Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, Director's Notes, and more...
Dartmouth Players
October/November 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue

Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical
• A Message from our President
• Season Lineup

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A Message from our President

This season is starting on a strong note. Our season opening Variety Show was a great success! We've had some wonderful comments from all patrons and we look forward to making this a part of seasons to come. If you have aspirations of becoming a thespian, and want to start small, this would be a great opportunity for next year!!



Heating costs have effected us all, and Dartmouth Players is no exception. Although 33 Crichton Avenue has been our home for the last 27 years, we do not own the facility. It is owned by HRM and managed by a volunteer society in charge of maintaining the building and paying the operating costs. Last year the aged and failing boiler used to heat the building failed. HRM replaced it in late fall, but the new boiler cannot be controlled in the same way as the old one was. This has resulted in it running for intervals, day and night, and never being able to be shut down. Our oil consumption has skyrocketed. This has forced the management society to raise rents to cover the increased fuel usage. Within 12 months our rent has almost doubled.


What does this mean to you, our dedicated patrons? The last number of years have seen expenses increase, while attendance has steadily declined. Minor shortfalls over the years have seen our reserve funds being used to cover these shortfalls. However, with the projected increases we may be looking at Dartmouth Players not being able to continue at all. In short, we need help from you, our constant supporters. Whether by encouraging more friends and family to join you at our fabulous performances, purchasing tickets or subscriptions as gifts, or deciding to support DP as your charity of choice, each one of you can help ensure the survival of the theater you've come to love.


For more information, or to find out how you can help make a difference, drop me a line at I'd be happy to hear your ideas on how to keep Dartmouth Players alive for generations to come!!!



Mike Durling

President, Dartmouth Players Theatre


Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical!

Be sure not to miss!



With a balanced look at the "joys" of growing older, through a cast of three men and three women, MID-LIFE! strikes a chord with anyone regardless of age. A series of scenes and sketches poke fun at the frustrations of mammograms, love handles, weekend warriors and proctology exams. The cleverly crafted songs celebrate forgetfulness, reading glasses and menopause, but also touch on the sentimental wisdom that the later years afford us. MID-LIFE! is a hilarious romp with an honest humor about the trials and tribulations of the unavoidable aging process. Welcome to MID-LIFE!

The peals of hearty laughter resounding through the theatre of late tell us that rehearsals are well under way for the fall musical comedy. MIDLIFE! is directed by Danielle Wilson, whose strong background in musical theatre has her well prepared to take on this task. Musical direction is by well-known Halifax actor, director, singer, composer, educator and pianist, Garry Williams. Garry is Artistic Director of Da PoPo Theatre.

The cast of MIDLIFE! is a happy blend of DP alumni, returnees and newcomers. They are: Amy Davis, JC Douglas, Brent Hopkins, Bryn Rowlands, Lynne Sampson and Cynthia Walker. With an expert crew of veterans behind the scenes, MIDLIFE! is in good hands, and is sure to be hilariously entertaining.

Monday, November 10th - Charity Preview

Wednesday, November 12th - Opening Night

Runs November 12 - 29, Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8pm

Sunday matinees on November 16th and 23rd at 2pm

Director's Notes: Mid-Life! A Crisis Musical

When I took on this show, I had no idea what to expect. I thought to myself "I'm 26! What do I know about all this?!" I had no idea how I was going to lead a group of people into a show with themes that I never truly sat down to think about. Sitting down, observing, and discussing has led me to the thought that wisdom is not absolute. You may never have all the answers you're looking for, and you may never be satisfied with where you are. I don't think we ever stop wanting at any age, we never stop changing, and the world keeps turning. The idea of this is definitely panic-worthy, but it's also a beautiful thing. I think no matter what age, you will have obstacles to overcome, insecurities to fight, and life lessons that need to be learned. 

This show likes to poke fun, and keep on the lighter side of things, but you'll find the writing is quite clever, and sometimes may actually make you groan in recognition. All of these things are brought forward to show you that it's okay to grow, to age, that it's okay to freak out a little bit, and that we're all in this together. And that is extremely comforting to me.

I have had a wonderful time observing, experiencing, and directing MidLife!; it has given me a greater appreciation for the learning curve we call life. I hope we can make you laugh, cry, and dance in your seat! I would like to cordially welcome you to MidLife!


Director's Bio: Mid-Life! A Crisis Musical
Danielle Wilson

Danielle is so excited to work with Dartmouth Players for the very first time on Mid-Life!: The Crisis Musical after her most recent venture as producer for The Last Five Years (2014 Bus Stop Theatre), and Director of Once More With Feeling (2013 Atlantic Fringe Festival) which is now the best selling fringe show of all time. 

Danielle is a graduate of Neptune Theatre School's very first Musical Theatre Foundation Program, and has appeared in productions of Animal Farm (The Cat), Metro Non-Profit Housing Associations production of Little Women (Aunt March), Into The Woods (Jack's Mom), Seussical: The Musical (Sour Kangaroo), and many more. 

