About 7 Ages

Founded in 1997, we are a small group of Brandonites who enjoy the stage and all that goes with it.  As well as traditional theatre, we provide Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre to local groups and clubs.

Under the guidance of artistic director George Buri, we have already staged Barefoot in the Park (1997), Arsenic and Old Lace (1998), Blithe Spirit (1999), Twelve Angry Jurors (2000), Jesus Christ Superstar (2001), Cabaret (2002), Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (December 2002), Into the Woods, (January 2003),  Les Misérables School Edition (April 2003), Moon Over Buffalo (November 2003), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat (January 2004),  Hamlet (April 2004), The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (November 2004), 42nd Street (January 2005),  OLIVER! (April 2005) , As You Like It (October 2005), Chicago, (Janaury 2006),  Oklahoma! (April 2006), Grease (November 2006), Brigadoon (January 2007), Godspell (March 2007), and Arsenic and Old Lace (May 2007).

7 Ages Productions always welcomes new members as actors or behind-the-scenes artists.  If you would like to be involved in theatre in any capacity, let us know.


FAQ

How do I get a role in one of your productions?

Auditions are held for all of our shows, and anyone is welcome to audition.  We do not pre-cast any of the roles, so it is important to give your best effort at auditions.  Information is posted on our website as soon as dates are set.

What is involved if I get cast in a play?

Being part of a theatrical production is an amazing experience, but it is also a lot of hard work.  To be in one of our shows you must be prepared to work hard both at rehearsals and on your own, and especially to make the commitment to attend all rehearsals.  Check the dates and the rehearsal commitment at the time of the audition. 

We do not charge a participation fee, but expenses may be involved in terms of special shoes if you are a dancer, travel expenses (to rehearsals) if you live outside Brandon, and time off work.

Veterans will testify that the exhilaration of being part of a show is well worth all the sacrifices and time spent.  The value of the friendships made and the sense of personal accomplishment are truly priceless.

Do the actors get paid?

No.

Does anyone else get paid?

Musicians, choreographers, vocal coaches, and others who bring their professional skills to our production are paid a very small honorarium to cover their expenses.  We'd love to pay everyone involved, but we cannot afford to do so.  Actors, crew, and many other helpers participate in our shows for the love of theatre.  These people are worth their weight in gold, and we couldn't do our shows without them.

What do you do with your profits?

We are a not-for-profit organization.  Theatrical productions are very expensive to stage, and in fact, many of our shows lose money.  Those that realize a small surplus are the source of start-up financing for future shows. 

People involved in high school and community theatre are well aware of the financial risk that is always taken.  We are self-supporting and receive no government subsidies.  Occasionally we receive support in kind from community businesses, and for that support we are immensely grateful.  For the most part, we depend on Westman audiences to keep our group viable from year to year.  So far attendance has been great - that's why we are still planning for the foreseeable future.

Contact us at our email address:  gburi@westman.wave.ca

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