Family Sunday in the Gallery

Gather up the kids and head to the Confederation Centre Gallery on the last Sunday of the month from 2-3:30 p.m. for our FREE Family Sundays happening until April 30.

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Everyone is welcome!

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Illustrators Gather at the Guild

From April 28th to May 20th, Reading Town PEI will present an exhibition of original artwork by Island illustrators.

Prince Edward Island has an abundance of talented illustrators. Although their artwork reproductions are key to the success and the fun found in many books, illustrators don’t often have a chance to present original artwork.

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This exhibition at The Guild provides the opportunity for Island Illustrators / Artists to showcase their original and published artworks. The exhibition will be a presentation of 2D artworks as well as sculptures and a reading nook to explore an Island illustrated library.

There will be an opening networking reception, supported by The Bookmark, in the gallery on April 29th from 8:00 – 9:30pm. The showcase continues through May 20th.

Waking Up to Bedtime Stories

From the popular and talented community theatre troupe who brought us Calendar Girls, Whose Wives Are They, Anyway?, and most recently, Lights, Camera, Island!

Bedtime Stories is a zany comedy that brings together six funny and touching tales presented as loosely related vignettes, featuring playwright Norm Foster’s signature comedic debacles laced with mild sexual innuendo.

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These “bedtime stories” won’t put you to sleep – you’ll be laughing too hard! A cavalcade of characters with their stories linked by a late night radio contest, a rock and roll concert, a taxi and, of course, a bed. The giggles begin with the opening vignette where Eddie the DJ coaches a middle-aged couple, to “make whoopie” on live radio for $5000, followed by to two old high school friends poignantly reconnecting at the death bed of one, and an odd-couple-style break-and-enter duo who fumble their way through a hilarious burglary attempt.

Then on to shock rocker Tommy Quick who, despite being well past his prime, has to fend off one very adoring fan. Next, an eager yet clumsy exotic dancer is about to hear some unfortunate news from her boss. The final laugh features a pair of funny movers, a directionally-challenged cab driver, and a couple who might be able to repair the hurts of their past.

Bedtime Stories is at the Harbourfront Theatre.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 12, 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 13, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 14, 2:00 pm (special Mother’s Day matinee!)
Friday, May 19, 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 20, 7:30 pm

All Seats $18.50, fees included.

Let’s Dance, eh?!

dance umbrella’s 28th season will draw to a dramatic finale on Saturday, May 6 with the annual end-of-year showcases performed at Confederation Centre of the Arts at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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Being the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the challenge put out to the dance instructors this year was to have every piece reflect something Canadian, be it a Canadian composer, musician, our elemental existence, or who we are as a people.

“The annual performance is always the highlight of the year for students and teachers alike,” remarks Peggy Reddin, director of Arts Education at the Centre. “This year’s instructors cover five decades in age some were raised on the Island, others from across our nation, and some from other countries, so our experiences of ‘what is Canada’ are fairly broad.”

Reddin continues, “You will see everything from a Tragically Hip tribute, to ‘Waltz of the Snowflakes’ to ‘John. A.’s Dream,’ and lots in between. So as to not to take ourselves too seriously, the show is entitled “Let’s Dance, eh?!”

The matinee performance will showcase the junior and elementary classes, as well as selected works choreographed by the students. The evening show will feature the intermediate and senior students, including the musical theatre students displaying their talents.

“Let’s Dance, eh?!” is one of the final presentations of the 2016-17 Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100. dance umbrella is long-standing pillar of arts education at Confederation Centre, having merged with the Centre’s programming in 2006.

Tickets are $11 for the matinee, $13 for the evening or a package price of $18 for both performances. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederation.com.

Oh What a Night!

“Oh What A Night!” is an exciting, fast-paced musical tribute to the legendary Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons coming direct from Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world! Now after six successful years the show continues to be one of the most in-demand musical productions worldwide.

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The show is an in-depth musical revue, bringing to life thirty of the Four Seasons’ hits. It’s a captivating tribute to the songbook of this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame super group with note-perfect renditions of the iconic “Jersey boys”!

“Oh What A Night” features 4 talented performers singing live that “feel good” music you grew up with that made the name Frankie Valli known around the globe. Songs like “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Sherry” “Working My Way Back To You Girl” “My Eyes Adored You”, and “Walk Like A Man” will take you back to an incredible musical era of the past in a high energy, must-see theatrical show.

George Solomon, the show’s creative consultant notes that “Oh What A Night!” is not a carbon copy of The Jersey Boys. “The Jersey Boys is a great biography, but we are playing ourselves in the show,” he said of himself and his fellow performers. “Everybody loves these songs. The melodies and harmonies are great to sing and the songs are always a special memory for somebody.”

Staying true to the original recordings, this tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons honours the talent of an American legend. Don’t miss this incredible musical experience, live in person.

“Oh What A Night is at the Harbourfront Theatre Saturday May 6th at 7 PM.

Join the Cast of Volunteers at the Centre

Our volunteers play a vital role in providing our visitors with warm and friendly hospitality at its best during their visit to Confederation Centre of the Arts. The goal of the volunteers is to enhance the experience of our visitors.

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What volunteers do:

· Greeting guests arriving through the doors of the Cofederation Centre
· Providing island hospitality at its best by giving accurate and helpful information
· Promoting all services and facilities of the Confederation Centre
· Assists other departments with office tasks as required
· During The Young Company performance – distribute programs, pins and Canadian flags
· Provide the role of greeter prior to start of performances
· Helps with dress up booth in lobby pre-show

Requirements: Must be friendly, outgoing, customer focused individual with a positive attitude who wants to be part of the Guest Services team of Volunteers.

Hours: Volunteers are needed Monday-Saturday. Hours are flexible. Various shifts available.

Examples:

11am -1:30 (during Young Company Performance and Confederations Players Vignette at Province House
6:30 pm – 7:30 Pm Main entrance at Confederation Centre prior to performances to welcome guests and or facilitate the dress up area in lobby pre show.

Cruise ship days (shifts are flexible).

Application Process: Anyone interested in being part of our cast of volunteers please contact Joy Gallant, Manager of Guest Services at jgallant@confederatoncentre.com or call 628-6118. Deadline May 16, 2017.

Volunteer hours are eligible for Canada Bursary program for grade 11 and 12 students.