How We Make Theatre in Newfoundland & Labrador

Freelance theatre artist Sharon King-Campbell has been engaged by Region 8 of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, and Stephenville Theatre Festival) to conduct a study of the theatre-making practices in the province, including a survey of all active theatre companies, an investigation into the obstacles facing theatre makers and the issues faced by the theatre industry as a whole. Sharon is interested in conducting interviews with theatre company
leaders and has an online questionnaire to collect data.

The questionnaire is here:

2017 Provincial Drama Festival

Hosted by: Avion Players - Gander, NL
April 16th-April 22nd, 2017

Adjudicator: Robert Chafe

Moon Over Buffalo

by Ken Ludwig

Sunday, April 16th – 8:00 PM

Avion Players, Gander

The hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom! Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

“”Moon Over Buffalo packs more comic genius onto the stage than anything in recent memory!” — USA Today.

“Ken Ludwig is one of those rare contemporary playwrights who thinks in terms of old-fashioned knockabout farce, and that’s something to be cherished.” — The New York Times.

“Moon Over Buffalo is hilarious! Ludwig stuffs his play with comic invention, running gags and neat sense of absurdity. An evening of farcical delight. Go and enjoy!” — New York Post (Clive Barnes).

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by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman

Tuesday, April 18th – 8:00 PM

Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook

When fifteen-year-old Anna is told that her mother is dying of cancer, she responds in the only way she knows how—by ignoring the issue. Friends and family are unable to understand her reaction and Anna is increasingly frustrated by their attempts to help her, escalated of course by her persistent itching. Told by Anna with assistance from her best friend, father, aunt, and her dying mother, Scratch is a fresh, funny, and realistic play about the urgency of life and the need to live it to the fullest extent.

“Scratch is very personal” — Vancouver Presents.

“A very personal family drama.” — Toronto Star.

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The Good Doctor

by Neil Simon

Wednesday, April 19th – 8:00 PM

St. John’s Players, St. John’s

This Broadway hit, first produced 1973, is a combination of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov as the American playwright adapts several short stories by the famous Russian writer/physician in this entertaining comedy. It is a blend of talents from two widely respected writers from different countries who lived nearly a century apart. Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society. An unnamed writer (obviously meant to represent Chekhov himself) suffers from writer’s block and his own artistic temperament as he narrates to the audience several of his stories. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.

“A great deal of warmth and humor in his retelling of these Chekhovian tales.” — Newhouse Newspapers.

“There is much fun here. Mr. Simon’s comic fancy is admirable.” — The New York Times.

“Neil Simon’s heartwarming and hilarious tribute to Anton Chekhov. Simon, the popular Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, expertly weaves a variety of Chekhov short stories into laugh-out-loud evening of infectious humor, touching tenderness and unending fun” — The Theatre Mirror.

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by Norm Foster

Thursday, April 20th – 8:00 PM

Northern Lights Theatre Company, Labrador West

Val is an O.R. nurse, Andy is in the storage business, Nina is a police officer and Matt is the host of a morning radio show. Theyre middle-aged, single and looking. Val agrees to meet Andy after answering his personal ad in the newspaper and Nina and Matt are coaxed into joining their friends for support. What follows is hilarious, touching and so very true to life.

“A winning, witty script that audiences will find difficult to resist.” — London Free Press.

“Worthy of Broadway. Norm Foster’s never been funnier, warmer, sweeter and more wildly romantic..” — Hamilton Spectator.

“Foster at his witty best.” — Sarnia Observer.


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Salt-Water Moon

by David French

Friday, April 21st – 8:00 PM

Mokami Players, Happy Valley·Goose Bay

It’s a splendid moon-filled night in Coley’s Point in 1926. Eighteen-year-old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to the tiny Newfoundland outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed …

“A gem of a play, an old-fashioned love song that is affecting, funny, and evocative as a dream.” — The Globe & Mail.

“Tender as a caress, delicate as a love poem…tremendous!” — Southam News.

“This is a lovely play, lovingly written…We’ve not met the likes of Mary and Jacob on any stage in many a long day. You’ll not soon forget them.” — Hollywood Drama-Logue.

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Matinee Special at The Theatre – Hotel Gander

Saturday, April 22nd – 2:00 PM

Twelve Angry Men

by Reginald Rose

School Zone Productions, St. John’s

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts.

“This TV play turned movie turned stage play pours all the traditional excitement of a courtroom drama into the jury-room adjacent, where it shows the tension to be even higher. A conventional trial drama offers us a series of one-on-one confrontations, with only the judge permitted to interrupt. Reginald Rose’s play gives us a dozen characters in non-stop interaction over a matter of, literally, life-and-death, enmities and alliances forming and re-forming, everyone’s thoughts and feelings in continual flux” — National Post.

“Twelve Angry Men: Classic jury-room drama still packs a wallop ” — Globe & Mail.

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by Sarah Quick

Saturday, April 22nd – 7:00 PM

Carol Players, Labrador West

The paper mill that long propped up the economy of Elliston Falls has been shut down, sending the town spiraling into an economic depression. When a chipper but overwhelmed tourism officer arrives to lend a hand, she discovers an unlikely business partnership in the three brassy friends that make up the local chapter of Weight Watchers. Could the ladies’ plan for a custom underwear business (complete with giant knickers as a roadside attraction) really be the town’s salvation? This hilariously irreverent comedy celebrates determination, entrepreneurial spirit, and the willingness to bare it all.

“A clever and cheeky tale … Underlying the laughs is a very touching human story of small town values and resiliency which resonates.” — The Reformer (Port Dover).

“Knickers will have you laughing till your sides hurt! … Packed with outrageous one-liners it is a must see for anyone wanting to put a glow of merriment on their summer.” —

“This is a comedy played for laughs to the hilt … it has the delicious gossipy attitude of The Women, the outrageous money-making scenario of Calendar Girls, and the hilarious climactic finale of The Full Monty.” — St Thomas/Elgin Weekly News.

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