Take a Bow Theatre has had a busy few months since it rolled out its latest and greatest production in The Mouse Trap which went for four days in early May. Since then, the theatre and its participants have hosted acting workshops and will be holding pantomime auditions on Aug. 21 and 28 for its newest show, The Dancing Princesses.
"Our first workshop took place on July 28 and it focused on acting basics and character development. Although we only had a small number of participants, likely due to planning it on a weekend during the summer months, we had great feedback and are excited to plan another one. The board is looking at holding one in November 2019. We are not sure what the focus of this workshop will be yet, but working with Theatre Alberta gives us access to great instructors from a variety of theatre disciplines. We will have more details come September," said Take a Bow president Anita McDonald.
"We want to bring more opportunities for people to be involved with theatre to Cochrane, and we think the workshops are a great way for people to be involved without dedicating themselves to a full production. We also want more people to know that we exist in the community, learn about what we do and want to become more involved. We also plan to use the workshops in coordination with our productions; cast and crew members could take part and learn new things they can apply to the production and enhance what we provide to our audience."
McDonald said auditioning for the pantomime is a great way for people who are interested in acting to improve themselves in a safe and fun environment.
"The pantomime is a great opportunity for anyone and everyone to be involved. The crew dedicated to putting on the Panto every year is focused on making it a fun experience for everyone. We try our best to accommodate as many people as we can of all ages and from all acting backgrounds. If anyone has ever wanted the chance to get on stage for the first time, the Panto is a great place to start. We always have a mix of seasoned actors and crew along with first-timers and it makes for a great teaching and learning experience. There are no requirements to come audition; just an interest in being involved in any capacity ... acting, dancing, set crew and backstage crew," McDonald said.
The Dancing Princesses was written and is being directed by Ruellen Forsyth-Nicholson from Bragg Creek. The play is loosely based on the folk tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
"Just like any Panto, the main plotline is 'borrowed' from a well-known story, but that is where the similarities usually end. It will be filled with singing, dancing, comedy and audience participation," said McDonald. "The Pantomime in the Fall and our Spring Production are usually very different styles of plays and bring people with different interests out. The board has greatly benefited from The Mousetrap, as one of the leads from that production has joined the board and has agreed to direct the Spring 2020 production."
Audition times on Aug. 21 and Aug. 28 will go from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for ages 13 and under and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for ages 14 and over.