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The Woman in Black, second change to Harvey auditions, and more...
Dartmouth Players
January 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue

The Woman in Black
• **2nd Change**
Harvey Auditions
•Box Office news

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The Woman in Black - by Stephen Malatratt, Based on the novel by Susan Hill, directed by Dan Bray - tickets now on sale!
Attention: Second Change to Harvey Audition Dates

Due to a last-minute conflict , the auditions for Harvey have been rescheduled for a second time.  The new (and final) dates are:
  • Sunday, January 26 from 6-9PM
  • Monday, January 27 from 6-9PM
Please disregard any previous dates posted.  We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from these changes.

Harvey is an award winning comedy of errors written by Mary Chase in 1945. The play centres around Elwood Dowd, a friendly alcoholic, eccentric man whose best friend is Harvey-- a six-foot-tall invisible white rabbit. Elwood"s sister Veta, is bothered by his obsession with Harvey and fears it might jeopardize her daughter's chances of getting a husband, and her chances of being accepted into the town's elite social scene. She attempts to place him in a sanitarium, but this quickly goes horribly wrong.

For further information about the auditions and cast requirements,  please visit our website.
Director's Notes - The Woman in Black
 
Picture of Dan BrayThere is nothing quite like a good ghost story, especially in Nova Scotia. Whether one picks up a book by Helen Creighton or simply talks to someone who has spent any time in the rural parts of the province, it is evident that this is a place truly steeped in a love of the supernatural, or at least shaped by its influence. Staging The Woman in Black here, at Dartmouth Players and in Nova Scotia, makes perfect sense, for not only have many of us been bred to love a spine-tingling tale, but indeed the haunted house itself could be found on our very own coastline, accessible only by causeway and subject to strange, dangerous storms and fogs. 
 
Whether directing bloody revenge tragedies for Vile Passeist Theatre, writing plays in the style of grand guignol (the french theatre of horror) for Taboo Theatre’s annual Festival of Fear, or adapting a german thriller about a child-murderer for the stage, I have always been drawn to the gothic, the lurid, and the macabre. But as grandiose or sensationalist as modern tastes tend to be, there is something inherently attractive about Stephen Mallatratt’s drama. Ostensibly, it is a very simple play about three actors re-enacting the chilling story of a ghost who haunts the Nine Lives Causeway. But this narrative is, in fact, ingeniously told, and wholly unlike anything I have encountered before. It is truly the perfect ghost story.
 
I can think of no place better to tell the tale of The Woman in Black than the Dartmouth Players Theatre, for despite its lovely volunteers and audiences, there nevertheless exists a certain mystery about the old building. (If you have not experienced it, I recommend locking it up long after everyone else has left the building while a storm throws itself against the windows.) Its intimate performance hall complete with various nooks-and-crannies makes it the ideal venue for this story, which is at once metatheatrical and straight-forward, sophisticated and rustic, charming and terrifying. This is a gripping play about one woman’s tragedy and her strange revenges.

Dan Bray
Director
 
Dan Bray is the artistic director of Vile Passeist Theatre and the Artistic Co-Producer of Lions Den Theatre. Recently, he has been seen on the Dartmouth Players stage as E. K. Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind (2012) and It’s A Wonderful Life (2013). He has worked with Zuppa Theatre, the Doppler Effect, Us Versus Them Theatre, Xara Choral Theatre, Taboo Theatre, and Demasquer Theatre. His recent play, Criminal Negligee, won him the 2013 Best Playwright Award for the Atlantic Fringe. He currently performs with the Collegium Cantorum Choir.

The Woman in Black - Tickets now on sale
 

A spine-tingling ghost story by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Hill.

Featuring Phil Reid, James MacLean and Beth Dunn.


February 5 - 22

Wednesday - Saturday evenings, 8pm
Sunday matinees, Feb 9 and 16, 2pm

In early 20th century England, a young lawyer travels to a dark, isolated village to settle the affairs of a deceased widow. There he encounters the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman, who has been terrorizing the local people. What is the horrifying secret she carries within herself, and why does tragedy befall everyone unfortunate enough to look upon her?

