Harvey, Audition Notices, and more...
Dartmouth Players
March 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue

• Audition Notices -
Marion Bridge
Sherbrooke Village
• Audience Comments

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313-95 Chipstone Close
Halifax, NS B3M 3J8
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Phone: 465-PLAY (7529)

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Harvey, by Mary Chase - April 9 - 26 - Tickets Now on Sale
By Mary Chase
Directed by Andrew Finnigan and Daniel Yule
April 9-26

Elwood P. Dowd is a charming, friendly fellow, a bit of a tippler, whose best pal, Harvey, just happens to be a 6-foot-one, invisible, talking white rabbit. When Elwood’s sister, Veta, realizes that Harvey’s presence is hampering her social-climbing efforts, and endangering her ability to find a suitable husband for her daughter, she decides to commit Elwood to the Chumley Rest Asylum. Arriving in a frazzled state, she admits to the doctor that the stress of living with Elwood has, on occasion, caused her to see Harvey too! The doctor mistakenly commits her to the asylum, while Elwood goes merrily on his way. The error is soon discovered, and chaos ensues as the asylum goes into damage control and personalities collide.
While the plot setup may look like just another comedy which enables us to laugh at the poor social misfit, the fact is, Mary Chase has written a comedic situational story that is as much about understanding and tolerance.
Everyone who deals with Elwood sees him as a imperfect, broken person who is delusional about the extent of his “illness”, but they discover though their interactions with him, that he is truly happy, and he may be more in touch with reality than the rest of them. Also setting him apart from everyone else is the fact that he is polite, kind and inviting to everyone he comes in contact with. It’s almost a sad realization that to see that such indiscriminate warmth and kindness are oddities in society.
“Harvey” premiered on Broadway in 1944, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945. In 1950 it was made into a popular and enduring film, starring James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd.  “Harvey” has enjoyed many revivals over the years, the most recent being a 2012 Broadway production in which Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) portrayed Elwood. “Harvey” continues to both charm and challenge audiences. Is “Harvey” just a whimsical farce or an allegory about tolerance? Come see for yourself when Harvey hops onto the Dartmouth Players stage April 9th to 26th.

Purchase Tickets for "Harvey"
April 9 - 26, 2014

Adult - $17
Senior (60+) and Students - $14
Opening Night, Wednesday, April 9th - $7 all tickets.

Tickets are "first come, first seated" and can be purchased in advance from:
  • Ticketpro Canada - 1-888-311-9090, 10am-11pm, 7 days a week
  • Ticketpro Canada outlets for in person purchases including:
    • Alderney Landing Theatre – Dartmouth Ferry terminal
    • Video Difference stores -Halifax and Bedford
    • United Bookstore - Barrington St. in Halifax
Box office purchases:  CASH ONLY at the Dartmouth Players’ box office from one hour before each performance (subject to availability).

Special needs reserved seating is available within our first two rows, including a reserved wheelchair position.  To reserve these seats contact:
Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090 or Alderney Landing Theatre in person.

A small parking lot behind our theatre is reserved for those with mobility issues and also provides access to our wheelchair ramp.  This ramp allows for entrance directly into the theatre without stairs.
Ticket exchanges:
All tickets can be exchanged for another performance of the same production until 2 hours before each show by contacting your original point of purchase:

Online/phone purchases: Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090.
Outlet purchases: return tickets to the outlet they were purchased from.
Subscriber cheque purchases:  Dartmouth Players at 465-(PLAY)7529 or

Exchanges must be arranged before you attend your desired performance as ticket exchanges cannot be processed at the theatre.  Only valid tickets for each performance will be accepted at the door.

Inclement weather cancellations:
Notices are posted on our website and telephone answering machine at least 3 hours before each show.
Tickets holders who purchased online, by phone or by cheque will be contacted directly by Ticketpro to arrange for an exchange or refund.
Tickets purchased at a Ticketpro outlet are to be returned to the original outlet for exchange/refund.
1-888-311-9090 (10am-11pm, 7 days a week)

Charity Preview Night - "Harvey"
April 7th at 8pm

All net proceeds from the Charity Preview performance of Harvey will go to the Ocean View Continuing Care Centre.

Tickets are $17 with a reduced rate of $14 for students and seniors.
Tickets are on sale with our regular show tickets through Ticketpro and our website (see above).

