Alberni’s Portal players auditioning for ‘Belles Soeurs’

The directorial duo of Debra and Derek Burke will hold auditions on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m., and again on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

Portal Players Dramatic Society will be opening their 2011-12 season with the landmark French-Canadian comedy Les Belles Soeurs, by Michel Tremblay.

Despite the French title, the play is performed in English and features 15 roles for female actors of all ages.

The directorial duo of Debra and Derek Burke will hold auditions on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m., and again on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

The play caused an uproar when first produced in Quebec in 1968 because it “dared to portray working class women doing working class things”.

Moreover, there are a number of parts in the play which are ideal for new or inexperienced actors, so this play is a great opportunity for aspiring actors of the Alberni Valley, a PPDS spokesperson said.

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, Sept. 18 and will usually be held on Sunday afternoons, Monday and Wednesday evenings. In addition, there will be three cast readings prior to that date.

A copy of the play is available for reading in the upstairs lounge of the theatre.

For further information, please contact Derek Burke  via e-mail at

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