Welcome to the Eastern Shore Players' website. We are a large group of actors that meet regularly to bring new theatre to our Eastern Shore community. New members and helpers are always welcome. Contact us through this website about our next meeting.
2016: A few of our members performed as part of a Variety Show Fund Raiser on 8th May for which a letter of thanks was received from Adrien Blanchette. Here is a segment of the letter: "A great big thank you goes out to each one of you in the troupe for contributing your talents towards helping our refugee family. Your professionalism and wonderful and comedic theatrical talent was a notable contribution to the overall success of the evening."
Our April/May *workshops were run by Jeremy Webb (forefront photo). Jeremy is the Artistic Producer, Eastern Front Theatre, and the classes were very well attended and enjoyed by everyone. Following the success of last year's A Groom's Folly, we worked on a new Walkabout Theatre Production about the popular folklorist Helen Creighton. Performances will be 29th & 30th September and 1st October 2016.
*Workshops partly funded by a grant from NS Communities, Culture and Heritage as well as the Helen Creighton Society. [More information about the Helen Creighton Society can be found at helencreighton.org.]
Before that production, the group will be be putting on a live Radio Play based on an original 1940s script about The Gillans family. This is planned for 8th, 9th & 10th July 2016. Contact heritagevillage.ca nearer the dates for tickets.
A Groom's Folly was a resounding success. Arising from our creative workshops run by *Wanda Graham, this 1940s comedy was about Harry and Lilly's planned wedding day. But if Lilly's widowed Father had his way, the wedding would not take place. He was a self-centred man that relied on Lilly to do all his chores and work in his store. When he was unable to talk her out of the marriage, he resorted to lies in an attempt to discredit the groom. When these failed, he schemed to prevent Harry from showing up at the Church.
*Wanda Graham is Artistic Director at Heat Theatre.
The Players enjoyed great success performing at the Memory Lane Variety Show on Friday, 25th July and Sunday, 27th July.
The group performed 'There's No Business Like Show Business'. Odette Steves sang 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore' and Brona Higginbotham and Rowan and Niko Wilson-Henkelmann sang 'Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree'.
The Players also performed two plays:
"New Season", written by Linda Fahie and directed by Robin Webber, is a short 10 minute comedy about a superstitious father of a fishing family who insists that a female in a boat brings nothing but bad luck. It is set in the 1940s and the 1980s.
"A Helping Hand", written by Sue Higgs and Directed by Robin Webber, is a 20 minute light comedy based on the Eastern Shore in the 1940s. When young 14 year old Dorothy is taken out of school to care for a family whose Mother is pregnant again, she is greeted with the words "You're late."
The Afternoon Theatre & Tea show at the Bicentennial Theatre o on 20th October 2013 was enjoyed by everyone. The afternoon of light comedy was well received and the audience had a good time. The afternoon inlcuded the two WW2 sketches, "Roll Up Your Sleeves For Victory" and "Snapshot of Home" as well the longer play "Free A Man For Service At Sea". Tim Lambert recited two pieces: "The Lion and Albert" and "The Return of Albert"; Gordon Hammond read: "The Rev. Sprott's Journal" and the afternoon included songs from the local men's choir "Coastal Voices".
On 19th July, the Eastern Shore Players had a great evening performing "Free A Man For Service At Sea" to a packed house at Memory Lane as part of their very popular 1940s Variety Show.
"Free A Man For Service At Sea" is a light comedy set in a Halifax Wrens' recruitment office in 1943 during WW2. In early 1942, when the Wrens were established here in Canada, a training facility was set up at Halifax Dockyard and named HMCS Cornwallis whilst a new base was being made ready in the Annapolis Basin. HMCS Kings at Dalhousie was named 'the stone frigate'. Here they trained Naval Officers.
To be a cook in the Wrens, you just had to have previous experience cooking for a large family. To be a Steward, you just had to like housework (cleaning).
Girls could join the Wrens from the age of 18 and in 1943, candidates up to the age of 56 were allowed to join. However, many young women lied about their age so that they could join the Wrens because they liked the uniform. The Wrens attracted women from all walks of life, including farm girls, debutantes, students and factory workers.
After passing a medical examination, basic training took 2 weeks. Some women hated it and ran away or deliberately got pregnant so that they could leave.
In this play you will meet Officer Leonard, the recruitment officer who is a 'hard nut to crack', Connie and Cathy who are 'joined at the hip' and Ralph Drummond who finds comfort in a whisky bottle, to name but a few of the unusual characters.
The Eastern Shore Players had a very successful evening on Friday June 21st at Memory Lane's first ever World War Two Musical Revue. In between the fabulous swing band entertaining the crowds, the Eastern Shore Players performed two sketches to a packed house:
- "Roll Up Your Sleeves For Victory" was the first sketch. This light comedy is set in a Halifax munitions factory during WW2 and the focus is on the importance of the type of work women did whilst the men were at war.
- "A Snapshot of Home" was the second sketch. Also a light comedy, this is set on a local farm where the farmer is having trouble coming to terms with women doing mens' work during WW2.
Photos of the dress rehearsals can be found under the tab PLAYS.
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