Friday, November 14, 2014

VDAY Newmarket TVM 2015 presentation - January 24th, 2015

A special benefit performance for the members of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and naturist friends, on Saturday January 24, 2015.

With permission from the VDAY organization and in association with the Bare Bistro, Bare Oaks Players will be presenting a polished ‘undressed’ rehearsal of the new 2015 version of The Vagina Monologues.

You saw it last year? Well, we have 2 new monologues, 1 new ensemble piece and 3 new ladies on stage and we would love your feedback.

Dinner and TVM: $25/person
TVM only: $15/person
Dinner only: $15/person

Tickets on sale at the Bare Oaks clubhouse, Bare Bistro or you can reserve your ticket(s) by sending an email to and we will echo back a confirmation.

All (100%) proceeds go to VDAY and York Region Abuse Program – our local beneficiary.

Bistro buffet will include chicken parmesan, Caesar salad, side pasta, bread and cake.
Hurry! We have limited seating.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Vagina Monologues (TVM) 2015 and more

Although the peak season at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park has ended, some members of Bare Oaks Players continue their journey.SBITS Productions has been asked to produce The Vagina Monologues again this winter, to present on one of the upcoming Bare Necessities Nude cruise.
We are pleased to tell you that:
  • We have 2 new Bare Oaks Players members in the cast (Judy and Lise)
  • We have a young new naturist from Toronto (Chantelle)
  • We have new content to work on and present: 3 new monologues!
We are just starting our rehearsals and I can tell you that our directors are already pushing all of us outside our comfort level.
Reserve Saturday January 24th, 2015 in your calendar for a Bare Bistro and Bare Oaks Players 'benefit' rehearsal presentation of The Vagina Monologues 2015.
Ticket sales will commence soon. Standby for details.
All profits from TVM 2015 will be donated as per the official rules of the VDAY organization. Our chosen local beneficiary is YRAP again this year, York Region Abuse Program.
Yes, Bare Necessities has asked SBITS Productions to also run theatre workshops during the 4 "At Sea days", during our voyage.
In association with Bare Oaks Players, SBITS Productions we will be offering 4 theatre workshops for the passengers.
Bare Oaks Players – Preparing for Season 2 (2014-2015)
I know it sounds like it is far away but for a theatre group, a lot of the work happens behind the scene.
Selecting a play or plays to present, is one of the most challenging task in theatre productions. You have to make sure that the audience will enjoy the content and that your troupe has the capability to deliver a professional, polished production.

This is where we call for your input. We need ideas from you on plays to produce.
Send us a quick note with play or plays that you feel we should read and potential perform this season.
Any thespian or audience member is welcome to submit plays for the reading committee. So, do delay, email us at

We would like to firm up our Playbill for 2014/2015 by early April 2015, giving us sufficient time to request permission(s) to perform.
Keep a few things in mind.
  • Production length should be kept to 90 minutes or less
  • Royalty cost can be prohibitive. Big shows, Current shows playing, Classics, can yield extremely high royalty fees.
  • Known authors versus local talent will also inflation cost/production 
POETRY and "P" for our palette
Check out the Bare Oaks calendar. It already contains our Poetry dates.
Ramona will be hosting the Poetry events this year, in association with the Bare Bistro.
We are looking at offering a special "P" for your palette at each event. For example, it could be Poetry and Poutine. How about Poetry and Pizza or Perogies or….
I think you get the idea. Again, share some of your thoughts.

Our dates are: May 31, June 21, July 19 and August 30, 2015.

Open auditions coming soon for MMRP
What is MMRP? It stands for A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.

It is a collection of 50 monologues written by various authors/artists and promoted by the VDAY organization – Eve Ensler.
Many of the pieces are written by men and are to be 'read' by men.
Standby for open auditions. No acting experience required.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A superb Season 2014-2015 thus far!

SUMMER One Act Evening

We closed our Inaugural One Act Evening on August 23rd, 2014 to a "standing room only" audience. What else could a newly formed artistic troupe want.

