A Message from the Artistic Director
Welcome to actOUT!
I’m honoured to welcome you to our 23rd 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.
The coming 2017-2018 season will continue our excellence in theatrical training for young minds and bodies.
Our Winter Musical this year will bring a junior staging of the classic Fiddler on the Roof. A play whose message is a timely as ever.
Our spring musicals will feature the mini-production of Seussical KIDS a playlet to be performed in advance of the musical Lion King Jr..
We have revived the Senior Intensive this season with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible a drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.
And we will take a new step for the company with actOUT!’s first Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be performed in May at the Waterloo Park Bandshell.
Once again the March Break Drama Camp, Scene it on Stage IX, 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 2018. 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