2024 Festival Season Shapes Up

2024 Season Picks Progressing

The submission entries for the 2024 Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays have all been received, and the Reading Committee is hard at work sifting through them in order to create another successful season, but this is no easy task!

In little more than a month the festival received over 300 entries and had to cap the entries in order to give the plays the integrity of service they require to whittle it down to 10-12 selections. All committees have limitations on the volume of material they can read while still giving each the respect they deserve and the NIFOAP Reading Committee is no different. That said, we look forward to announcing the exciting festival choices in May! The 2024 festival runs Thursday Sept 5 – 8 at Newmarket Old Town Hall Auditorium.

Exciting News from VUTC Young Company

Very excited about what the VUTC Young Company is planning this year! In addition to writing, directing and performing their own plays for their Sunday matinee performances in the Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays, we are adding pre-festival workshops offering tools that will enable the young creatives to perform for people suffering from aphasia / dementia.
Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. Aphasia leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others. Many people have aphasia as a result of stroke. Bruce Willis is one week known Actor who has been diagnosed with aphasia.
The idea for the VUTC Young Company initiative is that all performances will made Aphasia / dementia accessible as each will be accompanied by key wording prepared in advance and placed into their devices or on a screen that will then play alongside.

young Company Performers

young Company Players

The brainchild of the idea, VUTC Young Company Director, Kira Rosenbloom, who has previous experience in this area, has also contacted the Asphasia Institute who will make it an outing for their program participants to come see their matinee show. This initiative adds to last year’s Young Company workshop which had focus on working with deaf actors, and continues to make the VUTC Young Company one the most inclusive in the Region if not the country.
Also a big thank you to Newmarket Optimist Club who have just donated $1000 towards this initiative so it can be rolled out effectively in time for the 2024 Festival!

Tom out!

 

 

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