Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Welcome to our New Members

Our open auditions this past Saturday saw over 30 new members added to the Grinder family. Since there’s no membership fee to join our company once you’ve auditioned – congratulations! It’s like the Teamsters, you’re in for life.

I earnestly hope that all of our new members enjoy their time with us, and I look forward to making some great theatre with each and every one of you.

This newsletter will be delivered monthly to your inbox, packed full of information about the shows, auditions and special events that are happening at Grinder, as well as the occasional bit of lighter fare. Back issues of the newsletter are also available on our website (which would be great if, for example, you’d like to find Chapters 1,2 and 3 of Standby, Mackenzie – they’re in this year’s previous issues).

And as I may have mentioned at the auditions, I am a theatre junkie through-and-through. Feel free to get in touch with me anytime if you have a question about anything and everything theatre-related, even if it doesn’t pertain to a show you’re doing with us at that particular moment. I’m always available to listen, offer advice and do what I can to make putting on plays more fulfilling and enjoyable for you and your audience, because this is what I love to do!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

At work on theatre

Our auditions this past Saturday were a lot of fun. I had a great time, met some great people, and was genuinely impressed more than once - that in itself is more than enough to declare it a success.

But it has left me oddly drained. Most of Sunday I felt exhausted, irritable and down, as if coming down from the high I was on the day before. Has it really been that long since I've been out of the game? Does the cut-and-thrust affect me so profoundly.

It's only in the dawn of the next day that it all becomes clear - the ups and downs are still there, but they aren't as profound as before. Three years ago a great day of auditions could translate into a week of melancholy, and while we're by no means out of the woods yet on this one I am feeling more like my old self sooner.

Such is the rollercoaster ride of theatre.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Auditions Reflections

Our open auditions on World Theatre Day have come and gone. It maybe wasn't the largest call we've ever had, nor was it the smallest, but it felt different to me than some of the previous ones we've had. In fact, I don't think I've felt that way about an audition call since our first really big one, back in 2006. That was a day where magic was made, knowingly or not, and the seeds of future successes were sown.

Did the same thing happen on Saturday? Jules seems to think so. She's only got one previous experience with this, but she tells me that this time feels better than the last. I think I agree with her, and while I'm careful not to put too much stock into gut feelings (and we've still got a long road ahead of us before we can declare any sort of victory) I do feel, well, good.

I sent out the offers last evening and it's now 6:30am and both acceptions and rejections are starting to come in. A lot of people wanting more information - which I guess is good - it means they're interested. Now the real casting dance begins, a casual interplay of emotion, pragmatism and faith, as I flesh out a season with these people and others. If the dance goes right so too will the summer. Get it wrong, and I might as well hand Tim Hortons my resume right now.

In between the extremes of perfection and disaster lies a delicate-but-attainable middle ground - this is where the magic happens.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Auditions are tomorrow...

... see you there!

519-780-7593
grinder@grinderproductions.org

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Getting it done

It always seems to be a busy week. There's just so many tasks that stretch out before us on Monday, and so few of them that seem to be done by this point, and so many more that have been added. How do you keep up?

I've been wondering a lot about that lately. It seems that no matter how much I do, no matter how hard I work, I never seem to get any further ahead, or so it seems. But upon closer inspection it becomes apparent that something fundamental is going on, and that rather than not seeing the forest for the trees I'm not seeing the trees for the forest.

Yes, I am behind schedule in almost every aspect of my life (professional, financial, literary, take your pick). But it turns out I'm a lot less further behind than I used to be. There is less that I have to do in order to be "on top of things" than there was a year or even six months ago. I am closer to being "caught up" than I have ever been.

What's more, the things I was worring about a year ago were far more pressing than the things I'm worring about now. Last year the season was already falling apart - this year it's coming together much more nicely. Last year I was putting on weight, this year I'm losing weight. Last year I was run ragged by forces beyond my control - this year I'm in control of my time, my life, my company and my destiny, or at least well enough in control to be able to make some good things happen once in a while.

