AGM-2014

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Smiths Falls Community Theatre Foundation
Annual General Meeting
Monday, May 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Smiths Falls Community Theatre Foundation on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The meeting will be held at the Station Theatre, 53 Victoria Avenue, Smiths Falls in the Pat Smith Performance Centre.

The Smiths Falls Community Theatre is a vibrant organization that has turned the old CPR station into a wonderful venue for live theatrical events, musical performances, film screenings and an inviting location for meetings and receptions, furthering the development of the arts and cultural environment of Smiths Falls and the surrounding area.

All interested parties are invited to attend. Financial statements for the 2013 fiscal year will be presented as well as a review of the past year’s activities.

The Smiths Falls Community Theatre is currently seeking several new board members to fill vacancies left by the retirement of some long-standing members of the Board of Directors. Interested parties should contact Pauline Aunger by email at paulineaunger@gmail.com

Questions or inquiries can be directed by email to
thestationtheatre@gmail.com
or by calling the Station Theatre at 613-283-0300 (leave a message).

Thank you for your on-going support of The Station Theatre.

Sincerely,

Angela Quinn
Secretary, Smiths Falls Community Theatre Foundation

Playwright Ludwig and the Three Musketeers

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

With rehearsals for The Three Musketeers in full swing at the Station Theatre getting ready for opening night on April 25, we thought you might be interested to hear from playwright Ken Ludwig about the play and what prompted him to write it.

 

 

The Three Musketeers runs April 25, 26, and May 1, 2, 3 @ 7:30
and Sunday April 27 & May 4 @ 2:00 pm

Thursday May 1 is “Bring a Youth to Theatre” night. Purchase a regular price Adult Ticket for the May 1st performance and get a Child/Student ticket for the May 1st performance FREE. (No exchanges).

This is an entertaining, fun and action packed production that is an ideal way to introduce young people to live theatre.

Click here for ticket information.

2014 Season Announced

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Now Available until Feb 1, 2014

You can now purchase a “Season Ticket” for the 2014 season. This season ticket comes in the form of a “Six-Pack Flex Pack”. You can select how you want to use your six vouchers to purchase tickets to any of our six shows in the 2014 season.

The Six-Pack Flex Pack is just $99

Click Here for all the details


 

The Smiths Falls Community Theatre is pleased to announce our 2014 Season.

We have a great lineup of productions for your enjoyment throughout the year.

Here’s what’s coming down the tracks at the Station Theatre!

Feb 13th – 23rd
Funny Money by Ray Cooney
A rollicking farce – not to be missed

 

April 25th – May 4th

Three Musketeers by Ken Ludwig
A swashbuckling tale of heroism & honour

 

June 12th – 22nd

Looking by Norm Foster
High romance and contagious laughter

 

August 14th – 24th

Railway Children by Paul Bexon
A heart-warming musical for all

 

Oct 16th – Oct 26th

Educating Rita by Willy Russell
A funny, thought-provoking take on “education”

 

Dec 4th – Dec 14th

Jack & the Beanstalk, a “Panto” – by Ben Crocker
Holiday fun for the whole family

 


Now Available until Feb 1, 2014

You can now purchase a “Season Ticket” for the 2014 season. This season ticket comes in the form of a “Six-Pack Flex Pack”. You can select how you want to use your six vouchers to purchase tickets to any of our six shows in the 2014 season.

The Six-Pack Flex Pack is just $99

Click Here for all the details

Future Planning for The Station Theatre

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Smiths Falls Community Theatre has recently begun Strategic Planning Sessions with Victoria Steele, a theatre management consultant from Ottawa. Ms. Steele has had extensive experience in theatrical management ranging from a small town theatre like our own in Gravenhurst Ontario to working at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

The first session was held on Sunday October 20th on the stage at the Station Theatre. Seven members of our theatre board as well as four other interested people from our community of volunteers met from noon until 5:00 pm to set the groundwork for the Strategic Planning process.

Those of you who took the time to respond to our survey have been a big help in this process. Your thoughtful answers and comments gave us a good idea of what we are doing right and where we can improve.

We learned several interesting things at the first session.

  1. The Station Theatre is responsibly managed by the Board.
  2. Our financial status is good.
  3. We have a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors.
  4. We have talented actors who enjoy performing at the theatre.
  5. We provide a safe environment for all of our actors and backstage volunteers who devote countless hours sharing their talents for the community at large.
  6. We provide high quality and enjoyable entertainment for the public.

