A Message from the Artistic Director
Welcome to actOUT!
I’m honoured to welcome you to our 22nd 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 long.
This spring and summer we will continue with some exciting productions, workshops and camps.
J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan is our spring drama, certain to strike joy in the hearts of those of us that will ‘never grow up’. We are honoured to have Candice Wilkinson taking the reigns as director for her first play with the company.
Our spring musicals will feature the mini-production of Alice in Wonderland a playlet to be performed in advance of the musical Beauty and the Beast Jr. adapted by Joy Soltys and directed by Trica Marchand. Both Trica and Joy have been with actOUT! for multiple seasons though this will be Tricia's first time directing. Joy returns to direct Beauty and the Beast for us again.
Once again our March Break drama camp, Scene it on Stage, will be a draw for students looking to tune their performing chops. And we will reprise our Summer drama and theatrical camps again. Look for more news early in the spring.
I am humbled to be taking over Artistic Director duties from Ms. Bingleman and hope to continue to honour her vision and the vision of our founder Leslie Gail Hill.
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