LISTEN UP! 2019 YOUTH THEATRE PROJECT: Seeks Youth Actor and Stage Manager

DO YOU LIKE TO PERFORM? DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE NOT BEING HEARD?  WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? JOIN THE LISTEN UP! YOUTH THEATRE PROJECT Youth Actor and Stage Manager Wanted (2 positions) Reporting to the Artistic Producer, the troupe will be involved in the research, creation rehearsal and performance of scenes for a play based on youth issues during the winter/spring of 2019. This year’s play will focus on how to overcome negative issues around body image, self-esteem, media and peer pressure and eating disorders. Specific duties include: research of facts and events relating to local youth issues to be used in the creation of theatrical scenes be involved in the improvisation, creation and rehearsal of theatrical scenes present scenes as part of public performances be prepared to participate in after-show audience talkbacks at all performances assist with load in, load out and setup at all performances in addition, the Stage Manager will support the rehearsal process and run sound during all performances Qualifications, skills and interests include: interest in local youth issues interest in theatre and/or performing arts excellent literacy and dramatic skills willingness to train keen sense of responsibility able to work in a team setting punctual at all times able to be self-directed and motivated take instruction and direction well An honorarium will be provided. Preferred Age Range:  14-25 years of age Hours:  Part-time from approx.  Feb. 1 to Apr. 30, 2019 To apply, please send an email outlining why you’d like to be part of this project and why you feel you would be a good fit, as well as a resume. APPLICATION DEADLINE:  January 25, 2019                Email application to: More information: Continue reading

CTF: Takes Home Two Capital Theatre Awards

When members of the national capital region’s theatre scene gathered at the National Arts Centre on December 3, the Classic Theatre Festival was honoured with two Capital Theatre Awards, capping off its 9th successful summer season in heritage Perth. The 20th annual awards ceremony, organized by some of Canada’s top theatre reviewers, presented Toronto-based performer Catherine McNally with a Best Actress Award for her performance as Kitty Warren in the Festival’s 2018 production of the GB Shaw classic, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, which was directed by the Festival’s Artistic Producer Laurel Smith. In a new surprise category for an outstanding body of work in publicity and outreach, Festival Associate Producer Matthew Behrens was given the Audrey Ashley Award, named for the late writer who worked as the Ottawa Citizen’s music and drama editor for an unprecedented 25 years. Since the Classic Theatre Festival in Perth was founded by Laurel Smith in Perth in 2009, it has garnered consistently strong reviews as well as multiple awards nominations for artistic excellence. Smith herself was nominated this year both for Best Direction – her third nomination in the category since 2016 – and Best Production (again, her third consecutive nomination) for the nail-biting thriller Angel Street, aka Gaslight. “As we get prepared to mark our 10th anniversary season, we are grateful for many things, not least of which is the recognition of our professional peers, who clearly appreciate the way we have built a Festival that not only produces new interpretations of classics from the golden age of Broadway and the London stage, but also celebrates local heritage with our walking plays,” say Smith. “It’s also been an important economic driver for the summer tourism market, when thousands of Festival guests are spending more and more time enjoying the sights of Perth and Lanark County, eating in restaurants, shopping downtown, and staying overnight too.” Smith says the latest round of awards is a nice boost as the Festival enters its anniversary season. “As people call in to order their 2019 tickets, we hear time and again how much people enjoy the experience of coming to Perth,” she says. “The feedback we get is particularly strong when it comes to being welcomed by our fantastic Front of House volunteers as well as our young summer staff, who have become real brand ambassadors for this beautiful town.” As part of a company that appreciates Canadian theatre history, Behrens says it was humbling to receive an award honouring someone who played such an important role in promoting and documenting the capital region’s artistic milieu. In an article on Ashley, retired Carleton University professor and  Classic Theatre Festival attendee James Noonan wrote: “Ashley suffered the fate of many theatre critics whose editors were not always sympathetic to their work. While she received support from some editors, she served under one who had no use for ‘culture’ and felt the main focus of The Citizen should be national affairs. Music and theatre were extras, to be inserted where space was not needed for more important events. She endured the indignity of one editor who “vandalized” her stories,… Continue reading