ATC 001: Meet Carrera & Melissa, and preview Little Shop of Horrors

It’s the inaugural episode of At The Capitol with Portal Players, the new podcast all about our theatre company and where we perform and play.

In this episode, we chat with Carrera Schroeder, director of Little Shop of Horrors; and with Melissa Lowe, a member of the trio in the show. Recorded live at Denman Island on August 13, 2018, we learn that summer camping is another enthusiastic pursuit of many of our local thespians. (Photo, L to R: Melissa Lowe, Carrera Schroeder, Peter Wienold). Click here to see the photo being described at the start of the show.

Learn about what a director and stage manager do in a production, and hear all about our upcoming season-opening musical, Little Shop of Horrors, which opens at The Capitol Theatre with a big Gala Fundraising Night on October 17.

Soon you’ll be able to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes with your favourite podcast playing app; until those links are up and running, please enjoy the show right here in your browser!

Portal Players has a Podcast!

Portal Players is excited to announce that we have just launched a brand new podcast, At The Capitol with Portal Players.

Host Peter Wienold is also on the Portal Players board and has directed, produced and acted with the company on many occasions over multiple decades. Starting soon, we’ll present a series of At The Capitol episodes to tell you all about what Portal Players Dramatic Society is up to.

For those of you who don’t know, The Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni is owned and operated by volunteer members of Portal Players. We produce our own plays, musicals & other live entertainment just for the love of it, and we provide educational opportunities through all our programs, & especially through our STAGES Youth Theatre program and our GLEE choral program. At The Capitol will feature chats with our members discussing upcoming shows, auditions, personal profiles and much more.

PPDS LogoWe’ve got so much to talk about, including:

  • Our upcoming season of shows, which starts with the musical Little Shop of Horrors in October;
  • An amazing opening night Fundraising Gala to reveal our brand new stage curtains, made possible in large part by Lily Diotte and her companies Koliber Gifts and the Swale Rock Cafe;
  • We’ll soon be launching both our season ticket sales campaign, and our business sponsorship campaign – and a note that our top sponsors will get promotional mentions in this podcast!
  • Portal Players members, both long-term and new arrivals will be profiled;
  • And, among many other topics, we’ll talk about how Portal Players adds to the vibrancy of the Alberni Valley’s arts community, and how we bring new economic activity to town by hosting regional festivals, and next summer, Theatre BC’s big drama provincials Festival, Mainstage, to Port Alberni

So there’s lots of ground to cover – get a head start by subscribing to the podcast in your favourite app, or just listen online right in your web browser.

You can look forward to a new episode of At The Capitol with Portal Players featuring our upcoming Little Shop of Horrors musical, which opens October 17.

STAGES Company One Auditions 2018-2019

Hello Everyone!

We hope you are all having a wonderful summer! This post is intended to help answer some of the questions we have been getting about the STAGES Company One production for next year.

Our production next year is going to be written by our senior students, the focus of which is totally up to the participants. Naomi Boutwell will be facilitating and helping with the editing process, but the writing and the artistic direction is up to the students. While we have been asked if it will be a monologue show, or a show that follows a linear plot, or if it will be a variety of scenes, we can’t answer that yet as it will be decided by the Company One class.

Auditions – For the audition process we are asking each student to write a one to two minute long monologue to perform for us. The monologue needs to:

  1. Be about something you experienced that made an impact in your life. It could be something good or something bad. Possible suggestions…getting a new sibling, hearing something that changed your perspective on an issue, the loss of something special, friend drama (no names please), getting your first job, something that you felt was unjust or made you mad, learning to drive, passing a difficult course, or your first time on stage. It’s your choice. Choose something that has emotion tied to it.
  2. Be safe. Your monologue needs to be something you are comfortable sharing with the stages company one class and possibly an audience. Please do not include anyone’s real names or disclose anything that would make you feel vulnerable.
  3. Be one to two minutes long and you MUST provide us with a typed or written version of the monologue before performing it. Preparation is key, it needs to be memorized.
  4. Be for a friend. All the best monologues have a specific audience. The target audience for your monologue is a friend, it should be like confiding in/ranting to/celebrating with a friend.

If you have any further questions please feel free to message us via facebook or email Naomi directly naomi.boutwell@gmail.com

*I have a few monologues that meet these expectations but rather than sharing those right away I would like to hear what you come up with on your own. If you feel stuck though please don’t hesitate to ask and I will gladly send you some examples.

Audition dates are: August 27, 28, and 29 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm