THE ROAD AHEAD IS FILLED WITH ADVENTURE
This weekend the clocks spring forward and we spring into action with a whole series of projects. We spent the winter months hibernating and writing and now … it is time for the projects to come out into the world and start to show themselves. Read on for the latest adventures as Fenton & White leave the winter behind and look forward to the road ahead.
THIS IS WHAT A PLAY IN PROGRESS LOOKS LIKE
On February 24th we invited four friends over for a lasagna lunch, a glass of wine and an opportunity to read our words out loud. These brave souls grabbed a prepared script in a duo-tang and gave voice to our newest project The Happiness Equation so we could start refining the dialogue and figure out what was working, and what was not working. Living room readings are a part of the development process. We hope to be able to share some news about this show in the near future. The script is developing into two distinct versions. One version will be a one hour piece and another version will be a full-length piece aimed at regional theatres. Stay tuned for updates on this project.
FENTON & WHITE READ AT THE WESTERN ONTARIO DRAMA LEAGUE CONFERENCE
Next week, Pete and I will head to Sarnia where we will be guest playwrights, reading excerpts from our shows Bemused and The Giant’s Garden. We will also be sharing a new scene from The Happiness Equation which will be read by folks selected by a random draw at the conference. We look forward to connecting with community theatres from all over western Ontario and getting to know them better. Community theatre is strong in this province and it gives voice to many plays with productions that involve large portions of the community. We are grateful to these theatres for giving our shows life on the stage.
SCOTT COMPILES AND DIRECTS THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET FOR SMILE THEATRE
Scott is excited to work with Smile Theatre again this season, compiling and directing a revue show of songs and sketches about overcoming life’s challenges. The show will tour Ontario seniors’ facilities from April 24th to June 30th. We have a fantastic cast of two and a great creative team. If you want to find out more about Smile Theatre … you can click here.
COMPULSION COMES TO THE TORONTO FRINGE THIS SUMMER
My latest musical Compulsion will be coming to the Toronto Fringe this summer. Pete and I are co-producing the piece. In an effort to ensure that artists are fairly compensated (for the Fringe enforces a maximum ticket price of $11 and only has 7 shows in smaller venues), a fundraising campaign has been started to bring the highest quality show possible to the Fringe. The fundraising started last week and has already brought in almost 20% of its goal. Thanks to those who have already participated in the campaign. Those who donate will get updates, inside information, access to the script and casting announcements before anyone else. Auditions are coming up and we will be sharing some exciting news about the show in the upcoming months. If you want to be part of the excitement of bringing new musical theatre to life, click here
Compulsion will play in Toronto in July. Here’s another sneak peek video which is best heard with headphones on so you can hear the imbedded “secret” layers. The trailer features a gentle folky underscore that plays under a taut monologue in the piece that changes one of the character’s life forever. To see the video click here.
MEET STAR CANADIAN PLAYWRIGHTS
For those readers in Toronto, there is a fantastic new initiative where well known Canadian playwrights will read from their work and then be interviewed for the Play Me Podcast series. The next event features Judith Thompson and will be happening on March 15th. Tickets are a modest $15 and it is a chance to get up close and personal with the cream of the crop of writers for the stage. To listen to other podcasts in the series, go to www.playmepodcast.com
WESTERN READERS IN EDMONTON HAVE A WEEK TO TAKE IN THIS FUN PRODUCTION
I promised in the last blog that I would mention some western shows, and the production of Mamma Mia in Edmonton at the Citadel Theatre has been getting great reviews. We have friends in this show and I can assure you that you will come out singing and smiling. For information on tickets, click here.
LUNCHBOX THEATRE OFFERS GREAT ENTERTAINMENT
For those of you in Calgary who saw Newfoundland Mary, there is another fantastic show at Lunchbox Theatre written by our friend Melody Johnson called Miss Caledonia. It is a story about dreams and hopes, and it features a live musician. This show is being co-produced with Smile Theatre and will tour to seniors’ facilities after its run at Lunchbox Theatre. Check it out. For information on tickets click here.
As you can see, spring is a busy time for us and we are so very grateful for the opportunities. We hope that wherever you are reading this blog that the weather is getting warmer and that you find yourself motivated to spring into action and take in some artistic activity near you. We sign off with a photo taken at a fun exhibit at the Toronto International Film Festival building that literally let us put ourselves into a work of art. Wishing you all the best from …
Fenton & White