The one thing that struck Ms. Steele above anything else is that we have an over 90% satisfaction rating from our survey respondents. She said that she has never seen that high a rating in all of her years in theatre management. “You should all be extremely proud of what you have accomplished”, she added.

Does that mean we can sit back and rest on our laurels? No, there are lots of ways we can improve. Some suggestions have already been acted on. You’ll find more seating in the lobby for pre-show and intermission chatting. We’ll be announcing subscription packages for our 2014 season very soon. These are just a couple of items we can tick off our list easily. The rest will take a bit more time and planning. But rest assured – The Station Theatre has an even brighter future ahead.

We have two more session in November with our consultant. From those sessions we will have a Strategic Plan for the foreseeable future for The Station Theatre.

We would like to thank Valley Heartland for their support in providing some of the funding for these planning sessions.

 

2013 Station Theatre Survey

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Survey 2013: An Invitation to our valued audiences, patrons, volunteers and performers

Founded in 1999, the Smiths Falls Community Theatre is a vibrant non-profit volunteer community organization dedicated to the provision of high quality live theatrical and other artistic experiences for adults and children in the Town of Smiths Falls and the surrounding area.   After a decade of dreaming and hard work, in 2010 we opened our new home at The Station Theatre, a unique converted CPR train station.  Now, we are turning our vision toward the future.

You have been a part of the Smiths Falls Community Theatre, who now operates The Station Theatre, either by your generous donations, loyal attendance, volunteer hours or talented performances over these years. In recognition that we value your perspective, we invite you to take about 15 minutes for this confidential survey to share your thoughts.  Please click here:

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/Smithsfallstheatre/

As a thank you at the end of the survey, you may choose to enter your name into a draw for a voucher for two tickets to the show of your choice between now and December 2014!

Thank you very much for sharing your views with us!

Board of Directors, Smiths Falls Community Theatre   (operating The Station Theatre)

What Do We Mean By “Mature” Theme

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

We have heard that some people have expressed a concern about the “mature theme” description we have added to the publicity about The Game, one of the Trio of One Act Plays opening this week at The Station Theatre.

If you are shying away from attending these three fine plays because of the “mature” designation, please don’t let that stop you. There is no sex, no violence and no bad language in this play. You’ll see and hear far worse any night on television.

The Game is a short morality play that was written in the early 1900′s. It’s two main characters are “Death” and “Life”, who try to determine the fate of a “Youth” and “The Girl” by rolling dice and moving their playing pieces around a game board. Director Tim Bisaillon chose the play because he felt that it had relevance for today’s society and especially young people (three of the four actors are teens).

At one point the “Youth” mentions suicide and that is dealt with in a subsequent brief few lines. The play ends with a relatively satisfactory conclusion and leaves the audience with food for thought (after all, isn’t that what playwrights, actors and audiences usually want from theatre).

Sixteen actors, three directors and the backstage crew have worked many hours to bring our theatre patrons some thought-provoking (The Game), touching and heart-warming (Plum Hollow) and hilarious (Erica & Me) theatre. Don’t miss it!

Tickets are available for all performances HERE!

 

Volunteers Needed

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Volunteers are the lifeblood of community theatres everywhere and we are no exception.

Producers, directors and actors and actresses are the first to come mind, but there are lots of other skills that we need to run a successful theatre.

Technical people are always in demand. For instance, we are in need of people to run our projection system to show the movies we feature at the Station Theatre. It involves loading a DVD and making sure the audio is working. Then dimming the lights and pressing play. Then sit back and enjoy the film. Not hard, but we need several people who know how to do this and are willing to commit to being there when needed.

Backstage craftspeople are need for set building, painting and cleanup after a show. Seamstresses and hair and makeup people are required for every show we put on.

Wanna help? Just call us at 613-283-0300 and leave a message or click the Contact Us link above and send us an email.

Thanks for your support!

The Board of the Smiths Falls Community Theatre

Pollyanna A Sure-Fire Summer Hit

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Pollyanna, the summer musical production of the Smiths Falls Community Theatre, is set to take the stage.

Director Lynda Daniluk is working with a talented cast of nearly 40 actors and singers, as well as inventive costumers, set designers, builders, painters and dedicated sound and lighting crews, to bring you a delightful and heart-warming story that’s perfect for a summer afternoon or evening.