For those of you who had a chance to get a ticket to one of our 4 performances, thank you very much for supporting us.  Without an audience, we are just delivering lines to the void.

We did try to accommodate as many audience members as possible but did not want to 'crowd' the place. We even added a 4th performance at 6pm on August 16th.

A HUGE thank you to cast and crew and Bare Oaks members that contributed in so many different aspects of our artistic delivery.

We built:
  • 6 more risers to augment our stage (elevated) space
  • 10 flats including 2 doors and 2 windows
  • Curtains for the entire Outback
  • A clean area in the storage space to facilitate a dressing room and furniture, props, storage for the actors and backstage crew
  • 6 Blackout curtains to mask the backstage area
  • Several risers to facilitate staging and backstage navigation
  • An ecosystem a passionate thespians and artist that want to participate in our next season

Musical Talent

We continue to offer musical talent at the Bare Bistro and will be seeking new talent in the coming season.  Please let us know if you are interested or if you know of someone.

TVM 2015

We have completed the auditions for the upcoming VDAY 2015 TVM presentation and the result of our final cast member selection should be made by early September 2014.  Standby for details.

Poetry and BBQ - August 31, 2014 @ 1:00pm

Don't miss our next Poetry event on August 31st, 2014.

Access the Bare Oaks calendar of events for details and flyer.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Final TVM 2015 Auditions

Please be advised that our final audition for The Vagina Monologues (V Day 2015) will take place on Saturday August 16, 2014 starting at 4:00pm.

Audition is by appointment only. Contact us at to book a time.

You need to present a short monologue that is not from TVM.
We will then ask for various readings from last year's TVM script.
We anticipate your audition to take 15-20 minutes.

There will be a panel of Bare Oaks Players members present during the auditions and making the final casting decision.  It is worthwhile noting that the directors' vision is to complete the cast with a younger woman, if possible.

Auditions will be held at Lot 124 Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.
Thank You.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Inaugural One Act Evening

Bare Oaks Players is pleased to announce our first One Act Evening.
Three (3) one-act plays are currently in rehearsal stage and based on what I have seen to-date, it’s going to be GREAT!

All 3 plays will be presented together, as a package of One Acts.  We have confirmed the performances dates for August 2014.
Reserve your tickets today!

What will be presented and how long is each play?

The first one act play is entitled “Post-Its” written by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman. Duration: Approx. 15 minutes
The authors refer to this lovely piece as Notes on a Marriage and will be performed by Judy M. and Gary A.
It will be followed by “Nude on the Beach” written by Martin E. Williams and Johnna Adams. Duration: Approx. 15 minutes
A play setting which delivers a strong message about relationships and will be performed by Royce N. and Suzy B.
We will then have a 20-30 minute intermission in order to prepare the stage for the final production, “Visitor from Forest Hills” written by Neil Simon.
Duration: Approx. 30 minutes.
For those thespians out there, this is an extract from Plaza Suite (A full 4 Act play).
A wedding preparation so farcical, it WILL make you laugh. The leads roles will be performed by Steve M. and Joy T.

Performance dates
August 9th, August 16th and August 23rd.
Starts at 8:00pm at the Outback – Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.
Reserved seats only.
$5/person for  3 one act plays. What a deal for an hour of entertainment!
Maximum capacity: 40 seats

Hurry, call Bare Oaks at 905-473-6060 to reserve your seat or email us at
We will also have some set design (albeit basic) to enhance your viewing pleasure.
Looking forward to seeing you in the audience.

We are getting very close with the final design. Until we have confirmed the font, dimensions and converting it using more sophisticated software (matrix based), we will use this one.
Poetry reading
Wow. Our event of June 22nd, 2014 was so well received, that we were asked to arrange another Poetry gathering.
Well, it is set for Sunday July 27th @ 3:00pm. This time, rather than a lunch Potluck, we will have a Tea Poetry Afternoon.
Check out the Bare Oaks calendar for details.

