PTN Promotes Island Theatre

A group of six Island professional theatre companies have come together to form the Professional Theatre Network of PEI in order to share resources, collaborate, and work with government, all with the purpose of furthering professional theatre on the Island. The six companies are The Charlottetown FestivalThe GuildHarbourfront TheatreVictoria PlayhouseWatermark Theatre, and Young at Heart.

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These companies collectively hire approximately 500 full time, part time, and seasonal workers each year and they spend over $5.5 million annually, proving that professional theatre is a major employer and economic contributor to the Island. The group defines professional theatres as organizations that strive for artistic excellence and in which the artists are consistently paid for their work at a Canadian Actors’ Equity and Associated Designers of Canada standard or its equivalent.

The PTN are planning and have planned several new initiatives. First and foremost is the desire to rally government and corporate support for a large scale marketing initiative promoting Prince Edward Island as a theatre destination. Similar to previous campaigns featuring golf courses and local food, the PTN sees professional theatre as a way to draw more tourists to the Island.

This year, the PTN, along with governmental agencies, began a Mentorship Program in which 16 interns were trained this summer with theatres across the Island. This program will continue into 2017 and beyond.

The PTN is also looking at new ways to offer packaged ticket offers where audience members may buy a “Theatre Passport” to see productions at numerous theatres throughout the summer months. Other coordinated ticketing possibilities are also being explored.

Possible collaboration opportunities include joint Events (March 27th), joint marketing opportunities, additional training or development partnerships, and sharing resources whenever possible. A theatre blog has been launched at http://www.peitheatre.com as a way to promote all the theatres productions at one location.

In addition to their monthly meetings, representatives of the PTN have already, and will continue, to attend outside meetings and conferences voicing the concerns and wishes of the group, all in the hopes of furthering attendance to theatrical events and fueling the provincial economy.

For further information and/or to set up an interview with any of the member theatre companies please contact Catherine O’Brien at cathjobrien@gmail.com or 902-393-9419.

Singing for Your Supper

This Sunday, October 2 Confederation Centre Youth Chorus is presenting a fundraising concert at 3pm, St. Paul’s Anglican Church to support the upcoming chorus tour to Rome & Naples, Italy in April 2017.

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The concert is directed by Donald Fraser, accompanied by Sara White and will feature a variety of choir favourites! A free-will offering will be collected.

Ferrier Shows Alaska Paintings

The Alaska cruise was closely surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Humanity clung to their precipitous sides. We embarked from Vancouver where, in Stanley Park we viewed authentic Totem Poles. It was June- Long days and calm seas. The first stop was the state capital- Juneau, where a tour boat took us out to see pods of whales.

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From our stateroom, actually from anywhere on the ship, we had close-up views of the Rockies. We went up the Inside Passage to Skagway from where, 118 years ago would-be millionaires took off for the Klondike Gold Rush.. Since the only province/territory in Canada I hadn’t visited was the Yukon, we went partly by bus and partly by train- with original coaches clinging to the rails, deep into the mountains to Caribou Crossing.

It was an artist’s paradise. The on to Glacier Bay, where the ice on the Margerie Glacier refracted a beautiful aqua light. Our final stop was Ketchikan. I declined to go on the Zipline with my grand-daughter. I stayed on board and sketched the coastline and watched the small planes flitting about.

Nan Ferrier’s Painting’s of the Alaska Cruise are at The Guild starting September 28.