As always, Danielle would like to thank her family and friends for their constant encouragement and support.

Enjoy the show! And welcome to Mid-Life!


Buy Tickets for "Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical"

Available October 22nd at 10am

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 28th 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 or

1-888-311-9090 (10am-11pm, 7 days a week)

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Musical Comedy - Nov. 12-29,  2014
Book, Music and Lyrics by Bob Walton and Jim Walton.
Directed by Danielle Wilson. Musical Direction by Garry Williams.
Celebrate the “joys” of growing older! A series of scenes and sketches poke fun at the frustrations of mammograms, love handles, weekend warriors and proctology exams. The cleverly crafted songs celebrate all that midlife brings, including the sentimental wisdom that the later years afford us. Mid-life! is a hilarious romp with an honest humor about the trials, tribulation and rewards of the unavoidable aging process. 
Comedy/FarceComedy - Feb. 4-21, 2015
Written by Noel Coward. 
Directed by Ralf Dreimanis.

Winner! 2009 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival.
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic offers up cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, who is called up by a visiting "happy medium", one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles' current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, "passes over", joins Elvira and the two "blithe spirits" haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity. "A world-class comedy" -
, 2009. 
Drama/Mystery April 15 - May 2, 2015
Written by J.B. Priestley.
Directed by John Beard.

An evening 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. 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. 

June 3-20, 2015
Written by Ken Ludwig.  Directed by Daniel Yule.

Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play! 
In December 1936, 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 isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. 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. 

Needed: New members for the Play Reading Committee

We are looking for people who are interested in reading play submissions for our 2015-2016. There will be meetings for discussions of the merits and suitability of each play when all of them have been read by all members of the Committee.
Directors who have a play in mind they have always wanted to direct, please contact us with your submission.  A brief outline of what would be needed and how they envision the play would be very helpful too, but not a necessity. Anyone can submit or suggest a play for consideration, and we ask that you do it ASAP.

For more information please contact Penny Dann


Dartmouth Players Board of Directors

At the Dartmouth Players Annual General Meeting, held on September 10th, a new Board of Directors was elected. The following people comprise the 2014-2015 Board of Directors:
Mike Durling - President
Ian MacDermid - Vice President and Box Office/Subscription Manager
Treasurer - vacant
Secretary - Angus Duncan/Building Manager
John Beard - member at large
Penny Dann - Play Reading Committee Liaison
Eric Jordan - Past President
Theresa Keefe - Telephone line
Kathleen Robson - Publicity Co-ordinator and Costume Collection Manager
Jane Rogerson - member at large
Daniel Yule - Volunteer Co-ordinator
We would like to thank outgoing members Denise Monbourquette, Robin Read, Dick Sircom, Irene Smith, Mike Tobin and Jackie White for their service during the past year.


“Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures”

Dartmouth Players deeply regrets that, due to extreme financial constraints, we will be suspending our Charity Preview Program and our Scholarship Program until further notice. Our final Charity Preview show will be Midlife: The Crisis Musical and will take place on Monday, November 10th. All proceeds will go to the “Dartmouth Grannies” (Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers for Grandmothers in Africa). Please contact K. Horton at 902-434-3134 or BJ Kirby for tickets.
For the three remaining shows of the season, we will still be holding a Preview Night (final dress rehearsal) on the Monday immediately preceding each Opening Night. However, tickets will not be sold for these performances; admission will be on a “pay-what-you-can” basis, (suggested donation of 10.00 or more). These proceeds will go towards the “Dartmouth Players Survival Fund”, in the hope of keeping our community theatre alive and in its present location for the foreseeable future. Tickets for Opening Nights, which had previously been priced at $7.00 each, will be priced at full regular admission. 

A Christmas Carol onstage at

This December, Dartmouth Players Theatre is pleased to present a Lion's Den Theatre production of A Christmas Carol. Make plans to enjoy the Christmas "spirit" with the help of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and all your favorite characters in this holiday classic.

Keith Morrison's adaptation of this story will be presented in a "radio play" style, very similar to last year’s hit, It's A Wonderful Life.  

December 11th and 12 at 8 pm 
December 13th at 2 pm AND 8 pm 
December 14th at 2 pm. 

All tickets are ONLY $10.00

Tickets will be available soon through TicketPro. To keep up with all our events, follow Dartmouth Players Theatre on Facebook!


Variety Show - A Thank You

Many thanks go out to all the people who put together the Season Opening Variety Show which ran on October 3rd and 4th. Our thanks especially to Val Tyner, director, who drew performers together to pay tribute to all our veterans, and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.
The audience was treated to a great variety of entertainment, from performers of every age group, both amateur and professional. It was especially delightful to have Jim Petrie of The Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre as a guest on our stage.
Thank you to all the performers for a terrific evening!


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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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