Spotlight Theatre, Samuels teaming up to host Coffee Houses

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Open-mike concept for bi-weekly event, which starts Friday

SUMMERSIDE — Music, poetry, acting, comedy — and coffee?

Reasha Walsh (left), owner of Spotlight Theatre Company, and Dominique LaPierre show off a poster for the upcoming Coffee House, which will be held Friday night and every second Friday at Samuel’s in Summerside.

This Friday, Spotlight Theatre and Samuel’s Coffee House will host the first in what is hoped to be a regular series of Coffee Houses.

Reasha Walsh, owner of Spotlight Theatre Company, came up with the idea late last year as a way of giving her students a place to showcase their talents while providing an outlet for other local performers to shine.

“It was something I was thinking about for awhile but being so busy with our big musicals I just didn’t have time. In November we kind of made the little announcement that we were going to take a short hiatus from big musicals for a year, maybe two, to give us an opportunity to do these things,” said Walsh.

“Coffee houses are done all over the place and they are basically just open-mike but we are going to feature a lot of our students and open it up to the floor to whoever wants to perform.”

She said the popular coffee spot, which has played host to other performers and even game nights in the past, is the perfect venue since all ages can attend.

Walsh’s students are aged eight to adult.

“It is just very organic. People can sit and buy a coffee and have a listen,” she added. “Sometimes bars will hold open-mike nights but you have to be of age. This provides that opportunity not only for our students to get out and perform more, but for whoever wants to come and perform. We have a wealth of talent.”

The first Coffee House goes Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will continue every second Friday after that. Admission is free.

“This Friday, we have an improv team going in, some music, and I am actually going to be singing with my sister. It will be the first time I performed in I don’t know how many years,” said Walsh. “We have some of our students doing poetry, some doing acting and then we have some people who contacted me who aren’t students who will be performing.

“It’s a bit of a mixed bag. If they want to come and play something or read poetry they can join that night. If they show up that night we’ll try to fit them in.”

Anyone interested in signing up to perform for future Coffee Houses can contact Walsh at 303-2780.

 

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Organizations: Spotlight Theatre Company

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