AUDITIONS – “Halfway There”

Welcome to the small town of Stewiacke (stoo-ee-ack), Nova Scotia – a town whose claim to fame is that they are located halfway between the Equator and the North Pole.
There’s no such thing as a secret in Stewiacke. Not when the gossips meet for coffee every day at the local diner. Vi, Rita, Mary Ellen, and Janine are all as close as can be, and they know everybody’s business. But when Sean, a heartbroken doctor, moves in to take a temporary job at the clinic, he tips the Maritime town off its axis.
What follows is a month of lessons learned for all, through hilarity, tears and the bonds of unshakeable friendship. Sugar and spice and everything nice…with a dash of Maritime salt! Halfway There is a feel-good theatrical experience that will keep you smiling long after you leave the theatre.

Characters (Cast of 5)
Janine Babineau: mid to late 30’s – attractive, honest, straight forward, down to earth (what you see is what you get). Not shallow or flirty.
Sean Merrit: 42 – Good looking and knows it, but not conceited. Playful, determined, confident…but geniune.
Vi, Rita and Mary Ellen: all are 50-60 years old. Janine’s dearest friends. These ladies are the heart and the comedy.

When are the Auditions?
Thursday, January 12, 2023 – 7pm to 9pm
Saturday, January 14, 2023 – 11am to 1pm
**There will be no callbacks, so be sure to bring your A-game to the auditions.

Where are the Auditions?
Heritage Hall, Multipurpose Room
12460 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2J5

Production Run Dates:
March 2 to 5, 2023 in Pitt Meadows
March 10 to 12, 2023 in Maple Ridge
Cast will also need to be available March 1, 7 and 8 for load in/dress rehearsal at the respective venues.
Venues have been secured, but will be announced at a later date.

Additional Information:

  • Please let us know if you require a specific audition time, otherwise auditions will be first come-first served.
  • Auditions will consist of reading sides from the script.
  • Please come prepared with a list of any dates you may not be available to rehearse. The calendar can be adjusted at the beginning of the rehearsal process if selected performers have minor conflicts – but once we finalize based on casting, there will be no further changes – so be sure to let us know now.
  • The performance will require some actors to execute simple dance steps (waltz – Sean & Janine). Dance experience not required, but it would be an asset.
  • The first read-through will be Sunday morning, January 15 at 11am. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30 to 9:30 and Sundays from 11am to 3pm. (subject to change)
    Not all actors will be needed for every rehearsal.
  • We are a theatre CLUB. Everyone involved is expected to be a team player and pitch in where needed, whenever reasonable, including but not limited to loading in and out of the venues.
  • This is a Non-Equity, Community Theatre Production. All cast must become members of Emerald Pig Theatrical Society. Membership is $10, or $20 for a family (must reside at the same address) – the fee is payable at the first rehearsal.

If you require additional information please contact the Director, Angela Bell, at halfwaythere2023@gmail.com.

The Program

Welcome to the show! Bard on the Bandstand and Emerald Pig Theatrical Society present As You Like It, by William Shakespeare.
Thank you for coming. Here is the online version of our Program, so you can learn more about everyone who participated in making this show a success!
On the last page you will find a list of our generous sponsors and financial supporters (or see them listed below). We would like to thank them sincerely for their much-needed assistance, and we invite you to thank them on our behalf by giving them your business when you need the services they provide.
We are so glad you’re here! Please enjoy the show!!

Thank you!

Many thanks to the ACT Arts Council for the Partner Grant Award they have given us towards production of this FREE show for the community. Emerald Pig and Bard on the Bandstand thanks you sincerely for your generosity.

Emerald Pig in the news…

Thank you so much to Colleen Flanagan and the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News!
“As You Like It” opens Thursday, July 14 at Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows!
Follow the link below to read the article – and we will see you at the show!

Maple Ridge theatrical group serves up As You Like It for this summer’s Bard – Maple Ridge News

Photo by Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News

And another article on our upcoming production, this one features our musical accompaniment, provided by the Peter Tam Quartet.

Peter Tam on piano and vocals, Eduardo De La Vega on drums, Kyle Windjack on bass, and Jennifer De La Vega on trumpet and vocals.

Quartet brings 1920s live music to Bard on the Bandstand – Maple Ridge News

Show opens July 14, 2022 at Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows. Hope to see you there! 🎭❤️

Peter Tam

Audition Sides for “As You Like It”

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Challenger

Below you will find the Cast of Characters for our upcoming auditions. Click on the character name to download the Audition Side.

