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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P.O. Box 66
Dartmouth, NS
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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?

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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.
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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.

January 2018

In This Issue

Stop Kiss
• Director’s Notes
• Producer’s Notes
• Audition Notice
• Stagecraft Workshop
• Open Stage

Contact Info:

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Dartmouth, NS
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Stop Kiss

by Diana Son

January 25 – February 10, 2018 Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday January 28th & February 4th at 2pm

CAUGHT FIRE.”  – Ann Landers

Funny, sad and sweet , STOP KISS is the story  of Sara and Callie, two smart, engaging young women who discover how a simple act can change everything in a single heartbeat – for better or for worse. Thought provoking and ultimately moving, STOP KISS reveals that Love Isn’t Something You Find. Love Is Something That Finds You.

Tickets $17 and $14 at, or call 1-888-311-9090.

For more info, visit

Dartmouth Players is located at 33 Crichton Ave., across from Sullivan’s Pond.

Director’s Notes – Stop Kiss

Stop Kiss is a tremendous love story. It looks   at the conflict between how other people identify you, and the complex ways that you know yourself. Following Callie and Sara as they meet and bond in NYC, this story is one that transcends time, and could just as easily be happening right outside your door as in  the New York City of 1998.

When I first read the play I was in disbelief. I cried and immediately connected to it. Every day that I open my laptop and look at the news, this story has more relevance to our world: women being assaulted, the #Metoo movement, what it means to be a modern-day feminist, human rights, gender norms, LGBT+ advocacy. It’s  easy to take a play like Stop Kiss and decide it is black and white, but I urge us all to look deeper. Look at the story within the story – at two woman who walked through a park, at the pain that goes into coming home to yourself, at the people who cross our paths and the ways a heartbeat can change a moment forever.

Recently a study was completed in London that looked at people’s emotional responses to a piece of theatre. The finding was that during a theatrical show audience members’ heartbeats started to synchronize, creating bonds amongst people that transcend any other boundary. By attending a play you unknowingly connect to the room full of people around you. If any story can bring an audience together on a journey that alters the heart, it’s this one.

While we are still early in the rehearsal process for Stop Kiss, it is already coming together as a beautiful and poignant show. There has been laughter and tears–and moments where all the oxygen seems to have left the room. I am proud of the cast and crew that are coming together to create what will sure to be a unique theatre experience for our audiences.

-Kathryn Reeves, Director

Producer’s Notes – Stop Kiss

One of the hardest productions to  make happen is the one that spans the Christmas season. Volunteers have their own lives, families, and other functions to attend. We are late on the start of the set due to the performances by Upstage Studios (we wouldn’t have it any other way) so in  many ways the winter production is a challenge.

Having said all that, Stop Kiss has been one of the smoothest productions we have ever created. Things are just appearing out of nowhere, on time and on budget. The cast is off book. There are 25 scene changes with hopefully no more than ten seconds between each – a real challenge for the costumer, Pam Wood, because Callie is in every scene. With the great number of scenes, we must establish quickly where conversations are taking place. Fortunately we’ve had the infusion of a number of new experienced people backstage and they are working like a well-oiled clock. Carl Anderson and Mike Ruxton came on board to  put together some soundscapes. We are just getting started at this point so I’m not sure exactly if they will have time to finish the task, which is very time consuming. We have our gem, Judie, acquiring all the props and Sheila Greentree there for production nights. Marin Carey will be working backstage also, especially to help with costume changes. Richard Bonner has his hands full with lighting. Between entrances, light cues, sound cues, prop cues, and costume changes, stage manager, Eileen Carey will not get much rest backstage.

It’s been rewarding pulling this production together. Socially relevant shows are my favourite. I am greatly looking forward seeing Stop Kiss come to life.

-Holly Irving – Producer

Cast Photos – Stop Kiss

Top: Christine Gerogiannis, Andrea Ratcliffe ,Melanie Perry
Bottom: Damir Allen, Sophie Trinacty, Joshua Lawrence

Charity Night – Stop Kiss

Monday January 22, 2018

Established in 1983, the ScotianAires Chorus is a 60-voice women’s barbershop chorus specializing in four-part a cappella harmony. Directed by Sue Kember, its members are a diverse group of women of all ages from across the Halifax Regional Municipality. The ScotianAires Chorus is a chapter of Harmony Inc., an international non-profit organization whose purpose is “to empower all women through education, friendship and a capella singing in the barbershop style. ”

For  tickets,   contact   Kim   Meechan   at

Auditions: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Audition Dates: Sunday, January 7, 1pm – 4pm, Monday, January 8, 6pm – 9pm at Dartmouth Players Theatre, 33 Crichton Avenue (upstairs)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy that expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: friends since childhood, caught up in the plot of Hamlet, without ever really knowing what’s going on or why. Guildenstern is analytical and prone to worrying; Rosencrantz is more literal and sanguine.

