Rivercity holding auditions for a bold, new idea: Reading Theatre

The Players are trying to have a bigger community identity and encourage people to attend live theatre performances

Rivercity Players is introducing a new form of entertainment to Campbell River audiences – Reading Theatre.

The Players are trying to have a bigger community identity and encourage people to attend, and take in, live theatre performances. They have already provide entertainment for Heritage Day in Spirit Square and done a reading of CBC’s A Christmas Carol.

“We know there are lots of talented people out there who would like to take part but have not got the time to learn lines and attend a lot of rehearsals,” says Gail Tisdale, President of Rivercity Players. “So we choose plays where most of the entertainment and wit is in the words, and the actors simply read their parts. It’s more like a radio show with an audience.”

The readings will be performed at the Players Clubhouse Theatre at 1080 Hemlock Street.

“Not many people have been to our small theatre as we have not used it for public performances before” says Gail. “It has seventy five comfortable theatre seats, all with a good view of the stage. We also have proper lighting and a green room for interval refreshments. It provides just the right friendly atmosphere for taking an active part in theatre and having some fun.”

The next reading production is The Foursome by Canada’s most prolific comedy writer, Norm Foster. It will be directed by Alistair Taylor and, as the title suggests, is about four men playing golf.

Auditions for this show are on Thursday Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse Theatre.

The Players’ motto is “Come play with us.”

“Everyone and anyone is welcome,” says Tisdale. “You don’t need theatre experience for this sort of production.

“Just come along and have fun.”