AUDITIONS for On Golden Pond – GET INVOLVED!

Dundas County Players are holding open auditions for the production of On GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson, Directed by Tony Glen, a heartwarming comedy-drama made famous by the now classic 1981 film.

Auditions will take place on
NOVEMBER 9 at 10am, 2019 (or by appointment),
at the Old Town Hall, 478 Main St, Winchester (upstairs).

Performances will take place APRIL 17-26, 2020.

Roles (note: these are character ages, not necessarily the ages of the actors):
One Male – 80 yrs old
One Female – 70 yrs old
One Female – 42 yrs old
Two Males – 44-45 yrs old
One Male – 13 yrs old.

Also sought are non-stage roles (stage managers, costumes, set builders, etc,).

For more information please contact Tony Glenglenthom@sympatico.ca

Aladdin – Adventures in the East, Press Release

A magical adventure befalls Aladdin when he begins to believe that there is more to life than washing dirty socks in the Twankey laundry facility. With the help of a big-headed Genie of the Lamp and a Ring Genie, Jennie – who happens to think she works in a call centre, Aladdin takes on evil Abanazar. Set in the mysterious East, this gender-bending fairy tale breaks the fourth wall, erupts with spontaneous song and dance, and constantly surprises with its over-the-top characters. 

An extensive and eclectic all-star cast of robust characters and lovable dancers pay tribute to Aladdin, the classic folk tale of Middle Eastern origin. The riotous mix of comedy, choreography and special effects, supported by a script bursting with local colour, all contribute to the British Pantomime style of the performance. Pantomime is a peculiarly British tradition of winter musical comedy theatre. It takes a familiar tale, like Aladdin, and injects a bit of British Vaudeville style comedy, contemporary references, and audience participation. The result is a raucous and hilarious magic carpet ride that is both child pleasing, yet contains enough sly references to entertain grown-ups as well. 

The Dundas Country Players are set to stage this fun for the whole family British Pantomime during the week of the Winchester Parade of Lights in December, at Winchester’s Old Town Hall. Based on the script by British playwright, Suzan Holder, Aladdin – Adventures in the East, features a catchy and contemporary blend of songs that are sure to get your toes tapping. 

Aladdin – Adventures in the East runs December 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at the Old Town Hall at 478 Main Street in Winchester. Performances start at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on December 4th for local primary school showings. December 5th and 6thperformances begin at 7:30 p.m. December 7th and 8th performances begin at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $20 for adults ($10 for youths 18 and under). They’re available in advance on-line at www.dcplayers.ca, via phone at the DCP Ticket Line (613-297-0097), and at The Planted Arrow Flowers and Gifts in Winchester (501 St-Lawrence St.). Or buy them at the door at time of show.

The Dundas County Players Theatre Society is a community volunteer organization that promotes theatre arts in Dundas County. For over 20 years, the local theatre troupe has been providing quality entertainment including plays, cabarets and children’s summer workshops.

Aladdin Auditions

Aladdin- Adventures in the East, by Suzan Holder

Dundas County Players are staging this pantomime in the British tradition (theatre that is anything but silent, and includes song and dance) to coincide with the week of the Winchester Parade of Lights in December. Planned are two performances for schools during the day of Wednesday December 4th, evening performances on Dec 5th and 6th and matinees on December 7thand 8th.

Director: Caroline Roberts

Assistant Director: Elizabeth Barton

Music Director: Colleen Howard

Choreographer: Jacquelyn Toupin

Audition Dates: 

Saturday June 22nd

Actors/singers 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Wednesday June 26th

Dancers: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Actors/singers: 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Location: 

Saturday auditions: Upstairs in the rehearsal hall of the Old Town Hall, 478 Main St., Winchester.

