Now and Then – A Play by Sean Grennan Productions Performance Dates April 20-23
Directed by Dallas Duffus
Stage Managed by Cheryl Scherle
Auditions will be held in person at the Regina Performing Arts Centre. The audition sides are available here:
Now and Then Audition Sides
The complete script can be read on line at: https://www.playscripts.com/play/3257.
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Regina Little Theatre and the Regina Performing Arts Centre work diligently to keep our spaces safe and in compliance with the current COVID-19 regulations. Proof of vaccination is required to audition and a mask is required within the Regina Performing Arts Centre.
Cast of Characters
Jamie: late 20s to early 30s. Bartender and aspiring pianist. Attractive in a regular-guy kind of way. Sincere, hardworking, very much in love with Abby.
Man: late 50s, early to mid 60s. A bit beaten down but good natured. Easy to talk with, well-spoken, sincere and very intent on his mission. Husband of 35 years to Woman.
Abby: late 20s to early 30s. IHOP waitress and one-time English major. Funny, smart and very much in love with Jamie
Woman: late 50s, early to mid 60s. Strong, direct, loving, a little coarse. She is Man’s wife of 35 years. No one knows her like he does and no one knows him like she does.
Rick Harvey, a mainstay of Regina Little Theatre for nearly 40 years, passed away December 12 in Regina at the age of 80.
Primarily contributing behind the scenes, Rick's greatest talent lay in set design and construction. Four times he won the award for Best Visual at the Saskatchewan Theatre Festival. He was generous with his skills, lending them not only to RLT but to Regina Summer Stage, Regina Lyric Light Opera, St. Paul's Cathedral and the University of Regina Music Department, as well as conducting workshops throughout the province.
Rick also played key administrative roles for RLT, serving in all four executive positions – president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer – between 1978 and 1993. He was instrumental in moving RLT from its previous location on Saskatchewan Drive to its current tenancy at the Regina Performing Arts Centre. His extensive work was recognized with RLT's Sampson J. Goodfellow Award (the “Sammy”) for outstanding contribution to theatre in 1984 and with an Honourary Lifetime Membership in 1995. He was further honoured with the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award in 2012.
Within RLT, Rick was appreciated for his combination of skill and diligence. “Rick came in most days because he looked after the paint room,” recalled Rod McLeod, like Rick one of RLT's treasured Gentlemen of the Shop. “He would spend hours mixing whatever paint he found and adding the pigments to come up with the desired colours.
“Rick was a very creative artist in blending paints and colours to bring sets to life. He could work quietly on his own and come up with designs and layouts from his own creative instincts and his feelings for whatever play he was assisting with. He had an innate sense of artistry and creativity that added a lot to the productions.”
A native of Montreal, Rick joined the English faculty at the U of R in 1968 and remained there until his retirement 40 years later, specializing in Restoration and 18th-Century literature. Throughout his academic tenure, however, he found time to pursue his theatrical interests, creating or assisting on sets for more than 100 plays.
“Rick was not only a good friend, but very knowledgeable about the theatre and all its workings,” said RLT veteran performer Lyn Goldman. “Without his help and support, I doubt that I would have attained my Master's degree in English. He was a real asset to RLT and the University of Regina.”
Longtime director and actor Jean Taylor first encountered Rick before she moved to Regina. “I met Rick when he was helping Margaret Woodward prepare food for the actors at a Saskatchewan Theatre Festival in Weyburn in the 1980s,” Taylor said. “He was a superb artist. Rick designed, painted and dressed my sets for many years when I directed for Regina Little Theatre. It was quite a loss when Rick finally retired from doing those things. He will be missed by the theatre community.”
Message from the RLT President:
The Ghosts of Covid Past, Present and Yet To Come
(With apologies to Charles Dickens, whose works are securely in the public domain and who is – to coin his phrase – as dead as a doornail.)
As 2021 comes to a close and we all try to make the most of the festive season, Regina Little Theatre wants to acknowledge all whose efforts have put us on the way to recovery from the pandemic that has dominated our lives the past two years.
Covid-19 was appropriately named as we went a full 19 months between live on-stage productions. Since the last week of September, though, we have successfully staged two mainstage shows – Writers' Runaround and Charlotte's Web – and the Fall One-Acts (not quite a) Cabaret.
Over the course of 10 nights and two matinees, total attendance came to a shade over 1,500, which stands as a testimony to everyone involved:
– To the cast and crew of Writers' Runaround, who persevered through three postponements spanning nine months before they delivered their excellent performance.
– To all involved in the One-Acts, which built up further momentum for the return of live theatre.
– To the cast and crew of Charlotte's Web, who delighted children and adults alike with a verbal, visual and musical treat.
– To everyone who helped behind the scenes, especially the volunteers who screened every patron for proof of vaccination and made the audience as comfortable as possible despite the necessary restrictions and precautions.
– And especially to all in the audience, whose presence and enthusiasm reassured us that live theatre, and RLT in particular, remains in demand and will come back stronger than ever.
Thank you, one and all.
As we look ahead to 2022, RLT will maintain the approach it has taken throughout 2021: Hope for the best, keep a vigilant lookout on the Covid front, make everyone's health and safety our paramount concern, and adjust accordingly.
Our schedule for the remainder of the 2021-22 season calls for mainstage productions in February (Sylvia), April (Now and Then) and June (Black Comedy), as well as the Spring One-Acts in May.
Until further notice, we will continue to make proof of vaccination and the wearing of masks mandatory for admission. This policy applies not only to the audience, but to everyone involved in a production: actors, backstage crew, technicians, ticket takers ... everybody follows these precautions to assure the utmost of public safety. The only exception is that actors go maskless for performances, and the Regina Performing Arts Centre has compensated for that by moving the front rows further from the stage.
As this is written, there is concern that the Omicron variant may bring about a new spike in Covid cases. If this or any similar situation unfolds, our top priority will naturally be the health and safety of our participants and patrons. Should the government mandate another closure or if we make our own determination that the public is best served by cancellations or postponements, we will do so without hesitation.
Whether the season continues with or without interruption, we look forward to entertaining you and seeing you at RPAC whenever that time comes.
Merry Christmas. Joyous Holidays. Happy New Year. You take care and we will, too.
President, Regina Little Theatre
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