May 2018 Newsletter

Dartmouth Players May/June 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue

9 to 5: The Musical
Director’s Notes
2018-2019 Season
Open Stage

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9 to 5: The Musical

June 7 – 23, 2018

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Directed by Laura Thornton

June 7-23 Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday June 10 & 17 at 2pm

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick, is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge set in the Rolodex era. It follows three unlikely friends as they take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. This
heartfelt story is still highly relevant today — it is about women shattering stereotypes, lifting each other up and succeeding beyond their wildest dreams. Outrageous, thought provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business……it’s about getting credit and getting even. All this, PLUS the exhilarating music of the inimitable Dolly Parton!

Tickets $19 and $17 at, or call
1-888-311-9090, or cash at the door pending availability

Director’s Notes

I am utterly delighted to be returning to Dartmouth Players to direct the sassy, funny, campy and very relevant 9-5: The Musical. Based on the movie of the same name, 9-5 is a tongue-in-cheek adaptation full of beautiful Dolly Parton numbers. It’s been an interesting challenge working on this show for one big reason – the casual sexism and misogyny at the centre of the plot is no longer socially acceptable. Of course, this is the point of the show. While the show is light, campy and saucy there are moments of seriousness that carry extra weight in this, the age of #MeToo.

My team and I are thrilled to be working with this wonderful ensemble of actors. Wildly supportive of each other, this cast inspires me with their teamwork and commitment to the project, whether it’s the men leaning into roles that asked them to go so far out of their comfort zones, or the women trusting us to guide them into big, bold and empowering performances.

We hope you enjoy the show as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. This “party with a poster” of a show is a toe-tapping good time from start to finish! -Laura Thornton, Director
Producer: Holly Irving
Musical Director: Sarah Richardson
Choreographer: Ian Gilmore

Announcing the 2018-2019 Season!

Play On
by Rick Abbot
November 8-24, 2018

The hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax and a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter!

by John Muggleton
January 24-February 9, 2019

Old friends Robert, Samira and David are the only three left of the original gang. Robert’s wife, famed mystery novelist Tara Waters, disappeared five years ago, though Robert insists she’s still alive. Paul, also a writer, died the year before, shortly after reuniting with his estranged daughter Eve. Eve has asked to meet the three friends for the first time, stating that she has something important to deliver. Over the evening’s meeting, Eve becomes awkward, eerie, strange and sinister. As the evening unravels, the chaos erupts with hidden secrets revealed. Join us for a spine-tingling evening of chills…

The Fighting Days
by Wendy Lill
March 28-April 13, 2019

The women’s suffrage movement of the early 1900s was a testament to the sacrifice of women to get the right to vote. A newspaper editor Francis Marion Beynon becomes friends with famed suffragette Nellie McClung. While the two women fight together to get women the vote (which they accomplished in Manitoba in 1916), the First World War splits them on the issues of conscription – and whether immigrant women should be allowed to vote as well as British and Canadian-born “Empire women”. Their

friendship and political beliefs are tested. Nellie supports the war, conscription and giving only Dominion women the right to vote whereas Francis believes in peace and that all women should vote.

Lucky Stiff
Music by Stephen Flaherty, Book and Lyrics by Lynn Aherns
Musical comedy
June 6-22, 2019

A mad-cap murder-mystery musical comedy that involves a mild-mannered show clerk, Harry Witherspoon, who has the chance to inherit a fortune if he goes on a holiday with his uncle to Monte Carlo. Trouble is – his uncle, a croupier at the Monte Carlo casino, is “dead”. Full of eccentric colourful characters, this hilarious farce will keep you in stitches. Will Harry survive and inherit his uncle’s fortune, and who murdered his uncle anyway? Come along for this wacky ride and find out if Harry is stiff out of luck?

Subscriptions – The Benefits to YOU!

You pay lower ticket prices. You get better productions because we have upfront money to work with. You get advanced performance selections and advanced special needs seating reservations. You get five complimentary hardcopy newsletters delivered to your door, if requested. You get ticket exchanges during the season. Most importantly you become a part of that great, warm and wonderful community that supports the Arts.

