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PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse
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Wherever You Are, There You Are

Introducing Canadian Playwright Kristen Da Silva

Victoria Playhouse is delighted to produce Kristen Da Silva’s new play Where You Are as part of its 2019 Festival Season. Canada’s most produced playwright, Norm Foster calls Da Silva, “one of the brightest new comedic playwrights in all of Canada” and her plays have been shortlisted for and won the Stage West Comedy Award. Kristen Da Silva is a young Canadian playwright whose star is rising.

At once hilarious and heartwarming, Where You Are takes place in rural Manitoulin Island in Ontario. Rural settings are central to all Da Silva’s works and the playwright herself grew up in small-town Ontario, surrounded by farmland. It’s an environment she knows well and one that she says lends itself well to comedy.

“There’s no anonymity in the country. You really can know everyone in your community and that can lead to some pretty funny situations”.

Da Silva has the ideal combination of experiences to bring those funny situations to light. An early interest in performance led her to drama classes and improv in high school. Then, as a student at York University, she was a company member of Vanier College Productions and a founding member of the Vanier Improv Company, where she honed her comedy-writing chops. A career in theatre didn’t seem viable, however, so following graduation she went to work in the human resources department of an oil and gas company, a job which, it turned out, gave her ample opportunity to absorb the humour of human nature.

In 2016, she left the HR world to write and act full-time. She has since produced six full-length scripts and taken on the role of playwright-in-residence at Theatre Orangeville, while continuing to act, direct, and teach theatre both in professional and amateur companies.

Where You Are is her fifth play and her first to be produced in Atlantic Canada. The Victoria Playhouse production plays from June 25th to July 28th in Victoria.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Getting Up to Speed

Fast Forward

This exhibition of short videos presents imaginings of the near future. The works share
both fantastic and troubling outlooks while exploring historical contexts and
technological shifts to better understand our current trajectory.

 

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Fast Forward is an exhibition of short videos that present imaginings of the future. Featuring works by six artists and filmmakers from across Eastern Canada, the works in Fast Forward use the durational and narrative mediums of film and video to project the artists’ own fantasies, speculations, and observations about their environments, offering insight into human existence.

The works investigate troubling and relevant current issues—political views are increasingly divisive, economic sectors prioritize profits before people, and the climate crisis continues to loom—while offering outlooks that range from bleak to hopeful. In the direst of outcomes presented in these works, society will follow a destructive and greedy path, turning to technology and automation to streamline ourselves towards our demise. In the more optimistic possibilities that are presented, we may find peace and healing through traditional knowledge, connecting to the land, and strengthening communities. The question we are left with: How did we get here and where are we going?

Lisa Theriault, Guest Curator

Participating Artists:

Dawn George

Bretten Hannam

Nelson MacDonald

Jeremy Sandor

Roberto Santaguida

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PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Three Years in the Making

Trilogy – 3 Years in the Making Opening Reception
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May 29, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at The Guild 
Trilogy — 3 Years in the Making
Alison Storey, Helen LaRouche, and Juanita Glenn
Opening Reception May 29
On display until June 9 

This Art Exhibition is a visual journey of Three P.E.I. women that are close friends and have diverse backgrounds but similar interests. This Exhibition features over 75 chosen works that relate both directly to the Island and their own individual journey through life. They each have their own distinctive styles to convey their message to the viewers. Some artworks are scenes of the Island to interest tourists, some imaginative and dreamlike to interest the free thinker and some more realistic of life around them. The art works have been completed in the last three years and their goal in life is to inspire others.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Going Strong Shanneyganock

SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
ALL SEATS: $32.00 tax & fees included

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Well-known for their authentic brand of true Newfoundland folk, Shanneyganock has delighted audiences from coast to coast to coast.

From performing at the North Pole for Canadian military to performing on Broadway for the opening party of COME FROM AWAY (whose score was incidentally inspired by Shanneyganock), the Newfoundland band has made festivals, theatres and clubs across North America their stomping ground for the last 25 years.

Featuring button accordion, guitar, hearty baritone vocals, and a rhythm section, the band has continued to grow its legion of fans by relentless touring, anthemic songs, and a highly energetic live show.

