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P.E.I.'s Small Theatres Get Creative

victoriaplayhouse.JPGAll the Island's a stage...what does it take for small theatres to make an economic go of it in 2012? 

Both Georgetown and Victoria have their own playhouse. And as they head into the 2012 season, both are learning to diversity, to help make ends meet. Reporter Julia Cook headed east to the Victoria Playhouse to meet up with Pat Stoughton-Smith. She's general manager of the theatre.

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kingsplayhouse.JPGRandall Fletcher is on the management board for the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown.

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The Guild in Charlottetown is filled with music and movement again after being on hiatus for two months.  The not-for-profit theatre closed its doors this winter to save some money. And now staff and board members at the Guild are all hands on deck, trying to find ways of creating some extra revenue. Ghislaine O'Hanley is executive director of the Guild. She spoke with Julia Cook about the changes that theatre is going through

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The performing arts play a leading role in our Island culture...and in the local tourism economy. But over the last number of years the number of tourists, and audience members, has been on the decline. Harry Holman is director of culture, heritage and libraries with the Department of Tourism. He spoke with Julia Cook about the state of theatres and tourism on P.E.I.

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