Here’s a short video of a rehearsal with Lynda, Sheila Jasiak as Aunt Polly and Valerie Brown in the title role of Pollyanna.

Video courtesy of Arranel Studios

Click Here for Tickets

Funniest Person in the Valley

Friday, July 5th, 2013

So you think you are funny, eh?  Then step into the spotlight that shines off the Ottawa River.

The 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival is proud to present THE FUNNIEST PERSON IN THE VALLEY CONTEST.  This is the chance for the funniest person in the Valley to perform and have an opportunity to win a spot at the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival, being held in Ottawa October 3-7 2013.

In conjunction with the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival, which will be calling Ottawa home in October 2013, this year’s Comedy Awards Festival is looking for the funniest person in the region.

Commencing in the summer of 2013, this live traveling show will be scouring the Ottawa Valley for the next great comic to come out of the Valley – following in the footsteps of such funny Ottawa area natives including Rich Little, Dan Aykroyd, Norm McDonald, Tom Green, Mike McDonald, Jon Dore, Jessica Holmes, Matthew Perry and more.

Contests will take place in eight venues across the region.

 

Petawawa Civic Centre                                                                        Thursday, July 25

Finnegan’s Roadhouse, Renfrew                                                  Thursday, August 1

East Side Mario’s, Arnprior                                                              Thursday, August 8

Smiths Falls Station Theatre                                                              Thurs. August 22

Yuk Yuk’s, Ottawa                                                                         summer 2013

Yuk Yuk’s at the Prescott Summer Comedy Competition           (see website for dates and times)
 
Semi Finals
Festival Hall Centre for the Arts, Pembroke                                    Sunday, September 29

 

Finals
Yuk Yuk’s, Ottawa                                                                        Wednesday, October 2

All shows begin at 8 p.m.

Two winners from each venue will advance to compete at the semi-finals in Pembroke at Festival Hall Centre for the Arts prior to the Canadian Comedy Awards Festival on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
 
Six semi finalists will then advance to the Finals at Yuk Yuk’s in Ottawa on October 2, 2013.
 
These semi finalists will receive ONE All-Access Festival pass to attend the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival.

 

One online winner will go directly to the finals at Yuk Yuk’s October 2.  This will be available ONLY to people who reside in the Ottawa Valley area and cannot make the live dates and they must show proof of Ottawa Valley Citizenship.
 
The Grand Prize Winner named ‘Funniest Person in the Valley’ will receive ONE All-Access Festival pass to attend the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival, accommodation in Ottawa during the Festival, $250.00 and will be invited to perform at the “Ottawa Show” as part of the Awards Festival programming on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Centrepointe Theatre..

All live contest shows will be hosted by Rick Wharton (Second City alumnus and two time Canadian Comedy Award nominee), best known for his character “The Conspiracy Guy” on SPACE: The Imagination Station.

Rick Currie, who hails from Ottawa, is one of the country’s funniest comics and a familiar face from Yuk Yuk’s, Absolute Comedy, Just for Laughs, Comedy Now and is currently a writer for the Rick Mercer Report.  He will headline each live show.

For more information or to apply to be part of The Funniest Person in the Valley Contest please visit online at www.canadiancomedy.ca.  or in person at any of the participating venues.

Two Opening Acts Added to Lowrie Concert

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

We are pleased to let you know that two local opening acts have been added to the Classical Guitarist James Lowrie Concert on Saturday June 22.

Jovian Sound

Jovian Sound is a high school band that is hoping to make their living off playing music. The band is planning on releasing an album in the near future and won 2nd place in the 2012 Lanark’s My Town’s Got Talent contest.

 

 

 

 

John McLean

John McLean was born and raised in Smiths Falls.  At age 12, he began to play the guitar and very soon afterwards started writing songs.  He moved to Montreal to attend university, and then to Ottawa to complete a master’s degree, all the while continuing to play the guitar and record original songs. John currently lives and works in Ottawa with his wife, and frequently writes and records music.

Beginning in 2008, John began performing at local Ottawa open mic stages and entering song writing contests with CBC Radio. John performs mostly acoustic music, still using the guitar he received when he was 12 years old.

Don’t miss this great night of music at the Station Theatre.The concert begins at 7:30

Tickets are available at the door for $10.00 (no reserved seating) Students with ID – $5.00