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ELATE plans for spring performances

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Elliot Lake Amateur Theatre Ensemble (ELATE) is getting set to undertake an ambitious spring production.

Following on the heels of two successful programs last spring and fall, the group is getting set to produce two one-act plays by a local playwright, Linda Morgan, from Lively Ontario.

The first play, “Among Friends”, was a jury selection in ELATE’s Playwriting competition in 2022. It requires three female and one male character. The play gives a humorous commentary on social media and is written in monologue style.

“This play will be the directorial debut of Astrid Turner, an established actor in several ELATE productions,” said member David Black.

The second offering by Linda Morgan is a traditional comic farce featuring a variety of characters caught in a chaotic mess of misunderstandings. This play calls for six female and two male actors.

“Murray Finn, ELATE veteran director, will be at the helm of this one-act piece,” Black said. “ELATE is proud to showcase this local talented playwright.”

To prepare for the productions, ELATE is offering Wednesday evening workshops at the Elliot Lake Secondary School (ELSS) drama room starting at 7 pm.

“These workshops offer acting tips, theatre games, scene study and a glimpse of the plays’ scripts to participants, before the auditions on March 4 and 5.”

“This is an opportune time for newcomers to come out and get involved in a fun and learning theatre activity. These two plays offer many openings for wannabe actors and non-actors to get involved in an opportunity of a lifetime. People of all ages and experiences are welcome.”

The plays will be performed locally over three weekends in May and June, with the icing on the cake being a chance to perform in the Soo One Act Play Festival on June 7,8 and 9 in Sault Ste. Marie.

“ELATE extends an open invitation to anyone in the area, who has the acting bug, to come out and join in.”

ELATE membership is only $25 per year and $40 for a family.

For more information, contact Murray FinnAstrid Turner; or David Black.



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