Save Money on the Million Dollar Show

Three leads and 40% off tickets promo announced for Million Dollar Quartet 

Confederation Centre has revealed three of the leads for this summer’s mega-concert musical, Million Dollar Quartet. The Charlottetown Festival is introducing talented Centre newcomers, Greg Gale as Johnny Cash and Matthew Lawrence as Elvis Presley.

Opening June 14 in the Homburg Theatre, Million Dollar Quartet is a rock’n’roll hits musical inspired by the true story of the famed 1956 recording session where producer Sam Phillips brought together the “godfathers of rock” – Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins – for one unforgettable jam session.

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The musical has brought audiences to their feet across the country. Featured are such hallmark classics as Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, Hound Dog, Great Balls Of Fire, Walk The Line, and Folsom Prison Blues. These iconic songs and many more will be brought to life by an all-star cast with Gale as Cash; Lawrence as Elvis; Festival favourite Alicia Toner as Elvis’s flame, Dyanne; and more.

Also launching this week is a special spring ticket promo, offering patrons 40% off the new musical. The 40% off promo will run from Saturday March 25 to April 8, 2017, valid for Tier 1& 2 seating during the month of June. To access this one-time offer, patrons can use the promocode ‘million’ when contacting the box office, online at confederationcentre.com, in person, or at 1.800.565.0278. Million Dollar Quartet is sponsored by Tim Horton’s.

Set in a Memphis studio, this story-and-song production brings to light an extraordinary tale of broken promises, secrets, and a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and heartwarming. The ensemble is rounded out by “First Wildman of Rock,” Jerry Lee Lewis; rock guitar pioneer and scribe behind ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ Carl Perkins; lead character and record executive, Sam Philips; and others. Casting for these roles and additional leads in Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Gale is reprising two celebrated turns as Cash in Million Dollar Quartet (the Royal Manitoba Theatre and Citadel Theatre) and has made appearances in Kiss (CanStage), and with the Thousand Islands Playhouse and Factory Theatre. Also making his Charlottetown debut is Collingwood, Ontario’s Lawrence, who has performed as Elvis in Legends of Rock N Roll (StageWest); along with The Things We Do For Love (Odyssey Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Humber River); and on TV’s The Story of Us (CBC).

Toner is a five year veteran of #ChFest, having wowed audiences in Spoon River, Evangeline, Canada ROCKS!, and Ring of Fire, as well as performing in the Dora-winning smash, Once (Mirvish).

Million Dollar Quartet launches previews June 14, playing the Homburg Theatre until September 23. Appreciation is extended to the title sponsor for The 2017 Charlottetown Festival, CIBC and to production sponsor Tim Horton’s. Media sponsors are Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

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Working Your Way Up

Leah Pritchard returns to the Watermark Theatre this summer playing the lead role in both main stage productions and she couldn’t be more thrilled. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of playing two women who are such polar opposites,”says Leah. “I think it’ll be a summer season filled with fun and romance, as well as a healthy dose of girl power!”

Entering her fourth season with the company, Leah will play the perky Corie Bratter in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park and the complicated Vivie Warren in George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

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After three summers of incredible performances, Artistic Director Robert Tsonos thought it was time to give Leah a high profile opportunity. “Leah has stood out in every role we have given her and I thought she was ready to carry an entire season”, says Tsonos. “She’s versatile, absolutely magnetic on stage, and exudes an intelligence and warmth that audiences have really responded to.”

Last summer, Leah brought an incredible vulnerability and sense of wonder to her portrayal of Laura in The Glass Menagerie, and great comic timing to the dual roles of Edith and Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit. She first graced the stage of the Watermark 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.

Leah is a Halifax actor, originally from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. She has worked throughout the Atlantic provinces with such companies as Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and Hard Ticket Productions in Newfoundland; as well as Neptune Theatre, The Villian’s Theatre, And DMV Theatre, in Nova Scotia. In the fall of 2014, Leah sang with Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble on their debut album Here On These Branches, which was nominated for best classical recording of 2015 at the East Coast Music Awards.

When not on stage, Leah has also been a teaching assistant for Neptune Theatre’s youth theatre workshops, and has helped lead Watermark’s youth theatre acting conservatory for the past three summers.

The Watermark is delighted to have Leah back for the 2017 summer season.

For more information, or to set up a phone interview with Leah Pritchard please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI.

Birds and Bees Tackle Love, Family, and Sex

Sarah, a turkey farmer, has just left her husband and moved back home to live with her mom Gail. Gail’s a divorced beekeeper and she has other things to worry about—like why her honeybees are dropping dead.

