The Williams Lake Studio Theatre (WLST) invites the public to the theatre tonight for a lively night of script reading.
Every year the WLST holds Script Reading Night where they invite society members, director hopefuls and the general public out for a night dedicated to reading scripts. These can be favourites of an individual or scripts that those interested in directing hope to propose for the next season.
The Williams Lake Studio Theatre society’s current secretary, Kristen Lyons, has been involved actively with the theatre for the last five seasons and has been a society executive for the last three. She said the night is designed to be a fun evening for the entire community.
“Script Reading Night is a fun evening event, usually around two hours, where members and the public are invited to act out short scenes from scripts for fun. People who come are encouraged to bring a script they want to see put into action on stage,” Lyons said.
Bringing a script to the event is not required, however, Lyons said. Instead, people are asked to be willing to go up and stage and try some pressure free acting out or simply give their opinions on the quality of a presented script.
Lyons said WLST started the night to give the theatre community a chance to come together and have some fun. At the same time, it allows those potential directors the first chance to see their script come to life on stage and can influence their decision pitch or not pitch it.
“Everyone is welcome to Script Reading Night. We are always happy to see new faces,” Lyons exclaimed, “This event usually draws around 30-40 people. It’s a popular event that many members look forward to.”
Some of the scripts presented tonight will then go on to pitch night later this year. There they’ll be presented in front of the Pitch Committee who, after a lengthy debate about quality and feasibility, will then select the four that will best fit the 2019-2020 season.
“We are a group who is accepting and supportive. We are like a family.,” Lyons said. “Whether you are a well-seasoned actor/director or are just starting to dip your toes into the water, the support and encouragement of this group is incredible. If you are thinking of giving theatre a try or just seeing what we’re all about, this (event) is a perfect opportunity.”
The event begins tonight at 7 p.m.