I'm not there yet, but I'm getting it done. There are those who say you never really get caught up, and technically they may be right, but I think I'm going to get a lot closer than I ever thought possible.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Auditions Teaser

I thought I'd post a little bit of one of the shows we're doing this summer. This is a selection from The Heart of Eden - a romantic comedy that will be a part of our "Mostly Music Lunch" series. I may be using this as material for the cold read auditions, I may be not - check it out and enjoy!

Music begins. The stage is in darkness. The lights begin to rise ever so slowly, revealing the scene. The scene consists of a park bench, a garbage can, streetlamp and a fire hydrant. Large, thick undergrowth forms an impenetrable wall upstage, and two large bushes form an entrance on either side of the stage. As the lights come up it is apparent that someone is lying on the park bench, covered by a newspaper. As the Overture finishes it is replaced by the sounds of the city, intermingled with the sounds of the park. Suddenly, a loud siren goes past. The figure on the bench is startled awake, and frantically tries to pull the newspaper off of her and get up. This is Eden. She is about 20 years old and absolutely gorgeous, even though it’s clear that she has been asleep on the bench all night long. She wears a tight, white “I ♥ NY” T-shirt, blue jeans and sandals. She rubs her eyes and tries to get her bearings. Once she does she looks towards the rising sun.

Music #2: What a Beautiful Day

Eden: What a beautiful day it’s going to be.

Music begins, as Eden yawns, stretches and continues to look at the sunrise. Over the course of the song she will pick-up all the newspapers that are strewn about the stage (as well as any other litter), put it in the garbage, and find a small, dry tree branch, which she will pretend is a wide variety of objects: a flute, a baton, a microphone, etc.

Eden (sings):

My life’s been like a journey,
A voyage on stormy waves
Back and forth across the seas
To the sunset of yesterday

I knew not where I was going
Or that today I would arrive
At this glorious place this glorious morn
It’s so great to be alive!

What a beautiful day it’s going to be
What a beautiful day I’m sure
Today is the day things are going to change
A beautiful day will be my cure

I’ve felt the rain and heard cold winds roar
My heart’s been wrecked upon the rocks
I’ve been betrayed and sinners and saints
Got a PhD from the school of hard knocks

What a beautiful day it’s going to be
What a beautiful day I’ve got
Today is the day things start going my way
A beautiful day is my best shot

The song fades to underscore as Angel continues to play with the tree branch, taking an almost child-like fascination with all the things that she can pretend it is. She is clearly enjoying herself, and is so wrapped up in her game that she does not see Mike enter. Mike is a young man, also about 20 years old, but a bit geeky-looking, maybe wearing a button-down shirt, a tie, and a sweater vest overtop, and corduroy pants. He carries a small attaché case, and wears glasses. He does not notice Eden right away, but as soon as he does he stops dead, completely confused by her odd behaviour.

The stick has now become a fishing pole. Eden makes a cast, then jigs a few times, and gets a bite. She gives little jerk on the pole – and she’s hooked him! He’s big, really big, and a fighter. She can barely hold her ground as she plays out more and more line, until the line runs out. Eden hangs on for dear life, but suddenly the fish swerves in another direction, and Eden is pulled headlong into a very confused Mike. She crashes into him with such force that it knocks the branch out of her hand and knocks the them both to the ground, with the result being that Mike falls down flat on his back and Eden falls down face first on Mike. A pause. Eden smiles.

Eden: Big Fish.
Mike: Uh-huh.
Eden: I guess maybe I shouldn’t be fishing in the first place. I mean, they probably have rules about fishing in Central Park, right?
Mike: Right.
Eden: I mean I didn’t come here to fish. It just sort of happened.
Mike: I see.
Eden: Oh, by the way, my name’s Eden.
Mike: I’m Mike.
Eden: Pleased to make your acquaintance.
Mike: Eden?
Eden: Yes Mike?
Mike: Could you, maybe, get off of me, please?
Eden: Of course. Let me help you up.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Auditions Final Push

There are still a few days left to sign up for the auditions!

Call 519-780-7593 or email grinder@grinderproductions.org for more info or to book a time.

If you've been sitting on the fence don't delay any longer! I guarantee you'll have a great time with us, so come on down!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Powering Through

Monday. 6:45AM. Writer's block.