Wednesday auditions: Downstairs theatre for dancers, upstairs rehearsal hall for actors

Looking to cast the following Characters

There are six female parts, three male and eight that can be played by either gender, for young and older adults (as described below). For further questions regarding character roles please contact Caroline: carolineroberts47@gmail.com

If you would like to try out for a singing role, please come to audition prepared with an a Capella piece of your choice. For further questions regarding the music please contact Liz Barton: barton_elizabeth@hotmail.com

Dancers: 

We are seeking performers between the ages of 10 and 17. Please come prepared to learn a short dance combo. Although we will be looking for dancers with previous training, our priority is a passionate commitment and stage presence. We’ll also be looking for special skills and talents…if you’re flexible, strong, can juggle….let us know!  For further questions, please contact Jacquelyn Toupin elementstudiosdance@gmail.com

Cast:

Sheherazade: Female solo singer. A storyteller, she doesn’t interact directly with the other characters. She has magical powers and can freeze the action while she addresses the audience directly. 

Aladdin: A youthful solo singer. Impulsive Aladdin falls in love with Princess Jasmine at first sight.

Widow Twankey:  Male solo singer. A traditional pantomime dame, Twankey plays Aladdin and Wishee Washee’s mum.

Wishee Washee: Youthful singer. Participates in song and dance numbers, plays comic brother to Aladdin and interacts directly with the audience.

Soapy Sophie: A bubble-headed girl who works in the laundry with Twankey and Wishee (who has a crush on her).

Genie: Solo singer. The genie is all powerful and knows it, but is a slave to the magic lamp.

Jennie: Female solo singer. Jennie is a much less powerful genie. A comic character, she has the persona of a call center operator who relies on a computer-generated script.

Princess Jasmine: Youthful female solo singer. Her opening song is a show-stopper, she is feisty and determined to marry Aladdin.

Sultan: Male. Plays Jasmine’s father. Although he is royal and powerful he is hen-pecked by his second wife, Jasmine’s step-mother.

Sultana: Female. The power behind the throne. She rolls her eyes constantly behind her husband’s back.

Abanzar: Male, solo performer. Plays the bad guy who wants to control the lamp, the Genie, the Sultan’s empire and ultimately the world. Helped in his wickedness by his hopeless henchmen, he also becomes the target of the amorous Widow Twankey, and the adversary of Aladdin.

Shish and Doner: – comic duo. These hopeless henchmen, while terrified of their master, attempt to help Abanazar in all his dastardly deeds.

Dundas County Players present “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST”, A Classic with a colourful twist

Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular comedy will take the stage at the Old Town Hall in Winchester, on April 26, 27 and 28 and May 3, 4 and 5. First performed in 1895, the play’s witty humour, clever dialogue and cast of delicious characters have stood the test of time.  Its universal themes of marriage, identity, class and keeping up appearances still ring true with modern audiences. 

The plot of Earnest follows the unsmooth path to love for two men about town– John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create fictional excuses to escape their conventional lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women, Cecily and Gwendolen, who, inconveniently though enchantingly, claim to only love men called Ernest. The fellows struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. Adding to the fun are pretentious and stern aunt Bracknell who insists on propriety and decency in all matters, from marriage to tea sandwiches, as well as the prissy and secretly desirous governess, Miss Prism, the courtly Reverend Chasuble and two hilarious butlers.  

Director Mike Carter of South Mountain has been infatuated with the play for as long as he can remember.  He directed several shows for Dundas County Players in the early 2000s and is hugely pleased to finally try his hand at “Earnest”.  

“We have assembled an amazingly talented cast and crew”, observes Carter.  “And we are thrilled to present the play in its integral form.  It’s been a lot of work on everyone’s part and it’s wonderful to see it all coming together.”  Carter has decided to set the show in the 1960s where liberation and freedom reigned. As a designer by trade, he will oversee the visual concept of the entire show, from set dressing to costuming.  “I believe this is the most ambitious set DCP has ever produced”, adds Carter.  “The clever design which changes three times during the play will keep the stage interesting and audiences engaged. You’re in for a treat!”

“Earnest” leads theatre goers down a humorous spiral of events that promises to entertain and delight by pondering the whims of social approval.  The silliness runs deep in this story –to the point of absurdity. However, it does resolve well, with a neat conclusion to tie it all together with a silk bow. Oscar Wilde wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Performances will take place on April 26, 27 and 28 and May 3, 4 and 5 at the Old Town Hall in Winchester.  Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April 26 and 27 and May 3 and 4.   There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays, April 28 and May 5.    

