Daily Gleaner - Thursday June 27, 2013
Photo by Ryan O’Toole
Crazy days: the Calithumpians will be presenting a daily show in officers Square. In the back row, from left, are: Peter Pacey, Will Pacey, ashley Goodine, Kevin belyea, Samm Phillips, annie Sherry, Matthew leblanc, Michael Sinclaire, Jack ball and Seger Dow. Kneeling in the front row, from left, are: Robbie lynn, Julia Kennedy, Kristen McFawn and Jill McCurdy.
Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre brings the city and our history to life from Canada Day through Labour Day
By LORI GALLAGHER
Theatre in the great outdoors has become a staple in Fredericton thanks to the talents of the Fencibles and the Calithumpians.
The two are part of Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre, the group that brings locals and tourists everything from Haunted Hikes and theatre in Officers Square to events at the Guard House and tours of the downtown.
“We’ve got a neat group of kids this year,” says Peter Pacey, the founder and producer of Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre. “They’re so multitalented.”
Each year, the Calithumpians perform a round of four shows in Officers Square. They can be found there daily between Canada Day and Labour Day, with shows at 12:15 p.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. on the weekends.
“What I do is I come up with the ideas for the show and give some kind of content or box for the kids to kind of work within, and then I work with them to think about the messages we want to have, then set them and their imaginations free,” says Pacey. “They write their own material with me as an editorial kind of person.” His role in the company is the producer and this year, his son, Will Pacey, is taking on the role of director.