SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Performers’ Theatre Company is a community theatre group. This means that actors and those with backstage rolls, work voluntarily without payment, and are drawn from the local community. Only occasionally might it be necessary to pay someone to fulfil a specific roll or job that hasn’t been able to be filled by volunteers. The cast and crew that are currently preparing for the opening of On Golden Pond on July 3 next week, have been with the theatre company for varying periods of time and come with varying levels of experience.
In one of the lead roles, that of Ethel Thurman, Susan Amos was chosen out of three possible auditionees and yet is also one of the newest members of Performers’ Theatre.
Susan says, “My mother acted in theatre when young and I always looked back to that and wanted to try too. When I read the article in The Tribune about the plans to stage On Golden Pond, I knew at once this was the play I wanted to be in. I feel I can identify with Ethel.”
Another new member of the theatre company is Michael Gallant. With a background in the military, Michael is very familiar with the need to remain alert and disciplined. This has helped him in rehearsals and in learning the lines needed to portray his character of Bill Ray, the love interest of Ethel’s daughter Chelsea.
“I’ve always enjoyed theatre and have attended many shows, including those staged by Performers’ Theatre,” says Michael. “Being the new kid on the block, however, I wasn’t really expecting to get the role when I decided to audition. To my surprise though I got it. Drawing from the experience of the other actors and the director has helped me tremendously to face the challenges associated with acting. And working with a group of talented and committed people for a common good is proving to be a really positive experience. It is good for the soul.”
Someone who has worked for many years on stage and screen is Jenny Scurlock, who plays Chelsea, Ethel’s daughter. Graduating in theatre from Bishop’s University, Jenny went on to act, direct and write plays.
“This is my second show with Performers’ Theatre and I can say without a doubt that this company has the same high standards of professionalism that many full-time theatre companies have around Canada. There is certainly nothing shabby about this community theatre company.”
Someone who has also performed before with the company is Luciano Onichino. Last year he appeared in Sue Rose’s play ‘Safe Harbour’. He enjoyed the experience so much that he came back for more! Luciano says, “There is a sense of celebration almost as we portray the many faces of the human condition. The woes, the joys and the triumphs. Not only is it a privilege to present these ‘different worlds’ to our gracious audiences, but it is also an opportunity for personal growth.”
The Performer’s Theatre Company continues to welcome new members. Interested people can phone 506-536-1264 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Golden Pond tickets are already selling fast from Rob Lyon Graphics at 10 Weldon Street, Sackville. Or simply phone 506-536-1904.