Mark the Dates

Holiday Hours of Operation at Confederation Centre of the Arts

Confederation Centre of the Arts will operate at reduced hours between Christmas Eve and January 3, 2017. The Showcase Gift Shop, Art Gallery, public library, Mavor’s Restaurant, box office, administration offices, and the Confederation Chamber Exhibition all follow unique schedules.

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Please note, the Richmond Street entrance will be open daily at 7:30 a.m. on days the library is open, from December 27 to January 2, and library book drop will be available at the stage door entrance during these times.

Confederation Centre will also be open on January 1, 2017 for the Premier’s New Year’s Day Levee at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Departmental Hours:

Administrative Offices

Dec 24-Jan 2: closed

Jan 3: regular hours resume

Box Office 

Dec 24: open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dec 25-Jan 2: closed

Jan 3: regular hours resume

Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Dec 24-27: closed

Dec 28-31: open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jan 1-3: closed

Jan 4: regular hours resume

Confederation Centre Public Library

Dec 24: open 10 a.m. – noon

Dec 25/26: closed

Dec 27-31: regular hours

Jan 1: closed

Jan 2: regular hours resume

Confederation Chamber Exhibition (Upper Foyer)

December 24/31: closed

Jan 7: winter hours resume (Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or by private booking)

Mavor’s Restaurant

Dec 23: open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec 24-30: closed

Dec 31: open for NYE seatings at 5 and 8 p.m.

Jan 1: closed

Jan 2: regular winter hours resume

The Showcase Gift Shop

Dec 24: open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dec 25-Jan 2: closed

Jan 3: regular hours resume

What Lori MacDonald Said About Robyn Hood

We loved Robyn Hood! Every year we go to the Christmas shows and have always enjoyed each and every one! Mamma Mia, Anne of GG, Alice Through the Looking Glass, of course, were amazing too!

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Great performances, witty and fun! We are so fortunate to have Confederation Centre here in Charlottetown!

20 Years at the Harbourfront

Harbourfront Theatre opened its doors in 1996, the result of more than a decade of tireless effort on the part of a group of Summerside citizens with a vision to create a state of the art, multi purpose performing arts facility in Prince County. The theatre, along with the Eptek Art & Culture Centre and the Summerside Visitor Information Centre, is housed in The Wyatt Centre, aptly named after one of the facility’s major contributors, Dr. Wanda Wyatt.

 

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Harbourfront Theatre is owned by Regional Cultural Events Centre Inc., a registered non-profit organization managed by a board of directors, general manager, and director of operations, and boasts a friendly, knowledgeable, professional staff and a dedicated core of over 90 volunteers.

Its mission is “to provide a continuous live entertainment service to the Prince Edward Island community and its visitors, featuring both local and touring productions, while being a significant driving force within the community to encourage and nurture the development and appreciation of the performing arts.”

The facility is ideally suited to a myriad of uses, including plays, concerts, opera, ballet, comedy & magic shows, conferences, seminars, receptions, business mixers, trade shows and public forums. Beautifully appointed and state of the art equipped, the Harbourfront Theatre represents the best of both worlds – large enough to host renowned touring acts, yet small enough so that every one of its 527 seats captures a uniquely intimate performer/audience experience.

Show Day

The Confederation Centre is welcoming the following schools in to see a special performance of Robyn Hood – and probably see a few of their friends onstage!

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Westisle Composite High
West Royalty Elementary
Bloomfield Elementary
Kensington Intermediate Senior High
Montessori School of Charlottetown
Eliot River Elementary
Charlottetown Rural High
East Wiltshire Intermediate

Enjoy the show!

Rockin’ Robyn

When I first heard of the production Robyn Hood from one of my students in Seniors College, I thought it sounded like quite a riot, considering the play had a cast of 75—Charlottetown’s version of a cast of thousands—and the script by Adam Brazier and Graham Putnam wove several stories together with contributions from the cast. One must certainly investigate a claim of that magnitude. After opening night at the Homburg Theatre, I can say with certainty the claim is completely true.

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The Confederation Centre of the Arts kicked off the Christmas season with Robyn Hood, a comic musical adaptation of the legend of Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, except this time, Robyn is a woman out to defeat the power-hungry Prince John of the Kingdom of Charlottetown. Maria Campbell, an alumna of the Confederation Centre Young Company, belted out a charmingly exuberant Robyn Hood supported all throughout by Friar Tuck, played Alana Bridgewater, whose powerful and lovely voice filled the theatre—the two were perfectly matched singing together.

Not to be outdone was Maid Marian, played by Jessica Gallant, who matched the mood with her music as she tried to solve her dilemma: to betray or not to betray? Sarah MacPhee’s signature Town Crier role was resurrected yet once again and given the opportunity to rise in the ranks, thanks to Matt Rainnie’s dastardly pouting Prince John’s machinations. He was joined on stage by his two daughters in the Charlottetown ensemble impoverished by being taxed to the max by Prince John.

The numerous scenes offered multiple opportunities to shift around the cast of 75—filling the stage was certainly not a problem in this production. Although the production was not technically perfect, the minute slips here and there were easily covered up by the ribaldry and jokes that spared no one. A great deal of the humor, however, is strictly local and anyone who is not familiar with PEI culture might not understand why people were laughing. There was a generous dose of tongue-in-cheek wit throughout the play and even the songs were selected from a wide range of sources to provide a lively musical tapestry.

Besides the occasional dancer with lower energy levels, the performance was bursting with rollicking fun. Garnett Gallant’s set design was just right and I wonder if anyone else picked up on the bit of irony with the Bundy clock, guitar, golf cart, and Maid Marian’s selfie during the wild chase through the Christmas-lit forest, not to mention the occasional hand microphone appearing on stage after Friar Tuck declared the play would bring us back to a time before cellphones, iPads, and Netflix! Deliberate or not, inconsistencies aside, it all added up to a great deal of fun that might have started a tad slow but certainly built up to a rousing end.

If you’re in for some Christmas cheer, this is just the performance to see!

Review by Cindy Lapena. Used by permission. Originally posted on http://www.onrpei.com.