SCUGOG: Theatre 3x60 is looking for participants for the very first Durham Minifest that is going to be held this summer at Port Perry Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts.
Minifest is a weekend long event where different theatre groups will each perform their interpretation of a one act play. Following each performance, the workshop leader will provide feedback to the groups.
The festival will take place on Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday Aug. 6. The event was the brainchild of theatre company general manager Carey Nicholson.
"I had first heard of mini-fest when I was at a theatre festival in southwestern Ontario, and they have been doing it there for almost 30 years. I loved the concept and I though 'I have to do something like that," It also fits right in the mandate of what my company, Theatre 3x60,is working with in that we are very supportive of education of both theatre practitioners and the audience and providing growth."
A friend of her’s then introduced her to an organizer of a Minifest, and the concept of the Durham event started to take shape. The theatre company recently received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation of $10,000 to help put on the event.
"It's our first major public grant so we are very excited. It was a great show of support for an event such as this,” Ms. Nicholson said.
She told The Standard that they are looking for six groups to round out the festival roster. However, Ms. Nicholson added that they are welcoming all entries from the community.
"We would be thrilled to have the festival full at six groups, we would be elated to have interest from more than six groups in which we will plan for larger next year, " she said.
The play that will be performed by each group is a comedy written by a local playwright. Ms. Nicholson said that if it is successful, she hopes to make this an annual event in the community.
“Its a good inside peak at how much possibility there is in theatre and its a great mixture of education and entertainment for the public,” she said.
Registration to participate in the festival is now open, and closes on Sunday, May 1. Visit www.durhamminifest.weebly.com for registration details, script sample as well as ticket information.
Tickets for the Minifest will go on sale on May 1.