HOW MUCH: Adult season subscriptions are $60.
Senior (60+) & student subscriptions are $50.


Ticket Pro
Phone Ticket Pro at 1-888-311-9090 or go to their website at with your credit or debit card.
Special Needs requests for the first two rows, are by phone only.
For ticket exchanges during the season call Ticket Pro at 1-888-311-9090.


Dartmouth Players Box Office
Mail a cheque to Dartmouth Players, P.O. Box 66 Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y2.
Attach a note with your return name and address , e-mail and phone number; indicate the dates that you would like to attend.
For Special Needs requests for the first two rows or for walkers or wheelchairs, please specify.
Ticket exchanges throughout the year can be made at emailing
at least 24 hours before showtime.

Is anyone out there a fan of Saturday Night Live? If you are, you probably will catch the reference in our name. The “Not Ready For Prime Time Players” was the original name that was introduced for the first performers on Saturday Night Live. So, throwing “Dartmouth” into the name makes it our own, as we work together on sketch comedy.

We meet at 7:00 pm every Thursday at Dartmouth Players Theatre. Our troupe is open for anyone to drop in and work on some material. We use various techniques including improv to write our sketches, which help us come together as a troupe. Besides having tons of fun, we’ll be working on different skills including acting, writing, staging, and laughing! Our sketches are performed at Open Stage Nights.
There is no fee to attend, but people need to be members of Dartmouth Players Theatre (the yearly membership is $10)

Also, while we welcome new people to join us, we don’t allow “passive” attendees, so if you show up, please be prepared to have fun!

We accept new members at the first session following an open stage night. We are trying to plan further ahead, so scripts should be sent to and we will ensure the group gets their hands on them so we can see where it might fit in.


The first of a series of seven Workshops! (The Actors Survival Kit Series)
this one entitled:

Receive your own personal starter kit, consisting of a professional quality head shot and a demo-reel-quality video of an individually directed scene, starring you!

June 9th, 2018
from 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Where Dartmouth Players Theatre, 33 Crichton Ave., Dartmouth

$20.00 deepest gratitude
$10.00 much appreciated
Pay what you can is accepted also

Facilitator – Rosemary Gilbert

Contact Rosemary Gilbert for more information at:

CPWU WORKSHOPS are prepared and presented by The Script Studio
(PERFORMING ARTS COMMUNITY EDUCATION) as part of their P.A.C.E. initiative
Open Stage Night!

Our next Open Stage Night is Friday, June 1st at 8:00 pm!

Community theatre is all about affording people the opportunity to get on stage and display their talent. Dartmouth Players’ Open Stage Nights do precisely that, and provide a wonderful evening of entertainment!

What will you see? Well, so far we’ve had singers, musicians, skits, spoken word, play excerpts, comedians, puppeteers, and even burlesque. These evenings are the perfect opportunity for people to strut their stuff on the boards of our theatre without having to audition. Please keep in mind that we do not always know the content of the acts being performed, so Open Stage Nights are for adults only.

It wouldn’t be a show without an audience, so even if you do not wish to perform, please join us for a relaxed and entertaining evening of fun with members of your community.

Our open stage nights are also a fund raiser for Dartmouth Players, but to keep it as accessible to everyone, admission is strictly pay-what-you can. Paying admission or performing in the show also gets you a chance at a nightly door prize!

Singers please note, because we don’t have a live house band, we’ll be looking for any background accompanying music for your song from you. (Bring a CD or have the music on your phone).

For Open Stage Nights, we only open the bottom theatre doors, so the main theatre doors upstairs remain locked. If you are interested in performing or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at with “Open Stage” as your subject line.
Watch, perform, enjoy! Because everyone deserves an opportunity in the spotlight!

Publicity Coordinator Position Available

This would look so good on your resume!
Dartmouth Players Theatre is seeking a volunteer to take over the position of Publicity Coordinator. Whether your passion lies in theatre or you are looking to build some skills to add to your resume, the Dartmouth Players would love to have you on board!

Our theatre is run entirely by a community of volunteers who have created a fabulous, fantastic and fun theatre experience for all those involved.

We invite you to join us and impress us with your skills. If you are interested please reply by email.
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.