Company, Director's Notes, Audition Call and more...
Dartmouth Players
Octpber/November 2015 Newsletter

In This Issue

• Director's Notes
• Audition Call
• AGM Meeting
• Subscription Sales

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Winner of seven Tony awards! October 28th - November 14th
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth. 
Director: Laura Thornton
Producers: Mariana Carrera and Laura Murray
Musical Director: Sarah Richardson
Choreographer: Ian Gilmore
Stage Manager: June Zinck

 Some of the finest talent from the Metro area make up the cast and creative team of this amazing show, including alumni from Neptune Theatre, The Halifax Feast, and notable performers from professional and amateur productions alike. The cast demonstrates great depth of acting and vocal talent in the performance of this trail-blazing work from musical theatre's most renowned composer. Company is not to be missed!
Company is Stephen Sondheim's ode to the modern relationship. Winning seven Tony awards (including Best Musical, Best Lyrics, and Best Score), this dark comedy focuses on confirmed bachelor Robert, played by Anders Balderston, on the night of his 35th birthday. Sondheim's razor sharp wit explores dating and marriage from all sides, while asking, "what's it really all about?". Featuring some of Sondheim's most famous songs, audience members will see themselves in the vividly realistic characters on stage. 

Cast List: Anders Balderston (lead), Joanne Arbuthnott, JC Douglas, Claire Milton,  Ian MacDermid, Kevin Kindred, Jenny Kearns, Jessica Lorraine, Steven Heisler, Rachel Hastings, Morgan Melnyk, Emily Jewer, Christine Gerogiannis, Stephen Deturbide

Tickets are $14 and $17, available at starting October 7th, or in person at Alderney Landing box office. To purchase tickets by phone, call 1-888-311-9090. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, pending availability, Cash Only accepted at the door.

Director's Notes

Directing a Sondheim musical is a lot like deciding to ride a unicycle across a tightrope – when you’ve never ridden a unicycle or been on a tightrope before. It’s exhilarating, terrifying and incredible when you reach the other side. His work is challenging and rewarding.

Company is at times searingly honest and slapstick funny. The sharp wit and observational humour of the characters has appealed to me since I first saw the show on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre in 2006. I felt an immediate kinship with the main character and added the show to my “must do” list.  Musical theatre is often dismissed as “light and fluffy” but this show speaks to the human experience in a real and nuanced way. I know that our audiences will leave the show not only humming a tune but reflecting on their own relationships and the people they love.

This is my fourth musical with Dartmouth Players and I am excited to be sitting in the Director’s chair with such a giving and talented production team. My co-conspirators Ian Gilmore (Choreographer) and Sarah Richardson (Musical Director) have fleshed out my vision for this show in a wonderful way, adding their unique flair. The backstage crew has worked tirelessly to realize our collective vision and keep the ship running tightly.

I hope that fans of Dartmouth Players will fall in love with this show as I have. The cast has done a stellar job of bringing the show to life and we look forward to sharing this experience with our audiences.

See you in the theatre!



Laura Thornton - Director

Thrilled to return to Dartmouth Players for her fourth show, Laura Thornton is a producer, director, actor and writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Heavily involved in the arts community, you may have seen her around town working in the box office at Neptune Theatre, managing the clowns at Halifax Circus or casting for film and television with Hennessey Casting.  Previous Dartmouth Players credits include: Cabaret (2011), Best Little Whore House in Texas (2012) and Mid-Life: The Crisis Musical (2014). Selected directing credits: The Last Five Years (Saints Alive!), Little Women (Metro Non-Profit Housing Association), Stage Left (Bad Marlowe Theatre). Selected producing credits: Once More With Feeling (Highest Grossing Atlantic Fringe Festival show of all time), Edges: A Song Cycle (Saints Alive!), Into the Woods (Saints Alive!)

Sarah Richardson - Musical Director 

Sarah has been studying music since the age of five, beginning with piano, followed by voice, flute, viola and bass. As well as a performer, she has been a musical director for over 20 years, in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. Past credits include Neptune Theatre School, Dramafest, and Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre. Sarah is thrilled to be musical directing this production of Stephen Sondheim's Company with such a creative and talented team. 

