Do you enjoy local productions?
There is no shortage of great shows across Quinte region during the fall
Festival Players of Prince Edward County just finished their Fall Season of two one-act plays. I was lucky to have seen them both since the theatre was a converted storefront in Wellington that sat no more than 50 people. Both plays were fascinating, entertaining and uniquely delivered, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. I’m looking forward to seeing what Festival Players will be offering in 2018 when Graham Abbey, founder of The Groundling Theatre Company, takes over as Artistic Director.
Quinte theatre groups, both professional and non-professional, are producing more and more Canadian plays, which is great news. There are also more locally-written oneacts being produced. The Belleville Theatre Guild and The Village Theatre recently produced oneact evenings and plan to do more. On October 19, 20 and 22, The Old Church Theatre in Trenton will be presenting “Sharpen the Acts”, three one-acts written by Conrad Beaubien, Matthew Sheahan, and Peter Paylor.
On October 28, a new theatre space ina store front in downtown Belleville (298 Front Street) will be showing two one-act comedies by Peter Paylor before they head off to compete in the Eastern Ontario Drama League’ s One Act Play Festival.
We take it for granted now, the charming little theatre in Stirling, but back in the 1980s, it was scheduled to be torn down. If it weren’t for the dedicated Stirling Performing Arts Committee, who worked so very hard to keep it from the wrecking ball, it would not be there. Luckily it’s been beautifully restored and has been housing concerts and theatrical productions ever since.
On October 13 and 14, the Stirling Festival Theatre (SFT) will present a murder-mystery dinner theatre, written and directed by Ken MacDougall. Many of you will be familiar with Ken’s work, which has been produced by SFT for many seasons (including their annual pantos). This play, “Office Parties Can Be Murder” sounds like fun: “On the eve of his retirement, CEO Goldman Sacks is throwing the biggest party the company has ever seen. There will be infighting, office politics, secret romances and someone will die.”
Leading up to Halloween, the SFT Academy (the young company) will present “Hilarious Haunted Mansion” from October 19 to 29.
“A group of kids start a rumor that the old house on the corner is haunted. The rumor spirals out of control and turns into an international incident!” This play is also written by Ken MacDougall.
On October 25, SFT will present a Play Reading of Ted Johns’ “He Won’t Come In From The Barn.” Anyone familiar with Theatre Passe Muraille’s “The Farm Show,” which Ted Johns ‘typedout and edited’ (it was a collaborative effort) will appreciate this agricultural comedy for cynical times. “Troubled by the changes in his life and by changes in farming, Aylmer decides to hole up in his barn, resist temptation, and ponder his condition. Live cows, pigs, and chickens contribute to the farcical goings on!”
Coming up at The Village Theatre in downtown Belleville is “Self Help” written by one of Canada’s most produced, prolific and popular playwrights, Norm Foster. This show will run from November 1 to 4.
On October 20 and 21, Tweed & Company will present the spooky musical comedy “Fight the Moonlight” at the Marble Arts Centre. This show features an original score by Tricia Black and book by Tricia Black and Caitlin English.
The Belleville Theatre Guild just began its 2017-2018 Season with “Our Town,” written by Thornton Wilder. This play was first produced on Broadway in 1938 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play will run until October 28 at the Pinnacle Playhouse.
And don’t forget… there’s gonna be a party at Sans Souci in Belleville on Saturday, October 21 starting at 8 pm, to celebrate the QAC’s 50th anniversary. Elaine A. Small and Joe Callahan will host this Party and Fundraiser with live entertainmentandrefreshments.Performers include Jeanette Arsenault, Joe Callahan, Tim Campbell, Louise Ford, Dan Kennedy, the Brian Legere Trio, Lynn Marriot, Kyle Mitchell, Elaine A. Small with Andrew Trott, Lenni Stewart and Toni Vani. Master of Ceremonies will be musician, actor and writer, Peter Snell. Tickets are $20 at the QAC (36 Bridge St. E, Belleville, 613-962-1232) and at Sans Souci (240 Front St, Belleville, 613-9682952). Tickets are also available online at Snapd Quinte. For more information about the event, call 613-968-6720 or 613-962-1232.
Graham Abbey, the new Artistic Director for the Festival Players of Prince Edward County.
Joe Callahan and Elaine A. Small are two of the many musicians who will be performing at the QAC’s Birthday Bash at Sans Souci in Belleville on October 21.