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New group getting good read on theatre

The art of speaking in character is a focus of a new Reader’s theatre group forming in Lake Cowichan. - Peter W. Rusland/file
The art of speaking in character is a focus of a new Reader’s theatre group forming in Lake Cowichan.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

The art of reading theatrically is coming to life in Cowichan.

The Cowichan Readers Theatre, a group that "seeks to develop expressive skills and understanding of theatre through dramatic readings in a fun and supportive atmosphere" holds its first meeting Wednesday.

The group is co-directed by Lindsay Anderson and Elliot Jr. Hamilton-Boucher.

According to a media release, both Anderson and Hamilton-Boucher are excited to uncover new valley talent and help get things started.

"No prior acting experience is necessary — just a love of theatre and literature, and a desire to share this with like-minded people," the release reads.

Anderson is known to local theatre-goers for her work with Kaatza Lakeside Players, where she has appeared in many productions since moving to the Cowichan Valley in 2001.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts with a thesis in Directing from Bishop’s University, and a Master’s Degree in Art Education and Art Therapy from the University of Toronto. She has worked as a director at the Children’s Television Studios, the Actors’ Lab and the National Institute of Broadcasting.

Hamilton-Boucher moved to Lake Cowichan from Whitehorse a year ago, bringing his production company, Hamilton-Boucher Media Inc.,co-owned by his husband, Alain Boucher-Hamilton.

Hamilton-Boucher is a producer, designer and arts administrator. For the last 19 years, he has worked at theatres across Canada, notably the Centaur Theatre, the Segal Centre (Montréal), the Guild Hall, Gwaandak Theatre and Nakai Theatre (Whitehorse).

The new group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at Studio 261 (261 Southshore Rd., Lake Cowichan), starting on Feb. 13.

For more information, call 749-3728, or email cowichanreaderstheatre@gmail.com.

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