This Week at the Watermark Theatre

Performances this week at Watermark Theatre in North Rustico, Prince Edward Island.
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July 16th 7:30PM – A Moon For The Misbegotten
July 17th 7:30PM – Dial M For Murder
July 18th 7:30PM – A Moon For The Misbegotten
July 19th 7:30PM – Dial M For Murder
July 20th 7:30PM – A Moon For The Misbegotten
July 21st 1:30PM & 7:30PM – Dial M For Murder
July 22nd 7:30PM – Classic Music Reignited
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Aces Are High

Suzy Bogguss is one of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of the Illinois native’s 1989 major label debut, Somewhere Between, Suzy quickly became one of the key artists that defined those golden days of ’90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like “Outbound Plane,” “Drive South,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Letting Go” and “Aces,” and her 1991 album of that name was certified platinum. In addition, she scored a trio of gold albums and notched more than 3 million sales.

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Awarded the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist honour in 1989, Suzy went on to receive a series of nominations and awards not only from the Academy but also from the Country Music Association, CMT, ASCAP, and the Grammys. In 2014 she paid homage to country music legend Merle Haggard with her album “Lucky” and in 2016 she released a 25th anniversary edition of her platinum-selling album “Aces.”

SUNDAY, JULY 29TH, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $49.00 (tax & fees included)

Discovering Your Roots

Actor Discovers His Roots In Hunter River

Actor Paul Cowling is performing this summer at Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. This is his first time on the Island, but he has roots that go quite a ways back. “My mother’s family came to the Hunter River area from Scotland sometime in the mid-1800s, around 1839,” Cowling says. “My great-great grandfather, Farquhar Beaton, and his wife Flora, settled in that area. A land lease shows he was given 100 acres on the Old Princetown Road. He had 8 children, one of whom was Malcolm, who was my great-grandfather. Malcolm in turn had 22 children, most of whom were also born in Hunter River. My grandfather, Bentley, was among them.”

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Cowling says that his mother’s family were all close, so he met many of his grandfather’s siblings while he was growing up. “The Beatons were, and still are, very close to each other. They are also very good musicians, and play fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. When my great grandfather moved his family to Saskatchewan, he became well-known for his musicianship, winning “old time fiddle” contests around the region. This love and ability to play music was passed on to all of his children, and growing up I remember many, many kitchen parties that would go on long into the night. So, I hope to have a chance to go to the ceilidhs on the island, to listen to the music and relive those childhood memories.”

Paul is also a musician, learning the guitar in his early teens. “The Beatons all played by ear, and I was lucky enough to inherit whatever gene that was myself. Sadly, I contracted Lyme Disease several years ago, and it’s affected my hand. So, I haven’t been able to play since. I’m starting a new treatment in the fall, and I’m hopeful I’ll be able to play again soon. My mother always said that the Beatons have music in their blood, and I do miss not being able to pick up the guitar from time to time.”

Though he’s been busy with rehearsing two shows, Cowling has had some time to explore the island. “It’s so beautiful here,” Cowling says. “More so than I could have imagined. I had a very limited idea of what the area was like. People talk about how red the soil is, but until you see it, in the fields or on the beaches, you really can’t begin to describe it. I’ve taken quite a few photos of it since I’ve been here. Also, it goes without saying that the people I’ve met on the island have been very friendly and welcoming.”

Once he is out of rehearsal, and the shows at Watermark are up and running, Paul plans to make the trip out to Hunter River. “I want to see the area that marked the beginning of the Beaton journey in Canada, and where Farquhar Beaton and his wife, and any of his children, are laid to rest. I want to pay my respects, and in some way thank him for coming to Canada and starting a life and a family that eventually led to my being here on the island. Also, to thank him for passing down, in whatever way, the love of music and talent for entertaining that resulted in my becoming an actor.”

Asked for a few final thoughts about his experience here in PEI so far, Cowling has this to say: “I feel like I’ve been given a gift. Here I am, in the home of my ancestors, working on two fantastic shows with an enormously talented and wonderful group of individuals. The island itself is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are lovely and kind, and the whole area is alive with amazing music and musicians. I can’t think of a better place to spend the summer. Who knows, maybe I’ll get a chance to do it again someday.”

Paul Cowling is performing in two shows at the Watermark Theatre this summer; “Dial M For Murder”, and “A Moon For The Misbegotten”. Both shows run all summer to September 1st. Tickets can be purchased via the company’s website http://www.watermarktheatre.com or by calling 902-963-3963.

For more information, or to further interview Paul Cowling, please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre is a proud member of the PTN (Professional Theatre Network of PEI)

Loving the Dancing Lessons

People are loving Dancing Lessons, starring Melissa Kramer and Jeff Schissler and directed by Ted Price.
“Dancing Lessons is a bit of a marvel, mixing tragedy, humor and romance … all with a light and deft touch that ensures all the pieces fit together convincingly and enjoyably” – Ivy Wigmore, reviewer for The Buzz
“it shows that fleeting moments are sometimes the richest part of the human experience. This is a sensitive piece that doesn’t lop off the funny bits” – Lennie MacPherson, reviewer for The Guardian 
Dancing Lessons at Victoria Playhouse
Dancing Lessons plays Tuesday through Sunday at Victoria Playhouse til July 29th. Don’t miss your chance to see this gem!

Leahy and MacMaster Are Back

THURSDAY, JULY 26TH, 2018, 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, JULY 27TH, 2018, 7:30 PM
All Seats: $42.00 (tax & fees included)

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Sponsored by: Centennial Auto Group

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The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

Indeed, when two of the planet’s very best fiddle players married in 2002, the proverbial mantelpiece was instantly crammed with JUNO and East Coast Music Awards. Though MacMaster and Leahy followed different trajectories – she a Cape Breton native who could step-dance before she could walk; he the oldest brother of acclaimed family group Leahy – both had assuredly crested the traditional music peak.

Their first recorded collaboration, 2015’s Bob Ezrin-produced album One, which was followed by 2016’s A Celtic Family Christmas (and which cemented the couple’s status as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit) confirmed MacMaster and Leahy were as dynamic working together as they were working apart.

That’s no small feat when your combined album sales exceed one million; when past collaborators include classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass star Alison Krauss and banjo ace Béla Fleck; and when your ecstatic fan base (which boasts Shania Twain and The Chieftains) stretches from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Sydney, Australia.

This summer, their Prince Edward Island fans can see them perform at Harbourfront Theatre two nights only, July 26th & 27th.

Church at the Theatre

A stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Now living in Halifax and originally from Bible Hill NS. Cindy spent her formative musical years in western Canada, making her first recordings with the Great Western Orchestra, touring and recording with Ian Tyson and embarking on a solo career.

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Her friendship with Sylvia Tyson helped lead to the formation of Quartette with Tyson, Caitlin Hanford, the late Colleen Peterson and later Gwen Swick. Currently, she is touring with “Lunch at Allen’s”, a collaborative venture with Murray McLauchlin, Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan.

Cindy Church is at the Victoria Playhouse with Susan Crowe on July 9th.

Lighting the Way

Reviews are coming in for our production of Ghost Light at the Confederation Centre.

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“Wright’s well-written, well-performed show is uproariously funny, achingly sad, and frequently thought-provoking. Though it’s a one-act play, it feels like a full theatrical meal with plenty of entertainment value and heart. Wherever she is, I’m sure Regina is both flattered and proud.”
-The Buzz, 2018