I read an article on Helium a while back from a guy claiming there's no such thing as writer's block - anyone who says they have writer's block is just a lazy, unimaginative writer. And while I guess if you're a bitter, struggling mid-level hack your ability to always come up with something to write about when others can't might bring you some comfort, but as I've been told this weekend after one of the most philanthropic gestures I've ever made, it's quality, not quantity that counts.

But quantity is what the world is all about. Write, write and write some more, we're told - you need a large body of work, a large portfolio, a large season of plays in order to be successful. But don't forget qualilty! Not only do you need a lot of stuff, but it's all got to be the absolute best. Yeah, you have to be the next Stephen King or you might as well go be a schoolteacher or a plumber or a miserable failure because you aren't good enough to be a writer.

It may be 6:53AM and my fingers aren't quite working as well as they should (I keep hitting the CAPS LOCK key) but my mind isn't quite as far gone as it usually is at this hour on a Friday. Consequently while my diction may not be at its best I'm still reluctant to believe that I'm a terrible writer just because I haven't yet said enough that's good enough for people to think of me as great.

I'm a lousy writer and proud of it. I write for money. I write for love. I write because I have to write and I want to people read what I write or watch it come to live on stage. I'm not Stephen King, but I do have a story to tell, a narrative arc to my plays, to my articles, to this blog and to my life that is interesting, valuable and and entertaining. I know I strike a chord with some people - some have told me, others have shown me, some have even tried to hide it.

I'm a lousy writer, but I'm powering through, because that's what all writers - good, bad or lousy - do.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Re-posting: Casting List

Just some of what we're looking for this summer!

Series

Play(Dates)

Roles

Ennotville Library

Mainstage

Chaucer Uncensored

(May 9th – July 3rd)

Act 1: The Miller’s Tale

John, the cuckolded husband

Alison, his pure young wife

Nicholas, a young scholar

Absolon, the lusty parish clerk

Graves, a blacksmith

Act 2: The Reeve’s Tale

Simkin, a Miller

His Wife

His grown daughter

John, a young scholar

Alan, another young scholar

(actors may have one role in each act)

Godiva’s Children

(May 23rd – July 17th)

Leslie Godiva, a hard-working single mother in her 40’s

Jerome, Leslie’s teenaged son

Lola, Leslie’s teenaged daughter

Roughing It

(June 6th – July 31st)

Rowan, a 50-something business exec, mom

Athena, her nearly grown-up daughter

Maeve, her Irish immigrant mother

Wild Angels

(June 20th – August 14th)

Mom – an internet junkie with bills to pay

Kid – desperately seeking something better

The Boarder – a shy librarian who moonlights as a vigilante

The Night – various roles and vices

The River Rats

(July 4th – August 28th)

Character Names TBA

There will be three roles available for women over the age of 18.

Belwood

Cymbeline

(May 23rd – July 10th)

(Selected Roles)

Cymbeline, King of Britain

Cloten, son to Queen by former husband

Leonatus, a gentlemen, husband to Imogen

Belarius, a banished lord

Guiderius and Arviragus, sons to Cymbeline, supposed sons of Belarius

Philario, Italian, friend to Posthumus

Iachimo, Italian, friend to Philario

Caius Lucius, General of the Roman Forces

Pisanio, servant to Posthumus

Cornelius, a physician

Queen, wife to Cymbeline

Imogen, daughter to King by former queen

Mrs. Warren’s Profession

(June 13th – July 31st)

Praed – “hardly past middle age”

Vivie Warren – 22 “sensible, able, educated”

Mrs. Kitty Warren – “between 40 and 50”

Sir George Crofts – tall, powerful, about 50

Frank Gardner – “not long turned 20”

The Rev. Samuel Gardner – over 50

The 18 Carat Boob

(July 4th – August 21st)

Daisy Bell – 17, a lively, very feminine girl

Alice Bisnette – 18, a quiet, modest girl

Cora ~ 48, housekeeper, devoted to Alice

Charles ~ 49, chauffeur, Cora’s husband

Billy Kerns – 16, boyish, good student

Kitty Darling – 16, babyish, spoiled, lisps

Bella Sparks – 18, lively, rather boyish

Bud – 22, looks younger, an 18 Carat Boob

Bisnette – Alice’s Father, 45, businessman

Raymond Barkville ~ 34, suave, mysterious

Anna ~ 26, a maid, brisk and businesslike

Jack Merry ~23, quiet, proud, headstrong

Children’s Series

Too many to mention!

