studio 54 drama group university women's club

 

STUDIO 54 DRAMA GROUP


STUDIO 54 ( The Drama Group)  consists of members who enjoy drama, whether from a chair in the audience or from the stage. The highlights of our year include: attending a theatre production downtown of a play we have read and discussed together; warming things up at Winter Warmth in mid - January, and celebrating Shakespeare's birthday in April. 

Studio 54 meets from 1:30 to 3:30 on the first and third Thursdays of most months . We welcome all new members who have an interest in drama. 

Vicky Armanios, Agnes Collins - Co-conveners

        Sikhs aboard Komagata Maru in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet, 1914

        Sikhs aboard Komagata Maru in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet, 1914

SEPTEMBER, 2016

Our first fall meeting will be held on Thurs., Oct. 6 1:00-3:00 pm. We meet on the first and third Thursdays of most months between October and April. We welcome anyone who is interested in plays and related activities to join our group.
We will begin the fall season by reading, among ourselves, the script The Komagata Maru Incident by Sharon Pollock. This play has a renewed relevance considering the current plight of refugees around the globe. Copies of the play will be provided.
Later in the fall, we will read Agatha Christie's mystery play, Black Coffee. We are looking forward to our outing in February when we will see the play produced at MTC during the Master Playwright Festival. MTC has generously made several copies of the play available for our use in the meantime. Information about tickets will be provided at the Oct. 6th meeting.
Those interested in seeing National Theatre Plays at Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg ( formerly SilverCity Polo Park) might note that encore presentations of Frankenstein are on Sat. Oct. 29 and Wed. Nov. 2, while Hamlet is on Wed. Nov. 9 and 23.

 

JUNE, 2016

If you would enjoy a little more fun and DRAMA in your life, come out and join Studio 54!  We meet from 1:00 - 3:00 pm on the first and third Thursdays of most months between October and April. 

In the fall, we plan to read Agatha Christie's play Black Coffee before our outing to see it produced at MTC during the Master Playwright Festival in February.                         We will also make decisions in the fall about our annual Winter Warmth and Shakespeare's Birthday, depending on how many of us there are.

We hold our next meeting Thurs. Oct. 6. 1:00 pm. It would be great to see you there!

 

MAY, 2016

Studio 54 marked the end of its season with a lovely lunch in April, complete with Shakespearean readings selected by the talented participants. 

 The entertainment continues at our next meeting, which will be in October. We will be reading and discussing a play by Agatha Christie as she will be featured at the Master Playwright Festival this coming winter. 

Studio 54  meets from 1:00-3:00 pm on  the first and third Thursdays of most months  between October and May.

All are most welcome to join in on the fun.

APRIL, 2016

Studio 54 will celebrate the end of its season with a luncheon meeting on Thursday, April 7 at 12:00 noon. Those involved have already signed up. 

 We hope our loyal fans will think of William  Shakespeare on April 23rd, the 400th anniversary of his passing.  If you recall your "salad days," if you "have had too much of a good thing," or if you "knit your brows," you are quoting Shakespeare!

 Do join us in the fall if you enjoy drama and a jovial group!

MARCH, 2016

Studio 54 will meet on Thursday, March 3 and Thursday, March 17 at the club. Please note the new time for our meetings: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Also, please bring your Shakespeare anthology with you as well as a favourite passage or speech to read and share.

 2016 marks 400 years since Shakespeare'spassing in 1616.

 

FEBRUARY, 2016

 Studio 54 is looking forward to its annual theatre outing! On Sat., Feb. 6 at 3:30 pm. we will attend Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Things We Do For Love at The Warehouse Theatre.  All club members are welcome to join us. Simply purchase your ticket and meet us in the lobby of the theatre.

 Studio 54 will meet again at the club on Thurs. Mar. 3 and Thurs. Mar. 17 (both at 1:00-3:00). Please bring your Shakespeare anthology and we will read favourite passages. 2016 marks 400 years since Shakespeare's passing in 1616!

                                                                             William Shakespeare  1564-1616                                                                                                                                             Good friend, for Jesus' sake forebeare
To digg the dust enclosed heare;
 Bleste be the man that spares thes stones, 
And curst be he that moves my bones


DECEMBER, 2015 & JANUARY, 2016

We will continue reading and discussing Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Things We Do For Love at our next two meetings, Thurs., Dec. 3 and Thurs., Jan. 21 (both at 1:30 - 3:30).

 Good news - three extra scripts have suddenly become available for our use !

 Our winter highlight this year will be attending the matinee of Things We Do For Love at the Warehouse Theatre on Saturday,Feb. 6 at 3:30.

Club members who would like to join us are invited to purchase their own tickets and to meet us in the lobby of the Theatre.

NOVEMBER, 2015

We are reading and discussing Alan Ayckbourn's comedy, Things We Do For Love this fall. We will attend the production of this play at The Warehouse Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 3:30. Club members who wish to join us, please purchase your own tickets and we will meet you at the theatre. 

              Our next meeting will be after the Christmas Market on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 1:30 to 3:30.

OCTOBER, 2015

We meet on Thurs. Oct. 15 (1:30 - 3:30 pm) Please bring a copy of the play Things We Do For Love by Alan Ayckbourn for yourself, as none will be available at the meeting. 

     We will continue reading and discussing the play at our meetings on November 19 and December 3, in preparation for our outing to see a matinee performance of the play at The Warehouse Theatre in February.


