that will support several actors at once.

Garnett Gallant has spent a half a century with the theatre industry in a variety of roles, including touring the world with the National Ballet of Canada. Building has always been a favourite interest, and when ACT (a community theatre) asked for his help in designing and constructing the set for ‘Noises Off’ in 2019, he was glad to oblige.

The set was completed in the winter of 2020 – because this production was scheduled to take place right as the pandemic shut everything down. Now, three years later, it will finally be staged at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall at Holland College in May.

The set had to be constructed in many small pieces, and then pieced together like a puzzle. The two storey set was built one floor at a time and then was placed in storage for three years! It will have to be fully erected and tested weeks before the show to make sure it works. Therefore this set will have to be moved and built and taken down…. Twice! It won’t be until very close to opening night that all the pieces will be assembled in one place, and the finishing touches are complete. Gallant is primarily concerned with safety. He says it is important for not just the actors, but for the entire team, to feel secure on this set, which comes apart and rotates during the show. Stay tuned for tickets to go on sale!

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Join the Team

A sponsorship opportunity that will promote your business or organization within the Island community! The set of Noises Off is an architectural and engineering marvel to behold. Two stories, eight doors, a window – and the entire set has to be taken apart and rotated during the course of the performance…. twice.

This, along with flying props, mistaken identities, intrigue and action all happen in ACT’s production of Noises Off coming in May of 2023 at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall, Holland College, Charlottetown. 

Want to help put together the set or supply other materials for this dazzling production? Any amount of funding, donated materials, or discounted services are gratefully appreciated. We can provide advertising opportunities and put your company in the spotlight! Support and appreciate local theatre and the arts- complimentary tickets are part of our packages too! 

Contact actproductionspei@gmail.com or 902-620-8289 for more information and to join the team! 

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Live at the Pub

A great chance to see live theatre, please join us for the ACT COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL

Date: April 24, 2021, Starts at 1 pm, times approximateLocation: Fox and Crow Pub at UPEI Cost: Pay what you can, doors open at 11:30 and the pub will be serving food and drink.

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 (Doreen) 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.

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Acting Up

COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL 2021. ACT is hosting the Community Theatre Festival, which will be held April 24 / 25, 2021, at the Fox and Crow Pub at UPEI. 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 ! actproductionspei@gmail.com We are also seeking submissions (deadline March 19th) – if you have a short excerpt, sketch, or even a monologue in mind that you’d like to perform…let us help you bring it to life!

(Photo: King’s Players, by David Gladstone)

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Get In On the Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Presented by ACT in partnership with the Confederation Centre of the Arts

and at the Watermark Theatre

December 2020

It has been a difficult year for the performing arts, and so ACT is delighted to present live theatre in December, bringing It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry to the stage, in partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts. This is the heartwarming tale of George Bailey, a typical American dreamer, who contemplates ending his life one Christmas Eve. With the help of his guardian angel, he discovers the true value of friendship and family. The play is set on a 1940’s radio stage, complete with local advertising jingles and live sound effects. 

“We are so excited to be partnering with ACT for this production on the Mainstage this holiday season,” offers Adam Brazier, artistic director of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “One of our strategic priorities is to support local theatre initiatives and this has become more vital than ever during these challenging times for our community and the arts industry. It’s a Wonderful Life is an uplifting story of family, love, hope, and redemption–a perfect message for 2020 and the Island holiday season.”

ACT celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, and president Marti Hopson was determined to stage a production that could fit within public health guidelines after seeing the rest of the season cancelled due to the pandemic. “It’s terrific that we can take this show to multiple locations and I think the audience will enjoy seeing this classic in a new way, with 6 actors playing multiple parts,” she said, “Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Watermark Theatre and several sponsors have been very generous in helping us to make this a reality.” The cast includes Alex Arsenault, Jenna Marie Holmes, Amanda Rae Gallant, Mike Mallaley, Keir Malone, and Rob Thomson, joined by Mitchell Gallant on sound effects. 

The show opens December 3, 4, 5 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and continues on December 10, 11, 12 at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. Tickets are available at www.confederationcentre.com and www.ticketwizard.ca . This show is suitable for all ages and is sure to bring holiday cheer. The performances will all have COVID-19 protocols in place, with physically distanced limited seating. Title sponsor of the event is the Smith Team of RBC Dominion Securities.adam

For any additional information required, please email martihopson@hotmail.com or call 902-620-8289.

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Rainbows in November

Rainbow Valley is a new musical with a truly PEI flavor. Based on the book of the same title by L.M. Montgomery, and adapted for the stage by Hank Stinson, Rainbow Valley brings a cast of delightful Montgomery characters to life, and is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Director Hank Stinson describes the story: “There are many stories in Rainbow Valley. I’ve decided to focus this play on the story of the new minister, his children, and the people they most directly encounter in a small community where the past rules the present. Life presents them with gifts of opportunity and they must decide whether these ‘gifts’ are a blessing or a curse. The children have no problem knowing which is which. The adults, on the other hand, have history which weighs them down, makes receiving these gifts much more difficult. And yet, there is a moment in time when the gift received, (whether in thought, word or action,) will bring them happiness.”

Presented by ACT (a community theatre), Rainbow Valley will be the latest in ACT’s tradition of musicals, and promises to be a strong follow-up to Charlottetown’s summer roster of L.M. Montgomery-based theatre. The show strongly features a young company comprised of Hannah McGaughey, Joe Moak, Brooklyn Riley, George Woods, Fiona Moak, James Ronahan, Jace MacPherson, and Keili Johnston. Also starring Colin Hood, Samantha Bruce, Corin McFadden, and Shelley Tamtom.

Don’t miss this exciting new show at The Guild through November 17th! Young and old will love joining these touching characters as they find happiness down in Rainbow Valley.