An exciting new Season of Plays is set to begin this fall at Cape Breton University, and the Boardmore Theatre is putting a call out to actors, playwrights and volunteers. Auditions take place on Saturday, September 14 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, September 15 from 1pm to 5pm at the Boardmore Playhouse; auditions are by appointment only and for actors age 13 and up.
Those interested in submitting original work (finished or unfinished) to the One-Act-Play Festival and New Play Development Workshop must do so by September 30. Non-original plays are due on November 30.
Roles are available for the following plays: Unity (1918); Pride and Prejudice; Cyrano de Bergerac; The Elizabeth Boardmore One-Act Play Festival; Youth Drama Festival; Jelly Belly Makes Garbage Delight of Alligator Pie.
Unity: 1918 Written by Kevin Kerr; Directed by Todd Hiscock
In the fall of 1918, a world ravaged by four years of war was suddenly hit by a mysterious and deadly plague – the “Spanish Flu”. As fear of the dreaded flu begins to fill the town of Unity (Saskatchewan) with paranoia, drastic measures are taken. (November 21, 22, 23, 29, 30, December 1)
Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen; Adapted and Directed by Lindsay Thompson
A love story set in 19th century England. Elizabeth Bennet is determined to marry for love and not for money. When she meets the rich and proud Mr. Darcy she begins a journey of self discovery which leads her to the conclusion that, in spite of her strong opinions and traditional morals, she and Mr. Darcy are very much alike. (January 28, 29, 30, 31, February 1, 2)
Cyrano de Bergerac
By Edmond Rostand; Translated from the French by Stephanie Pettigrew
Adapted into English verse for the modern stage and directed by Todd H. J. Pettigrew
Cyrano de Bergerac is, in almost every way, the ideal man of Paris’s swashbuckling golden age. He is a brilliant swordsman, rhetorician, philosopher, and poet. His one flaw, however, is enormous: his absurdly long nose. Plagued by this grotesque feature, Cyrano cannot bring himself to woo the beautiful Roxanne, but he does agree to help the handsome young Christian do so. Roxanne falls in love with Christian, not realizing, it is really Cyrano’s capacious soul that she truly loves. Will she learn the truth in time for the lovers to find lasting happiness? Or will the hand of fate keep them forever apart? This will be the world premiere of an exciting new translation and adaption of the classic text. (February 25, 26, 27, 28, March 1, 2)
The Elizabeth Boardmore One Act Play Festival
This annual festival is eagerly awaited by CBU students, faculty, and community members. The festival provides new and experienced writers, directors, and actors with an opportunity to showcase their talents, and gives the public a chance to see several quality productions from numerous theatrical styles. Stay tuned for a full schedule of One Act Plays.(March 20, 21, 22, 23)
Youth Theatre Festival
April 7 to 13 (full schedule TBA)
The Youth Theatre Festival is an annual event held at the CBU Boardmore Playhouse. This year, young theatre practitioners from Class Acts Drama School and other community youth drama groups take to the stage and perform in a series of scripted productions. The Festival allows our local theatre community to celebrate the vitality and dedication of our young theatre professionals. A full schedule will be announced at a later date.
Jelly Belly Makes Garbage Delight of Alligator Pie
The poems of Dennis Lee recycled; Adapted by Kim Selody; Directed by Todd Hiscock
Three street kids, very dirty. Their clothes are filthy. Their faces are covered in mud. A man dressed in dirty coveralls wheels on a large dumpster. It is covered with graffiti, phrases from the show, including the title. The dumpster is full of all kinds of junk. It looks very dirty and rusty. The man leaves it and exits. The play begins. (April 28, 29, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4)
To schedule an appointment contact Todd Hiscock, Boardmore Theatre Director, at 563-1351 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the 43rd Season of Plays at the CBU Boardmore Playhouse. Read some of WGO’s coverage of past seasons here.