THE SCORE Feb 2000
Happy New Year
Well, here we all are, still around after December 31, 1999. As we look forward to the new year we get ready for the first show of the 2000's, "The Boy Friend" to be presented on February 24, 25, 26 and 27.
Floors, Floors, Floors
For those of you who were not in "Man of La Mancha" or are not in "The Boy Friend" if you go into Musi-Theatre you are in for a big surprise (no, not a teddy-bear picnic). The rehearsal room now has a wooden floor, a great relief for everyone, and especially dancers. The flooring was paid for and put in by the city. The room has also been painted. Care must now be taken to keep the floor dry so boots must be removed and dry shoes worn to rehearsal. Also watch out in Musi-Theatre for Theatre Guild posters, they have had some laminated and these will be hung on the wall in our rehearsal room.
The other new floor is the stage itself!!
Finally we have a proper stage floor, it's black and it can be painted, as long as it is returned to its original condition at the close of a production. This means now we really can have black outs and no more streets with oak parquet tiles! Again we have the city to thank for this. There isn't a third floor, the title just looked better with three words.
Brockville Theatre Guild presents a St.Patrick's Day celebration March 17 and 18, 2000 at Fulford Place.
"The Boy Friend"
Well, here we are about to start our Y2K show. "The Boy Friend" will be on stage on February 24, 25, 26 at 8 p.m. and February 27 at 2 p.m. The show was cast in September and began rehearsals while "Man of La Mancha" was on stage.
Barbara Seabright-Moore is the director with Lance Besharah as music director and Mary Hughes is the choreographer.
The year is 1926 and the place is Madame Dubonnet's fashionable finishing school in Nice in the south of France. Polly, a millionaire's daughter, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy, who, naturally, turns out to be the son of Lord Brockhurst. To hold his interest Polly pretends that she's a working girl. Complicating matters are Polly's boy crazy girlfriends, Madame Dubonnet, and Tony's parents who arrive unknown to all.
The cast is as follows, in order of appearance:
Hortense …………….………. Shannon McMullan
Co-producers are Shirley Smith and Holly Welch. Marianne Bimm is stage manager, Dave Hone is lighting designer and Chris Mitchell is looking after the sound. The set has been designed by Calvin Prescott and Jane and Sheldon Atos are already building it. This show is different in that it has 3 acts and one scene for each act, so the crew do not have to change sets in the dark or in front of the audience. Charyl Trussell is the costume designer and this show is fun as it is set in the 1920s and costumes go from day time to beach to costume ball.
Tickets are on sale at the Brockville Arts Centre box office (342-7122) from January 24 onwards, Adults $15.00, Children 12 and under $8.00.
Tell your friends, bring them to the show, bring a crowd you'll enjoy it.
"Man of la Mancha" Producers Report:
Co-producer Barry Whiteland writes:
Dreams are what make life and theatre interesting and thrilling. With "Man of La Mancha" dreams became reality. The Brockville Theatre Guild and Brockville Operatic Society dreamed of working together and made the dream a reality. Peter Galvin dreamed of directing this musical when the time was right. Well the time was right and his dream came true. The production people dreamed that their efforts would become real and be appreciated, their dreams became a reality that they will not forget. The actors dreamed that characterizations would be full and believable to engage a discriminating audience. Four standing ovations proved their dreams were realized. Howard Alexander and the musicians dreamed that their efforts and placement on stage would meld with the actors and not be overpowering. Their talent and Howard's commitment resulted in an absolutely thrilling performance. Marie Galvin and I, as co-producers, could not be more pleased and proud of what this talented group of people were able to showcase to Brockville audiences. The overwhelming enthusiastic response was appreciated by all who worked onstage and backstage, all our dreams were fulfilled. Unfortunately reality has a nasty way of spoiling people's visions, even though both groups are non-profit, we would have preferred larger audiences for such a magnificent production, the entire production deserved it. I won't go into further detail but we did not break even. When all the bills are in and the final accounting is done the membership of both groups will be fully informed at our Annual General Meetings. Finally, we should thank Peter and Howard who were able to mount an incredible production. Their combined talents produced a theatrical experience that will not be equaled for many years to come. If they ever direct again it would be worth your while to be involved in that production so you can grow as an actor and musician.
Barry Whiteland, Co-producer.
Once again we are holding a raffle for 2 dinners for 2 (that's 2 couples, 1 dinner each person) at the River Walk Mill. The dinners are valued at $55.00 each couple, gratuities not included. Tickets are available from board members and cost $3.00 each.
The menu is:
Half litre red or white house wine
Soup or salad
8oz.sirloin OR chicken cordon bleu
Tea or coffee.
The draw will be held on February 26, the final evening performance of "The Boy Friend", just before the curtain opens.
We will also be having a 50/50 draw each performance night so be sure and have some cash with you, lady luck may be smiling on you.