Just come on out and tell us when you’re available, we’ll get you in somewhere!

Mostly Music Lunch

The Heart of Eden

(May 9th – June 26th)

Eden – A cute, bubbly girl of about 20 with good movement skills who can sing.

Mike – A “loveable geek” of about the same age, also needs to move well and sing.

Hitchin’ at the Junction

(May 16th – July 3rd)

Bessie Buxomb – the heroine, “a simple girl with plain features,” smarter than she looks.

Cyril Snead – the meanest, nastiest, most dastardly villain you’ll ever meet!

Archibald Althus Altman – the hero. Stationmaster and county possum wrangler.

Love Notes

(May 23rd – July 10th)

Character Names TBA

Four roles are available, and all will require excellent mime and movement skills.

Laughing Out Loud

(May 30th – July 17th)

3 male or female comedians. I’m looking for clean but funny stand-up comedy. Your own material would be preferable, but we can help fill your 15 minute set if necessary.

The Girls of Grinder

(June 6th – July 24th)

Any females of any age with vocal talent are invited to come out and perform one or two songs, and join in group numbers. Please bring your own music on CD to the audition.

Legends of Elysium

(June 13th – July 31st)

3 Vocalists, any genre – Each vocalist in this show will get a 15 minute solo set, and may be asked to do a group number or two.

Narrator – connects the sets, could sing too.

Philemon and Baucis

(June 20th – August 7th)

Philemon, a poor husbandman, well past 60

Baucis, his wife, also well past 60

Jove, the King of the Gods

Hermes, his son, the Messenger God

Prologue and Epilogue

The Duke of Gordon

(June 27th – August 14th)

The Duke of Gordon

His Daughters: Elizabeth, Margaret, Jean

Captain Ogilvie

Many other roles – perfect play for beginners!

Where Corn Don’t Grow

(July 4th – August 21st)

Character Names TBA

The Father – an old farmer

His Grown-up son

His Grown-up daughter

Steppin’ Up

(July 11th – August 28th)

Anyone of any age with dancing ability is invited to perform, either solo or in groups. Please bring your own music on CD.

After Hours

Muzzle Blast

(May 23rd – July 10th)

Julie – Aged about 35. A single mom in a dead-end job, makes poor choices with men.

Katherine –16. Julie’s reckless, rebelling, daughter who believes she’s indestructible.

Harold – an angry 20-something who’s just been thrown out by his wife.

Hangin’ in the Balance

(June 6th – July 24th)

Nadia – A figment of an author’s imagination, a much-maligned Muse, the chronicler of terrible tales.

Lost and Found

(June 20th – August 7th)

She, the woman who washes up on the rock looking for her guardian angel

He, the man who washes up on the rock looking for his absolution

Living

(July 4th – August 21st)

Vincent, a deeply troubled young man

The woman, a mysterious figure that enters his life in a drunken stupor


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

On writing

I've been doing a lot of writing lately.

I can tell because I'm getting better at spotting the typo's, but getting worse at correcting them - I guess it pretty well evens out in the end.

My Helium star rating is suffering badly enough that I'm in danger of dropping below 75% - not good, despite my prolific work of late. It seems that writing to low-number titles in an attempt to make a quick buck means my writing has to be all the better to compete with the other submissions, and I'm finding more and more of those are written by the all-stars who's work dominates the site.

Unlike other writers though I'm not about to start complaining, I'm just going to redouble my efforts and keep on plugging away until I reach my goal of 5 writing stars, the highest accreditation you can get on the site.

In addition, I have a few plays for the summer season that still need some work. Yeah, that's taking up a fair amount of time too.

And did I mention it's spring on the farm?

I'd better get back to writing.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Auditions Continue, but we need more than just actors

Do you know what people in showbiz often call actors?

"The Talent."

"The Stars."

These are not lovingingly bestowed terms of endearment by awestruck techies basking in the glow of celebrity. These are the sarcastic epithets of jaded veterans who've spent years putting up with and dealing with the consequences from actors and their over-inflated egos.

