First of all, a big thank you to everyone who joined us for Christmas Crackers, our online performance last month of The Christmas Project and The Nativity Auditions. Your support of our two online shows means much more to us than the income our broadcasts generated in what threatened to be a very meagre year. With live theatre shut down for the foreseeable, Gabriola Players decided to try walking a different path and you took a leap of faith and blazed the trail with us.
Kudos to TJ Radcliffe, Ray Appell, Lesley Hazeldine and Scott Rivers, the local writers whose brand new scripts made the shows possible. Although ticket sales are slashed for online shows, the performance rights for older plays remain the same, whether the production is in a packed theatre or online. Their creativity made our September and December shows not just possible, but also viable.
What’s in store for 2021? Who can say? We haven’t yet abandoned all hope of getting the Bard back in the garden with performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the summer, but it’s clear that whatever we do in the spring will once again be online.
And this is where you (might) come in.
Do you (or someone you know) have a short play (or a great idea for one) which we might be able to perform in the spring for an online One-Act Play Festival? If so, we would like to hear from you.
Ideally it would be a short play that can be performed live online, but, as we discovered with The Nativity Auditions when circumstances (Covid restrictions) overcame us in December, pre-recording is possible.
Obviously the play cannot involve a group of people together in a room, but there is no reason it couldn’t involve two people together outside. Get those creative juices flowing and then, please, show us what you’ve got.
If you do have a script you’d like us to consider, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org before February 28th.
We look forward to hearing from you!