On Saturday March 25, I attended a performance of two Canadian one-act plays presented by Beech Street Theatre Company in their new home of Whitby’s Abilities Centre. Kudos are extended to this company for giving local actors an opportunity to participate in the one-act play format.
DEATH CERTFICATE, by Beech Street founder Michael Khashmanian, is the story of a man who has slipped through the clutches of death during an operation only to find that his life has changed forever as a result. ALL TOGETHER NOW by Sunderland resident and actor/writer Graeme Powell is billed as ‘interventionist’ comedy. If you could speak to the last person before you die, who would it be? Mr. Powell’s script was the first one act inauguration of the Durham Minifest at the Port Perry Town Hall In August 2016. I never saw this cast perform the script so I was most thankful that I had the opportunity.
There is promising talent in this company and, as further opportunities open up for auditions and performances, I’m certain this group will continue to showcase local residents from this region. The theme of death that permeates both scripts can sometimes be a tricky one to sell to audiences, but all actors appear up for the challenge in wanting to present quality work.
Performers in DEATH CERTIFICATE are Michael Khashmanian and Catherine Speiran. Michael Khashmanian directs the production.
The original performers of ALL TOGETHER NOW from The Durham Minifest returned for this production. They include Derek Barber, Paul Dobbs, Dillon Hunter, Kit Greaves, Julie Jarrett, Cheryl Tulloch-Van Vilet and Beth Whalen. Ian Speiran directs this production.
Both one acts plays continue at Whitby’s Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon Street, 2nd floor at 7:30 pm March 30, 31 and April 1. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For further information, visit their Facebook Page: Beech Street Theatre Company.