SCUGOG: It’s “Summerstock 101”, for Theatre 3x60, this July, with the hiring of 5 professional theatre students, through the support of the Canada Summer Jobs student employment program. Four talented students from the George Brown College Theatre School will be seen on stage in two of this summer’s Port Perry Summer Theatre productions, Salt-Water Moon, opening July 8th, and Mary’s Wedding, opening July 18th. They will also be appearing in, the site specific Pine Grove Plot's, History To Die For, cemetery walks. A fifth student, currently a theatre major at the University of Toronto, is the company’s summer production/stage manager, overseeing all the productions.
For aspiring actors Manon Ens-Lapointe, Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, Lexi MacRae and Michael Williamson, performing on stage is the perfect summer job. “I’ve had lots of summer jobs, but this is the first year I have been able to work at something that I have been training to do”, says Duncan, and Lexi agrees “This is a perfect opportunity to put what I’ve been studying to use and to build my resume.” Production/stage manager Caroline Watling, a native of Oshawa, sees this summer job as an opportunity to build on her theatre experience and productions skills, towards a possible career in arts management. “This is a lot more real than what we do in school. It’s a real taste of the industry.”
The company has been in rehearsal since mid June at Town Hall 1873, and the actors are getting the full summer theatre experience by billeting locally with Theatre 3x60 board members and staff. Theatre 3x60 vice president, Marion Meyers was eager to offer her home, saying “When I heard we had young actors coming to Port Perry, to act in our summer theatre season, I immediately volunteered to house them. I knew that they would bring an enthusiasm and skill to our local theatre scene, and this was an additional way for me to support the arts in our town. Young people trying to make it in any arts field need lots of support in many ways.”
Theatre 3x60 president, Ruth Spearing sees hiring student actors as an ideal way of meeting the company’s mandate. “As a theatre company, committed to enriching lives on and offstage, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity that Canada Summer Jobs provides for these talented and hard-working young people. It feels good to know that we are playing a part in the training and growth of future theatre artists, and to be able to pay artists for their skills here in the community.”
Audiences can see Lexi and Michael onstage at Town Hall 1873, July 8th to 22nd, in David French’s Salt-Water Moon.
Manon and Duncan appear in Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding from July 18th – 29th, and all four will perform through July and early August in Pine Grove Plot's History To Die For. Full production dates, details and cast biographies can be found at www.portperrysummertheatre.ca.
Tickets for Salt-Water Moon and Mary’s Wedding are on sale at the Town Hall 1873 box office, at 302 Queen St. Port Perry, by phone 905 985-8181, or online at www.townhall1873.ca. Student/Senior, group and EyeGo prices are available. Pine Grove Plot's History To Die For is by donation ($10 suggested), at the gate only.
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