We can’t wait to meet you – break a leg!

Orlando de Boys, youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys

Oliver de Boys, Orlando’s eldest brother

Adam, servant to Oliver, friend to Orlando

Rosalind, daughter of Duke Senior

Celia, cousin to Rosalind, daughter of Duke Frederick

Touchstone, a court fool

Duke Frederick, the usurper

Charles, a wrestler at Duke Frederick’s court

Le Beau, a courtier at Duke Frederick’s court

Duke Senior, exiled ruler, Duke Frederick’s older brother

Jaques, Lord attending Duke Senior

Hymen, God(ess) of marriage

Corin, a Shepherd

Silvius, a young shepherd

Phoebe, a shepherdess

Various Lords, attendants and musicians

For the Audition information (dates, location, etc.) click here.

If you require additional information please contact the Director, Simon Challenger, at schallenger@shaw.ca.

Audition Announcement!

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Challenger

Welcome to the Roaring ’20’s. Duke Frederick has usurped his brother, Duke Senior. He and his gang have taken over the Duchy and he’s opened the Speakeasy, a place with few rules, lots of illicit liquor, music and dancing. Wrestling matches and other spectacles are part of the entertainment. Duke Senior, meanwhile, has escaped with a few of his loyal supporters and lives in the Forest of Arden where he can hide from Duke Frederick. Duke Senior has set up his own still operation and makes moonshine for the local inhabitants, an offbeat group of yokels going about their business. Rosalind is Duke Senior’s daughter, best friend to Celia, Duke Frederick’s daughter. She’s still at the Speakeasy but she falls out of favour with Duke Frederick because she is taken with Orlando, the son of Sir Rowland de Boys, who was banished along with Duke Senior. She’s exiled under pain of death. Along with Celia, Rosalind flees to the Forest of Arden. They bring along the court fool, Touchstone. Orlando is also forced to flee for his life after he defeats Duke Frederick’s champion in a wrestling match. In order to protect herself, Rosalind disguises herself as a young man, Ganymede. While in disguise as Ganymede, Rosalind meets up with Orlando but can’t reveal her identity to him. Mayhem, confusion and mistaken identity ensue, but all is well in the end as everything is resolved and order is restored.

When are the Auditions?
Saturday, March 12, 2022 – 12pm to 5pm
Sunday, March 13, 2022 – 12pm to 4pm
*Actors who are concerned about in-person auditions may contact the director for a Zoom appointment.
Callbacks by invitation, Date TBA

Where are the Auditions?
Maple Ridge Leisure Centre
11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6G2
Covid Protocols remain in place at this time.

Production Run Dates:
July 14 through 16, 2022 in Pitt Meadows
July 21 through 23, 2022 in Maple Ridge

Additional Information:

  • Please let us know if you require a specific audition time, otherwise auditions will be first come-first served.
  • Please come prepared with a list of any dates you may not be available to rehearse.
  • No experience with Shakespeare necessary! We’ll provide you with plenty of assistance to better understand and deliver your lines.
  • The performance will require some actors to execute simple dance steps and sing as part of an ensemble. Musicians will perform on stage during the performances.
  • Rehearsals will commence on April 5. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6pm to 9pm, and Sunday afternoons 11am to 4pm. (subject to change)
  • This is a Non-Equity, Community Theatre Production.

If you require additional information please contact the Director, Simon Challenger, at schallenger@shaw.ca.

One Night Only!

A Night of the Macabre

Join us for an evening of 3 short, small cast, socially distanced plays, set at 3 different locations within walking distance from each other. Directed by Simon Challenger.

Admission by donation. Thanks for your support of the arts in our community!

Take in 1 or attend all 3. See them in any order you like. The 3 shows will run simultaneously, and each will start again every 40 minutes, so there is no need to rush to the next showing.

The Telltale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe
See it at St. Andrew’s Heritage Church
22279 – 116th Avenue

In the Red Light, by Maurice Level
See it at Haney House
11612 – 224th Avenue

Slumach’s Gold and the Widow’s Curse, by CL Young
See it at the Maple Ridge Museum
22520 – 116th Avenue

“SUCH STUFF” Thanks for the Memories

SUCH STUFF was a wonderful success!

Thanks very much to everyone involved! Whether you worked behind the scenes, on stage, or were in the audience, we couldn’t have done it without you! Please enjoy these memories of the show, and many thanks to Christina Waschko for sharing her photos.

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