Call for Front of House Volunteers - Harvey

If you have been looking for a way to get involved with Dartmouth Players, we may have just the opportunity!  Our Front of House manager is looking for more friendly faces to join her team.  Front of House volunteers help with taking tickets at the door, setting up and serving our fabulous intermission treats to our audience and cleaning up after our intermission. 

Volunteers are required for approximately  2.5 hours for each performance and you can choose the performances which suit your schedule.  In return, we offer you one complimentary ticket to the current production you are volunteering for.

For more information or to volunteer, please email Norma at

Audition Notice -
"Marion Bridge"

Written by Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Ian MacDermid
Auditions will be held upstairs at Dartmouth Players Theatre, 33 Crichton Ave.
Sunday, March 30, 2-5 pm
Monday, March 31, 7-9 pm

Roles to be cast:
Three women ages from late 20s to 50s
Three sisters gather in the family home in Cape Breton to be with their mother in her final days. 
The show will run from June 2-21
You can have a small piece prepared or cold read from a few selections provided. No appointments necessary.  Any questions, please email

Sherbrooke Village Murder Mystery Auditions:

Dartmouth Players proudly presents the second Sherbrooke Village Ghost Walk/Murder Mystery this July 2014. Step back in time while the audience is guided through a walking play within the Village. As a character in the play, you will be entertaining in a completely different venue. The restored homes and buildings of Sherbrooke Village become your stage as the audience moves around you!!
Cast and crew will be staying onsite in a lovely camp-style bunkhouse. Food and accommodations are generally provided. Other accommodations are available if you require them, at your expense. Be prepared for three days and nights of fun and laughter. We are camped on the picturesque St. Mary's River, perfect for swimming and some of the best salmon fishing in Nova Scotia. 
Auditions will be held at Dartmouth Players Theatre at 33 Crichton Avenue:
Sunday, April 13 from 9am - 12pm and 1pm-4pm.
Monday, April 14th, 6:30-9 p.m. 
For more information please contact Mike Durling at

Audience Comments: The Woman in Black

Mother Nature played havoc with this play, with a weather cancellation on opening night, the loss of a Sunday matinee due to power failure caused by the weather, and some cancellations by audience members due to severe weather warnings on a few occasions. However, the show must go on, it did, and those who attended really enjoyed this compelling, haunting presentation. The comments were very favourable, praising the acting, the effects and the set. Our thanks goes out to Dan Bray (director), Sondra Robinson (stage manager), the brilliant actors, and all the rest of the team who helped to bring this story to life.

We had some first time attendees who said they will be back. We had three suggestions for future plays, which were passed to the play-reading committee.

The Chairman of Dartmouth Players explained to the audience that the theatre was run completely by volunteers, and he made a pitch to invite people to join us. We did get responses from several people who expressed an interest in volunteering at the theatre. That is very encouraging.

Here are two quotes from the comment sheets:
Chilling; Great Acting
I saw this movie a while ago. It was OK, but much more intriguing live.

For Your Information...

Lobby and Theatre Entrances:
Our lobby/box office on the 2nd floor opens at 7pm/1pm.

The theatre opens for seating at 7:20pm /1:20pm from both our upstairs lobby and the lower theatre doors which lead directly into the theatre.

All patrons with pre-purchased tickets in hand or picking up tickets being held at the theatre (“Box Office pick up”) may use the lower theatre entrance after 7:20pm/1:20pm.  The volunteers at the lower door will have your tickets waiting for you.

Wheelchair Accessible Entrance:
Access to our wheelchair ramp is gained from the parking lot area behind Churchill Academy.  This ramp allows patrons to enter directly into the theatre without having to navigate any stairs.  This upper parking lot is reserved for those with special needs only.

Scent Free for You and Me!

Many of our patrons, cast and crew members have sensitivities to fragrances and scented products.  Please respect these needs as we aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all in our small theatre.

Community Theatre Notes:

Theatre Arts Guild  - April 24 - May 10, 2014
The Stillborn Lover by Timothy Findley
Directed by Gisela O'Brien.
For more information, visit

Bedford Players - March 27 - April 12, 2014
Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Kim Shaw.
Reservations required.  Contact 832-3300 or visit

Bedford Players Community Theatre Workshop Series
The Art of Theatrical Design:  Set Design
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 9am - 1pm
For more information, visit or email

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