An Evening of One-Act Plays sets the stage for EODL Festival.
For theatre goers, one-act plays are rare, tantalizing theatrical delicacies. In a cluster of two or more, one-acts provide an enticing assortment of dramatic experiences in a single evening.
That's the idea behind An Evening of One-Act Plays, opening October 24th at the Studio Theatre in Perth. It's also a preview of an exciting event coming to town. More about that in a minute...
An Evening of One-Act Plays begins with Linda McCready's short play Mr. Philbin, about an aging artist whose arthritic hands can no longer hold a brush. In his frustration, he alienates his son and his support workers, until he meets Melissa, who helps him reconnect with the world. The play is directed by Annie West, and stars Grey Masson, Garrett Piper, and Grace Poltrack.
The second play is Patricia Clapp's A Candle On The Table, a poignant drama about three elderly women in a senior citizens' home. Over lunch, the three relive their pasts in memories, some happy, some sad, some bittersweet. The play is directed by Adam Pelletier, and stars Janet Rice, Danielle Turner, Joanna McCauley Treffers, and Juli Heney.
Finally, David P. Temple's Trade Secrets, a very brief, very funny romantic comedy involving a conversation between about a Master Baker and a Muffin Maker. Sexual innuendoes hint at the intimacy they both long for. Trade Secrets is directed by Patti Greer and stars Guy Newsham and Juli Heney.
An Evening of One-Act Plays runs at the Studio Theatre October 24, 25 & 26 at 7:30 pm and October 27 at 2 pm. Advance tickets are $24 at Tickets Please (613-485-6434; ticketsplease.ca) and at the theatre box office on show nights. Students with ID pay just $10 at the door. Save $5 opening night.
As mentioned above, An Evening of One-Act Plays is a preview of the Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival, hosted this year by Perth's own Studio Theatre, Nov. 8 - 10. This prestigious annual competition features one-act plays performed by some of Eastern Ontario's finest theatre groups. Mr. Philbin and A Candle On The Table will be the Studio Theatre's entries in the Festival. Festival tickets go on sale October 15th, and will likely sell out quickly. Full ticket information will be available soon at studiotheatreperth.com.
Article by Paul Joyce / Photos by Terry Boyd
(L to R) Grace Poltrack, Garrett Piper, and Grey Masson star in Mr. Philbin.
Janet Rice and Joanna McCauley Treffers star in A Candle On The Table.
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September 26, 2019
Think outside the box with Perth Union Library’s new STEAM Boxes & Literacy Kits
The Perth & District Union Public Library is launching two exciting new projects! The library has created STEAM boxes and Literacy Kits that children can take home and use with their families in order to encourage and support learning together.
There are 5 STEAM boxes that contain materials, book suggestions, and activity ideas to encourage exploration of STEAM concepts; the toolboxes that house the kits were donated by Perth Home Hardware Home Building Centre. STEAM education is learning through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math and engages children’s creative and critical thinking skills through practical challenges and tinkering projects.
The Literacy Kits are kid-sized backpacks filled with research-based activities to support specific skills essential to building literacy strength. “Literacy doesn’t need to be scary,” says Ketsia Snider, the children’s librarian, “my hope is that these kits equip families with activities that make learning fun.” These grab-and-go packs are themed around phonics concepts such as letter knowledge, comprehension, and rhyming.
“Our hope is that by providing these STEAM boxes and Literacy Kits, we can provide children with access to tools and skills that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to encounter;” explains Ketsia Snider, “these kits allow children to explore a world of ideas and to develop new skills which they can apply throughout their lives. I want to encourage children to explore, grow, and think outside the box!”
To learn more about the services and programs offered by each library, visit or www.perthunionlibrary.ca.
Homespun wit and wisdom are at the heart of Ed's Garage.
Anyone who's ever heard a Farmer's Daughter joke knows that the differences between the country and the city are fertile ground for humour. When rural rubs up against urban, friendly gibes sprout like snap peas in springtime.
Ed's Garage, Premiering September 19th at the Studio Theatre, is a funny, insightful and heartwarming comedy by Dan Needles, creator of the beloved Wingfield Farm series. Here we meet Ed Hargreaves, a retired farmer-turned-mechanic who has a gift for helping people solve their troubles using what he calls "garage therapy". In Ed's world there's no problem that can't be talked out or tinkered away in the course of an oil change or a carburetor adjustment. But when a big city psychotherapist with actual credentials opens her practice in the cottage next door, the fur -- and the fun -- starts flying.