Tickets are $20 for adults ($10 for youths 18 and under) and are available through Paypal at dcplayers.ca, by contacting the DCP Ticket Line at 613-297-0097 or in person at the Painted Arrow in Winchester (501 Main Street).  We encourage you to follow us on facebook for updates and teasers on the show.

The Dundas County Players Theatre Society is a community volunteer organisation that promotes theatre arts in Dundas County.  For the past 23 years, Dundas County Players has been providing quality entertainment including plays, children’s summer workshops, and cabarets. 

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Auditions, Grinch and AGM

1)  Open Auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Mike Carter.  The Dundas County Players will present this witty and funny classic play with a fresh twist between April 26 and May 6, 2019.

We are currently seeking 9 actors and actresses between ages of 17 and 60+ as well as others to assist with the production.  General auditions to take place at 1pm, Saturday December 8, upstairs at the Old Town Hall, 478 Main St. Winchester. For more information contact:  Mike Carter (haiko11@bell.net 613-296-6720)  or Tony Glen (glenthom@sympatico.ca 613-448-3855 ).
2) A Reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: A Bunch of People Theatre in cooperation with the Dundas County Players and in association with the McCloskey Project, is presenting three Christmas performances. Profits received by A Bunch of People Theatre will be donated to a local charity.
Three performances are available:
Dinner Theatre: 7 pm on Dec 13th and 14th is a package deal with dinner and the performance at McCloskey’s Hotel in Chesterville, ON (Dinner and Show $30 + tax)
Show Only: 2 pm on Dec. 16th is a performance only at the Old Town Hall in Winchester, Ontario (Show Only $5)
For the dinner menu and tickets to all performances please visit: Dinner Theatre | Ontario | A Bunch of People Theatre
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Come enjoy music and a staged reading of this timeless Christmas Classic. This evening of Christmas music and a staged reading of the beloved Grinch story complete a four course meal prepared especially for the night by Daniel Riitano.  We are also having a matinee performance (no meal) in the Winchester Old Town Hall theatre, home to the Dundas County Players.
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Come join us in yuletide song and story, it could even be your company Christmas party event!
3) DCP Annual General Meeting:  It’s not exactly a show but a good chance to meet the DCP members or to become one.  Sunday January 13th, 6pm we start with a Potluck social hour, then the general meeting start at 7pm.
 
See you at the theatre!

Marion Bridge Press Release

Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge set to captivate audiences at the Old Town Hall in Winchester

There is nothing quite like the relationship between sisters. Add a parent’s passing and pointed East Coast humour, and watch the fireworks. In Daniel MacIvor’s play, Marion Bridge, three estranged and profoundly different sisters come home to Cape Breton to deal with their mom’s terminal diagnosis.

MacIvor’s work has gained great accolades for its complex writing and refreshing focus on unique and unmatched female characters.

This acclaimed drama features Rachelle Eves as Agnes, Sharon Anderegg as Theresa, and Ami Lynn Johnson as Louise, along with voice-actors Shannon Murdock and Dylan Black. As well, local singer, Gwen Smith,will dazzle with her beautiful singing.

Don’t miss this humorous and touching story that demonstrates the absolute power of love to transform.

Directed by Moira Law, with Elizabeth Barton as Assistant Director, Harmony Koiter and JP Leduc as producers, and Suzanne Steele as Stage Manager, Marion Bridgewill bring to life a compelling story written by one of Canada’s best known playwrights, Daniel McIvor.

Performances will be at The Old Town Hall – 478 Main Street, Winchester on:

Friday night – November 16, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday night – November 17, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinee – November 18, 2:00 p.m.
Friday night – November 23, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday night – November 24, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinee – November 25, 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

Tickets can be purchased starting mid October online at DCPlayers.ca, in person at The Planted Arrow, 501 St Lawrence Street, Winchester, or reserve by phoning 613-297-0097.

