SAY IT! On Stage (So Far)
Since SAY IT! On Stage participants came together for their first meeting in June of 2019, the group has continually found new ways to be creative and stay connected. Moving from live conversation circles, writing groups, rehearsals and performances, to congregating in Zoom rooms, and producing recorded theatre under pandemic restrictions, these talented individuals have found a way to keep themselves and audiences entertained.
For the first project, Pelham seniors worked together with E.L. Crossley Secondary School students to devise an original stage play, Over to You. The hours of hard work and happy times that resulted in two nights of performances at the MCC are documented for you on this site, under the "Past Productions" tab.
Then, in June 2020, after months of meeting weekly to read through vintage scripts, we set to work creating a podcast "radio" play. Rehearsing from a living document in a virtual venue had its challenges, but neither unstable internet connections nor endless electronic versions of a the monster draft that we wrote collectively could deter us. In December 2020, we released our pandemic podcast production, Unearthed. You'll find the link to listen to it on this website.
Next up was an experiment in film production. We succeeded in devising characters, writing a feature length script, rehearsing and recording it; however, Millennium Mission to Mars did not quite come together the way we hoped. Still, you can see a sampling of it under its own tab on the website. The incredible commitment of all of the writers, actors, and production crew who tried to make it happen is truly something to be celebrated.
And now... we are back in person, beginning work on a new stage play called Stories Found. Keep an eye on Town of Pelham news. Tickets will go on sale in October, and this is a show you won't want to miss! Unlike Unearthed and Millennium Mission to Mars, our next show will get back to the original purpose of SAY IT! On Stage: starting conversations and collaboration between seniors and youth, and using theatre as a means of sharing real life stories from our communities. We know that you'll find that the people, places and events in our own lives can be every bit as magical as what we conjure up in our imaginations.