One of the reasons I haven’t been posting much is that I’ve been taking photos for various theatre productions. Every year Prince Edward Island stages a Community Theatre Festival, organized and underwritten by ACT (a community theatre.)
This year there were five plays, and every one of them was based on an original script written by Islanders.
First up were The Tracadie Players, from the village of Tracadie, with a farce called Betsy’s Diner, written by Gary Gaudet. They had staged this play earlier within Tracadie to raise money for various projects.
Second on the bill was a two-hander by Melissa Heald called A Man of Two Minds.
The third presentation was by the MIʼKMAQ HERITAGE ACTORS who performed a series of Mi’kmaq Legends
developed for the stage by Julie and Richard Pellissier-Lush.
The fourth play was being workshopped by its author and director, both students at the University of Prince Edward Island: respectively Kassinda Bulger and Courtney Starkman – also left to right in the photo. The play was about two cadavers having a chat in a morgue, and was called Small Talk.
Finally, ACT itself staged a play that had been written in 10 hours last November by Benton Hartley and Cameron MacDonald for ACT’s “Plays in a Day” (aka 24-hour plays.) The same director and actors reprised the show, called The Belarusian Orange Grove, for the theatre festival. The directions which had been given to the authors were to use the two suitcases as props and make the colour orange a prominent part of the play.
Support community theatre. It’s amazingly good.