News and Updates

Take our audience survey!

July 19, 2017 – Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 39th season is in full swing and we’re so pleased to see so many people attend the shows!

If you’ve attended one or more of our productions, we would greatly appreciate it if you would fill out a quick and simple survey. Simply click here for the link! This will help us in planning for future seasons and other special events. Your input is needed and appreciated!

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STF Looking for Summer Housing

April 11, 2017 – Every summer, The Stephenville Theatre Festival brings professional actors and technicians from across Canada. STF needs housing in our local community from mid-June to mid-August.

If you have an extra bedroom, basement suite or apartment that might be suitable for an adult actor or theatre technician, please get in touch with STF as soon as possible.

The more private the better, both for yourself and your guest. As long as the guests have their own bedroom, access to a kitchen and a bathroom, with some fridge and shelf space, they will be very happy.

And don’t forget: a negotiable weekly rent is paid for the use of your spare room. If you are interested, please contact the Stephenville Theatre Festival at 709-643-4982 or by emailing artisticdirectorstf@gmail.com. Thanks!

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STF Looking for Musicians, Production Personneljobs

March 29, 2017 – Stephenville Theatre Festival is currently seeking talented musicians and production personnel for the 2017 summer season.

We are currently seeking applicants who play one or more of the following instruments:
* Drums/Percussion – kit and other percussion instruments
* Base – electric and/or stand up
* Guitar
* Keyboard
* Reed instruments
* Horn Instruments

We are also currently looking for talented production personnel to join this year’s team in the areas of:
* Technical Direction
* Stage Management
* Sound Design and Operation
* Head of Wardrobe, Costume Design
* Head of Props
* General Production Assistants with skills in carpentry, set painting, lighting, and/or costume assistance

Please note that STF will be engaging a few student performers under the Canada Jobs Program. Students aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year are encouraged to apply.

Please forward your resume and area of interest/expertise to the following email address: artisticdirectorstf@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest!

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newLine-up announced for Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 39th Season

March 10, 2017 – It’s going to be an outrageously entertaining summer with Stephenville Theatre Festival! Running from July 14 to August 13, STF’s 39th season will include two popular musical theatre productions, a heartwarming Canadian play, an interactive musical for young audiences, a legendary rock ‘n’ roll dinner theatre presentation, as well as the popular An Evening With… series and the Gala.

“You are in for an amazing season of theatre full of music, dance, storytelling and a whole lot of fun. We look forward to making memories with you at STF,” said Heather Braaten, STF’s new Artistic Director.

We are thrilled to open this year’s season with the hilarious Broadway musical, Urinetown. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical can be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. 2017 could not be a more appropriate year to stage a play that is a funny musical satire of such topics as the legal system, politics, capitalism, and social irresponsibility.

“This show will blow you away when you see it on the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre Mainstage,” said Ms. Braaten. “The show is thought provoking while providing a wildly entertaining Broadway-style experience.”

The Marvelous Wonderettes will be our second Mainstage musical theatre production. This smash off-Broadway hit takes you back to the 1958 where we meet four delightful girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with well loved ’50s hits. In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform great songs from the ’60s at their 10-year reunion. A story about friendship and time passing, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this musical trip down memory lane!

For our full-length, non-musical play this season, we have selected a Canadian piece, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. Written by one of the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, Michel Tremblay, this play has been described as a theatrical love letter from a son to his mother. We are truly excited to bring this play to the Arts and Culture Centre’s more intimate Second Stage venue, as it comically and sentimentally explores the impact that each of us have on our families and the people closest to us.

This summer’s family show will be Cinderella – A Rat-ical Retelling. Playwright Mike Kenny has taken this classic fairy tale and turned it into a kitchen party romp for young people and for the young at heart! This adaptation of Cinderella is turned upside-down, as the story is told by the rats who dwell in the basement with their dear “Cinder.” The Arts and Culture Centre’s Second Space will be the perfect venue to share this work with our guests, as the performers will be able to immerse themselves in the audience with lively songs.

Get ready for some of the best rock ‘n’ roll music of all time! Rocket Man – the Music and the Life of Elton John explores the music of legendary performer Elton John and writing partner Bernie Taupin. We’ll travel through Elton’s career with selections from his most famous albums interspersed with a documentary-style accounts that have made Elton John one of the most famous and loved musicians of all time. Rocket Man contains beautifully arranged music, colourful costumes, lively choreography, and soaring harmonies. This dinner theatre presentation is possible thanks to a partnership with Stephenville’s Days Inn.

Additional Programming

We will be continuing the long-running An Evening With… series throughout the 2017 season in various venues around the Arts and Culture Centre. Every Wednesday night during the Festival, a local musician, band, or comedy troupe will be featured. The full series will be announced closer to the season opening.

Each of the productions housed in the Arts and Culture Centre will host one after-show Talk Back session with the cast and crew, to allow you to ask questions about the content and the process in each presentation, and provide you with a chance to socialize with the company.

Of course, no STF season would be complete without the always-popular Gala finale. Be sure to catch this special performance and enjoy the great talents of STF’s company members.

“With our new Artistic Director lining up such a wonderful and entertaining season, we can’t wait for area residents and visitors to see some of the finest performances this province and country has to offer,” said Elizabeth Brown, Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors. “We are also excited to welcome back our returning patrons, and we invite absolutely anybody who has yet to take in one of our performances to come out and see a show.”

For more information, please contact Ms. Brown at stfchair@gmail.com or 709-643-7977; or Christopher Vaughan, STF’s General Manager, at stfmanger@outlook.com.

Stephenville Theatre Festival is a not-for-profit charitable organization, registered through the Canada Revenue Agency. Founded in 1979 by Maxim Mazumdar, STF has continually enriched the economic and cultural fabric of the Bay St. George while becoming a major tourism draw for the area.

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adauditionsAudition Notice: Stephenville Theatre Festival 2017

March 6, 2017 – Stephenville Theatre Festival (STF) is currently casting for its 2017 summer season. Auditions will be held to engage the 2017 repertory company. Each performer in the company will be cast in two or three roles during the season.

