Leah Goes Laura, and More

Leah Pritchard who first graced the stage of the Watermark Theatre as the plain spinster, Lizzie, in “The Rainmaker”, and then demonstrated her considerable acting range as the elegant Alais in “The Lion in Winter”, Peter and Balthazar in “Romeo and Juliet”, and the vibrant and witty Mabel Chiltern in “An Ideal Husband”, is returning for her third season with the Watermark Theatre. This summer, Leah will play one of the great roles of the 20th century theatre, Laura in “The Glass Menagerie”, along with the dual roles of Edith and Mrs. Bradman in “Blithe Spirit”.

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Leah is an actor rooted in the Atlantic region. Born in Nova Scotia and educated in Newfoundland, Leah earned her BFA in acting at Memorial University. Her acting credits include stints with the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and Hard Ticket Productions in Newfoundland; Neptune Theatre, The Villain’s Theatre, Us vs. Them Theatre Collective in Nova Scotia; and of course the Watermark, where critics have said of her: “Leah Pritchard is really great at tuning in to the right emotional channel…” (The Rainmaker–The Buzz); “Oscar Wilde could not have hoped for a more expressive face or better comedic instincts than Pritchard’s” (An Ideal Husband–The Buzz).

Leah is a member of the award-winning Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble of Halifax, and sang on their debut album, “Here On These Branches”. She is also a teaching assistant for Neptune Theatre’s youth theatre workshops, and has helped lead Watermark Theatre’s youth Acting Conservatory the past two years. Next month, Leah will be appearing as Bessie in DMV Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Drowning Girls”, at Neptune Theatre.

The Watermark is delighted to have Leah back for the 2016 summer season.

Showcase is Showcased

The Showcase Gift Shop at Confederation Centre was recently celebrated with a major award. Craft producers at the 2016 Atlantic Canada Trade Show selected the shop as a Top 5 Craft Retailer across the four provinces and Sandra Jeffery, manager, attended the ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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“We are delighted to be selected by craft producers across the region,” says Jeffery. “The award recognizes The Showcase’s contribution to the craft industry in Atlantic Canada and our commitment to selling a high variety of professional crafts. A big thank-you goes out to our staff and volunteers for all their efforts and our patrons who support us year-round.”

This is the second time The Showcase has won this award in the last three years. The popular shop specializes in quality handcrafted items, jewellery, pottery, women’s fashion, memorabilia from the famed Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ and more.

The Showcase is located in Confederation Centre’s theatre lobby, adjacent to the box office.

Celebrate Holy Day With Song

Confederation Centre’s adult choir, the Confederation Singers, present the annual Easter concert Choral Music on Holy Day on Good Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church.

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Under the direction of Donald Fraser, the choristers and guests will perform the now famous Canadian work, Requiem by Eleanor Daley. Additionally, the Singers will present a series of Renaissance and Romantic motets including Tantum Ergo of Palestrina, O Vos Omnes of Victoria, and Locus Iste of Anton Bruckner. Featured soloists are Kelsea McLean and Parker Clements and organ accompanist is Frances McBurnie.

This popular concert is part of Sobeys LIVE @ Centre. Book online and get the full LIVE calendar at confederationcentre.com. Tickets for all shows are available in person at the box office, by phone at (902) 566-1267, or toll free at 1-800-565-0278.

The Choral Music Programme is sponsored by Maritime Electric. Confederation Centre also thanks the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture, and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.

From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

The Charlottetown Festival is hosting a special play reading on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 PM in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery to mark World Theatre Day.

The free public reading is of Stories From the Quilt, directed and adapted by Marlane O’Brien from the story collection, as well as And My Name Is…Stories From The Quilt by Island writer, Margie Carmichael. The animated play reading will feature O’Brien, Artistic Director Adam Brazier, Donnie MacPhee, Melissa Mullen, Julie Pellissier-Lush, and others.

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Stories From the Quilt follows four short stories focusing on ordinary women with extraordinary skills, gifts, and strengths. They live next door or far away, shadowed by fear or absence of recognition. Each of these Island-centred tales balances humour and pathos, featuring a different lead – Tansie, Anna, Flora, and Olivia – and exploring themes of survival, forgiveness, and renewal. Led by O’Brien, a long-time Charlottetown Festival favourite, the script was workshopped last summer as part of the Festival development series with a group of notable performers from across Canada, including Jay Davis, Bruce Dow, Natasha Greenblatt, and Jan Alexandra Smith.

Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is marked annually by theatre communities worldwide. It celebrates the power of theatre as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace and promotes and protects cultural diversity and identity.

17th Bluegrass Jamboree & Jam Sessions On the Side

Join us at the Harbourfront Theatre for an evening of entertainment featuring The Kevin Prater Band from Kentucky, Mark Boutilier from Nova Scotia and PEI’s own Joe Casey &  Westwind.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Saturday, March 26, will be Marilyn Singer.

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Jam sessions all weekend long at Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf in Summerside! Weekend packages available, including 2 nights’ accommodations and 2 tickets to the show at Harbourfront Theatre.

The show starts at 7 PM and all tickets are $23.50.

For package purchases or to book accommodations, call Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf at 902-436-2295 or 1-800-265-5551 .

Soup’s On!

As part of the 2016 Rendez-vous de la Francophonie and International Francophonie Day, the public is invited to the third annual edition of SOUP’ART at Confederation Centre of the Arts. This event will take place in Studio 1, this Monday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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The audience will be served a bevy of delightful soups from many different countries. This experience will be enhanced by a rich exhibition of visual art from the Acadian community as well as arts and crafts created by newcomers to Canada.

“SOUP’ART has been tremendously popular the last two years. The public enjoyed both the soups and the arts that were on view,” says Monique Lafontaine, French programming and arts education director with the Centre. “This year we are proud to be including a performance performer and artist Yao who will warm your heart with his rich and deep voice.”

Born in Ivory Coast, Yao emigrated to Ontario at the age of 13. This musician, singer, poet, and actor is a modern troubadour. His music is a gentle mix of slam, jazz, and blues, and his texts are poems created to be put to music. The evening will also include brief trivia segments and door prizes.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. In the spirit of sharing, members of the public are asked to bring a cash donation for the Syrian Refugee Fund.

This great event, which coincides with the first day of spring, is a partnership of Confederation Centre of the Arts, La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Fédération culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin and Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean.

Flying Boy Peter Pan and Aladin, Too

The Magical Journey, presented by Tohu-Bohu Productions, comes to the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, March 18, at 7 PM

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A magical musical adventure in the heart of the fairy-tale world, featuring the most famous characters of all time. Along with Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine, Aladin and Peter Pan, the whole family will travel to an imaginary and enchanted world of song and dance.

The six characters will perform hits such as Hakuna Matata, Beauty And The Beast, A Whole New World, and many others, all in a beautiful setting!

For ticket information and purchases, please visit https://themagicaljourneyshow.com or call 1-855-251-6107. Tickets for this special engagement are not available at the box office or through Ticket Pro.