I knew a techie who hadn't slept for days who had to give up his bed so an actor could lay down because he wasn't feeling well. I know techs who've fetched lunch for actors over their own mealtimes and been forced to go hungry. I've been asked to book an actor's tee time.

This sort of treatment, while certainly wrong, is the exception and not the rule, and I believe most actors have at least a partial understanding of the complimentary nature of their work and those of the technician, and that both are equally integral to making the show a success.

So yes, we're looking for actors right now, but we're also looking for people to work behind the scenes as well. At Grinder Productions the stereotypes won't be tolerated - everyone, actor, techie and patron are given equal respect at all times. So give us a call or send us an e-mail and let us know you'd like to get on board. There's a whole community of people here who would desperately love to meet you!

Phone: 519-780-7593
Email: grinder@grinderproductions.org

Monday, March 15, 2010

Audition Updates

We're getting a great response so far to our call for new people, but with so many roles to cast I thought I'd go into a bit more detail today about some of the types of people we're looking for, so if you or someone you know are interested in joining us this might provide you with the incentive you need to to jump on board. We're are pleased to offer up:

Kids' Auditions: We have a ten-play children's series coming up this summer, so for kids ages 8 to 12 the chances of landing a role are excellent. No experience necessary, just come on out and be ready to have some fun. For those who are interested we're also offering summer day camps in theatre this July and August at the Library as well - information about these camps will be available at the auditions. Lots of spaces still available.

General Auditions: These will be held in small groups throughout the afternoon and are open to anyone and everyone ages 13 and up. They will be relaxed, informal sessions where we'll get to know each other, maybe play a game or two and then read some selections from scripts from upcoming shows. Absolutely anyone and everyone are invited - no past experience or formal training in theatre is necessary. Spaces filling up quickly, but I'm sure we can squeeze you in!

Specialist Auditions: Do you sing? Dance? Play an instrument? Juggle? Do magic tricks? How about a Trained Dogs Act? We're holding individual auditions in the early evening for people who want to showcase their individual talents, whatever they may be. More seasoned actors, or those who are looking for the experience of a "professional" audition may deliver a monologue if they wish, and singers can present a song and dancers can do their audition routine. Good times still available.

After Hours Auditions: I haven't talked about these quite as much, because admittedly the After Hours series isn't for everyone - the content of these shows may require some "viewer discretion is advised" warnings, (the particular "sins" being dependent on the show) and I know that's not everyone's thing. But if you are interested in something a little edgier we're doing individual auditions for these after 9pm.

Please call 519-780-7593 or e-mail grinder@grinderproductions.org for more information or if you would like to book an audition time. We would love to have you on board with us!

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's Friday....

... and I'm completely written out - more to come next week!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Accommodations still needed

We need your help! We have a staff member we would like to bring on board this summer who needs a place to stay that is within biking distance of the Ennotville Library and our rehearsal spaces.

Would you or someone you know be willing to open your home to a mature, responsible young woman between May and August of this year? Like most other theatres, we can’t afford to pay you in anything but free tickets to the entire season (and of course our utter thanks). Please call 519-780-7593 or email grinder@grinderproductions.org for more info!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Auditions Update

Spaces are filling up fast, but there's still plenty of room for you!

Please consider joining us, no matter your age or level of experience - we have a lot of fun here at Grinder Productions, and we'd really love to have you join us.

Call 519-780-7593 or email grinder@grinderproductions.org for more information or to book your audition time.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How to become an actor or actress

Helium as recently started something new - how-to guides. Selected members are invited to join the how-to guide community to write clear, concise instructions on how to do anything and everything, from how to cut, peel and seen an avocado to how to throw a football to yes, How to become and actor or actress. I hope you find it helpful - enjoy!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Standby Mackenzeie - Chapter 3

The first day of rehearsals dawned sunny and clear, another beautiful summer’s day in Sheridan’s Falls. Last summer it would have been the kind of day Mackenzie would have called up Bethany, her best friend, to see if she wanted to head down to the lake for a swim and some boy watching.

Sadly though Bethany’s boy watching days were over, as she’d just moved away after school had ended in June to start a new life with her new boyfriend in a big new city. Mackenzie’s boy watching would have to be put on hold for a while too now, and as she walked downtown to the big old stone theatre something told her that she wouldn’t be spending much time enjoying the fabulous weather this particular summer.