Stephenville Theatre Festival is the longest-running professional theatre festival in Newfoundland and Labrador, operating since 1979. The company performs in rep in two spaces in the Stephenville Arts & Culture Centre, the 450 seat Main Stage and the 140 seat Stage 2. For more information about the festival, please visit http://www.stephenvilletheatrefestival.com/

Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: Stephenville Theatre Festival is committed to diverse, inclusive casting, and so welcomes submissions from artists of all backgrounds.

Eight 1/2 Week Contract: June 14-August 13, 2016.

Location of Contract: Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador

East Coast Auditions (St. John’s, Halifax, Corner Brook, Stephenville): Week of March 20 – 25

Artistic Director in attendance: Heather Braaten

We are seeking performers with strong acting, dancing and singing skills.

Please note that STF will be engaging a few student performers under the Canada Jobs Program. Students aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year are encouraged to apply.

Please prepare two (2) 32 bar contrasting musical selections, as well a contemporary monologue. Additionally, if you play an instrument that you can easily bring with you, please do so.

Please submit a brief letter of introduction along with labeled attachments of your headshot and resume. Include STF audition and your name in the subject line. Send to the following email: artisticdirectorstf@gmail.com

Casting all roles in the listed productions:

FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN – By Michel Trembley

The playwright’s homage to his colourful, down to earth mother who nurtured his imagination, his reclusive reading habits and his love for the theatre and the arts. In a compelling balance of humour and poignancy, Tremblay offers glimpses of himself and his mother at five different stages of their lives together.

Nana (Female 50 – 60) Bold, comedic, sensitive, down to earth

Narrator (Male 25-40) Artistic, sensitive, a playwright, nostalgic,

URINETOWN

Officer Lockstock: The tongue-in-cheek narrator of our story, he is a corrupt policeman who secretly kills off the guilty offenders. Bold, brash, and larger than life in many ways.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: A2

Penelope Pennywise: The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town urinal. She is Cladwell’s one-time lover and mother to Hope who eventually softens her temper.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: C6 / Vocal range bottom: A3

Bobby Strong: The dashing, rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. He becomes an unsuspecting protagonist and romantic hero when he starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: C5 / Vocal range bottom: A2

Little Sally: A precocious and irreverent street urchin. She serves as a quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock and the play’s logic.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: E5 / Vocal range bottom: A3

Dr. Billeaux: Head of Research and Development at UGC. Doubling as TINY TOM One of the Poor, he is an idiotic man-child

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: A3/Vocal range bottom: E3

Mr. McQueen: Cladwell’s sycophantic lackey. A servile assistant.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: -1 / Vocal range bottom: B2

Senator Fipp: A greedy politician in Cladwell’s pocket. A bumbling coward.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: F4/ Vocal range bottom: C#3

Officer Barrel Lockstock’s patrol partner. A thuggish and aggressive policeman.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: F4 /Vocal range bottom: G2

Hope Cladwell: Cladwell’s ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her father and her new love for Bobby. She begins as an innocent, naive angel but becomes vengeful and determined after being exposed to her father’s evil.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: A5/Vocal range bottom: A3

Joseph “old Man” Strong: Bobby’s rebellious father. His refusal to pay the fee sends him to Urinetown, ultimately launching the revolution. Doubling as HOT BLADES HARRY One of the Poor, he is a psychopathic and can become a violent loose cannon.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: F4 / Vocal range bottom: A2

Soupy Sue: One of the Poor, she is excitable and easily panicked. Doubling as CALDWELL’S SECRETARY.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: B4 /Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Little Becky Two-shoes: One of the Poor. She is foul-mouthed, impulsive, and accusatory. Doubling as MRS. MILLENIUM.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: F5 /Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Caldwell B. Cladwell: The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company. He is a miserly money-grubber who gleefully exploits the poor.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: G4 /Vocal range bottom: A2

Josephine “ma” Strong : Bobby’s mother and Joseph’s wife. A strong-willed woman with a bite, able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her. Doubling as OLD WOMAN.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: D5/ Vocal range bottom: Bb3

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

Cindy Lou (18, 28): the prettiest girl at Springfield High. She knows she will be named Prom Queen and acts out against her best friend Betty Jean when things don’t go her way.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt: E3–F5. Sings melody line on most songs

Missy (18, 28): is the over-achiever of the group. Very controlled, very concerned that everything at the prom turns out wonderful and perfect.

Vocal Range: Soprano: G3–A5. Wide range, floating high vocals and belting throughout the show.

Betty Jean (18, 28): is the class clown, tomboy, always vying for attention

Vocal Range: Alto with strong low range: D3–E5

Suzy (18, 28): is the gum-chewing, happy-go-lucky, go-along girl. Suzy is always a little giddy and a little silly This role requires an excellent part singer and expert comedienne.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Alto with both sweet and soulful voice: G3–E5.

CINDERELLA – A RAT-ACLE RETELLING – by Mike Kenny

Casting: Seeking musical/physical/comedic performers who also play their own instruments

The Rats: (any age, any gender)

CLAWS

EARS

TEETH

TAIL

WHISKERS

CINDERELLA

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Stephenville Theatre Festival Announces New Artistic Director

December 6, 2016 – Stephenville Theatre Festival’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Heather Braaten as STF’s new Artistic Director.

“Our hiring1075694-1 committee spent a great deal of time interviewing and selecting the perfect candidate,” said Elizabeth Brown, Chair of STF’s Board of Directors. “We are excited to have Heather come on board for this important role. With her wide-ranging theatre experience and outgoing personality, Heather is an excellent fit for STF.”

Heather is an award-winning theatre director who has also worked professionally as a producer, playwright, dramaturge and actor. She has specific expertise in the areas of musical theatre, new play development, devised theatre, and ensemble based physical theatre. Heather also has extensive theatre administration experience in the areas of artistic direction, company management, and tour management.