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Then there’s Earl: Gail’s neighbour, farm tenant, and the ex-husband of Gail’s ex-husband’s new wife. In these past twenty years, he’s been keeping himself mighty busy with the ladies, but Gail has just never really got back on that horse…so to speak. And finally, there’s Ben: a naive 23-year-old Masters student, here to study the collapsing bee colonies. He’s about to get a big lesson in pollination…if you know what we mean.

The Birds and the Bees tackles sex, love, science, family, and the artificial insemination of turkeys. It is a boisterous comedy with brains… and a huge, honeyed heart.

The Birds and the Bees by Mark Crawford is at the Victoria Playhouse June 22 – July 30.

“The Birds and The Bees starts out as a wild and wooly sex farce but deepens to touch the heart in equal measure with the funny bone.” – Reid Between The Lines

“Belly laugh after belly laugh in this outstanding, warm-hearted comedy that confirms Mark Crawford as one of this country’s finest up-and-coming- playwrights.” -London Free Press

Mansbridge Sells Out, Livestream at Home

The National In Conversation with Peter Mansbridge in P.E.I. has proven to be extremely popular. Tickets went in less than an hour. But you can still take part from the comfort of your home.

This panel discussion will be streamed live from 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m.. Watch the live stream online on or on the CBC PEI Facebook page, YouTube or online at cbcnews.ca.

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You can also follow the conversation at #TheNational.

Join Peter Mansbridge and a panel of top CBC journalists for a lively discussion about the changing nature of news in today’s world.

CBC News: The National and its award-winning journalists will embark on a tour across Canada called The National In Conversation to discuss our journalism, coverage, and behind the scenes decisions, and to engage with Canadians in a series of townhalls.

Moderator: Peter Mansbridge – Chief Correspondent – CBC News Network

Introductions: Bruce Rainnie – CBC News Compass

Joining Peter Mansbridge will be panelists:

Rosemary Barton – Host – Power & Politics
Susan Ormiston – CBC Senior Correspondent – The National
Rex Murphy – Correspondent – The National
Mark Critch – Co-Host – This Hour Has 22 Minutes
Ian Hanomansing – Host – CBC News Network
Tom Murphy – Host – CBC Nova Scotia News, Maritimes Correspondent – The National

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017

Confederation Centre of the Arts
130 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PE

6 p.m. – Doors Open
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Meet and Greet with Peter Mansbridge and panelists

View of The Guild

I love the incredibly wide variety of production this building has hosted over the years and the number of artists, entertainers and most importantly audience members that come through the doors.

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It is a pillar in the community for grass-roots creative ventures and a platform for all levels of artistic productions from professional to completely home-spun-fun. I am one of the many people lucky enough to be involved in some capacity with such a cultural hub and hope to be for as long as I am on the Island, which looks like indefinitely.

Graham Putnam
PEI Writer/Comedian/Actor

Port Cities at The Mack

Dylan Guthro, Breagh Mackinnon, and Carleton Stone met in 2011 at the Gordie Sampson Song Camp, an annual event in Cape Breton that gathers promising songwriters from across Nova Scotia There they formed a three-way friendship that soon led to various collaborations in the context of their individual musical lives. Eventually they were writing and playing together often enough that the idea of forming a band arose naturally.

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“We just thought, there’s such a great chemistry between us, why not try to join forces and do something that’s bigger that any of us could do on our own?” said Carelton Stone in a 2015 interview.

As individual musicians, the three members of Port Cities had collectively released six solo albums prior to the band’s first release. As a group they write songs to take advantage of each member’s strength and experience as a vocalist, often employing two- and three-part harmonies in their music.

In 2016, Port Cities won Casino Nova Scotia’s third annual Artist in Residence competition, which awarded them $20,000 to assist them in their ongoing musical development.

Also in 2016, the band released its first two songs, “Astronaut” and “Back to the Bottom.”

Port Cities and the release of their new CD are at The Mack on March 24 at 7:30 PM.

 

From Gray to Red, Yellow, and Blue

Colonel Gray High Studio 10 invites everyone to visit and enjoy a varied display of artwork, including paintings, drawings, printmaking and photographs. These original student artworks, produced by CGHS’s grade 10 art classes and IB Visual Art classes, will be on display at The Guild from March 29 until April 9th.

 

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A special invitation is extended for parents of Grade 9 students who are thinking about selecting Art as an elective as they register for high school next year. Come out and see some of the impressive work these students have created.

Opening Reception is March 29, 7 – 9 PM.