On Your Mark, Get Set, Mamma Mia!

23 Canadian triple-threats, a world-class theatre, a mesmerizing pop-rock soundtrack, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. It all culminates Saturday night when The Charlottetown Festival launches the Atlantic Canadian premiere of Mamma Mia!

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Over 60 million people have fallen in love with the characters, story, and absorbing music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good musical. This sunny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise where on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to find her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island.

Inspired by the mega-hits of Swedish superstars, ABBA, Mamma Mia! stars Katie Kerr and Eliza-Jane Scott, with David Cotton, Jan Alexandra Smith, Nicola Dawn Brook, Réjean Cournoyer, Stephen Guy-McGrath, Cam MacDuffee, and many more. For a complete cast list, visit Confederation Centre online.

Mamma Mia! plays select dates from June 1 to September 3 in the Homburg Theatre. For show times and tickets, contact the box office or visit http://www.confederationcentre.com. Adam Brazier is directing, with Bob Foster and Kerry Gage respectively leading music direction and choreography. Cory Sincennes is set, costume, and props designer, Michael Walton is lighting designer, and Peter McBoyle is sound designer. Craig Fair is associate music director and Production Stage Manager is Matt MacInnis.

The Charlottetown Festival is presented by CIBC. The Centre wishes to recognize Tim Hortons as the title sponsor for Mamma Mia! and acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and CTV.

From Swapping Baseball Cards to Making Artist Cards

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is looking for artists of all ages and disciplines, professional and non-professional, to register for its tenth annual Artist Trading Card event. Artist trading cards (ATCs) are miniature works of art. They can be created with any material imaginable. Cards can be made from paper, wool, wood, clay and more.

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This year’s registration deadline is Monday, July 4. A week after registration, participants will be contacted to confirm the number of cards they are required to create for the event. If 50 people sign up for the program, participants will be requested to create 50 cards. Cards can be produced in editions (a limited number of the same card), series (set of cards with a unifying theme), or as singular originals.

The main requirement is the size: cards MUST be the same size as modern baseball cards or 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (6 cm x 9 cm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. ATCs must be self-produced. The artist’s name and contact information, as well as the card title and the edition or series number is to be written on the back.

Landon Mackenzie, a Vancouver-based Canadian artist with strong ties to Prince Edward Island, will be in attendance and will participate in the event. Parallel Journey, a major exhibition of Mackenzie’s works on paper is currently on view in the Art Gallery.

The tenth annual trading event will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery. Along with the card trading, there will be live music and a cash bar. More details on the evening’s program will be announced at a later date.

All ages are welcome to participate.

For more information, or to register, please contact Monique Lafontaine at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery by email at moniquel@confederationcentre.com.

Don’t Forget to Give!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here! For the entire month of June, every $1 you donate to us at the Watermark Theatre through http://www.canadahelps.org qualifies us to win $10,000! The more you give, the more chances for us to win!

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Our summer season is fast approaching with Blithe Spirit and The Glass Menagerie about to start rehearsals. Our sets are being built, costumes are being made, and the theatre is being prepped to welcome local residents and visitors to the theatre for this very exciting 2016 summer season.

If you haven’t yet donated this season, now is the perfect time! If you’ve already made a contribution recently, we are so grateful for your support.

Watermark Theatre is a not for profit charitable organization and a charitable tax receipt will be issued with all donations.

Help us make the 2016 summer season our best ever!

Skilled Bodies in Motion

Dance Virtuosa is an upbeat energetic array of dance styles to stir the soul. Enjoy a diversity of professionally choreographed dances for young and old!

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This production incorporates the skill of adorable little ones straight through to adults from all over Prince Edward Island. Dance Virtuosa welcomes you to join us for an unforgettable showcase of skilled bodies in motion.

Shows are at the Harbourfront Theatre on Saturday, June 11, at 4PM and 7 PM, and Sunday, June 12, at 4 PM.