Heather is absolutely thrilled to be joining STF and looks forward to building upon the strong roots that the festival has in the Canadian theatre community.

“I have a strong belief that the theatre has a very special, and completely unique way of bringing people together,” she said. “The artists, audience, and the community all getting the chance to share a collective moment in time that reflects what it is to be alive. I can’t wait to spend the summer with you!”

Heather is the co-founder and artistic director of the Toronto based theatre ensemble Tool Kit Inc. and is currently developing a new piece of devised musical theatre titled Match Girl: A Folk Rock Musical. She was the interim artistic director for Toronto’s Lower Ossington Theatre where she directed mainstage musicals such as The Last Five Years, American Idiot, Disney’s Aladdin, Spring Awakening, Evita and Next to Normal.

She has worked across Canada and the United States, directing and tour managing over 20 mainstage musicals for young audiences. She was also spent three years as a company member of The National Caravan Stage Company, touring the coastal regions of North America aboard a 90-foot-tall ship that brings original works of Canadian theatre to artistically underserved towns as well as large metropolitan centers.

With her Toronto based company, Redwatch Theatre, she wrote and directed the critically acclaimed play Those Who Wait. This play was later adapted for film, garnering Heather the award of “Best Film by a First-Time Director” and was selected to be screened in the New York Film and Video Festival.

For the Ontario Council for International Co-operation, Heather developed, wrote, and directed a theatre initiative for social change specifically aimed at educating students about the international rights of children. She holds a strong belief that theatre has the power to enlighten as well as to delight an audience.

Heather is currently an artistic associate with Shadowpath Theatre, an award made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in the support of the continued growth of five female artistic leaders.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Brown at stfchair@gmail.com. Stephenville Theatre Festival is a not-for-profit charitable organization, registered through the Canada Revenue Agency. Founded in 1979 by Maxim Mazumdar, the Festival has continually enriched the economic and cultural fabric of the Bay St. George area while becoming a major tourism draw.

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Stephenville Theatre Festival Looking for New Artistic Director

August 24, 2016 – After two successful seasons at the helm of the company, Thom Currie won’t be returning to the Stephenville Theatre Festival for the 2017 Season.

“Thom came to us with a great deal of theatre experience and enthusiasm,” said Elizabeth Brown, Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors. “We thank Thom for being the Festival’s Artistic Director for the past two seasons and while we’re sorry to see him go, we wish him well in his new position. Our hiring committee will now move quickly to find his replacement.”

Currie has been appointed Artistic Director at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Founded in 1971, Magnus is one of the oldest regional theatres in Canada, producing a full season from September to June and drawing talent from across the continent.

“Were it not Magnus, I wouldn’t consider moving on at this time. I would certainly not consider another summer festival theatre,” Currie said. “Stephenville Theatre Festival is a gem. In my time here, I feel we have helped the festival find its mission again, to be the number one musical theatre festival in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Planning is already underway for the Festival’s 39th season, which will run during the summer of 2017. Audiences will be ‘all shook up’ with ‘burning love’ when the season line-up is announced at a later date.

Brown is pleased that Currie plans on continued involvement with the Festival.

“I’ve spoken with the Board, and have every intention on helping out with succession; with keeping the festival going in the right direction and advising the next Artistic Director,” he said. “Stephenville and the Bay St. George area is a unique place within Newfoundland and Labrador, both in heritage and culture. The Stephenville Theatre Festival should reflect that unique culture and heritage.”

Stephenville Theatre Festival is a not-for-profit charitable organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors and is widely recognized for the substantial contribution it has made to the development of theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador during the past 37 years.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, call Stephenville Theatre Festival at 709-643-4982, visit www.stephenvilletheatrefestival.com, or check out the Festival’s Facebook page.

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Fly Away Contest Winner Announced

August 16, 2016 – Congratulations to Rick Nippard of Stephenville, who won Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 2016 Fly Away contest! The winning ticket was drawn at the 38th season Gala on Sunday, August 14. A big thank you to everyone who supported STF by purchasing a contest ticket.

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Between BreathsFinal Week Approaching

August 5, 2016 – It’s been an incredible summer for Stephenville Theatre Festival, but alas, our 38th season must soon come to an end. (Check out the calendar on our website’s homepage for show schedule.)

An Evening With… Artistic Fraud on Wednesday, August 10, will feature the play Between Breaths. Written by Robert Chafe, it tells the story of Dr. Jon Lien, a Newfoundlander who pioneered techniques for rescuing whales entrapped in fishing nets. For this performance only, we are offering a 2-for-1 ticket deal. Please visit or call the Box Office at 709-643-4553 to take advantage of this special offer.

Be sure to take in the final week of shows and then attend the Gala finale on Sunday, August 14. The theme of this year’s Gala is a 1970s-style variety show, featuring hit music from the decade (including songs by Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, the Carpenters, at many more!), as well as hilarious comedy sketches.

 

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Show Cancellation

July 26, 2016 – Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Wednesday, July 27, matinee performance of Blue Champagne has been cancelled. Ticket holders please call the Box Office at 709-643-4553. We apologize for this inconvenience.

In its place, STF is presenting an additional performance of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Please visit or call the Box Office to purchase tickets to this show (which starts at 2:00pm on Wednesday, July 27).

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STF Launches Audience Survey

July 19, 2016 – Audience feedback is very important to us and will help us to better serve our patrons and other supporters of the Stephenville Theatre Festival. If you complete a survey, you’ll have the option to enter your name for two free ticket vouchers, which will be drawn weekly during the season. To take the quick and easy survey, please click this link. The survey should also appear as a pop-up on the STF homepage.

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bogoOpening Night Ticket Offer Extended

July 4, 2016 – Due to popular demand, STF has extended the Buy 1 Get 1 HALF PRICE offer for the July 15 debut of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’! Please visit or call the Box Office at 709-643-4553 to purchase (offer not available online). This sale is on full price tickets and can’t be combined with any other offer or discount. See you at the show!

