ABC’s of Play Reading

Watermark Theatre Announces Play Reading Series

A classic Canadian play performed in French, an American farce that later became the musical “Hello Dolly!”, and a European drama scandalous in its day, are the three plays included in this summer’s Watermark Theatre Play Reading Series.

The three plays and performance times are:

Une Lune D’eau Salée (Salt Water Moon) by David French – August 6th at 1:30PM

The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder – August 12th at 7:30PM

Miss Julie by August Strindberg – August 20th at 1:30P


A play reading is as simple as it sounds. Actors, with scripts in hand, using minimal movement on stage, act out plays for an audience. “The series is a great way to test out a variety of different plays on our audience and helps us decide our future programming. It also allows me to try new actors that I am unfamiliar with for future casting consideration,” says Artistic Director Robert Tsonos.

Starring Jake McNeil, last season’s Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet”, and Suzanne Roberts Smith, David French’s Salt Water Moon, written in 1985, has had many productions on the Island over the years but this reading marks the first time it appears in French.

The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, written in 1955, is an all out farce and is the play that later became the hit musical “Hello Dolly!”. A number of local and Atlantic based actors are joining our acting company for this very special event. Cathy Grant, Sharlene MacLean, Don Allison, Donnie MacPhee, and Paul Whelan along with our company of six actors will perform in this madcap comedy.

Censored for its shocking content, Miss Julie by August Strindberg depicts a struggle across sex and class lines that reverberated through Europe when it was first written in 1888 and still packs a dramatic punch today. Starring members of the Watermark Acting Company, the play is a dramatic and thought provoking look at Europe at the end of the 19th century.

All tickets are $10.

Lynn Miles Lands at the Victoria Playhouse

Lynn Miles, one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters, will take the stage at the Victoria Playhouse on July 11th. The Ottawa musician has twelve albums to her credit and is the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year.

Throughout a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin, and a healthy touring schedule that regularly takes her through the US, Europe, and across Canada, she has always created and performed music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability.

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Dave Siglin, long-time director of the Ark, a nationally known acoustic music venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan wrote, “I presented literally thousands of performers, including many wonderful singer-songwriters whose music I now cherish. Of all of these, I find myself listening to the music of Lynn Miles more than that of any other performer who played the club.

“Her melodies are stunning and I think many of her lyrics are absolute poetry capable of standing alone. If you love good music and you’re never really listened to her, you owe it to yourself to do so soon”.


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Watermark Theatre season to include Chinese and French Surtitles!

The Watermark Theatre’s 2016 summer season will include 5 performances of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams performed with Chinese and French surtitles to appeal to underserved theatre audiences. The local Chinese community as well as Chinese tourists will be able to watch this classic American drama, by one of the English speaking world’s greatest playwrights, by reading a simultaneous translation projected above the stage.


Sponsored by Respon International Group, the three Chinese surtitled performances will take place on the following dates:

August 3rd 7:30PM
August 11th 7:30PM
August 19th 7:30PM

North Rustico’s French speaking community was delighted last year when our bilingual production of Canada 300 was presented, and we want to continue to serve this very important audience. Two performances of The Glass Menagerie will be presented with French surtitles on:

July 29th 7:30PM
August 1st 7:30PM

“Our theatre is dedicated to providing the finest classical theatre on the Island to all of its visitors and residents and will continue to find ways to reach out to as many theatregoers as possible”. says Artistic Director Robert Tsonos.

Confederation Players Hit the Road

The Confederation Players are headed to the nation’s capital for the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

Confederation Centre of the Arts is very pleased to announce a major sponsorship for the youth theatre program, which commemorates the 1864 Charlottetown Conference and the origins of the nation. CN will sponsor the troupe for the next two seasons, ensuring the continued growth of Confederation Centre’s heritage programming in the lead up to the sesquicentennial of Canada’s birth in 2017. As part of this $225,000 sponsorship, the Players will also appear in Ottawa in 2017 for a special event.


“On behalf of the board of directors and all staff at Confederation Centre, I would like to congratulate CN on this major sponsorship,” says Jessie Inman, CEO of Confederation Centre. “In the late 19th century, the Canadian railway bound our great country together from sea to shining sea and made us one people. As we approach the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I cannot envision a more perfect partner to aid us in sharing our nation’s stories and commemorating the dreams of our founders.”

The sponsorship will assist the Players program with professional costuming, travel, and labour associated with the 2017 celebratory programming, and will ensure the stable growth and authenticity of this long-valued experiential tourism product.

“As we head into July 1st celebrations, CN and Confederation Centre take great pride in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s birth and building for the future of our communities,” says Sean Finn, Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President – Corporate Services CN. “We believe that tourism and heritage programs like the Confederation Players create an exciting opportunity to commemorate our nation’s shared history, and we look forward to working together in 2016 and 2017.”

First founded in 1989, the Confederation Players Program operates six months a year at Confederation Centre and is made up of college-age men and women from across Eastern Canada. Through walking tours, vignettes, Victorian song, and colourful street encounters, the troupe brings to life the landmark events of the 1860’s in British North America and such personalities as John A. Macdonald, George-Étienne Cartier, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Miss Mercy Coles, and many others. The Players undertake an intensive training program studying regional, national, and Island history, public speaking, improvisation, and performance.

Leg Warmers, Big Hair, and Caddyshack at the Harbourfront

Harbourfront Theatre is once again offering a summer film series for 2016. Totally ‘80s Movie Mondays, running July 4 through August 29, will feature some of the most beloved and iconic popular motion pictures from the age of leg warmers, big hair and Space Invaders, and pay tribute to recently departed legendary artists of the era, Prince and David Bowie. Family Flix will follow the same ‘80s theme with one young audience film on a Wednesday in each of July and August.