Award-winning theatre director Carolee Mason was attracted to the play by its wonderful heart and humor, and its underlying message. "Ed's Garage is about folk wisdom in a stressful and changing world," she says. "Country folk will relate to Ed's insights, while city dwellers will discover a new way of looking at themselves. Both will find meaning beyond the stereotypes".
Ed's Garage stars Rob Glas as Ed, plus Justin Lackey, Brent Maguire, and Natasha Lackey.
Ed's Garage premieres at the Studio Theatre September 19th for eight shows. Advance tickets are $24 at Tickets Please (613-485-6434; ticketsplease.ca) and at the Studio Theatre box office on show nights. Please visit studiotheatreperth.com for complete details.
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Children learn self-defense and grappling skills which lead to gaining confidence and getting in shape. As well as skills training there are also self-improvement requirements that must be met to be eligible to test for belts.
One of the recently added kids programs is for 4-5 year olds. The half hour class focuses on movement and having fun, all wrapped up in some Jiu-Jitsu techniques.
The adult program has both men and women training in a safe environment. Learning self-defense and getting in better shape is great, but what really draws in students is the camaraderie that is found. Perth BJJ is part of the Carlos Machado Association.
Coach Dave has trained many times with 8th-degree black belt Master Carlos Machado, one of the first BJJ pioneers that came to America in 1990.
For more information visit thier website. https://www.perthbjj.com/ or their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/perthBJJ/
The Perth BIA has received a grant from Digital Main Street to fund a Digital Service Squad to help main street small businesses improve their online capabilities.
As part of Digital Main Street, the Perth BIA received a $10,000 grant to establish a Digital Service Squad to help small businesses in the downtown area enhance their use of digital tools and techniques to better promote and sell online. The squad will see a trained, online specialist visit and assist businesses at no cost.
Be Part of the Enthusiastic Perth BIA Team!
We have an exciting job opening for a Digital Service Squad Member. This is a contract position that must be completed by March 2020. Salary is $8500 and the position offers flexible work hours.
Downtown Perth is currently seeking an enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing qualified candidate for the position of “Digital Service Squad Coordinator”. Digital Main Street is a program that supports the growth of Main St. businesses by making the adoption of digital tools and new technology easy.
As the Digital Service Coordinator, you will be a key contributor to the success of the platform and the growth of our downtown businesses.
The focus of the role is to work one-on-one with main street businesses and provide the following services.
• Possess strong communications skills (written and verbal).
• Possess strong interpersonal and relationship building/relationship management skills.
• Possess excellent organizational and time management skills.
• Have experience in a marketing environment.
• Be able to work independently
• Be familiar with digital technologies for small business (e.g.: web, social media, e-commerce, etc.),
• Be able to use basic software and collaboration tools such as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
• Previous experience with online and offline marketing is considered a strong asset.
• Previous experience working with small businesses in BIAs is considered an asset.
For more information about the Digital Service Squad contract, please visit https://digitalmainstreet.ca/digital-service-squad-grant/
Please send a cover letter and resume, to BIA Coordinator Kari Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 31st at 5 pm.
Stewart Park Festival Hits Big Notes and Climate MiraclePosted on July 31, 2019
Main stage at 2019 Stewart Park Festival, Perth, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE
By MAGGIE M, Editor, Wedgee-in-Chief, theWedge.LIVE
I have never attended an event requiring a change of clothes within an hour of arrival. This Saturday in late July, I suspect was the hottest day on record for some time in Perth.
So I performed a private Houdini act in the front seat of my car, partially concealed by the sun reflectors against my windshield. I reappeared dry and refreshed to invest more time covering one of the “Top 100 Festivals in Ontario.”
46 degrees on the humidex did not stop the public from showing up at Perth’s ‘big one,’ the Stewart Park Festival. It was a weekend few of us will forget. Visitors seemed oblivious to an additional threat.
Staff kept a close eye on radar reports watching the movement of thunderstorms encircling the town. Evidently, they spared Perth from their wrath. This was a minor miracle.
“I am amazed at the resilience of people to have come up in this temperature,” Kari Clarke, head of Perth BIA, gushed while sipping lemonade backstage.
Meanwhile, a volunteer named Marcel traveled the grounds spritzing visitors with cool water–on consent. It was welcome relief–physical and comical–and too, a lifter of spirits for volunteers and staff.
Read More: : https://thewedge.live/2019/07/31/stewart-festival-hits-big-notes-and-climate-miracle/
SPRITZING : Marcel spritzing volunteers and staff backstage at 2019 Stewart Park Festival, Perth, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE