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Amateur theatre troupers helping to celebrate theatre across P.E.I.


World Theatre Day: this year it’s the 56th observance of UNESCO’s tribute to the importance of stage-drama in our lives.

Theatrical performance is as old as civilized society. It’s a vital force everywhere - including here on Prince Edward Island, where we celebrate it with a festival of plays.

Right now six groups of amateur-theatre troupers are preparing plays for the 2017 PEI Community Theatre Festival.

The festival will present a fine mix of short plays or excerpts - engaging drama, cultural legends, a George Bernard Shaw classic, sportive improv, and plenty of grass-roots comedy. The subject matter runs the gamut from the foibles of the privileged class to the perpetual battle of the sexes. The settings range from a medieval village to a PEI dental clinic.

Some of the pieces are original, crafted by Island authors. All the plays run less than a half hour. For both actors and audience, the Festival is an event of good-old-fashioned community-hall entertainment ... and it is a good reminder of how theatre continues to be an important thread in the life-fabric of our society. Let’s hope that lots of people get out to enjoy it.

Rob Thomson,

Charlottetown

Theatrical performance is as old as civilized society. It’s a vital force everywhere - including here on Prince Edward Island, where we celebrate it with a festival of plays.

Right now six groups of amateur-theatre troupers are preparing plays for the 2017 PEI Community Theatre Festival.

The festival will present a fine mix of short plays or excerpts - engaging drama, cultural legends, a George Bernard Shaw classic, sportive improv, and plenty of grass-roots comedy. The subject matter runs the gamut from the foibles of the privileged class to the perpetual battle of the sexes. The settings range from a medieval village to a PEI dental clinic.

Some of the pieces are original, crafted by Island authors. All the plays run less than a half hour. For both actors and audience, the Festival is an event of good-old-fashioned community-hall entertainment ... and it is a good reminder of how theatre continues to be an important thread in the life-fabric of our society. Let’s hope that lots of people get out to enjoy it.

Rob Thomson,

Charlottetown

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