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The cast of West Moon at the Roxy Theatre on Monday, February 3, 2020 in Owen Sound, Ont. The Owen Sound Little Theatre production runs Feb. 6-8 and Feb. 12-15. Rob Gowan/The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network

West Moon – ACT’s Next Play Auditions

ACT (a community theatre) is going to stage an engaging drama in late October at the Watermark Theatre. It’s West Moon by Al Pittman. Set in the graveyard of a Newfoundland outport which is being abandoned as part of the province’s resettlement strategy in the mid-1960s, this play bears an uncanny connection with the graveyard scene of ACT’s first production, Our Town. It also resembles the Charlottetown Festival’s production of Spoon River. The characters are dead. Once a year, on All Hallows Night, they have consciousness again; they recall their lives, and yearn to know what is happening in their village and in the lives of their families and friends.
It is a play of issues — of mortality and legacy, of comfortable tradition versus fresh opportunity, of the fabric of community … but its passionate dialogue is punctuated with gentle humour.
The themes will resonate with Prince Edward Island’s own experiences, past and current — the 1970s pain of consolidating rural schools and the hospital system, the current push-pull controversy around municipal amalgamation, nostalgia for small-community life versus the impulse to get services and modern conveniences, and jobs.
There’s a good variety of parts: 2 old women, 4 middle-aged men, an elderly man, a young man, a mid-30s woman, a pre-teen girl, and a narrating ‘voice’.  Rehearsals will start at the end of June and get going in earnest in late August.
Auditions — using select readings from the script — will be held (by appointment) at the Fox & Crow, on June 17 & 18.
For information and/or audition appointment: 902-628-6778; robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca


June 17, 2023
June 18, 2023
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