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Portal Players Annual General Meeting: Sept. 29, 7 pm, Capitol Theatre

Portal Players Dramatic Society  invites all current, former, and new members to our 2014 Annual General Meeting on Monday, September 29, at 7 pm at the Capitol Theatre.  Per our bylaws, all members in good standing and who have been members of the society for 180 days (6 months) are eligible to vote.

The order of business at the Annual General Meeting shall be as follows:

i.  Agenda for the Meeting;
ii.  Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting of the Society
iii.  Business arising from the Minutes;
iv.  President’s Annual Report;
v.  Treasurer’s Annual Report including
Presentation of Year End Financial Statements
vi.  Annual Committee Reports
vii.  Other Business
viii.  Assumption of the Chair by the Nominating Committee Chairperson
ix.  Election of Officers and Directors including
Directors at Large
x.  Installation of the newly elected Board
xi.  Any further business
Presentation of the Doreen Anderson Volunteer of the Year award
xii.  Adjournment

The Board of Directors is presenting a slate of members for positions on the board, which is listed below.  Nominations for the board may still be taken from the floor at the AGM, and we encourage members to run for a position if they are interested.  The Chair of the Nominating Committee will run the elections.  Our board has a maximum of 11 members.

President: Brent Ronning
Vice-president: Peter Wienold   (was Director at Large)
Secretary: Janet Deakin
Treasurer: Colleen Brooks  (new to Board)
Directors at Large:Chris Arthurs, Sandy Bouleau, Elliot Drew (returning to Board), Melissa Lowe (new to Board), John Kenchenten, Teresa Mulligan (new to Board), Carrera Schroeder


“The Woman in Black” October 10 – November 1

“The Woman in Black” opens Portal Players Dramatic Society’s 37th season on October 10th, which is also our 26th season in our home at the Capitol Theatre.  It has been quite a journey from our humble beginnings in the gymnasium of what is now John Paul II School.  It is appropriate that our beloved theatre is one of the characters in this ghost play.

Port Alberni’s 78-year old Capitol Theatre plays the role of an empty Victorian theatre, where an old Arthur Kipps relates an eerie story of his youth to a young actor who he has hired to dramatise the story.  When they run through the play, however, things begin to go terrible wrong…

Many people are now familiar with the film “The Woman in Black”.  However, the stage play takes a different view of the story, which originated as a novel by Susan Hill in 1983 before being transformed for London’s West End stage in 1989 by Stephen Mallatratt, where it still runs.  The stage production is notable in that the story is told by just two actors.

Director David McGarry knew that casting this production would be integral to its success; the script rests firmly upon the shoulders of its two male leads.  “I knew that we could make this production really special with the right actors, and when I was able to cast Chris Arthurs and Cody Taylor I knew that we had a show!”, says McGarry.  Arthurs and Taylor are experienced actors with a long history of roles with Portal Players.  “Once we had the cast in place, the pressure was on to ensure that we would have the technical support to bring the show to the next level,” adds Producer Brent Ronning.  “The lighting, sound, and special effects would need to be above and beyond what we normally attempt to do in our theatre.  We wanted to challenge ourselves creatively to do some different things to inspire ourselves, and bring something memorable to our audience,” continues Ronning.  Says McGarry, “When Peter Wienold agreed to work on the complex soundscape for the show, and with my background in lighting design, I knew that we could make this ghost story come to life in our theatre.”

The production team will not divulge any additional secrets of what audiences might expect from the production, but rest assured that there shall be surprises:  expect the unexpected.

Join us at the Capitol Theatre for Portal Players’ very special production of this ghost play in October, featuring Chris Arthurs and Cody Taylor.  David McGarry does double duty as both director and lighting designer, with sound designer Peter Wienold, stage manager Carrera Schroeder, costume designer Andrea Markiewicz, and property master John Milne.  Produced by Brent Ronning.

This excursion into the supernatural plays Fridays and Saturdays, October 10 – November 1, with lounge/box office open at 6:30 pm and performance beginning at 7:30 pm.
On Hallowe’en, Friday, October 31, join us for a special performance beginning at 9:00 pm.  Lounge/Box office will open at 6:30 pm — you will have time to explore the haunted, unexplored depths of the Capitol Theatre.

Purchase your tickets here online,  at the Capitol Theatre Box Office, and Rollin Art Centre.

***Please note: “The Woman in Black” is a ghost story with sound and lighting effects which may scare small children***



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Presenting, the Portal Players Dramatic Society 2014/15 Season

The Woman in Black

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, November 1 (2014)

Seussical the Musical

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, March 6, 7 (2015)
Sunday Matinees, 2:00 pm, February 22, March 1 (2015)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm,  May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 29, 30 (2015)

One Act Summer Playhouse Series

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, July 17, 18, 24, 25 (2015)

theatrebcPortal Players will also be hosting the 2015 Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival at the Capitol Theatre, presenting the best of live theatre  from May 16 to May 23, 2015.