Announcing the “Volunteer with Dartmouth Players…” Workshop Series

This series will demystify the volunteer experience when working on a show with Dartmouth Players. The series is starting with four workshops including tomorrow’s Art Department workshop (Space still available!)

The first begins tomorrow November 22nd with the Art Department run by Pam Wood and Andre Dumont;

Our first workshop will focus on planning Costumes, Set Design and Props. We’ll cover the basics of script analysis, chain of command, timelines, and what it’s like to volunteer with this department.

The next workshop will be Production Management on December 6th run by Holly Irving;

This will be an experience driven workshop on what is expected of you as a producer at Dartmouth Players. Producing and taking ownership of a production is a rewarding undertaking. This will not be a lecture but more an exchange of stories on what you can do to grease the wheels and make things go smoothly, when things go right, and surviving when things are taking a side step. 

Topics Covered will be the role of the producer, how to get everything together for a production in community theatre, working with your director, finding production crew and timelines and the all important checklists!

Next up will be Stage Management on December 13th run by Nikki Beaulieu-Belliveau;

A short introductory to stage management for Dartmouth Players, covering the in and outs of stage management for community theatre, cast and crew management, communication flow, script analysis, and running rehearsals and shows. Plus learn while your wardrobe will become JUST. BLACK.

And Lastly on December 20th will be Technical Management run by Richard Bonner;

Do you like pushing buttons and switching switches? How about changing light bulbs? In this workshop you’ll learn all about being a tech ninja, shining the lights on the actors and making sure the gunshot goes off at the right time. You’ll be shown the tech booth and how to troubleshoot basic issues. This will be an intro to the world of tech, future workshops will get into the nitty gritty but if you don’t know what a lightboard is and you want to, this is the class for you!

Every workshop will include a behind the scenes tour of the theatre and complimentary membership with the Dartmouth Players Society. 

Even better, pay for one workshop, get ALL FOUR!

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Tartuffe, the Imposter by Molière

Directed by Tamara Smith

Orgon is the man who has everything. Money, power, a beautiful family. But lately he’s been questioning the point of it all. When he invites Tartuffe into his perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything.

Dartmouth Players is an inclusive theatre. Performers of any ethnicity or gender are encouraged to audition. Auditions will be held over the weekend of November 6-8.  Due to Covid-19, they will be held by appointment over Zoom.

To schedule an appointment email and indicate which character(s) you would be interested in playing and your general availability over that weekend. Audition pieces will be provided by email. (Note: if you wish to audition but are unable to use Zoom, please let us know.)

The players:

A rag-tag group of nine or ten clowns from an indeterminate era. Possibly a time travelling commedia dell’arte troupe. Possibly steampunk vaudevillians. We aren’t sure. They aren’t sure. But they are enthusiastic, silly, and ready to cobble a production together from whatever bits and pieces they find lying around the second theatres reopen. Together they portray the following cartoonish characters:

Tartuffe. A blatant hypocrite, lecherous bastard, and transparent conman. He poses as a holy man but (almost) everyone can tell he’s full of crap.

Orgon. The master of the house. Confident. Authoritative. Mind-numbingly gullible. He has fallen under the influence of Tartuffe.

Mme Pernelle. Orgon’s Mother. Pretentious and prudish. She’s the kind of person who would report you to the homeowner’s association for painting your fence the wrong shade of beige. She has also fallen for Tartuffe’s BS.

Elmire. Orgon’s second wife. Reasonable, intelligent and articulate. Too bad Orgon won’t listen to her.

Cléante. Elmire’s brother. Just as reasonable as his sister. Orgon won’t listen to him either.

Mariane. Orgon’s daughter, Elmire’s stepdaughter. Deeply in love and good hearted, but not always the brightest bulb in the box.

Valère. Mariane’s fiancé. Also deeply in love. Also not that bright. The two were meant for each other, really.

Dorine. Mariane’s maid. She’s clever, sarcastic and surrounded by idiots. She’s a cunning manipulator who will help the two lovers get together in spite of themselves.

Damis. Orgon’s son. He isn’t fooled by Tartuffe, but his hot temper gets him into trouble.

Flipote. Mme. Pernelle’s much put upon maid.

A bailiff

A King’s Officer/Deus ex Machina.