By Carla Allen
Get set for more live entertainment in Yarmouth County. With help from a $10,000 grant from Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage, Th’YARC is launching a new mini-touring company that will perform at local libraries, museums, business, and not-for-profit organizations.
Small story-telling plays, skits, guided tours or reenactments in period costume will be provided on those sites to help enhance the Yarmouth experience during the tourist season.
Director Jeremy Watkins is the project’s facilitator. He’s seeking volunteers to form a pool of actors and musicians that will be available for various performances throughout the summer until October.
“We’re also going to try to advertise to local businesses to see if they need someone in period costume to be a greeter, to hand out flyers, or go up and down the streets promoting their products,” he said.
“We’re not mascots though,” he said with a laugh.
Members of the mini-touring company will also be wearing lighthouse keeper’s period costume to provide tours of the Cape Forchu Lighthouse.
Watkins will also be training staff at the lighthouse to provide tours, with assistance from the grandson of one of the original lightstation keepers.
All ages are being sought for the mini-touring company and acting experience is not a necessity.
Watkins says the experience is a great one to have on your resume.
“It’s acting outside the box. It’s being out in the public, a smaller group.”
Not everyone that is in the “pool" of people has to take part in every one of the projects. For example, a Seafest play on the waterfront on July 21 and 25 has six people involved but the next afternoon a local business may request two people in costume to be on hand at their business to be greeters. For every play that is taking place a general audition will be held.
A June 28 (1 p.m.) audition will be held at Th’YARC for “A Generation of Leaves,” a French play that will take place at Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse on Aug. 4.
If you’d like to volunteer for the mini-touring company, or would like more information, call 902-742-9367, 902-740-2142 or 902-742-8150, or email: tymtcor @outlook.com