Press Release for “On This Day”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2017

MONTREAL PLAYWRIGHT GIVES RIGHTS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY THEATRE TO PRODUCE HER PLAY, “On This Day”.

Dundas County Players Theatrical Society

Life can throw you curves, but it is how you deal with these that keeps your feet on the road or throws you off kilter. Alexandria Haber’s play On This Day portrays fumbling relationships, sustainable living, youth recklessness, and birthday dinners in an intelligent, funny and moving production of reality. This play was first produced in Montreal at the Centaur Theatre in 2016 and the Dundas County Players Theatrical Society is honoured to have been given the rights to produced it for its second run in Winchester at the Old Town Hall.

Starring Michael Bonner (as Clive), Rachelle Eves (as Sarah), Tony Glen (as Henry), Shannon Murdock (as Celia) and Mackenzie Pretty (as Grace), On This Day opens on April 21st at 7:30 pm. With direction by Amanda Burger and production by JP Leduc, this makes this a truly S, D & G production.

The play tells the story of Celia and Clive who live off the grid on a self sustaining farm. On this day they have invited their old friends, Sarah and Henry to dinner to celebrate Sarah’s birthday.  Sarah and Henry arrive with a guest in tow. Her unexpected presence at the dinner forces everyone to confront issues that they have been hiding. On This Day, is a contemporary realist drama/comedy that takes a look at key issues facing Canadian couples in the 21st century.

Alex Haber’s plays have been produced across Canada. She has written several CBC radio dramas, as well as short stories. Alex wrote “On This Day” while in Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre Playwrights Unit and she attended the auditions in Winchester for this production.

Performances will be at The Winchester Old Town Hall 478 Main Street, Winchester on:
Friday night, April 21, 7:30pm
Saturday night, April 22, 7:30pm
Sunday matinee, April 23, 2:00pm

Friday night, April 28, 7:30pm
Saturday night, April 29, 7:30pm
Sunday matinee, April 30, 2:00pm

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

Tickets can be purchased on line at DCPlayers.ca, in person at The Planted Arrow, 501 St Lawrence Street, Winchester, or reserve by phoning 613-297-0097.

PRESS CONTACT
JP Leduc, Producer
Tel: 613-297-0097
Email: info@dcplayers.ca

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Audition Call for “On This Day”

We just cleared the set and we are already in audition season for the next Play: Amanda Burger will direct the Alex Haber play: “On This Day”. The production will run from April 21st to April 30th 2017 and auditions are this weekend, at the Winchester Old Town Hall:
Saturday, December 3rd, 10am to 1pm, and
Sunday, December 4th, 4pm to 7pm.

We are looking for 5 actors, ranging from a 20ish woman to two middle aged couples. We also welcome anyone interested in helping backstage or wanting to “learn the ropes.”

For information call the DCP phone number (613-297-0097) or just show up at the audition.

Here come the Calendar Girls

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UPCOMING PRODUCTION
CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth
November 18 at 7:30 p. m.
November 19 at 7:30 p. m.
November 20 at 2:00 p. m.
November 25 at 7:30 p. m.
November 26 at 7:30 p. m.
November 27 at 2:00 p. m.
When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, she and her friends from a small town Women’s Institute set out to raise funds for a local charity – by posing for a calendar completely in the buff.  When the news of the women’s hilarious venture spreads like wildfire, the women find themselves exposed in ways they hadn’t anticipated, and they reach for a new level of understanding and friendship.
“Calendar Girls” is based on a true story of eleven Women’s Institute members who posed nude for a calendar in the 1990s to raise money for a settee at the local hospital’s waiting room.  This novel idea continues to inspire groups world-wide and has raised millions of dollars for cancer research.
Please note that this well known play will feature strategically concealed nudity.
Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per youth.
  • Call 613 297 0097 for tickets – or
  • buy tickets on line here or buy calendars on line here or
  • buy a ticket in person at CJAM Fashion Boutique, 493 Main St. East, Winchester or
  • take a chance by showing up at the ticket desk at the Winchester Old Town Hall before the show.