SEPTEMBER, 2015

      Our first fall meeting will be held on Thurs. Oct. 151:30 to 3:30 pm.  This will be our only meeting for October. We will start reading Things We Do For Love by

Alan Ayckbourn. If you are planning to join us, please bring a copy of the play  with you on Thurs. October 15, as none will be available at the meeting. Amazon

presently has used copies for sale online. 

      We will continue reading and discussing the play  at our meetings on  November 19 and December 3, in preparation for our outing to see a matinee performance of the

play at The Warehouse Theatre in February.   

Things We Do for Love (Feb. 4 - 20, 2016): A 1997 comedy by prolific British comedic playwright Alan Ayckbourn, who is the focus of next year’s Master Playwright Festival. This one centres around a woman, her high-school friend, and her fiancee, and the battle between the latter two. 


      Those who are interested might also plan to attend the National Theatre Live production of Hamlet, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead, at Silvercity Polo Park

on Thurs., Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. or on Sat., Nov. 7 at 12:55.  Tickets are $22 (seniors).

      We really need more members in order to plan our program for the year. Just think: Props! Costumes! Script reading! Dramatics! Don't  miss out on all the fun! 


MAY, 2015

 Studio 54 has had its final meeting for this spring. We will not meet in May or June.

Watch for us in the Summer edition of theBulletin

Our first fall meeting will be in October, with the date yet to be determined.


SEPTEMBER, 2014

Our first fall meetings will take place on Thursdays October 2 and 16   1:30-3:30. We enjoy reading scripts and attending plays together, as well as presenting short dramatic readings --all in a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere. We look forward to seeing returning members and are always delighted to welcome new participants to the group.

We begin the fall season by reading and discussing Noel Coward's Private Lives .  Coward will be featured at the Master Playwright Festival downtown  January-February, 2015.

We are planning an outing for Studio 54 and friends to see Private Lives at The Warehouse Theatre on Thurs. Feb. 12  2:00pm.

We are also looking forward to our annual Winter Warmth Wine & Cheese in January, 2015 and our celebration of Shakespeare's 451st Birthday in April.

OCTOBER, 2014

Studio 54 will meet on Thurs., Oct. 2 and 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

We will be reading and discussing Noel Coward's delightful comedy, Private Lives. Please bring a copy of the play, if you happen to have one. Several copies will be available for sharing.

We are planning an outing for Studio 54 and friends to attend a performance of Private Lives at The Warehouse Theatre on Thurs.,Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., during the Master Playwright Festival. A few tickets will beavailable at the first meeting at a cost of $36.00.  Any other club members who wish to join us, please purchase your own tickets and we will meet you at the theatre!

Plans for the year will be presented at our first meeting andinclude our popular Winter Warmth Wine & Cheese in January and Shakespeare's Birthday luncheon in April, 2015.

NOVEMBER, 2014

Our Nov. 6 meeting  is cancelled  because of set-up for the Christmas Market. Ournext meeting will be on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 1:30 -3:30 p.m. At that time, we will conclude our script reading and discussion of Private Lives and view an excerpt of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit on DVD.

Studio 54 and friends will attend the live performance of Private Lives at the Warehouse Theatre on Thurs., Feb., 12 at 2 p.m. At the time of this writing, we still have 2 tickets available ($36). If interested in them, contact Vicky. Other club members who wish to join us, pleasepurchase your own tickets and we will meet you at the theatre.

Our next project will be to plan for our Annual Winter Warmth which will  be held Jan. 15.

DECEMBER, 2014 & JANUARY, 2015

 Thurs. Dec. 4 (1:30 - 3:30) : Planning for Winter Warmth: Wishes and Whimsy  Please bring the title of your reading selection so that it can be included in the program. 

 We will view the DVD of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Information will also be provided about our outing to see Private Lives at the Warehouse Theatre on Thurs., February 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Thurs., March 5 (1:30 - 3:00): We will  begin our planning for Shakespeare's 451st Birthday. Fairies, Fools and Fun will be the theme. 

We enjoy welcoming new and returning members to our merry group!


APRIL, 2015

Due to a variety of commitments many  of our cast members are not available to perform in our annual Shakespeare’s Birthday celebration. As a result we have cancelled the event for this spring. However, we plan to  return with gusto next year!                                                                 

 Our April 2 meeting will be 1:30-3:30 pm. We are planning to view and discuss a DVD of a Shakespearean play.

Our April 16 meeting is at 12:00.                                                                                                         






                         WINNIPEG MASTER PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL

In the winter of 2001, Royal MTC chose to honour Samuel Beckett at its first annual Master Playwright Festival. The Master Playwright Festival provides opportunities for both professional and emerging artists from a variety of organizations and independent companies to produce work under the umbrella of a larger festival. It also provides patrons with an opportunity to thoroughly immerse themselves in the work of a playwright who may not have a regular home on Winnipeg stages.

The inaugural event involved 15 Beckett works by 10 local companies in eight venues. Since then, Royal MTC has presented the works of thirteen master playwrights: BrechtFest (2002), PinterFest (2003), AlbeeFest (2004), TremblayFest (2005), O'NeillFest (2006), StoppardFest (2007), MametFest (2008), MillerFest (2009), ChurchillFest (2010), StrindbergFest (2011), ShawFest (2012) SondheimFest (2013), and ChekhovFest (2014).

In 2015, Royal MTC will present the 15th annual Master Playwright Festival featuring the works of Noel Cöward.