A Message from the Artistic Director
Welcome to actOUT!
I’m honoured to welcome you to our 24th season!
It’s a testament to the positive and generous spirit of our volunteers, supporters, board members, faculty, staff, artists, performers and most importantly you – our audience – that actOUT! has grown and thrived for so many years.
This past season we staged: Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Don't Mention My Name, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Seussical KIDS and Disney's Lion King Jr. to full houses, standing ovations and extended runs.
In summer 2018 we were honoured to be invited to supervise the official children's musical theatre camp at the Elora Festival producing a staging of the classic Willy Wonka KIDS at the Elora Centre for the Arts.
The coming 2018-2019 season will continue our excellence in theatrical training for young minds and bodies.
Our spring musicals will feature the mini-production of Disney's AristoCats KIDS a playlet to be performed at the Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre in April. The musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. will walk the boards of the Cambridge Arts Theatre in June.
ActOUT!’s continues the success of last season's Shakespeare-in-the-park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream this year with The Tragedy of Macbeth to be performed in May at the Waterloo Park Bandshell.
Now in it's tenth season our March Break Drama Camp, Scene it on Stage X, will be a draw for students looking to tune their performing chops. And we will reprise our Summer drama and theatrical camps again in the summer of 2019. Perhaps with a new summertime twist. Look for more news early in the new year for details.
I am humbled to continue my Artistic Director duties for actOUT! as most of the work I do in the theatre is unnecessary, as only two things are needed for great theatre: performer and audience. When performer and audience connect, something magical happens and we play.
Actors need help from time to time, to augment and improve their performance. Which is why we build our family. Theatre is family. This explains the tears shed opening and closing nights as families drawn so close must say farewell. As Artistic Director, I build and support the family of actOUT!. I build a collaboration of the family of artists. My job is not to dictate, but to guide each artist to be better. More genuine. Closer to their own ideal. My job is to nurture.
Thanks for all your efforts and support over the coming season. I can’t thank you enough for all you do to aid us, the family of actOUT!, and the work that we do.
Todd Vercoe, B.A., M.A.
ActOUT! The Kitchener-Waterloo Children’s Drama Workshop