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Stephenville Theatre Festival Ticket Offers!

May 24, 2016 – With STF’s 38th season quickly approaching, you need to know about some special ticket offers.

Beat the new HST!!! Even though the province’s sales tax is going up 2% on July 1, Stephenville Theatre Festival’s tickets are the same price as last year! A full-price ticket is $29, and seniors and students pay only $24 per ticket. And tickets to the Festival’s family show are only $8 each!

The Festival debuts July 15 with the hilarious show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. For this special opening performance, we’re offering Buy 1 Get 1 HALF PRICE on full-price tickets!! To access this special deal, please visit or call the Box Office at 709-643-4553 to purchase (offer not available online). Sale ends June 30 and can’t be combined with any other offer or discount.

During the season, the Festival’s Main Stage shows (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Perfect Wedding) have special tiered-price seating. Seats in the back four rows (T,U,V and W), are being offered at a special rate of $18 per ticket. That’s a savings of almost 38% off a full-price ticket! To avail of this offer, visit or call the Box Office at 709-643-4553, or purchase online at the Arts and Culture website.

We are also offering a group rate for the Festival’s Main Stage shows (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Perfect Wedding). If you have a group of 20 or more people and booking tickets all together, then tickets are only $18 each! The best part about this is you can choose seating anywhere in the Main Stage.

If you’re in the Bay St. George area, you can purchase Festival show vouchers at Debbie’s Video Shoppe in Stephenville or at the Festival’s head office. Each voucher is $25 and can be redeemed at the Box Office only for a ticket to the show of your choice, saving you $4 off of a full-price ticket. This is also a great gift idea!

Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 38th season runs from July 15 to August 14. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the Arts and Culture Centre website. See you this summer!

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ticketsonsaleStephenville Theatre Festival Tickets Available For Purchase

May 2, 2016 – Tickets are now on sale today for Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 38th season!

Running from July 15 to August 14, this year’s Festival features Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Blue Champagne, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, A Perfect Wedding, Rock N Fables, An Evening With…series, and The Gala.

To purchase tickets, call the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre Box Office at 709-643-4553, visit the Box Office in-person, or check out the Box Office website.

The Festival’s opening night on July 15 features Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. For this special performance, we’re offering Buy 1 Get 1 HALF PRICE on regular-price tickets! Please visit or call the Box Office to avail of this special promotion (not available online). Sale ends June 30 and can’t be combined with any other offer or discount.

See you at Stephenville Theatre Festival this summer!

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2016 CALENDAR colour 1mbStephenville Theatre Festival’s Summer Schedule Is Here!

April 25, 2016 – The Festival’s 38th season gets underway July 15 with the opening of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and finishes on July 14 with The Gala.

Other shows you won’t want to miss are Blue Champagne, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, A Perfect Wedding, and the always-popular An Evening With…series. More information about the An Evening With…series will be available in the weeks ahead.

Tickets go on sale in early May at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre Box. To purchase tickets, call the Arts and Culture Centre Box Office at 1-709-643-4553 or visit the Arts and Culture Centre website.

Updated information can be found on this website and our Facebook page as it becomes available. See you at the shows!

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DinnerSTF’s International Dinner

March 4, 2016 – Hello! Salut! Hola! Guten Tag! Ciao! Hallo! Ni Hao! Aloha!

Stephenville Theatre Festival is pleased to announce their annual International Dinner event, taking place April 30.

Come out and enjoy delicious cuisine from around the world and amazing live entertainment. There is also a silent auction with some awesome treasures to take home!

Get your tickets today by calling 709-643-4553, checking out the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre website, or by visiting the Box Office in-person.

See you there!

 

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adauditionsSTF Audition Notice

February 12, 2016 – Stephenville Theatre Festival is accepting submissions for its 2016 Summer Season in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Stephenville Theatre Festival is the longest-running professional theatre festival in Newfoundland and Labrador, operating since 1979. The company performs in rep in two spaces in the Stephenville Arts & Culture Centre, the 450 seat Main Stage and the 140 seat Stage 2. For more information about the festival, please visit http://www.stephenvilletheatrefestival.com/

Eight Week Contract: June 21-August 14, 2016. A repertory season, all performers will appear in at least two productions.

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
Broadway musical comedy by David Yazbeck and Jeffrey Lane
A hilarious musical based on the 1988 film of the same name. Two con men, a beautiful woman and the elite of the French Riviera collide in this sexy and irreverent farce. Roles to be cast:
 LAWRENCE JAMESON (Age: 45 to 60), An experienced British con artist who is sophisticated, suave, and elegant. Vocal range: G2 to Bb4
 FREDDY BENSON (Age: 25 to 35) A young, clever, aspiring American con artist. He is a sloppy, yet attractive womanizer, and is eventually conned by Christine. Vocal range: A2 to B4
 ANDRE THIBAULT (Age: 45 to 55) Lawrence’s French assistant. Official and mostly serious, he has a light-hearted nature and a quirky sense of humor. Vocal range: F2 to F4
 MURIEL EUBANKS (Age: 45 to 60) A wealthy and attractive American socialite from Nebraska, she one of Lawrence’s victims and Andre’s subsequent love interest. Vocal range top: E3 to C5
 MALE AND FEMALE ENSEMBLE

PERFECT WEDDING
A hilarious farce by Robin Hawdon
A wedding day in a country hotel goes disastrously wrong, causing chaos to all concerned, Perfect Wedding is a rare combination – a riotous comedy and a touching love story at the same time. Roles to be cast:
 RACHEL (Age: 20s-30s) A bride on her wedding day
 BILL (Age: 20s-30s) A groom on his wedding day, who has awoken with a hang-over and a strange girl in his bed.
 TOM (Age: 20s-30s) The best man, trying desperately to help the groom keep his secret
 JUDY (Age: 20s-30s) The young woman who wound up in bed with the groom
 JULIE (20s-30s) An innocent bystander and hotel chambermaid, outraged at the antics of the hotel guests
 DAPHNE (Age: 40s-60s) The mother of the bride.

