Have you ever wanted to be involved in community theatre? Ever had the urge to tread the boards, design a costume or put on stage makeup? Is theatre one of the things in your life that you have never tried because you were too shy or it was too intimidating?
Well, things are different with the Sooke Harbour Players. This community theatre group has been a mainstay in the local art community for 30 years. It has weathered many storms and continues to survive and go on with yet another production. Formerly known as Stagewest Players, the theatre group has performed everything from Oklahoma! twice, to Blythe Spirit in 1982, to Bye Bye Birdie, Steel Magnolias, Grease and scores of other well-known musical productions. They don’t limit themselves to musical theatre though, they have put on drama, comedy and some very successful dinner/theatre performances.
Now the Sooke Harbour Players want you.
It’s time to tick “theatre” off your bucket list. The Sooke Harbour Players need people to volunteer to become a marketing director, children’s director and director of sponsors. Plus they could always use people who want to make/alter costumes, do make up, act, sing, produce or do the myriad things involved in community theatre.
“We want new faces, new people, we want to open doors,” says president Bobbie-Jo Peterson. “We don’t want it to die, we want to make it more successful every year.”
Making the commitment to theatre is fun, educational, time-consuming and good for the soul. It feeds artistic tendencies and fuels creativity.
“It’s really a community within a community,” said Peterson. “If anyone has a proposal for a play we wouldn’t turn them away,” she said.
Auditions are currently being held for Alice In Wonderland, the theatre’s annual musical production. It’s an all kids’ musical theatre show and an opportunity for kids from five to 18 years of age, to get on stage and sing their hearts out. Auditions continue on May 26 and 27 at the loft upstairs at Evergreen Mall from 1 to 3 p.m. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute a capella song. For more information on this audition call Alison at 250-642-1086 or Johanne at 250-642-7088.
Peterson will be at the helm of the Sooke Harbour Players’ Annual General Meeting scheduled for June 23 at 6 p.m. at the Prestige. The gala evening will feature the Sookie Awards to honour the volunteers who make things happen in the theatre.
Peterson said she really wants to open it up to the public, and the awards are for fun, something to get people out to the event.
For more information on the Sooke Harbour Players go to: www.sookeharbourplayers.ca