Movie Rating PG-13, 1 hour 43 Minutes
One fake sick day sends high school senior Ferris Bueller, his girlfriend Sloane and his best friend Cameron on the adventure of their young lives, as they ditch school and take off on a raucous journey through Chicago as they stay one step ahead of their principal and Ferris’s sister.

Movie Rating R, 1 hour 51 Minutes
A young man with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn’t all that he needs. A complicated tale of his repeating his father’s self-destructive behavior, losing Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and his coming to grips with his own connection to other people ensues.

Movie Rating PG-13, 1 hour 37 Minutes
Two young men are trying to make their way in a corporation. One on charm, the other on hard work. When they go to the president (Bernie) with a serious financial error on a printout, he pretends to be thrilled and invites them to his beach house for the weekend. He actually plans on having them killed. Bernie is also fooling around with the girlfriend of his mafia partner. When the partner has Bernie killed, the boys end up having to pretend Bernie is still alive as the frustrated hit man tries time and time again to complete the job.

CADDYSHACK 36th Anniversary Screening | JULY 25, 7:30PM
Movie Rating R, 1 hour 38 Minutes
Comical goings on at an exclusive golf club. All the members are wealthy and eccentric, and all the staff are poor and slightly less eccentric. The main character is ‘Danny’; he’s a caddy who will do almost anything to raise money to go to college. There are many subplots, including the assistant green keeper’s pursuit of a cute (obviously stuffed) gopher.

Movie Rating PG, 1 hour 47 Minutes
Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice in his corn field tell him, “If you build it, he will come.” He interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm, upon which appear the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago White Sox players banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series. When the voices continue, Ray seeks out a reclusive author to help him understand the meaning of the messages and the purpose for his field.

STAND BY ME 30th Anniversary Screening | AUGUST 8, 7:30PM
Movie Rating R, 1 hour 29 Minutes
It’s the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon and four 12 year-old boys – Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern – are fast friends. After learning of the general location of the body of a local boy who has been missing for several days, they set off into woods to see it. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right.

Movie Rating R, 2 hour 13 Minutes
After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit “The Penguin”, the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their “mission from God” they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time?

Movie Rating PG, 1 hour 41 Minutes
Young Sarah is left home alone by her parents and she has to babysit her little brother Toby. But the baby keeps crying and Sarah, while telling him a story to make him sleep, inadvertently conjures from a fantasy world the Goblin King who steals the child and brings him to his castle in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah has to rescue him before midnight, or the baby will become a goblin.

Movie Rating R, 1 hour 37 Minutes
Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Sold Out! at the Harbourfront

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are world-class musicians with their hearts firmly rooted in their rural village home. Natalie grew up in rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where her parents still live in the home she was born in. She is a globally acclaimed fiddle player who has appeared on numerous CBC, CTV and PBS TV shows and sold over 200,000 albums.


Donnell is part of a multi-generation beef farming family, born and raised on the Leahy family farm in Lakefield, Ontario. As the incendiary musical leader of double Platinum– selling, festival–headlining Celtic family group Leahy, he refined his mesmerizingly strident, exultant, and high-energy performances which have become his musical signature.

Be transported by this fierce fiddling duo as Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy command the stage with an explosive celebration of raw energy and passion that infuses their traditional heritage with their taste for the contemporary.

The Saturday July 2nd show at the Harbourfront Theatre has sold out!

Island Strong Anne Opens

The curtain lifted last night at 7:30 p.m. on an especially Island-strong edition of the long-running musical Anne of Green Gables. Jessica Gallant of Ten Mile House, P.E.I. stars as the world-famous orphan, with Charlottetown’s Hank Stinson and Aaron Hastelow as Matthew Cuthbert and Gilbert Blythe. This marks the first time an Islander has played Gilbert in the historic production, and thus the first time both romantic leads have been played by locals.

Festival veteran Marlane O’Brien, of Crapaud, P.E.I. plays iconic busy-body, Miss Rachel Lynde, while Dora Award-winner Charlotte Moore reprises her turn as Marilla Cuthbert. New Island home-owner Katie Kerr returns to the role that first brought her to the Festival, as Diana Barry, and another Festival favourite and ‘Islander-by-choice’, Josée Boudreau debuts as Miss Stacey.

The creative team that brought the Guinness Record-holding musical to life last season has returned in 2016, with Wade Lynch in the director’s chair alongside Musical Director Bob Foster and Choreographer Robin Calvert.

“With a history that has enjoyed success under some of the country’s greatest directors, and that has benefited from the talents of legions of actors, musicians, designers, technicians, and theatre artisans of every stripe, it is no small task to approach a new season with the responsibility of maintaining the high standards of previous productions while attempting to bring something new to the play and the story,” says Lynch, who performed in many seasons of the beloved musical himself.

“That said, we must never treat our production as an antique; Anne is new every time the curtain goes up,” he continues. “When Anne Shirley arrives at Bright River she is not only encountering the possibility of a new family, she is entering a whole new world. As theatre artists it is our challenge and our responsibility to present a musical theatre experience that is new for every performance. With the tremendous talents and abilities of our 2016 company, you can be certain that the Anne of Green Gables experience our audiences enjoy this summer is brand spanking new!”

Anne of Green Gables plays select dates until August 27. Confederation Centre wishes to recognize CIBC as the returning title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival. The Centre also acknowledges the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and CTV.