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE
Musical by Dean Regan
The musical by Dean Regan follows Patsy Cline’s climb to stardom from her hometown in Virginia to The Grand Ole Opry, Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall. Roles to be cast:
 LITTLE BIG MAN (Age: 30s-60s): A Radio Announcer/DJ, doubles as a stand-up comic at the Grand Ole Opry. Good comic timing.

BLUE CHAMPAGNE
A musical flashback to the 1940s
Conceived & Written by Ken John Grant
The setting is a radio station in the late 1940s. Three triple-threat performers perform over 60 songs from the era over the course of their ‘broadcast’. Roles to be cast:
 MAN (Age: 20s-30s): Good comedic timing and a 40s style broadcast voice. Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone
 WOMAN 1 (Age: 20s-30s): Good comedic timing and a 40s style broadcast voice. Vocal Range: Alto
 WOMAN 2 (Age: 20s-30s) : Good comedic timing and a 40s style broadcast voice. Vocal Range: Mezzo soprano
 BACKUP/ENSEMBLE SINGERS

ROCK ‘N’ FABLES
A rock musical for kids and their families
Written by Thom Currie & Craig Wingrove
Rock ‘N’ Fables is a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and The Frog Prince. The show is completely sung by three performers, in a variety of musical styles (music-theatre to pop to country to operetta to tango). Roles to be cast:
 MAN (Age: 20s-30s): Good comedy and vocal skills. Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone
 WOMAN 1 (Age: 20s-30s): Good comedic timing and a legit music theatre voice. Vocal Range: Soprano
 WOMAN 2 (Age: 20s-30s): Good comedic timing and strong dance. Vocal Range: Mezzo soprano with a strong belt

Members of CAEA will be engaged under a CAEA form of contract.

Auditions will be held in Toronto in early March, 2016. Auditions will be held in St John’s and Stephenville at a later date.

Please submit an updated headshot and resume by E-MAIL ONLY by February 19, 2016.

***PLEASE NOTE: When submitting, please ensure that your attached files are labelled with your NAME, otherwise your submission will not be considered. We already have hundreds of files named “headshot1.jpg” or “theatreresume.pdf”

E-mail: stf.auditions@gmail.com

Please do not phone our offices for information. Thank you.

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STF Looking For Summer Housingrentroom

February 3, 2016 – Do you have room an extra room in your home? A basement apartment or suite? Stephenville Theatre Festival continues to look for housing for some of the performers in our 2016 season.

Every summer, The Stephenville Theatre Festival brings professional actors and technicians from across Canada to work at Stephenville’s own summer theatre at The Stephenville Arts & Culture Centre. And every summer, the Festival reaches out to the community to help find housing for these wonderful people.

STF needs housing in our community for June 20 – August 16, 2016. If you have an extra bedroom, basement suite or apartment that might be suitable for an adult actor or theatre technician to live for 8-10 weeks, please get in touch with the Stephenville Theatre Festival as soon as possible.

The more private the better, both for yourself and your guest. As long as the guests have their own bedroom, access to a kitchen and a bathroom, with some fridge and shelf space, they will be very happy.

And don’t forget: a negotiable weekly rent is paid for the use of your spare room. If you are interested, please contact the Stephenville Theatre Festival at 709-643-4982 or by sending a private message on our Facebook page. Thanks!

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Stephenville Theatre Festival Announces 2016 SeasonDirty Rotten Scoundrels

January 21, 2016 – It’s going to be a sensational summer, with Stephenville Theatre Festival bringing audiences heaps of laughs and stellar music during its 2016 season.

Headlining this year’s Festival is the uproarious comedy-musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grand-mother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end! With music and lyrics by David Yazbek, and book by Jeffrey Lane, this show is based on the 1988 film of the same name.

You are cordially invited to attend Perfect Wedding, a boisterous romantic comedy by Robin Hawdon. A bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning in his own bridal suite and finds a strange girl in bed beside him. In the depths of his post stag-night hangover, he can’t remotely remember her. Worse ­- during the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the way, the bride arrives and the girl is trapped in the bathroom. The only way out of the dilemma is to persuade the best man to pretend that the hidden girl is his girlfriend. Then the problem is that the best man’s real girlfriend has to be kept ignorant of the fact. By the time the bride’s parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act, the chaos reaches epic proportions!

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is a stunning tribute to one of the all-time legends of country music. This show tells the life story of Patsy Cline while providing a wonderful opportunity to blend theatre and music into a magical evening that audiences of all ages will enjoy. Twenty of her best-known songs, played by a live band, make this show a treat for the young and old alike. The songs are performed in their entirety with arrangements, back-up vocals and a band structure all providing an accurate re-creation of this legendary life. The show was written by Dean Regan.

Hold onto your seats as we take a trip back to the big band era! Blue Champagne is a high-energy musical flashback to the 1940s. Four young, energetic performers jump, jive and wail through the biggest swing hits of all time. Conceived and written by Ken John Grant, this show’s setting is a radio station in the late ’40s, where four young singer-dancers scramble to perform over 65 of the most popular songs of the mid-twentieth century. This show was conceived and written by Ken John Grant.

Rock ‘N’ Fables is a wonderful musical for the whole family that has thrilled audiences across Canada. Using an electric mix of music, dance, comedy and puppetry, three energetic performers perform Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and The Frog Prince. Created by the team behind 2015’s smash hit, Tales of Ti-Jean, and completely set to music as a rock opera, Rock ‘N’ Fables is guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages. Libretto by the Festival’s Artistic Director Thom Currie and score by Craig Wingrove.

Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 38th season runs from July 15 to August 14, 2016. Other season highlights include the crowd-pleasing A Night With… series and the always-popular Gala finale.

“Stephenville Theatre Festival provides local residents and visitors with some of the finest talent this province and country has to offer,” said Elizabeth Brown, Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors. “We are always excited to see past audience members join us for our shows, and we absolutely welcome anybody who has yet to take in one of our performances.”

