September 10,11,12 2020 at the Old Town Hall Newmarket

“The Festival Champion Advisory Board” meeting is on Monday February 24 7 PM in the Community Room at the Real Canadian Super store 18120 Yonge St, Newmarket, ON The community room is on the upper level.

The first order of business is the promotion for submissions of one act plays. Jim Geoghan submitted two plays on the further adventures of Carl and Ida who were featured in his hilarious play “the Next Ivan Sharansky” in last year’s festival. Robert McNeely and Laurie Laing will reprise their roles directed again by Patricia O’Hare. This year’s festival will showcase a Saturday matinee Theatre for Young Audiences production on September 11 and for this the festival is looking for a suitable TYA play. The festival will once again include a One Act Play by Newmarket’s own playwright Norm Foster.

The second order of business is the enlistment of directors. Last year’s festival was blessed with six fine directors, Joan Burrows, Jane Spence, Kay Valentine, Patricia O’Hare, Joanna Kaufman and Bruce Williamson who also acted in a play.

The third order of business is the introduction of our new Web site dedicated to the Newmarket Main Street BIA and the history of Newmarket.

This year’s festival will connect with some of the fine restaurants on Main Street for Dinner and theatre tickets and local Bed and Breakfast, Hotels and motels for weekend Getaway packages.

The 4th annual festival looks forward to another exciting line up of plays partnering with the Rotary Club of Newmarket and the Newmarket Main Street BIA

The late great theatre director Tyrone Guthrie once said “we are looking for ideas large enough to be afraid of again. Embrace these new idea’s, bite off more than you can chew and don’t get stuck in one place.

The One act play festival needs your large ideas come out and share those ideas.

  • When  Monday February 24th
  • Time   7 PM
  • Where The Real Canadian Superstore Community Room
  • 18120 Yonge St, Newmarket
Rod Urquhart

Rod is an award-winning journalist and author of three books, now retired. Two are humour books and the last being a well-received book of poetry. Rod took to writing plays about four years ago and has been pursuing this full-time, or whenever he isn’t sleeping or tending to his garden! Rod was the main Foley artist on ‘Ace Galaksi: Space Dick at Large’ in the Festival’s first year and was Rod’s foray into live theatre. Rod’s youngest sister and parents were heavily involved in ‘theatre’ and the performing arts and this is an area he always wanted to pursue, now mainly script writing! Gilda The Princess is his first script to be accepted and performed live on stage. Thanks also to Ole Madsen, the author of the book Gilda, which Rod turned into a play with full permission.

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