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Kempenfelt Community Players Goes Virtual

KCP accepting audition submissions for their first full-length virtual performance


Kempenfelt Community Players (KCP) is adapting to the new normal and is currently accepting audition submissions for their first full-length virtual performance of The Last Five Years.  KCP Alumni, Ryan Laplante will direct this completely virtual performance alongside Musical Director Renée  Cingolani.  

The Last Five Years explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy  Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse  chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological  order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a  wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect. This Broadway smash hit was adapted for the  screen in the 2015 film of the same name featuring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. 

In KCP’s production, Cathy will be portrayed femme and Jamie will be portrayed masc, however, the casting  of this show will be age, gender, and colour blind so there is great deal of flexibility. Those interested in  submitting an audition video are free to audition for whichever character interests them the most! 

Instead of the traditional two-person cast for The Last 5 Years, KCP will be casting a different performer for  each song (and two performers from within the same household for the duet at the centre of the show)  with a few possible non-speaking roles that would be played by performers within each cast members  household (if that isn’t possible those roles will be cut from the show). Auditions, music rehearsals, text  work and the overall planning, discussion of the shoot, and recording will take place entirely over e-mail,  zoom or the phone as necessary. SAFETY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY. The cast size is anticipated to be  somewhere between 14-17.  

Further information about the audition process for this production can be found at 

The Podcast: Richard Varty of TIFT

Before the world shut down, we had a chance to chat with Barrie thespian Richard Varty, about his role with Talk Is Free Theatre, about the thriving theatre scene in Barrie and about his path to the stage.

And find out about the terrific free online coaching/mentorship theatre program TIFT is offering during these hard days.



Last Chance To See Mamma Mia Is This Weekend, Get Your Tickets NOW!

Mamma Mia by Kampenfelt Players has been an enormous success. If you haven’t seen it yet you are running out of time.  This is the last weekend you will have the chance to see this extravaganza.  Click on the link to see some great new pictures of the show and stars to see what you could be watching live at Georgia Theatre.  Also, a thank you to all the people who made it happen, see who.

It has a very talented cast who will sweep you away.  As well as the cast a lot of this success is in no small part thanks to the costumes and set.  Great talent and songs always help, but without all the background people who worked tirelessly to make it happen there would be no show.  So a shout out to Janet Ness (Director), Chris Ness (Music Director), Kieren Day (Choreographer), Rosa Ringhofer (Stage Manager), Barbara Canning (Set Designer), Hans Vander Mey (Set Construction Lead), Noah Hollinshead & Beth Elliot (Lighting Design Team) and not forgetting the Producers Pam Sparrow and Julie Underhill. There are many more background people who have made this production possible, so remember when you are sitting watching this memorable show the work that so many had to put in over the months to make it possible.