Ian Gilmore - Choreographer
Ian is thrilled to be working with the wonderful people at Dartmouth Players.  A native of Dartmouth, Ian's work in the theatre industry has taken him from one end of the country to the other and beyond. A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Ian has been a regular at Neptune Theatre for the last 20 years. Some favorite past credits include Cabaret, Chicago, The Producers, White Christmas, and Cats.  As a director and choreographer his credits include Seussical, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun, Godspell, and The Secret Garden. Most recently Ian could be seen hamming it up as Mr. Muschnik in Little Shop of Horrors in the debut of The Confidential Musical Theatre Project in Halifax.  Please enjoy the show


Buy Tickets for "Company"
Available October 7th at 10am

October 28 – November 14
Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm,
Sunday matinees on November 1 & 8 at 2pm

Adult - $17
Senior (60+) - $14
Student - $14

Advance tickets can be purchased from:

  • Ticketpro Canada - 1-888-311-9090, 10am-11pm, 7 days a week
  • Ticketpro Canada outlets at
    • Alderney Landing Theatre
    • Video Difference stores in Halifax and Bedford
    • CFB Halifax – PSP Information Kiosk.  For military personnel/families with valid ID only.
Tickets may also be purchased with CASH ONLY at the Dartmouth Players’ box office from one hour before each performance (subject to availability).

Special needs seating requests: 

Accepted through Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090 or Alderney Landing Theatre only until 72 hours before each performance.
Subscriptions are available until November 13th from:
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 payment:  Dartmouth Players at 465-(PLAY) 7529

1-888-311-9090 (10am-11pm, 7 days a week)
Subscriptions are available until November 13
http://www.dartmouthplayers.ns.cafor details.


Charity Preview Night: Monday, Oct. 26 at 8pm.

All proceeds to Grandmother for Grandmothers in Africa (the Stephen Lewis Foundation).

For further information, please contact either Joanne Arbuthnott <> or Sue Skerrett <>.

Tickets available at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Alderney Landing box office.


Audition Call!


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 
Saturday, October 3rd, 1-4pm and Sunday, October 4th, 6-9pm.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a silly mashup of high art and base silliness. It's going to be a fast-paced production, and the cast will have lots of opportunities to add their own twist.

What we're looking for:

Three actors, age 18 and up, who are up for the challenge of performing all of Shakespeare's plays (in a greatly reduced, and very silly way) in under two hours. The actors will be playing themselves playing multiple characters, so they can be any age (over 18), gender, or ethnicity. The important thing is that the actors are creative, spontaneous, can handle some classical text, are up for very immature jokes, and can pull off high-energy physical comedy. (Don't stress if you haven't done Shakespeare before -- it's not as hard as you might think.)

What to expect at the audition:

The audition will include a cold read from the play (text will be provided). Auditioners will also be asked to read a short piece of Shakespearean text (about 14 lines, the length of a sonnet.) If you wish, you may prepare one in advance, but text will be provided. You are encouraged (but not required) to come prepared to tell your favourite joke. Bring your sense of humour, and be prepared to have some fun. 

Please contact the director, Tamara Smith, at if you have any questions.

Subscriptions Now On Sale Until November 13

Planning to attend all four productions this season?  A subscription might be perfect for you, or a great gift idea for someone else! 

Select one performance for each of our four productions at the time of subscription purchase.
Seating is non-reserved general admission except for those patrons with special needs (see below).

To view our 2015-2016 season lineup, visit our Current Season page.

Subscription form and performance dates

Ticket Exchanges: 
Exchanges are permitted for another performance of the same production until 2 hours before each performance, subject to availability.   Your new tickets will be held at the lower entrance door.  You are not required to bring your original tickets to the theatre.

For further information or assistance please contact us at 465-PLAY(7529)


 Dartmouth Players' Annual General Meeting

At Dartmouth Players' Annual General Meeting, held on Wed., September 23rd, the members elected the following people to serve on the Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 season:

Mike Durling - president
John Beard - vice president
Eric Jordan - past president
Ian MacDermid - treasurer
Angus Duncan - secretary 
Andrew Finnigan - technical director
Kathleen Robson - publicity coordinator
Jane Rogerson - member
Nina Johnsen - member
Jon Peirce - member

Many thanks to all who attended the meeting and to those who offered to serve on the Board.
Dartmouth Players is pleased to announce the beginning of a new partnership with JACK 92.9 FM Radio.
JACK FM will be airing promos of all our shows this season, and will be giving away tickets on air.

Give them a listen!


Boston Pizza helps Dartmouth Players, and you can too!

Help Dartmouth Players participate in the Boston Pizza Rebate Program. Dine in one of three Metro Boston Pizza locations (Portland Street, Dartmouth Crossing or Bayers Lake), give us your receipt, and Boston Pizza will donate 10% of your purchase before tax and gratuity to Dartmouth Players. You can drop your Boston Pizza receipts in the specially marked box in the upper lobby at the theatre, or mail them to us at:
Dartmouth Players Theatre
P.O. Box 66, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y2

Thank you to Boston Pizza and all patrons and members who help us participate!

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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.


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