For more information, please contact Ms. Brown at stfchair@gmail.com or 709-643-7977; or Christopher Vaughan, the Festival’s General Manager, at stfmanger@outlook.com or 709-643-4982.

Stephenville Theatre Festival is a not-for-profit charitable organization, registered through the Canada Revenue Agency. Founded in 1979 by Maxim Mazumdar, the Festival has continually enriched the economic and cultural fabric of the Bay St. George area while becoming a major tourism draw.

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STF’s Christmas Show

November 20, 2015 – Tickets are selling fast for Stephenville Theatre Festival’s Christmas show. Merry Christmas Bah Humbug is a musically scripted twist on the familiar tale, A Christmas Carol.

This production will showcase traditional carols as well as contemporary country Christmas songs performed by Jennifer Dawson-Hobbs and Smugglers Cove, with comic relief being provided by the duo of Don and Kevin Dunphy.

This festive show was written by Violet Dawson and is being directed by Mike Dawson. Showtime is 8pm, Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre.

To get tickets, call the Box Office at 709-643-4553 or visit the Arts and Culture Centre website.

 

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Christmas TeaChristmas Tea, Craft and Bake Sale

November 3, 2015 – Stephenville Theatre Festival is happy to announce the annual Christmas Tea, Craft and Bake Sale.

This great holiday event takes place at Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre at 2pm, Sunday, November 29, 2015.

Join us as we ring in the holiday season with amazing eat-in treats, bake and craft sales, and Christmas melodies. You won’t want to miss this Yuletide tradition!

Door prize and gift draws at the event. Tickets are $10 per person, and are available at the Arts and Culture Centre Box Office or by calling 709-643-4553.

 

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Fly Away Contest Winner Announced

August 17, 2015 – Congratulations to Cecilia Gaudet of McKays, who is the winner of Stephenville Theatre Festival’s Fly Away Contest! The winning ticket was drawn at the Stephenville Theatre Festival Gala on August 16, 2015. Thank you to everyone who entered this contest.

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Bob Brink photo
Bob Brink photo

Compelling Newfoundland duo to perform at Stephenville Theatre Festival

July 10, 2015 – Stephenville Theatre Festival is excited to announce Tanglecove as the first performers for the Festival’s A Night With… series on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Tanglecove is an acoustic duo made up of veteran Newfoundland performers Dave Panting and Dan Rubin. Their music is effervescent, highly original and emotionally compelling. In concert they range from traditional blues and ballads to fiddle tunes and original songs – a rich mix of traditional and original material.

As multi-instrumentalists with a wide range of experience in folk and world music, they play mandolin, mandocello, mandobass, violin, viola, bouzouki, guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion. They have been part of the acoustic music scene in Canada for more than three decades.

Dave Panting is an accomplished folk artist.  As well as performing with Figgy Duff, Panting is a longtime member of Rawlins Cross and The Panting Brothers Band, and is recognized as one of the leaders of the revival of Newfoundland folk music. Playing mandolin, banjo, guitar and bouzouki as well as singing, Panting is also a composer and music producer.  He appears regularly as a solo artist, as a member of the Forgotten Bouzouki and tours with the Irish Descendents.  He is a regular instructor at the Vinland Music Camp in Gros Morne National Park.

Dan Rubin is also a songwriter and composer. He plays mandolin, violin, guitar, bass and piano among other instruments.  Starting with training in classical composition he moved into folk and world music. He has performed over the years with a series of musical groups, including the folk quartet Flying Mountain, the world music trio New Earth and the East Coast folk trio Atlantic Union. Since arriving in Newfoundland, he has been active as an artist manager and concert promoter, as well as a performer.

In 2013 they released Tanglecove: 30 New Canadian Fiddle Tunes, featuring a rich variety of instrumental styles, as a professionally edited book of sheet music and a CD. The recording was nominated for three MusicNL awards in the categories of Instrumental, Celtic/Traditional and Folk/Roots. The book has been nationally distributed by Long & McQuade and is now a recommended learning resource in Newfoundland schools.

Tanglecove’s latest release is Facing the Flame, a 13-tune collection of original songs that they call Songs of Wonder and Experience. With styles ranging from Greek compound rhythms to reggae driven commentaries on climate change, to gentle ballads about change and loss, this is a gorgeously evocative album of tunes linked in image and theme. For sound samples from the new album please visit: https://soundcloud.com/blue-island-records/sets/facing-the-flame

In April, 2015 Tanglecove completed a cross-Canada tour, with stops in Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and a house concert tour through rural Alberta and Saskatchewan. This tour was supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, Via Rail’s Artists Onboard program and booked by Home Routes. Tangelcove’s performances drew standing ovations and resulted in a flood of recording sales.

Stephenville Theatre Festival audiences will be truly entertained by Tanglecove: their stories and their songs, filled with wonder and enriched by years of experience, are diverse and deeply moving.

A Night With… Tanglecove takes places 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, at Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 709-643-4553 or visit the Arts and Culture Centre website at www.artsandculturecentre.com/stephenville/online.

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37th Season Schedule AnnouncedCALENDAR3

May 27, 2015 – Stephenville Theatre Festival is pleased to announce their 37th Season show schedule. (Click the picture on the right to bring up a full-size version.)

This year’s Festival kicks off on July 17 with the hilarious Monty Python’s Spamalot, Norm Foster’s Looking opens on July 18, Tales of Ti-Jean debuts on July 19, Back in ’59 opens on July 23, and Mama’s Country Record Collection debuts on July 24.

Other highlights of the season include the A Night With… series and Reading for the Future series, both of which take place on Wednesday nights. The Festival wraps up on August 16 with the always-popular Gala performance.

Show tickets go on sale June 1 at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Box Office. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Arts and Culture Centre website or by calling the Box Office at 709-643-4553.

For more information about the shows, visit our 37th season page.

Come out and support the best in professional theatre this summer with Stephenville Theatre Festival!

