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The irrepressible Marie Dressler’s life, love & career in Alumnae Theatre’s delightful, entertaining Queen Marie

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Naomi Peltz, Katherine Cappallacci, Siena Dolinski & Seira Saeki. Photo by Bruce Peters.

Alumnae Theatre Company closes its 100th anniversary season—with heart, moxie and rip roaring good fun— with Queen Marie, a musical by Shirley Barrie, directed by Rosemary Doyle, with music direction by Paul Comeau and choreography by Adam Martino.

Queen Marie is a biographical musical about Canadian-born 1930s Hollywood star actress/comedienne Marie Dressler. Director Doyle takes us to the vaudeville stage, complete with proscenium arch, a live band on one side and stall seating on the other. Using minimal set pieces, projected images up centre present show posters and images of various locations as we travel through Dressler’s storied life and career.

queen marie little marieCatherine Ratusny & Tess Keery. Photo by Bruce Peters.

Born Leila Koerber in Cobourg, Ontario, we witness Dressler being bitten by the acting bug at the age of five (Tess Keery), performing in…

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Director Call for “Queen Marie” (interviews start May 22)

The 2017/18 season is Alumnae Theatre Company’s 100th – if you can believe it – and in recognition of our history, the season will feature Canadian plays written by women and directed by women.

For the last production of the season, we proudly present Queen Marie (running April 13-28, 2018), by award-winning playwright (and company member) Shirley Barrie.

 

To direct this large-cast, humorous play with music, song and dance, we are seeking an experienced director – either union or non-union.

 

Queen Marie features the traumas and triumphs of Marie Dressler (1868?–1934), a tenacious, flamboyant actor and comedienne from rural Cobourg, Ontario who became internationally famous.  She had a long and checkered career starting at age 14 – performing in roadshows, vaudeville, Broadway, and films including a 1914 silent with Charlie Chaplin, a 1932 “talkie” with Greta Garbo (Anna Christie), and earning a Best Actress Oscar in 1930 for her dramatic role in the film Min and Bill.

 

In a quote attributed to her, she said:  “I’m too homely for a prima donna and too ugly for a soubrette.”

Unlucky in love, she inspired lifelong loyalty in her friends, and was fearless in taking on injustice.

http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/marie-dressler/

Queen Marie was first produced by 4th Line Theatre (Millbrook, Ont.) in 2012.

http://www.shirleybarrie.ca/writing/plays-for-adults/queen-marie

Applications to direct the play for Alumnae Theatre Company are being currently accepted:

Both non-union and union directors are welcome to apply. CAEA directors will be considered under Amateur Policy Contract. Cast is non-union.

We are also seeking a non-union Music Director and Choreographer.

 

Please submit your résumé with a 2-3 sentence statement explaining why you wish to direct Queen Marie to:  queenmarieATC@gmail.com with subject heading: QM Director Call

 

If chosen for an interview, you will be given access to the script and asked to prepare an outline of your vision for the production.

 Interviews begin May 22 and continue as necessary.

http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/directors.html

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