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CURTAIN CALL “Another Side of Theatre”
"Local Theatre Group Performs Murder in the Magnolias"
Timmins Times - January 27, 2006 — You won’t find John Carriere auditioning for any on stage parts with Curtain Call. Carriere, one of the founding members of the group, knows his strengths lie in the technical and creative fields of community theatre. Carriere and the rest of the group are putting the finishing touches on the Murder in the Magnolias slated for Jan 26- 28 at the William Dawson Auditorium at Timmins High and Vocational School. While cast members are polishing their parts John and his technical crew have been busy setting up lights, working in the set construction and finding music suitable to this particular play. The play is set in the deep south on a cotton plantation in the present day. As a result of that Carriere has had to find musical pieces which reflects the “Ole South” “There is a lot of music on the internet which we draw from, as well as other sources.” he said. Carriere starts looking for music immediately after the play is chosen and then allows the other members and more specifically director Gerard Arsenault a chance to review it. Then as with the other aspects of play production brainstorming sessions are held and the music is chosen. Music for the play is needed as well as one hour of music which is played while people are getting to their seats and then music which will be played at intermission. Nothing is left for chance. Along with the music Carriere also is involved with sound effects and lighting. “We try to follow the script and what it calls for as far as sound effects go and then we might add a few if we feel it helps make the play funnier,” said Carriere. Carriere is a member of a local band called “Seldom Herd” and because of that has sound equipment at his disposal, including a keyboard which is used in developing certain sound effects. Carriere estimates the time he has donated to the production of the show to be at least three solid weeks if he were to add it all up, but says he enjoys the camaraderie and challenge of putting on a good show. He has his wife Stella to thank for getting him involved. “She thought I might enjoy it and she was right.” said Carriere. When the show opens tomorrow night Carriere and two other people will be up in the sound and lighting booth coordinating the special effects, lighting and sound. “Sometimes you need all three sets of hands because there is a lot of things happening at the same time,” said Carrier. Rick Cecconi and Eldon Springer are two other members of Curtain Call whose dedication and hard work help in making the production a success. Cecconi has served as stage manager for several of the group’s plays and is in charge of coordinating the actors, running rehearsals and making sure everyone is doing their jobs. “As stage manager I’ve been involved in every aspect of putting on a production and learned many things,” said Cecconi. Contrary to Carriere”s feelings about never wanting to appear on stage, Cecconi hopes to be in front of the curtain again soon. “I played in our presentation of It Runs in the Family and Odd Couple female version,” and really enjoyed it,” he said. Cecconi, as with Carriere enjoys the camaraderie and the team effort of working toward a common goal. He puts in a tremendous amount of time having to be at every rehearsal while keeping an eye on the other areas of production development. Cecconi’s wife Debbie and son Nick have donated time to this production and his daughter Krista was a cast member in past. Springer is also a vital behind the scenes and veteran member of Curtain Call and is in charge of coordinating the program and speciality props. He has been involved with the group since 1993 and was the first stage manager. He has tried to scale back his involvement with the group but continues to add his expertise in the area of props and the development of the official program. Springer recalled one of the more difficult props he had to come up with. “We needed an abacus and spent weeks looking for one, finally I whipped one up in about 45 minutes using materials around the house,” he said,