Other events evolving with Bare Oaks Players
Dine and Listen
In association with the Bare Bistro, we are now featuring musical talent.
We have someone lined up for this summer, a contemporary singer-songwriter Jesse Elliot.
Jesse Elliot will be performing every Saturday (with the exception of Saturday July 5th, 2014) at the Bare Bistro from 6pm to 8pm.
Writing Club
Some members have mentioned their ‘ink’ling  to put pen to paper and write something, possibly a play to be performed next season (2015-2016).
Some members have already started writing pieces and are looking for a platform to help them or simply enhance their writing experience.
On Saturday July 12th, a gathering of writers will take place in the Clubhouse meeting room from 1:00pm-2:30pm.
One of the projects that we have started, is a Dinner Theatre Murder Mystery script, that we hope to present sometime in our next season 2015-2016.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Final commitments for 2014-2015 season and TVM 2015 auditions

Several months ago, we published a tentative playbill format for this first full season.  Due to lack of membership at this time, we have decided to limit our commitments to three (3) one act plays, to be presented sometime in July/August 2014.

We continue to hold open auditions and readings of several plays that our members have put forward.

We are still looking for volunteer actors.

Open readings/auditions will be held on:

Saturday May 17th – 3:30pm to 5:00pm (Lot 124)

Sunday May 18th – 3:30pm to 5pm (Lot 124)

Please come. No obligations. Reading out loud is a lot of fun. Try it.

BIG NEWS and thank you to Bare Necessities!

Our final commitment for this season is another presentation of TVM (The Vagina Monologues) using the 2015 V-Day script (to be published).

We will be holding auditions for female naturist actors who are interested in participating in this upcoming production.

Unlike the open auditions, this one will be by appointment only and must entail some preparation by the actor. A panel of Bare Oaks Players members as well as the producer, will be present.

Here are the requirements:

  • Must contact Bare Oaks Players via email to book a 30 minute appointment
  • Must have a 3-5 minute monologue prepared, not from TVM
  • Must be prepared to commit to 1 weekly rehearsal, to be held at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park starting in Sept 2014
  • Must be committed to perform Feb 12 thru Feb 21, 2015 and travel (cruise)
  • Must be able to cover own expenses related to travelling to/from venue. Food and accommodation will be provided by Bare Necessities once onboard
  • Must have a valid passport
  • Must be a naturist
  • Must be willing to sign a waiver, allowing the producer to use photos related to promoting the V-Day 2015 event
  • Must be willing to prepare and participate in V-Day workshops during the 4 “at sea” days during the voyage
  • If you have not guessed, the venue will be on board the Celebrity Constellation – French Virgin Islands.

Audition times:

Friday May 30th – 7pm to 9pm

Wednesday June 4th – 7pm to 9pm

Friday June 6th – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Call back, if required


Our logo

Thank you all for your input and votes against the 7 logos published.

Based on the feedback, we have modified it to include an Oak leaf and the inclusion of the Tragedy/Comedy masks, denoting that we are a theatre troupe.

A rough image is depicted below.

Last draft logo

We are now seeking a graphic artist that can enhance the colours, image, font, dimensions, etc… and achieve end state.

If you know someone that can help, jump in.

We would like to start using it on all our material/publication, starting early June 2014.

Our wish list

We are still working on possibly merging some theatre with the Bare Bistro – as a dinner/theatre concept. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

We are still mulling the idea of running theatre workshops. Standby for more details.