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Stephenville Theatre Festival looking for Technical Director

May 20, 2015 – Stephenville Theatre Festival is a professional theatre company operating at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Festival produces an annual five week repertory season of five plays. The 2015 season opens July 17 and runs until August 16.

The Festival is now accepting applications for a Technical Director for the 2015 season, to start work mid-June, 2015.

Applicants must have proven strong stage carpentry skills and experience, proficiency in all technical production aspects & excellent communication, planning, scheduling and supervisory skills. Responsibilities include: set construction & supervision of builds, liaise with designers, supervising turnarounds, researching/sourcing and purchasing of materials & equipment, assisting with all production aspects.

Compensation: commensurate with skills level & experience.

For more information about the 2015 Festival, please visit: www.stephenvilletheatrefestival.com/news-and-updates/

Applicants please supply cover letter & resume stating training, experience, references & availability.

Submissions accepted immediately.

E-mail: stf.auditions@gmail.com

Mail: Thom Currie, Artistic Director
Stephenville Theatre Festival
129 Montana Drive
Stephenville, NL
A2N 2T4

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Stephenville Theatre Festival audition notice

April 8, 2015 –  Stephenville Theatre Festival is accepting submissions for its 2015 Summer Season in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Stephenville Theatre Festival is the longest-running professional theatre festival in Newfoundland and Labrador, operating since 1979. The company performs in rep in two spaces in the Stephenville Arts & Culture Centre, the 450 seat Main Stage and the 140 seat Stage 2.

Nine Week Contract: June 16-August 16, 2015. A repertory season, all performers will appear in at least two productions.

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
A hilarious musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John du Prez & Eric Idle.
Roles to be cast:
***Please note: In the spirit of the original film, all roles will be ‘as cast’ and all performers will play multiple roles***
• KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.
• SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing.
• SIR LANCELOT (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents.
• SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar.
• MALE & FEMALE ENSEMBLE.

MAMA’S COUNTRY RECORD COLLECTION
A Country Musical Revue
Synopsis: Mama’s Country Record Collection is a wonderful celebration of the biggest country and western hits of the 1960s and 1970s. A young woman returns to her small town home to make peace with her estranged father, but dad is not interested. As they silently clean out the basement, they stumble upon crates of old vinyl records. As they dig through Mom’s old record collection, they realize that they are more alike than they thought. Featuring the music of Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, John Denver, Roger Miller, and many others.
Roles to be cast:
***Please note: The ability to play one or more instruments is a definite asset***
• CAITLIN (late 20s to mid-30s): Mezzo with a strong belt. A single mom with a tough exterior. Following the death of her mom and the breakdown of her marriage, she yearns to come back home and build a new life.
• BRUCE (late 40s to mid-60s): Baritone/Tenor. Plays guitar. A grieving widower, blue collar worker who doesn’t understand his daughter or the choices she has made.

BACK IN 59
A 50s-60s Musical Revue
Synopsis: It’s the Summer of 1973 and four old friends have snuck away from their 10th high school reunion and broken into their old hangout. As they contemplate their lives and the future, the four look back upon their high school years and remember the music of their youth. What follows is a rollicking non-stop journey through over sixty top-ten hits from 1959 through 1963.
Roles to be cast:
***Please note: The entire cast should be solid musical performers with an ability to
dance well and an ear for harmonies***
• DAVE (Early 20s to 30s): Baritenor with good comic timing.
• CRYSTAL (Early 20s to 30s): Mezzo soprano/alto.

LOOKING
A Comedy by Norm Foster
Val’s an OR nurse, Andy’s in the storage business, Nina’s a police officer and Matt’s a radio morning show host. They’re middle-aged, single and looking. Val agrees to meet Andy after answering his personal ad in the newspaper. Nina and Matt are coaxed into
joining their friends for support. High romance and contagious laughter are the result.
Role to be cast:
• VAL. A divorced single who hasn’t had a date in six years, Val is hopeful, if a bit skeptical, in her quest for a new man in her life.

Members of CAEA will be engaged under a CAEA contract.

Please submit an updated headshot and resume by, April 11, 2015.

***Please note: If submitting by e-mail, please ensure that your attached files are labelled with your name, otherwise your submission will not be considered. We already have hundreds of files named “headshot1.jpg” or “theatreresume.pdf”***

e-mail: stf.auditions@gmail.com

Mail to:
Thom Currie
Artistic Director
Stephenville Theatre Festival
154 Hanson Street
Toronto, ON, M4C 1A6

Please do not phone our offices for information.

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Student wins Maxim Mazumdar Memorial Achievement Award

April 7, 2015 – Stephenville Theatre Festival is pleased to announce Kurt M. S. Inder as the recipient of the 2015 Maxim Mazumdar Memorial Achievement Award, which will be presented on Thursday, April 9.

This award is presented annually to a College of the North Atlantic student enrolled in the second year of one of the eligible diploma programs at the Bay St. George Campus. The recipient best demonstrates creativity, leadership ability (which can include roles in community, extra-curricular and volunteer activities, or experiences that aptly demonstrate the candidate’s capacity for leadership), and a determination to succeed. The Stephenville Theatre Festival Awards Committee screens applicants and grants the award.

In a thank-you note to Stephenville Theatre Festival, Inder stated he was very thankful and appreciative to receive this accolade.

“I will soon be a graduate of the recording arts program and have plans of moving out of the province to pursue my love of music and art,” wrote Inder.

“I have gained valuable knowledge and have had amazing experiences, which have helped bring me one step closer to where I want to be. This award has given me the opportunity to leave my program with lightened financial liabilities, and the supportive inspiration which has been expressed by your kindness. It certainly provides me with the confidence and the will to continue helping others.”

For those wishing to contribute to Stephenville Theatre Festival’s Awards Fund, contact Stephenville Theatre Festival at 709-643-4982 or stfmanager@outlook.com. All contributions will be issued a charitable donation receipt.