To celebrate this milestone, you’re invited to join them as they open the Shanneyganock songbook, and experience a rollicking wave of Newfoundland history through some of its greatest storied ambassadors, who are still in fine voice after a quarter of a century.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Shannon Quinn Kicks Off Victoria Concert Series

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Sannon hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been performing as a fiddler/vocalist for the past 16 years. In 2016 Shannon won Roots Traditional Album of the Year & New Artist Recording of the Year at the Music Nova Scotia Awards, and has also been nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards. For the past two years she been touring internationally with the award winning Scottish group ‘The Paul McKenna Band’.

This has included many international performances in the United States, England, Scotland, Germany as well as the Netherlands. Some of Shannon’s past performances have included being featured with Cirque Du Soleil and The Chieftains as well as being a featured soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia. She’s also performed with the award winning group ‘Down with Webster’ at Massey Hall and was a featured violinist for the ‘We Day’ concert in Halifax at the Metro Centre, performing for over 10, 000 people.

She has also been a featured performer at the ‘Music City Roots’ concert as well as Bluegrass Underground concert; both in Nashville and both broadcast live on WSM radio. Shannon released her third album ‘Watchmaker’ – a modern celtic concept album, based on the painting ‘The Watchmaker of Switzerland’ in January 2019.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Kronborg Hits the Homburg

Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical opens June 21 at Confederation Centre

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“To be or not to be” is the most famous question in all of drama. And it is around this central question that the history of Kronborg–The Hamlet Rock Musical hangs upon.

And like Hamlet returning to Denmark, this celebrated Canadian musical is returning to The Charlottetown Festival, 45 years since it was first produced here. Sponsored by SYSCO Food Services the production runs June 28 to July 20—just 15 nights—in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Preview performances are slated for June 21 and June 27.

Cliff Jones, the musical’s creator, is excited to see the show take on a new life. “This talented company and this theatre will be incredible for Kronborg,” he muses, “and I’ve also gotten the chance to tweak little things that have nagged me for years.”

The electrifying rock production has been revived by Director Mary Francis Moore and Music Director Craig Fair, as well as the talented Festival cast, crew, and orchestra. But it was a winding road back to Charlottetown and the world-renowned Festival.

First commissioned as a CBC radio play in 1973, the original title was Kronborg: 1582, named for the Danish castle and year Shakespeare’s original revenge tragedy takes place.Jones’ inspiration came from when he first heard the Jesus Christ  Superstar soundtrack, which married anthemic rock music with rich storytelling. It is a curious symmetry that the Kronborg remount follows last summer’s Superstar as the next “big Festival show” here on the Centre mainstage. Both productions also star Island son, Aaron Hastelow.

After the original radio production in 1973, the play moved to the stage at Confederation Centre. Its first staging at the Festival in 1974 was an absolute hit leading to an eastern Canadian tour with Brent Carver as Hamlet and Beverly D’Angelo as Ophelia. In the following years Jones and other directors would tackle this production through diverse variations. These included a month-long Broadway engagement as Rockabye Hamlet (1976), and a 14-month run in L.A. in the early ‘80s as Something’s Rockin in Denmark.

Then, the play was put to rest.

It wasn’t until years later when Jones crossed paths with Adam Brazier—the Centre’s artistic director—that Kronborg was given a new lease on life and was turned into a concert performance at the Historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River, P.E.I. in 2017. Jones came back to Charlottetown while recovering from a serious health scare with Legionnaire’s disease. “The disease had quickly destroyed me,” he recalls, “I was delirious, could hardly recognize my daughters, was lethargic, and battling depression.”

When the Kronborg writer came in for rehearsals it gave him a new purpose. “I saw what they were doing with this incredible company and with Craig Fair’s new arrangements and musical direction. It made my life worth living again; it renewed me.”

Jones recalls the sold-out Indian River concert—with full company and an orchestra—as thrilling. Indeed, a Buzz review described the rock opera as “spectacular and electrifying…Aaron Hastelow shone brightly as Hamlet.”

For Jones, he pondered, “Can it get any better than this?” It turns out it certainly can. The new show is set to run for 15 nights this summer on the main stage.

When asked what endures about Kronborg all these years later, the writer offers “It’s always carried a special combination of being a fun, entertaining experience but also being faithful to Shakespeare’s story—to thine own self be true.”

New life for the writer and his storied musical awaits at this year’s Festival.

The full artistic team for Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical is listed online. Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. The Charlottetown Festival is sponsored by CIBC.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse