An Inspector Calls, Audition Call, and more...
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March/April 2015 Newsletter

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An Inspector Calls
• Audition Call - The Game's Afoot

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An Inspector Calls
by J.B. Priestley
Directed by John Beard
Produced by Elaine Marshall
The play takes place on a single night in 1912. An upper crust English family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl known to everyone present has died in suspicious circumstances. It seems that any or all of them could have had a hand in her 
death. But who is the mysterious Inspector and what can he want of them? An adept work and a thoroughly engaging play, An Inspector Calls has an underlying air of mystic unreality. It is an effective presentation of the strange twists that take place in human beings when their consciences are affected. It is one of Priestley's best known works for the stage and considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th-century English theatre.

Director's Notes: An Inspector Calls
Directed by John Beard

I would like to say that I brought the play An Inspector Calls to the Dartmouth Players Play Reading Committee with the hopes of directing my first play. This however is not true. I walked through the doors of Dartmouth Players in November 2011 with hopes of helping out wherever I could, learn as much as I could, and one day direct. After paying my dues so to speak, I was offered the opportunity to direct; all I needed to do was provide a play. I did not have any idea what I would like to direct: comedy, drama, farce, or murder mystery; and I certainly did not have a play in hand.

Fortunately the Play Reading Committee asked if I would like to direct An Inspector Calls. I immediately said yes, and then I borrowed a copy of the play and started researching. I have found during my research that this play is one of J.B. Priestley’s most successful plays and was first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union and then in 1946 in the UK.

I have thought about this play over the last few months, trying to nail down what I want patrons of the theatre to leave with. My hope is that you enjoy my vision of this play, superbly translated to the stage by the amazing cast.

I would like to thank Dartmouth Players for the opportunity, but especially my mentor – Ian MacDermid, who reigns me in when necessary, Stage Manager – Bryn Rowlands, who keeps me organized, Producer – Elaine Marshall, who gets everything done on time, Stage Design and Lights – Andrew Finnigan, because it’s always perfect, and the amazing folks that paint, dress the set, do costumes, and build pieces. Thank you.
John Beard 


Cast List: An Inspector Calls by J.P. Priestley

Cast in order of appearance
Ian Wilson - Arthur Birling, Erin Chapman - Sheila Birling, Claire Milton - Sybil Birling, Stephen Lahaie - Eric Birling, Shawn Maggio - GeraldCroft, Rory Young - Inspector Goole, Shannon Nudds - Edna, John Beard - Director, Elaine Marshall - Producer


Buy Tickets for An Inspector Calls by J.P. Priestley

Directed by John Beard
Produced by Elaine Marshall
April 15 - May 2, 2015
Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm. 
Sunday Matinees April 19th and 26th at 2pm.

Preview Night (final dress rehearsal) will be Monday, April 13th at 8pm. Admission is on a "pay what you can" basis, with a suggested minimum donation of $10 - CASH ONLY.


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.

* Monday, April 13th is Pay-What-You-Can-Night. Admission is by cash donation at the door; no tickets necessary. 

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:
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The Game's Afoot - Audition Notice

The Game’s Afoot
By Ken Ludwig

Directed by Daniel Yule

Auditions will be held on March 28 and 29 from 6-9 at Dartmouth Players Theatre (33 Crichton Ave, across from Sullivan’s Pond).  The play will run June 3-June 20, 2015
We are also looking for people to help out behind the stage!  If you’re interested in lights, sets, costumes, props, or any other part of theatre, please get in touch.

For more information, and for audition scene pieces, see the audition webpage at, or contact the director at

Play Description
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry.  But with a murderer on the loose, the secrets in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors shows that not everyone is who they appear to be.  Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.  The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit.

Gillette (Male, Late 30s-40s, 308 Lines)
William Gillette is a strikingly handsome man, smartly dressed, good humored and full of irony and life.  A sort of modern day Ulysses.
Martha (Female, 60s-70s, 117 Lines)
Martha is Gillette’s mother, a smartly dressed, somewhat vague and dithering woman.
Felix (Male 30s-40s, 227 Lines)
Felix is married to Madge.  He is histrionic and arch in a Lionel Barrymore/Sir Toby Belch sort of way
Madge (Female 30s-40s, 122 Lines)
Madge is married to Felix. She is flamboyant and wry in a Rosalind Russell, gal about the town sort of way.
Simon (Male 20s, 148 Lines)
Simon is sweet and enthusiastic.  Innately good natured and affectionate.  In a relationship with Aggie.
Aggie (Female 20s, 141 Lines)
Aggie is a real product of her age: beautiful, bright-eyed and full of spunk.  In a relationship with Simon
Daria (Female Late 20s – 40s, 81 Lines)
Daria is gorgeous, glamorous and dressed to the nines.  She’s one of those people you can’t take your eyes off of; despite her cattiness, you can’t help liking her, or at least admiring her.  She has a sense of humour and has invented herself from the ground up—no mean feat.
Inspector (Female any age, 117 Lines)
Inspector Goring is British, eccentric and one of a kind.  One minute she’s wry and clever, the next minute she’s off in a world of her own.  She gets things wrong without knowing it, yet also seems just the sort of person who can find you out when you’re lying.  That makes her formidable.


The Game’s Afoot - by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Daniel Yule

Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette,admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolat
ed house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Blithe Spirit - Retrospective

Another successful and fun run has come to a close.  Blithe Spirit was certainly a challenge, but a challenge squarely met by both cast and crew.  What a creative team we had, so many ideas coming together both on stage and back stage.  Community theatre is all about bringing people together and having fun and this certainly was the case during the lead up to and final production of Blithe Spirit.  Several new faces, learning the ropes under the guidance and patience of old masters of the craft.  Kudos to all of you for your excellent work, friendliness and teamwork.   Even “Daphne’s” interventions could not dampen your determination to succeed.  I certainly look forward to the next occasion to work with you all. 

Sincerely, Ralf 


Blithe Spirit - Prize Winners!

Boston Pizza              
Angela Dugal                                                

Pam Goldsworthy                
Jill Curley                          
Blair McNaughton              

Michael Stanley                   
Joanne Veitch                     
Benita Pecile                    
Wee Care                  
Douglas Lake                     
Claire Farrell                      

Kathy Smith                       
Bob Merrick                                  
Edward Ingram                   
Joan Helpard                     
Marlene Adams                   
Susan Mckenzie                   
Air Miles                    
Juliana Lund                      
Heather McDonald              
Winnie Leclair                    

A note from DP Play Reading Committee...

Every year, Dartmouth Players puts on four incredible plays.  It takes a lot of people a lot of time to bring the plays to the stage.  This year, I’m responsible for the first step in the process, the playreading committee.

The playreading committee takes play suggestions from many sources: members, ourselves, or ideally directors who want to stage a play.  We examine each play according to several criteria: whether our audiences will like it, how well it fits with the structure of our season, and if our theatre can even put on the play (as much as we’d like to, it’s pretty unlikely we’d ever fit Phantom of the Opera, for example, on our stage).

Of course, despite the name, there’s more to it than just reading plays.  We must also find a copy of the play, ensure the rights won’t cost more than a small house, make sure everyone has a chance to read it, and discuss it.  Finally, once we’ve debated and decided on the plays for the season, the board of directors gives their stamp of approval, and we announce the season.

Look forward to hearing about next year’s season in June!

-Daniel Yule 

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