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Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 37th season announcedspam resize (Page 1)

April 1, 2015 – Artistic Director Thom Currie and Board Chairperson Elizabeth Brown are thrilled to announce Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 2015 season. Now in its 37th year, Stephenville Theatre Festival will offer unparalleled entertainment for area residents and visitors this summer.

The major production for 2015 will be the Broadway musical Monty Python’s Spamalot. In keeping with our founding Artistic Director’s vision, it is an uproarious musical comedy that holds a great appeal for both locals and visitors to the area. The cast will feature local actors and musicians, as well professional performers from across Canada.

Back in ’59 is a rollicking non-stop journey through over 60 top-10 rock ‘n’ roll hits from 1959 through 1963. Incredible harmonies, wonderful medleys, hilarious mashups and heart stopping choreography keep the audience cheering, singing and clapping throughout the two hour show. More than just a collection of songs, it is a coming of age story set in Stephenville, where four young people on the cusp of turning 30 examine what their lives have been and contemplate what the future holds for them.

Mama’s Country Record Collection is a musical featuring the greatest country and western hits of the 1960s and 1970s. Sentimental, raucous and fun, this show features Caitlin, a thirty-something woman returning to her hometown of Stephenville, NL, to help her gruff dad, Bruce, clean out his basement six months after the passing of her mother.

Looking is a wonderful play by Atlantic Canadian playwright Norm Foster. This play follows four single people in their late 40s to early 50s, who are quite literally looking for someone to love them. At times hilarious, sometimes gut-wrenching, Looking will speak to the audience as it holds a mirror up to their lives and helps them to laugh at themselves and their loved ones.

As theatre for young audience has always been an important part of Stephenville Theatre Festival, we will be producing Tales of Ti-Jean, a one hour show for children aged four and older. Tales of Ti-Jean is a celebration of French Canadian folktales featuring riveting storytelling, hilarious physical comedy, puppetry, music, dance and lots of audience participation.

Stephenville Theatre Festival will also host the popular An Evening With… Series. Every Wednesday night through the season, the Festival will feature music artists from across Newfoundland and Labrador.

There will also be Reading the Future – a series of public readings of new full-length Canadian musicals over the course of the upcoming season. One such play will be The Brothers In Law, based on the true story of four folk-singing Ontario police officers who sold over a million records between 1964 and 1969.

The season gets underway on July 17 and concludes on August 16 with the Gala performance.

“Stephenville Theatre Festival is proud to provide audiences with some of the best talent this province and country has to offer,” said Ms. Brown. “With an array of upbeat and exciting shows lined up, we certainly welcome past audience members and anybody who has yet to take in Stephenville Theatre Festival to come out and enjoy our great performances.”

For more information, please contact General Manager Christopher Vaughan at 709-643-4982 or stfmanager@outlook.com. Stephenville Theatre Festival is a not-for-profit charitable organization, registered through the Canada Revenue Agency. Founded in 1979 by Maxim Mazumdar, the festival has enriched the economic and cultural fabric of Bay St. George while becoming a major tourism draw for the area.

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-tephenville Theatre Festival’s International Dinner slated for April 18International Dinner

March 4, 2015 – It’s going be an evening filled with delicious food and great entertainment!

Stephenville Theatre Festival’s International Dinner takes place 7 p.m., April 18, at Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre. Come out and enjoy cuisine from around the world while enjoying live local entertainment and a silent auction!

For tickets, call 709-643-4553 or visit the Arts and Culture Centre website.

Stephenville Theatre Festival is Newfoundland and Labrador’s oldest professional repertory theatre company. As a not-for-profit charitable organization, the Festival is run by a volunteer board of directors and is widely recognized for the substantial contribution it has made to the development of theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador during the past 36 years.

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Stephenville Theatre Festival hires new Artistic Director, General Manager

February 6, 2015 – Stephenville Theatre Festival is pleased to announce new Artistic Director Thom Currie, whose energetic vision will move the Festival into an exciting new era of highly-entertaining theatrical works for local audiences.

“We are excited about Thom’s many ideas for Stephenville Theatre Festival,” said Elizabeth Brown, Chair of STF’s Board of Directors. “His extensive experience and infectious enthusiasm for live theatre will certainly translate into a delightful and entertaining season.”

Currie has enjoyed a long career as an actor, director, playwright and producer. Born in New York, he spent a significant part of his life in Paris, France, and currently resides in Toronto. He has appeared on stage on both sides of the Atlantic, performing in cities such as Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Brussels. In this country, Currie has worked steadily in theatre, film and television, both in English and in French.

He has worked in theatres across Canada, including Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, Stage West (Calgary and Mississauga), Theatre In The Park (Stouffville), The Georgian Theatre Festival (Meaford and Owen Sound) and The Showboat Festival Theatre (Port Colborne), among many others. He is also the Founding Artistic Director of ReallyLittleTheatre, an international children’s theatre.

Currie’s directing credits include over 40 productions, including Back In ‘59, Mending Fences, 2 Across, Mama’s Country Record Collection, Peter Pan, and Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks – as well as more than 50 productions for young audiences.

As an actor, some of Thom’s favourite roles have included appearances in productions of The Foursome, Perfect Wedding, Man of LaMancha, Come Blow Your Horn, and The Glass Menagerie.

The new General Manager is Christopher Vaughan, who was hired last summer as Stephenville Theatre Festival’s Marketing and Promotions Manager.

“We are very pleased that Christopher has returned to Stephenville Theatre Festival and we know he will be very successful in his new role,” said Brown.

Prior to working with STF, Vaughan was Manager-Editor of the national award-winning The Georgian newspaper in Stephenville. His 2013 biography of STF Founder Maxim Mazumdar earned him the Best Feature Story Award at Newspaper Atlantic’s Better Newspapers Competition, a silver award for Arts and Entertainment Reporting at the Atlantic Journalism Awards, and a top-three finish for Best Historical Story at Newspapers Canada’s Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

Stephenville Theatre Festival is a not-for-profit charitable organization run by a volunteer board of directors and is widely recognized for the substantial contribution it has made to the development of theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador during the past 36 years.2017

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