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TWELVE ANGRY MEN

BY REGINALD ROSE

FEB. 15 – FEB. 24, 2018

CALENDAR GIRLS

BY TIM FIRTH

APR. 19 – APR. 28, 2018

THE GAME'S AFOOT

BY KEN LUDWIG

NOV. 16 – NOV. 25, 2017

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  • NEWS: WAIT UNTIL DARK at SCARBOROUGH VILLAGE THEATRE October 8, 2017

    It’s not only the approach of Hallowe’en, ghosts, ghouls and goblins which made us feel scared many years ago as children. Director Marc Siversky from the Scarborough Theatre Guild promises that his seasoned and talented cast for Frederick Knott’s WAIT UNTIL DARK will put audience members on the edge of their seats at that moment when the light goes out, and a peculiar noise is heard outside a window or a door.

    Film aficionados and live theatre enthusiasts are aware of the quintessential story line of this dramatic and suspenseful thriller. A blind woman, Susy Hendrix, is tormented by three thugs who believe there is something of immense value hidden in her apartment and they will do anything, at any cost, to find this object. Using only her remaining senses and keeping her wits about her, the play builds to an ultimate confrontation between Susy and her criminal assailants right up to the climactic conclusion under the blackness of the night.

    WAIT UNTIL DARK opened on Broadway in 1966 with Lee Remick and Robert Duvall. In 1967, its adaptation to film (#55 on American Film Institute’s list of 100 Years, 100 Thrills) includes a powerhouse cast headed by Audrey Hepburn, Oscar nominated for her performance as Susy. Mr. Siversky believes the film is a good adaptation as it expands the back story, exterior and other scenes from the play that couldn’t be staged otherwise. The film’s direction and performances are solid while Henry Mancini’smusical score, in Mr. Siversky’s words, is just right.

    Some in the community theatre circle consider WAIT UNTIL DARK a chestnut while others might find its storyline dated. In a conversation I had with a Theatre Ontario adjudicator many years ago, he spoke of this fifty-year-old script as ‘shlock; good shlock, but shlock.’ Mr. Siversky is not so sure he agrees with the play being called shlock. It has the potential to come off as ‘shlock’ as some of the writing and gimmicks are dated; however, for him, ‘shlock’ is defined as cheap and Mr. Siversky quickly assures this Scarborough production is far from inferior.

    Gord Shannon and Siversky’s one room set design has been re-staged and re-adapted which better suits the unique aspect of playing out of the Village Theatre’s three quarter thrust stage, unique to Toronto community theatre. This thrust stage will bring an immediacy of the story action right to the heart of the audience, especially the startling climax of the play.

    Additionally, Mr. Siversky always wants to be challenged with scripts of a technical nature and WAIT UNTIL DARK is no exception. For this production, he has spent a great deal of effort to incorporate music and other lighting and visual effects to enhance the overall visual and theatrical experience with the aim to create an entertaining experience for each show.

    Let’s not forget the experienced actors who will tell this story for ten performances. Mr. Siversky is very proud of his selected cast. He has had the privilege of working with most of them in previous productions so there is a strong relationship which has already been established. His aim, along with the entire production team, is to keep up the pace and honesty of the performances along with a sensible amount of mood to provide a suspenseful and plausible production. I, for one, am most certainly looking forward to seeing this production opening night.

    Performances of Wait Until Dark run October 6 ,7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 at 8 pm and October 8, 15 and 21 at 2 pm, 2017, at the Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road, Scarborough. Regular ticket prices, $24, may be purchased either at the door before each performance or call the Box Office at (416) 267- 9292. Order online at their website. All performances are recommended for ages 18 and up.

    The Cast (in alphabetical order): Ryan Ash, Nicole Burda, Silvina D’Alessandro, Ana Gonzalez, Damien Gulde, Glenn Ottaway, John Palmieri and Kevin Shaver.

    Produced by Linda Brent, Staged Managed by Daniel Bell and Directed by Marc Siversky.

