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Duo teams up to form peninsula production company


Aaron Avery and Levi Curtis are hoping to help fill an entertainment void on the Burin Peninsula.

BY PAUL HERRIDGE

The Southern Gazette

The pair has formed ‘Curtis and Avery Productions’ with the aim of bringing theatrical performances to the region as well as producing their own.

Mr. Avery and Mr. Curtis, both school teachers, have been deemed a production company powerhouse for their combined skills – the former has an extensive musical background and the latter is well-known in the area for his theatre arts experience.

Mr. Avery indicated the two business partners tested the waters last summer, producing and staging musical ‘Legally Blonde’ along with the Curtis-penned ‘On Boardway’, both of which sold out within days and were met to rave reviews.

“We spent a year, basically, trying to come up with the idea, and what we’re going to do and the direction we were going to take.”

Mr. Curtis, who calls Fortune home, has written approximately 60 plays for stage and 20 screenplays.

Mr. Avery said another one of those, ‘Remembrance’, is in for Aug. 25 at Fortune Arena. A cast comprised of locals has already been selected, which is another aspect he acknowledged the duo hopes to foster, by giving people from the region an avenue to showcase their talents.

Mr. Avery, who lives in Lewin’s Cove, noted the company also recently launched a website for its endeavour, ‘www.curtisandaveryproductions.webs.com’.

Ultimately, he suggested the venture is about giving people in the area a night out throughout the year, noting events would take place between September and June.

“We have probably half a year planned out already. Now we’re just waiting on getting some meetings with various organizations to find some spaces to put off the shows.”

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

BY PAUL HERRIDGE

The Southern Gazette

The pair has formed ‘Curtis and Avery Productions’ with the aim of bringing theatrical performances to the region as well as producing their own.

Mr. Avery and Mr. Curtis, both school teachers, have been deemed a production company powerhouse for their combined skills – the former has an extensive musical background and the latter is well-known in the area for his theatre arts experience.

Mr. Avery indicated the two business partners tested the waters last summer, producing and staging musical ‘Legally Blonde’ along with the Curtis-penned ‘On Boardway’, both of which sold out within days and were met to rave reviews.

“We spent a year, basically, trying to come up with the idea, and what we’re going to do and the direction we were going to take.”

Mr. Curtis, who calls Fortune home, has written approximately 60 plays for stage and 20 screenplays.

Mr. Avery said another one of those, ‘Remembrance’, is in for Aug. 25 at Fortune Arena. A cast comprised of locals has already been selected, which is another aspect he acknowledged the duo hopes to foster, by giving people from the region an avenue to showcase their talents.

Mr. Avery, who lives in Lewin’s Cove, noted the company also recently launched a website for its endeavour, ‘www.curtisandaveryproductions.webs.com’.

Ultimately, he suggested the venture is about giving people in the area a night out throughout the year, noting events would take place between September and June.

“We have probably half a year planned out already. Now we’re just waiting on getting some meetings with various organizations to find some spaces to put off the shows.”

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

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