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Applications for Thousand Islands Got Talent open until Aug. 5 

If there is something Gananoque and area has in abundance, it has to be gifted artists. Nowhere will you find such a concentration of painters, sculptors, photographers, writers, musicians and assorted other performers. While a lot are professionals, still more are amateurs just waiting to be discovered. Tammy Tedford and her crew from the Special People’s Christmas Party have figured out a great way to not only find these gifted entertainers but to get them out there on a stage and let the rest of us see how great they really are. “We want everyone know that we are accepting applications for their talents,” said Tedford. “The event is open to all ages and all talents, and applications can be picked up at Absolutely Hair or Donevan’s Hardware.” The contest is for amateurs only and applications must be submitted for screening by August 5. Auditions are August 12 and August 19 with the competition to be held on September 22 at the Branch 92 Legion in Gananoque. “Doors open at 6 o’clock for the show,” said Tedford. “We will have cash prizes for first, second and third place – first-place will receive $300, second-place will receive $75, and third-place will receive $25. We only have spots available for about 15 competitors so it’s important that they pick up their applications and get them in ASAP.” The 2018 crew is very excited about the show and believe that the area’s best amateur artists will also enjoy the evening. They hope to have a full slate of applicants to share their talents with the public. Whether singers, instrumentalists, solos, duos, trios, bands, comics, or other entertainers, they want to hear from you. “We have many surprises lined up for the evening of the 22nd,” said Tedford. “We can’t wait to get started on the auditions so we can bring Gananoque the best in local amateur talent, and maybe find the next area super star.”

July 31, 2018 Local Entertainment
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Versatile actors handle multiple roles in Harvest 

When playwright Ken Cameron wrote Harvest, now playing at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, he didn’t have to go far afield for inspiration: what happened to the couple in the play happened to his parents when they rented out their southwestern Ontario farmhouse. Instead of renting it out to a nice couple, as they had thought, the tenants turned the house into an illegal marijuana grow-op, leaving it in such disarray that it jeopardized their retirement plan of moving to a condominium in the city. (It is kind of strange watching a play about marijuana with its legalization just around the corner.) It turned out renter Ron wasn’t an airline pilot after all, and that his co-habitant is named Razor. The naive Allan and Charlotte (Sheldon Davis and Catherine Fitch) just assume they are a gay couple and don’t suspect anything is amiss even though their neighbour tries to warn them. Naivete aside, most of the comedic moments in Cameron’s play – he also wrote Dear Johnny Deere, which was staged by TIP three years ago — come not from the script, but from the improv-like performances of Fitch and Davis. There are a number of characters in this play — from the big-city real estate agent to the jaded police constable to the nerdy insurance agent — but only two actors. So Davis and Fitch must assume a number of different roles in this two-hander, and sometimes even play the same character. One minute, Fitch will be Charlotte one minute, nervous renter Ron the next. One of the most complicated scenes sees Davis taking on the role of four of his wife’s friends simultaneously using just a clothesline pinned with four different dresses, his voice, and hand gestures to distinguish them. Davis did a frantically capable job with each. In fact, I think I enjoyed it most when Fitch played a male character and Davis a female one. While I’m sure it was included to help with clarity, I think the play could have done without the sound effect each time the actors switched roles. I thought either the donning of glasses, pipe, scarf, or hat implied as much, as did the actors’ different intonations. Like the spare set that focused the attention on the actors, the fewer effects the better. This play was what my mom would call “cute.” I smiled and chuckled at some of the one-liners more often than I laughed. I didn’t slap my knee, but I didn’t roll my eyes, either. I didn’t walk out of the theatre excitedly talking about that scene that was really funny, nor did I walk out and scoff. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. Still, it’s the kind of play that made for a pleasant evening at the theatre more than a particularly memorable one.

July 31, 2018 Local Entertainment
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