The theatre was a buzz with the energy of a new play coming to life. Trudy was sitting in the box office, taking phone orders while typing an email and stuffing brochures into envelopes for her latest mailing, furiously gnawing away on her lips as she fretted about whether or not the box office was looking clean enough to welcome customers when the box office opened. Marlene was standing in front of the theatre smoking a cigarette and tapping out a message on her Blackberry when Mackenzie arrived.

“Are you all ready for the big day, kiddo?”
“I think so.”
“You’d better be. We’ve got a problem. One of the actors is lost. Frank’s not gonna be happy with you.”
“Me? What did I do?”
“Didn’t you call the actors and give them directions?”
“Nobody told me I was supposed to do that.”
“You’re just supposed to know enough. It’s called common sense. Nothing we can do about it now. I suppose you forgot to get some timbits too.”
“Timbits?”
“Tell Bret to go for them.”

And with that Marlene pitched her cigarette butt to the sidewalk and went back inside, muttering something about rookies. Mackenzie quickly followed after her.

The actual read-through wasn’t too bad. Mackenzie met the actors, and neither one of them seemed very shocked that she was their stage manager. The one actor who had gotten lost quickly found his way and was there on time, so there were no delays in getting started, and Frank was generally happy. As the actors read the play they brought it to life, and what had been a dull and dreary play about a couple of country hicks became a warm, lively, touching experience.

After lunch it was time to start blocking the play. Frank came up on stage just before they started, and for the first time seemed to notice the set design taped out on the floor, and the props table that was set up with a bunch of props with big “R’s” written on them.

“This will do,” he grumbled demurely. That was about as close to a compliment as you could get from Frank.

As an assistant stage manager Mackenzie had taken blocking notes before, and she had learned to reset props in between scenes. But she’d never done both at once before, and she’d never done it this much. It took a few angry glares from Frank the first few times before she got on to automatically getting up to reset the props every time they stopped. In the first two hours of rehearsal they had only blocked the first five or ten minutes of the play, but already Mackenzie was feeling exhausted, and her blocking notes looked like the aftermath of a war zone. Thankfully, one of the actors suggested that perhaps it was time for a break.

“Capital idea,” said Frank. “Mack, go see if there are some timbits left in the lobby. But when you get back I want to go over something with you.”

What Frank wanted to go over with her was scheduling. Again, it was another one of those things that she was just magically supposed to know, but apparently the theatre could get into real trouble with the actor’s union if there weren’t enough breaks scheduled. In fact there were rules about how long a work day could be, how much time there had to be for lunch, even that the actors had to be provided with a water cooler! Frank shoved a dog-eared book into her hands.

“This is your bible,” he said. “From now on make sure we’re doing everything by the book.”

Mackenzie looked at the black and silver-covered spiral-bound book. It was entitled The Canadian Theatre Agreement. Before she had a chance to look it over Frank called the actors back to the stage and the rehearsal continued. After a few more hours of mind-numbingly repetitive rehearsal Frank summed up the mood in the room.

“Well, stick a fork in me and turn me over, because I’m done.”

The actors giggled, and everyone was thankful that this first long day of rehearsals had come to an end. Frank invited the actors out for a drink, and though they both had a lot of memorizing to do they decided that yes, they had time for a quick one. Before he left Frank pulled Mackenzie aside for a quick confab.

“Tomorrow you’re going to have us working by the book, right?”
“Yes.”
“Now these rehearsal props, these are great and all, and they were fine for today, but I want you to get Steven and Juan off their lazy butts and get us some show-quality props for tomorrow. We’ve only got six days to pull this puppy together and I don’t want to be working with stand-ins any longer than I have to.”
“But weren’t Steven and Juan in the shop all day building the set?”
“No. They probably spent a couple of hours on set building and then decided to make an early day of it and hit the bar. If you can’t find them you’ll have to get us the show props yourself.”

And with that Frank and the actors left.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Auditions, auditions, auditions

Spaces are filling up fast, folks - reserve your time today!

Call 519-780-7593 or email grinder@grinderproductions.org.

