STUDIO 54 DRAMA GROUP
Next Meeting is Thurs., March 15th 1:00 - 3:00
STUDIO 54 ( The Drama Group) consists of members who enjoy drama, whether from a chair in the audience or from the stage. The highlights of our year include: attending a theatre production downtown of a play we have read and discussed together; warming things up at Winter Warmth in mid - January, and celebrating Shakespeare's birthday in April.
Studio 54 meets from 1:30 to 3:30 on the first and third Thursdays of most months . We welcome all new members who have an interest in drama.
Recently we have been reading and discussing John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mulligan. We are enthusiastically anticipating the RMTC production of the play during the annual Master Playwright's Festival. We will attend this production on a variety of days in February to accommodate group members' travel plans.
There will be no meetings of Studio 54 in February as that is our "theatre outing" month. The meeting scheduled for March 1st will be cancelled because of travel plans in our group. Our next meetings will be at 1:00 - 3:00 on Thursday, March 15th and April 5th.
At that time, a wide selection of Shakespearean readings will be made avail-able to the group on the topic: Maidens, Marriage and Murder. Please consider bringing your Shakespeare anthology along to the meetings in order to refer to personal favourites. Looking forward!
At the March meeting, we will also begin choosing our springtime Shakespearean readings on the topic Maidens, Marriage and Murder. A wide ranging selection of scripts has been prepared by your coordinators and will be available for you at the meeting. Please consider bringing your Shakespeare anthology along, too, in order to refer to personal favourites. The excitement is mounting!
In February, Studio 54 had the opportunity to attend a production of John Patrick Shanley's play Outside Mulligan, part of this year's Master Playwright Festival. We look forward to sharing our impressions of the production at our next meeting, Thurs., March 15 1:00 - 3:00. (Our March 1st meeting has been cancelled because of members' travels.)
December 2017/January 2018
Our next two meetings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Thursday, Jan. 18 (both from 1:00 sharp to 3:00). We will be reading and discussing John Patrick Shanley's play Outside Mullingar, the cornerstone production of this year's Master Playwright's Festival. Scripts will be provided, compliments of RMTC. If curious, please join us!
Our winter highlight will be to attend a matinee of Outside Mullingar in February at the Warehouse Theatre.
We meet next after the Christmas Market, on Thursday, November 16 from 1:00-3:00. We have completed our reading of one of Canada's most popular plays, Billy Bishop Goes to War.
Next, we will view and discuss the excellent NFB documentary The Kid Who Couldn't Miss. This video combines historical footage about Billy Bishop's life, excerpts from performances of the musical and the controversy about Bishop's exploits.
We are also making plans to attend Patrick Shanley's play Outside Mullingar at the Warehouse Theatre during the February Master Playwright Festival.
Join us and put a little morecomedy and drama in your life!
Our first meetings of the new season will be held on Thurs., Oct. 5 and 19, 1:00-3:00 pm. We will begin planning our trip to The Warehouse Thea-tre to see Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar during the February Mas-ter Playwright Festival.
We will also begin our fall drama activities with a tribute to Can-ada's 150th anniversary. Billy Bishop Goes to War is one of the most celebrated and most performed Canadian plays. With its look back to the famous flying ace of 1914 through the eyes of 2017, it provides an opportunity to celebrate and to critique Canadian nationalism. The play's singular tone of sobriety mingled with laughter cre-ates an entertaining and thoughtful dra-matic experience. We look forward to plunging in and hope you will join us!
Our first fall meetings will be held on Thurs., Oct. 5 and 19, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. We meet on the first and third Thursdays of most months be-tween October and April. We extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us in reading and discussing plays. Great acting skills are not required! We are also realistically flexible about working around members' travel and family commitments.
The first play we will be reading and discussing this fall is John Gray and Eric Peterson's Billy Bishop Goes to War. It is being performed by Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto this season and will also serve as our own tribute to Canada's 150th anniversary. Copies of the play will be provided.
Later in the fall, we will read Irish play-wright John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullin-gar. We are looking forward to our annual outing in February to see this play pro-duced at The Warehouse Theatre during the Master Playwright Festival. MTC has gener-ously made several copies of the play available for our use. Information about tickets will be provided at the October 5th meeting.
Those interested in seeing National Theatre Plays at Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg (formerly SilverCity Polo Park) might note the following performances: Follies Nov. 16, Young Marx Dec. 17, Hamlet (encore) Mar. 1, and Julius Caesar Mar. 22.