Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Emerald Piglets, and welcome to my blog! As the Year of the Pig draws to a close, I am reminded that the hog is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. In looking back on 2007, there were ups and downs as usual, but overall, it was a prosperous and exciting season for Emerald Pig. We met new actors, directors, crew, audiences and sponsors and I am richer for the experience of working, and playing, with you all!. We established a presence on Facebook (thanks to Aaron) and reinvented our website (thanks to Jeffrey).

Thinking back on our accomplishments, at this time last year, we were madly preparing for our Valentine show, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, directed by Joni Eros. Who will ever forget that full length sofa picture of Frank covered in rose petals? Too risqué even for the Times! It could only be topped by an entire ad campaign of naked actors hawking real estate in Glengarry Glen Ross, our zone festival production, directed by Aaron Davis. The production garnered critical acclaim at the festival in Surrey from adjudicator Steven Drover, who recognized the work with an Award of Merit to Chris Cope for his role as Williamson, and a special award for Creative Advertising to the production team of Kathleen Hatley and Sharon Malone. The day after festival closed, we started our most ambitious project to date - Bard on the Bandstand: As You Like It - and went from page to stage in 10 weeks! What a ride! Guided through the maze of thees and thous by master class instructor, Steven Drover, we brought 3 amazing nights of live theatre to the bandstand in July, and in the process raised over $500 and 800 lbs of food for the Friends in Need food bank. Bonds of friendship and alliances across club and zone boundaries were forged and strengthened. It was a magical experience that will never be forgotten.

With barely enough time to take a breath in August, the production team for Nunsensations: The Las Vegas Revue kicked its sequins into high gear! Under the direction of Ed Marshall and Peter Tam, the Little Sisters of Hoboken came alive at the end of November and showed Maple Ridge what singing nuns with a few feathers and a lot of glitter can really do! Practically simultaneously, Kerry Kierulf, John Stuart and Kathleen Hatley put an evening together in September called Two for Tea at the St. Andrew's Heritage Church, with two one-act plays, two actors and one playwright, Alan Bennett. They took Bed Among the Lentils to Kelowna for TheatreBC's Actoberfest, where Kerry won Best Actress and John, Best Director. We had nary a break over Christmas, with the Ham Awry improv troupe, Aaron Davis' brainchild, performing at community Christmas functions for the Citizens on Patrol and the Maple Ridge Historical Society. Contact Aaron at narcan2k@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining this subsidiary of Emerald Pig or would like some entertainment at your next business or social function.

We are now gearing up for our last two productions of the season. This weekend we will audition and cast David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre, directed by Cathie Young, which will take to the main stage of the ACT on April 10-12. Also coming up in April are auditions for the next Bard on the Bandstand extravaganza, The Taming of the Shrew, directed by John Stuart. This year's Bard will be presented at 2 locations - the bandstand at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, July 17 - 20, and the following weekend, July 24 - 27, on the bandstand in Maple Ridge. Both shows are free and with your donation of a nonperishable food item, will help the food banks in both communities! Don't miss this opportunity to see an amazing show!

And don't forget that your annual membership fee of $10 helps support each and every production. You can also choose to donate additional tax-deductible funds (any amount) to support a specific production or the whole season. Contact me at emeraldpig@theatrebc.org or John Stuart, the treasurer, at johnstuart@shaw.ca for further information on donations and sponsorships. Don't forget that as a benefit of membership, all Emerald Pig members receive the discount price on show tickets - you don't even have to be a senior! 

Hope to see you all at the play reading on January 13th at 1 pm in the Art Workshop at the Pitt Meadows Family Rec Centre. We'll be reading selections from a number of plays proposed for next season. Come and find out why Emerald Pig puts the "U" in commUnity theatre!



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