We have a lot of fun here at Grinder - we'd love it if you would join us!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

March Newsletter now available

Check out the March newsletter here. Full of auditions info, summer camps info, and the latest chapter of Standby, Mackenzie.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Open Auditions on World Theatre Day at the Ennotville Library

Saturday, March 27th is World Theatre Day, a day to celebrate, promote, defend and enjoy live performance across the globe. Grinder Productions is pleased to participate in World Theatre Day by holding open auditions for its 2010 season.

“Celebrating World Theatre Day with an open call for actors couldn’t be more appropriate for us,” says Eric Goudie, Grinder’s Creative and Executive Co-Director. “This day is about inclusiveness, it’s about entertainment and it’s about giving a voice to people and stories that must be heard. That’s exactly what we hope to accomplish in our upcoming season.”

The auditions will be open to everyone, regardless of age or gender. As is always the case with Grinder Productions no previous acting experience is necessary.

There are 32 unique events coming up this season. In addition to five plays at the Ennotville Library and 3 plays at the Belwood Hall the company has added a children’s series, a lunchtime “mostly music” segment and four “after hours” productions on selected weekends. As such the chances of landing a role this summer for anyone who comes out to audition are excellent.

Children’s auditions will be held in the morning, with kids up to the age of 12 being auditioned in small groups with creative games, storytelling and other activities.

Adults will audition in the afternoon in a relaxed, informal group atmosphere involving a few simple theatre exercises and some “cold readings” from various plays.

Later in the day there will be individual time slots for more experienced performers who wish to deliver a prepared audition piece, as well as anyone wishing to sing and/or dance for their audition (or show off a specialized skill). The day will conclude with after-hours auditions for anyone interested in those particular shows.

In addition to acting talent the company is also looking for directors, designers, stage managers and production personnel to help in various capacities, so even people who aren’t interested in acting but who want to get involved in the fun and excitement of live theatre are invited to come out. Once again, no previous experience is necessary.

Anyone who has auditioned for or performed with the company in the past is encouraged to do so again, so they can be seen by the new directors who have come on board for the 2010 season.

For more information or to book your audition time please call Eric at 519-780-7593 or e-mail grinder@grinderproductions.org.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Grinder Summer Theatre Camps for Kids!

That’s right, we’ve got theatre camps!

After many years of waiting for all the chips to fall into the right places 2010 is the year we’re finally able to offer day camps for kids ages 8 to 12 at the Ennotville Summer Theatre.

Kids, I designed these camps with you in mind. We want to teach you a few things about theatre of course, but we also want to make sure you have a lot of fun. I remember from when I was back in theatre camp that the best part of it all was getting to perform onstage in an actual show. So that’s why at the end of every week you’ll get to use what you’ve learned by putting on a show, written by and starring your class and you!

Our camps this summer are designed with Moms and Dads in mind too. Our instructor will have a valid Police Check and first aid certification, our daily rehearsal venue at the Ennotville Library is a historical treasure nestled in a quiet corner of our community, and for four weeks of instruction we hope you’ll find the course fee of just $200 to be quite reasonable as well.

Camps will be offered in both July and August, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. They are open to kids ages 8 to 12. The camp dates are:

July 5th—July 30th

August 2nd—August 27th

Please call 519-780-7593 or e-mail kids@grinderproductions.org to book a space for your child. The fee for the course is $200 per child. Please make checks payable to Grinder Productions. Full payment is due no later than the first day of classes.

Important Info for Parents:

Classes begin at 9am and end at 4pm—please ensure your child is dropped off and picked up on time!

Please send lunch with your child every day. There are no places to buy lunch in Ennotville.

Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothing suitable for rigorous gr group activity and that it’s okay to get dirty.

We will have shows every Friday at 3pm—please come if you are free!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Accommodations Needed

We need your help! We have a staff member we would like to bring on board this summer who needs a place to stay that is within biking distance of the Ennotville Library and our rehearsal spaces.

Would you or someone you know be willing to open your home to a mature, responsible young woman between May and August of this year? Like most other theatres, we can’t afford to pay you in anything but free tickets to the entire season (and of course our utter thanks). Please call 519-780-7593 or email grinder@grinderproductions.org for more info!