Friday, April 25, 2014

News and Open Audition

We are pleased to announce that our first 2014-2015 commitment has been made and rehearsals are underway for the one act comedy play Post-Its. Congratulations to Judy and Gary who have accepted to perform in this production. Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage) premiered at a benefit performance for the Gilda Radner Cancer Fund in 1998 with authors Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman as cast. We intend to encapsulate this one act play with another one (or two) and present all of them sometime in July/August 2014. Standby for performance date(s) announcement.
We will be holding open auditions for several one act comedy plays this Sunday April 27th from 3:30 to 5pm at Suzy and Marc's located on lot 124. All welcome. For those interested but unable to attend, we will be hosting another open audition on Sunday May 4th same time, same place.
What is an open audition? It does not entail any preparation on your part. We will be reading several one act plays that are being considered and together, we will decide if it is worthwhile producing. Your interest in participating as a cast member or director will also be a decision factor. No special skills required to attend the open auditions except for your willingness to read and share your opinion. If you have one act plays that you would like us to consider for this season or future season, please let us know. Thank you.
We really want to brand our name with a logo as soon as possible. Find attached 7 possibilities based on free logo software. Please let us know which one you prefer.

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If you can design one that would be better, also feel free to suggest one.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

News and Playbill format for 2014-2015

Our first Bare Oaks Players members meeting took place on Saturday March 8, 2014. 

Our Playbill draft for this season was discussed.  

Although only a few members showed up, we covered the agenda items and read

two plays, out loud. We had a great time and laughed a lot.

  • Post-Its (Notes on a marriage) (1m,1f)
  • Visitor from Forest Hills (1m,1f,2S)


We also talked about our mandate for this year and methods on how to promote the

group and augment participation. A few action items were taken away and a follow

up gathering was recommended. This will be scheduled when a bit more sun shows up.


Sample playbill


As per the Playbill (above), our first event will be held at Bare Oaks Family Naturist

Park on Sunday June 22, 2014 at 1pm – close to the pool area – rain or shine.

Bring a pot luck item and a poem to share. Any language. Nothing sad please and no

longer than 3 minutes. We hope to see you.




Call for Directors. We are getting close to being ready for a call for auditions – which

we will most likely hold in April /May 2014. Before scheduling auditions, we need directors and plays.

If you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible.

Call for Members. We are also looking for additional help in all aspects of mounting a

production, mostly actors.

Again, please let us know if you are interested or simply subscribe to our blog to

follow our progress.

Thank you

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Vagina Monologues (TVM) 2014

Wow. We did it. A fabulous accomplishment by cast and crew members. A big thank you for the personal sacrifices each of one of you made to make this performance a huge success.

After months of rehearsals, learning a new script (yes, V-Day changes the content of the script on a yearly basis) and getting our sea legs, we completed our voyage aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship, hosted by Bare Necessities, Tour and Travel.

We engaged on this unique opportunity after Petra Scheller as representative for Bare Necessities, asked if we would be interested in doing The Vagina Monologues on board their nude cruise in February 2014.

After dealing with a few challenges, including replacing a cast member, learning 3 new monologues and new scene transitions notwithstanding staging a performance without access to the stage or technical staff, we did it!

We raised funds totalling $4,780 with the help of our sponsors, of which $4,300 is going to our local York Region Abuse Program (YRAP).

Find below one picture, depicting the 6 cast members that successfully delivered to the passengers of the Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship, the V-Day messages that Eve Ensler so eloquently authors.
A gentle reminder to all of you interested, that we are meeting on March 8th, 2014 at 1:00pm at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.  We hope to see a bunch of you to start discussing the 2014-15 Playbill for Bare Oaks Players.

If you cannot make it, please do let us know if you want to take the lead with an event, or simply recommend one for us to read and assess.  The piece should be a one-act, less than 90 minutes in total.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Playbill 2014/15 - Discussion and readings

On Saturday March 8, 2014, Bare Oaks Players will be hosting a meeting to discuss the Playbill format for 2014/15 and start reading a few plays.

We would like to start at 1:00pm at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and hope to keep you busy and engaged until approximately 4:00pm.

Since we would like to be prepared, please let us know if you will be attending.

For those of you who did not have the opportunity to attend the "Undressed rehearsal" of The Vagina Monologues, I can tell you that it was well received with about 30 audience members in attendance.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday March 8, 2014 at 1:00pm at Bare Oaks.

Suzy and Marc