  • Producer For Calendar Girls Needed! September 19, 2017
    The Ajax Community Theatre is in need for a producer for our upcoming show, Calendar Girls, running from April 19 to 28, 2018. Please email us at info@ajaxcommunitytheatre.com 0r call us at  289-892-4132 to inquire.
  • Youth Group Auditions August 9, 2017
    ACT is pleased to announce that we will be offering a Youth Group musical theatre performance program this fall for 10 to 17-year old’s. The program will run September 23rd to December 16th and will be led by Geoff and Shari Coulter along with Michelle Morrow. This team has many years’ experience running highly successful youth group programs in Durham Region. Rehearsals will be held on Saturday mornings from 9 to noon at the Village Community Centre, 22 Sherwood Rd. West, Ajax. There will be 2 final shows at the St. Francis Centre, Dec. 20th and 21st. The theme will be a Broadway Revue. The cost is $100 per student with a 50% saving for siblings.
    The auditions will be held Saturday, Sept. 16th at the Village Community Centre. You are asked to prepare a short (2-minute) dramatic or comedic monologue and your best 36 bars (or about a minute of music) of an age-appropriate song from musical theatre. An accompanist will be provided. Please have your sheet music in the correct key and presented in a binder. There will also be a group dance audition after your solo audition. Expect to be at the audition for an hour and a half. To register for the auditions, please fill out the confidential registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9892Z26 For more information, please email us at info@ajaxcommunitytheatre.com
  • Introducing ACT’s 2017/18 Board Members June 14, 2017
    Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM last night.  The 2017/18 Board members are:
    • President- Mark Salonius
    • Vice-President- Dave Edwards
    • Treasurer- Nancy Palumbo
    • Secretary- Sarah-Liis Salonius
    • Box Office Manager- Jan Donnelly
    • Publicity and Advertising Manager- Reema Chopra
    • Sponsorship- Eric Newton
    • Volunteer Coordinator- Sheri Prescott
    • Member at Large- Ian Speiran (everything...lol)
    • Member at Large- Emily Blake (assisting Reema with Publicity)
    • Member at Large- Victor On (assisting Reema with Publicity)
    • Member at Large- Nicholas Fernandes
  • The Game’s Afoot Cast Announced May 15, 2017
    Director Ian Speiran is pleased to announce the cast for The Game's Afoot, playing in November.
    Gillette - Craig Martin
    Martha - Jackie Del Greco
    Felix - Mark Salonius
    Madge -Sarah-Liis Salonius
    Simon- Dillon Hunter
    Aggie - Amber Dawn-Vibert
    Daria -Catherine Speiran
    Inspector - Rebecca Kingdon
  • Cast Announced for 12 Angry Men May 12, 2017
    Congratulations to everyone cast by director Kevin Shaver for 12 Angry Men playing next February. Juror 1/Foreman- Ian Speiran Juror 2- Dave Edwards Juror 3- Shael Risman Juror 4- Lincoln Trudeau Juror 5- Peter Mazzucco Juror 6- Mike Doucette Juror 7- Derek Barber Juror 8- Martin Kalin Juror 9- Tim Westhead Juror 10- Mark Salonius Juror 11- Joe Szekeres Juror 12- Ray Porril Guard- Paul Sowerbutts
  • Ticket Giveaway April 13, 2017
    Buy a subscription for next season and you'll get one free ticket for any show to bring along a guest.  A $22 value!
  • MagWyers/The Fox Goes Free 15% Off!!! April 7, 2017
    ACT has partnered with MagWyers and The Fox Goes Free who now offer our patrons 15% off their bill when presented with a show ticket.  We encourage everyone to enjoy the great food and support our Explorators Club show sponsors.
  • Next Season Ticket Prices February 18, 2017
    We have not raised our ticket prices since we started 9 years ago.  Unfortunately, due to rising costs we must raise our prices slightly for the 2017/18 season.  After June 1, 2017 the new ticket prices will be: General Admission: $22 Seniors (60+): $20 Student: $15 Season Subscription: $50 PLEASE NOTE: If you renew or buy a subscription for next season before June 1st, it will cost you only $45 which is this season's pricing.
  • 2017/2018 Season Shows Announced January 18, 2017
    We are thrilled to announce that our next season's shows will be:
    Holmes for the Holidays (The Game's Afoot) - Nov 16-25, 2017
    12 Angry Men - Feb 15-24, 2018
    Calendar Girls - April 19-28, 2018
    If you would be interested in directing or producing any of these fine plays, please send your resume to info@ajaxcommunitytheatre.com.  Interviews will be held before the end of February.

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