The Player: leader of a troupe of actors. Enigmatic and cunning: a puppet-master of sorts.

3-5 Tragedians: a ragged and bawdy group of travelling actors. These actors will need to have strong movement and physical comedy abilities. They will present The Murder of Gonzago and the final scene of Hamlet in dumb show, and will be part of the pirate battle.

The remaining six parts require actors who are comfortable with Shakespearian text. They will double as pirates. The characters are:







The audition will be a reading from the text.

A note on casting: actors of all genders, ethnicities, and body types are encouraged to audition for any part.

Rehearsals will begin around January 14th. The exact rehearsal scheduled will be determined once the show is cast, but rehearsals will be held on evenings and weekends.

The show runs from April 5 – 21. 



Launching February 2018 at The Crichton Centre, 33 Crichton Avenue, Dartmouth



Will enlighten, refresh, re-define, delight, and entertain.

Watch yourself starring in musicals, movies, monologues. Pose for professional quality headshots. Prepare a demo reel. Develop a character. Practice and present an audition piece. Direct and shoot famous (and infamous) TV moments. Produce a cabaret. Write a twelve-minute play. Engineer a pod cast. Build a set. Block a scene. Be a costume designer. Write a review. Stage manage a show. Design a lighting plot. Create a soundscape.

We’d love you to “Come play with us” and enjoy fun- filled weekends onstage, backstage, front-of-house, and behind the scenes. And as a bonus, receive a red carpet, V.I.P.  invitation to the 2018 Dartmouth Players’ mainstage productions’ Friends and Family Preview Nights.

The weekend workshops are age appropriate from ages 16 TO 106. Exceptions may be made.

Visit, or find our Facebook Group, for upcoming details.

Open Stage Nights

Dartmouth Players Open Stage Night!
Friday, January 12th
Doors open at 7:30pm, curtain at 8:00pm
Join us for the first Open Stage of 2018! It’s a new year and we’ll have plenty of new things in store! Do you have a New Year’s resolution to sing a song on stage? Or maybe a skit you want to perform? Look no further!

Email after Jan. 2, to reserve a spot. Best “New Year’s Resolution” which is still on, wins a prize!

Over the past year we’ve seen dancers, singers, monologues, skits, scenes, musicians, bands, comedians, burlesque, and puppeteers! The show is pay-what-you-can so it is affordable for everyone, while all proceeds go to the non-profit Dartmouth Players Theatre. Come out and enjoy fresh, live entertainment!

Be aware that, though we do not encourage it, there is often adult language in the comedy routines. We do have a a drum set and a top notch piano available for  those  who  may want to indulge.

Producer’s Report – Glorious!

Glorious was just that – a glorious piece of theatre that all of us at Dartmouth Players can  be proud of. Mike Durling had a good vision for this play and thanks go out to the creative team that made his vision a reality. The crew did excellent work under the guidance of stage manager Mark Monk. Special thanks to Ray LeFresne for arranging the rental, from Neptune Theatre, of a completely fake but totally gorgeous grand piano; to Andrew and Emily Coll (both old friends of DP and talented classical pianists) for inputting the music into our Kurzweil, to Richard for his usual excellent job with the lighting, and to Mike Minick for manning the booth as well as taking the rehearsal  pictures and portraits for the poster. The sound design was also very nicely done by Mike Durling.

Thanks as well to Kathleen and Jon for their work on the program and publicity, to Holly Irving for pointing out a good deal on Kijiji on a tea wagon which I bought for the production and which will also be available for future productions, and to Pam Wood and her crew for the beautiful costumes.

In closing, a few words about Judie Woodward who is an absolute gem! She created our beautiful poodle, “Ricky”, as well as many other props used in this and other shows. She is a skilled craftsperson who has contributed a lot to our theatre. Thank you, Judie.

Ongoing Upgrades to the Theatre

Upgrades have slowed a bit with the pressure of show production. We have managed to move risers, flats etc. down to the theatre area. The props room and all the props have been moved upstairs to the closet under the attic hatch (because props are easier to carry up and downstairs than heavy risers). We are hoping to add more shelves.

Gem Judie (Woodward) is purging and cataloging and filing the props into bins.

The upstairs hall, the attic, the Sircom and Trillo Rooms have all been purged and the shop now has a bigger work space. The furnace room has been cleared of some of  the clutter. Martha Surhr has spent a number of days patching the wall near the furnace.

The old box office has been removed and we may have found a ramp to the elevator.

We continue with the ladies’ washroom. It has been painted. Yes, we know it needs a second coat. We have added a place to sit and a place to put on makeup using an old dresser found in the attic. The next projects are to paint the washroom dresser and pipes some funky colours, to get the rail replaced in the audience area, and to do some “scumbling” on the theatre walls.

Many thanks to Sharon and Rick Robinson, David Lunn, Ray Lefresne, for the ongoing push forward. We would welcome anyone to the team but especially someone with rudimentary carpentry skills.

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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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