Tickets
Adult - $17
Senior (60+) - $14
Student - $14
Opening Night February 5th  - $7 all tickets
Charity Preview night February 3rd - SOLD OUT.
Proceeds  to the QEII Foundation for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Advance tickets can be purchased until 2 hours before each show from:
  • www.dartmouthplayers.ns.ca 
  • www.ticketpro.ca
  • 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
    • CFB Halifax – PSP Information Kiosk.  For military personnel/families with valid ID only.
    • CD Heaven is no longer a Ticketpro outlet.  We hope to have an alternate location soon.
Box office purchases:  CASH ONLY at the door from one hour before each performance (subject to availability).

Special needs seating requests: 
Contact Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090 or Alderney Landing Theatre in person for reserved seats within our first two rows. 
Ticketpro
1-888-311-9090, 10am - 11pm 7 days per week

**New this season**
Ticket exchanges

All tickets can now be exchanged for another performance of the same production until 2 hours before each show.

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


For online/telephone purchases:  contact Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090.
Outlet purchases:   return your tickets to the original outlet.
Subscriber cheque purchases:  contact Dartmouth Players at 465-(PLAY)7529 or info@dartmouthplayers.ns.ca. 

Refunds are issued only if a performance is cancelled by Dartmouth Players.

Audience Comments - Blackpool and Parrish

Our patrons who attended “Blackpool and Parrish” have noticed a change to the insert in the program. Instead of a sponsor’s quiz, we have inserted a comment card with a detachable top, to be used for the prize draw. The remainder of the card is available for the audience to make comments about the play, the theatre or whatever is appropriate. This procedure allows you, the audience, to make comments toward the end of the play, rather than halfway through as before.

We have discontinued the quiz in part because we feel it is important that the audience have time to read the cast and crew bios, and other information about the play and/or theatre, printed in the program. Also, we have found that our loyal audience members have done the quiz so often; they do not have to look up the sponsors’ ads in the program.

We did have a lot of audience members of the last play asking why we did not have the quiz. We hope you will understand our reasons for discontinuing it. Use your comments to let us know what you think. We read all of them and encourage you to continue submitting comments.

For Your Information...

Lobby and Theatre Entrances:
Our lobby on the 2nd floor is open at 7pm/1pm for your convenience.

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 pre-purchased tickets at the door may use the lower theatre entrance after 7:20pm/1:20pm.

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. We also have a wheelchair accessible washroom.
 
Inclement weather cancellations:
Cancellation notices are posted on our website and telephone answering machine a minimum of 3 hours before each show.
Tickets buyers who purchased online or by phone will be contacted directly by Ticketpro to arrange for an exchange or refund.
Tickets purchased at a Ticketpro outlet need to be returned to the original outlet for exchange/refund.

Postal Newsletters:
If you would like to receive our newsletter by postal mail and are not a subscriber, you can become a member of Dartmouth Players for only $5.00.  This entitles you to 4-5 postal newsletters throughout the season and a members vote at our Annual General Meeting held in September.  Contact us at 465-7529 for more information.

**New this season**
Tickets now on sale for all 2014 shows

Tickets for all remaining 2014 shows are now available for purchase.
You no longer need to wait until 3 weeks prior to each show opening to buy your tickets!

HarveyApril 9 - 26
Written by Mary Chase.  Directed by Andrew Finnigan

Marion BridgeJune 4 - 21
Written by Daniel MacIvor.  Directed by Ian MacDermid.

Tickets available for purchase online, by telephone, and at all Ticketpro outlets.  Tickets can be exchanged until two hours before each performance.

Play Submissions - 2014-2015 Season

Our play reading committee is now accepting submissions of plays and musicals from directors for the 2014/15 season.

Please submit a brief summary of how you see your production being developed and staged at the theatre and if available, an electronic copy of the script.
 
For musical submissions, details about your musical director and accompanist / band should also be included.

Please send submissions to info@dartmouthplayers.ns.ca

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:

Bedford Players  - Feb. 14-16, 2014
Presented by Lions Den Theatre
Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell
Directed by Keith Morrison.  Musical Direction by Karen Lizotte.
For more information, visit www.bedfordplayers.ns.ca

Theatre Arts Guild - Feb. 13 - March 1, 2014
The Noble Pursuit by Douglas Bowie
Directed by Frank MacLean.
For more information, visit www.tagtheatre.com

Auditions - Theatre Arts Guild
The Stillborn Lover by Timothy Findlay
Directed by Gisela O'Brien.
Auditions Feb 3rd and 4th from 7-9pm.
For more information, visit www.tagtheatre.com

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