Touchmark Scores Coup!

Touchmark Theatre, Guelph’s newest professional theatre company, has just announced that leading Canadian actor and director Martha Henry will be directing the theatre’s first production of the upcoming season. “It’s an enormous honour to have Martha involved in the season, directing Morris Panych’s Vigil,” comments Touchmark’s Artistic Director Douglas Beattie. Also involved for this production is a team of artists who have worked with Henry either at the Stratford Festival or the Grand Theatre in London, and “jumped at the chance to do so again.” Touchmark made its mark in Guelph last November with its first, highly acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth.

To play at River Run Centre’s Co-operators Hall for nine performances November 3 to 11, 2000, Vigil is billed as “a deliciously black comedy about a middle-aged curmudgeon who quits his job and travels a thousand miles by train to attend the bedside of an elderly aunt and provide his own outrageous brand of palliative care.”

The second offering of Touchmark’s 2000-2001 season will be J. M. Synge’s 1907 comic masterpiece Playboy of the Western World running February 16 to 24, 2000. Ticket buyers»can save 20 per cent if they purchase the two-play package before September 5, 2000; they are also eligible to win a $100 gift certificate at The Bookshelf, Touchmark’s season sponsor.

Touchmark has also announced that it will be holding general auditions for local area Equity and Non-Equity actors, May 15 and 16, at Torrance School in Guelph. Applicants will be considered for roles in future Touchmark productions in Guelph. Those wishing to audition must first send photos and résumés to Douglas Beattie, Box 2110, St. Mary’s Ontario N4X 1A1. Beattie encourages as many men and women, aged 16 and up, to apply.

For tickets to upcoming Touchmark productions, contact River Run Centre Box Office at (519) 763-3000.