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Pine Tree Players looking for directors, play submissions

Calling all theatre directors in the Bow Valley
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Pine Tree Players actors are filmed as they perform a scene from The Canmore Summer Theatre Festival’s production of The Hobbit in 2020. The stage production is being pre-recorded and released on YouTube, due to the cancellation caused by COVID-19. EVAN BUHLER RMO FILE PHOTO⁠

BOW VALLEY – Pine Tree Players (PTP) is reaching out to the community to find its next set of directors and plays for 2021.

The Canmore theatre organization is giving an Oct. 15 deadline for those interested in enhancing the local arts and culture scene with ideas, leadership and productions that will appeal to the community.

Anyone can apply to be a director or assistant director and up to three plays can be submitted for consideration.

“It can be a new [play], it can be your [script], it can be anything from Shakespeare to Broadway to a one-woman show you saw once and would like to see again,” said Maxine Bennett, a PTP board member.

“We like to keep it really broad and open because sometimes we get submissions that we would not have thought of, but when we read about them and the proposal it’s incredible and will play really well in Canmore and will add to the artistic scene.

"Basically, iIf it’s something that sparks someone’s interest, then they should submit it to us.”

In PTP's call for directors, Bennett said the main thing they’re looking for is experience in theatre. She added those applying should have a vision for how the production will come together on stage.

“We’re interested if you have experience in directing or assistant direction, stage management,” she said. “For new directors, if you have a plan [for directing], we’re interested in hearing from you. We’re also looking for people with excellent people skills because we are a volunteer organization and we want to make this a pleasurable and fun experience for everyone involved.”

PTP will pick two plays for summer and fall 2021 and is aiming to perform live at Canmore Miners’ Union Hall. The volunteer organization is following up to date guidelines surrounding COVID-19, which this year forced PTP to switch from live theatre to video productions for its Canmore Summer Theatre Festival.

“If we end up in another wave of COVID, we can re-evaluate then, but the board is working really hard to be on top of the changing situation and making sure theatre happens, just safely and responsibly,” Bennett said.

Those interested in directing or submitting a play(s) for consideration can visit www.pinetreeplayers.com for the online form.



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