Lund Lands Next Month

With nine studio albums under his belt and multiple CCMA, Juno, and Industry award wins, Corb Lund’s three decade long music career is a force to be reckoned with. His seventh album, “Cabin Fever” (2012) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Charts. Three of his albums have been certified GOLD, while his latest release, “Things That Can’t be Undone” (2015), cemented his status as one of the top country storytellers, and placed him on Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” The record received rave reviews from all parts of the globe.

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“Finds Lund flirting in fresh sonic waters, while still keeping his sardonic mix of eerie lyrics and deceptively joyful vamps well intact.” – Rolling Stone Country

“The album is a high mark of a long career.” – NPR

“Melodically engaging and narratively compelling, Things That Can’t Be Undone furthers the case for Corb Lund as one of the best contemporary country songwriters.” – Popmatters

The Native Albertan has no plans of slowing down any time soon. Aside from the many summer festival appearances planned for his band, Corb will embark on his first SOLO tour in his home country starting April 30th and running until May 20th covering most of the Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador. This follows late ’16 successful USA shows in New York, Washington, LA and San Francisco among others.

Corb Lund is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday May 5th at 7:30 PM.

Harbourfront Theatre acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of Prince Edward Island and the City of Summerside.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA), in partnership with RADARTS (Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène), is presenting the “Canada 150 Performance Series,” which will tour through Atlantic Canada in 2017. This series will feature multi-disciplinary artists from the six Canadian Regions (Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, British Columbia and the North) who celebrate Canada and being Canadian. Harbourfront Theatre is proud to be participating in this series.

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Not Quite Sherlock

London, 1896. Barnaby Gibbs is an incurable optimist, a Sherlock Holmes fan, and a man who knows he’s not particularly good at anything. One night, while checking on a friend’s empty house, he encounters a stranger, dressed entirely in black, holding a bag full of stolen belongings and attempting to write a poem about sapphires.

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There is only one conclusion a reasonable man could come to: this is the notorious cat burglar/con-man known as the Rhyming Bandit! Fortunately, Barnaby Gibbs is not a reasonable man, and when the stranger explains he is actually the famous detective Antoine Feval, a new crime-fighting duo is born.

Not Quite Sherlock is a one-man comedy play about Victorian London’s most overlooked detective. But that’s not all. It’s also a ridiculous comedy about an ex-street-performing comedian attempting to do a one-man comedy play about Victorian London’s most overlooked detective. With wit, charm, timing, and almost no respect for the rules of theatre, Chris Gibbs creates a simple, hilarious theatrical experience unlike any other.

“Clueless, guileless and absolutely priceless.” – Edmonton Journal

“Gibbs’s performance is near flawless. His martini-dry wit is characteristically sharp, and his comic timing is beautiful.” – CBC

“A masterpiece that manages to be both ridiculous and intelligent…” – Vancouver Sun

Sherlock and Chris Gibbs are at the Victoria Playhouse September 13 – 17th.

It’s a Wrap

It’s closing time for many colleges this month, and students with Holland College and Confederation Centre’s shared School of Performing Arts (SoPA) programs are gearing up for their final assignment.

On Friday and Saturday April 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., the Florence Simmons Performance Hall will host the theatre and dance students for a memorable two night showcase entitled It’s a Wrap!

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This has been a busy year for the SoPA Dance and Theatre Performance programs. Guest artists conducted workshops for film and dance, master classes for the story-telling aspects of song performance, and a Theatre-for-Young-Audiences tour, which reached 17 schools across the Island in early winter.

For the 16 graduating students, this is the culmination of two years of focused study, developing their performance skills and learning about who they are and what stories they have to tell. For the returning students, it represents the passing of the torch, as they prepare to step into the challenges of second year.

The closing showcase will feature the results of these endeavours as well as student works generated in their dance composition class; solo, ensemble, and choral music selections; as well as monologues and scenes.

Tickets are $15 and available at the Florence Simmons box office or through Ticketpro Atlantic. For more information, please contact Sarah Denman-Wood, performingarts@confederationcentre.com.

Money Time

The 49th annual Pinch Penny Fair is taking place on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the Confederation Centre of the Arts concourse.

The Pinch Penny Fair is an established Island spring tradition hosted by the Friends of Confederation Centre. This annual fundraising event helps support the Art-to-the-School Programme, the Festive Wreath Contest/Exhibition, the Confederation Centre Youth Choir, children’s art activities, and special projects at the Centre.

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The Pinch Penny Fair is more than a giant flea market: shoppers can explore the silent auction, plant tables, and baked goods, as well as locally made arts and crafts. The Kids Zone will feature games, face painting, balloon twisting, prizes, carnival treats, and more.

This year the Kids Zone features enhanced children’s programing with special character visits and family themed lucky number auction baskets. There will also be live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 12 noon featuring students from the Judy MacLean Dancers.

Donations are being accepted until April 21 at Confederation Centre’s Richmond Street entrance at the Security Desk. Admission is $2 and children 12-and-under are free. For additional information call 902-628-6141 or email friends@confederationcentre.com.

Summer School

It’s School Again! for Aaron Hastelow. The Islander will return to The Charlottetown Festival this summer for his second stint as Avonlea sweetheart, Gilbert Blythe.

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Last year Hastelow made history, becoming the first native Islander to play the romantic lead since Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ came to life in 1965. This summer he’ll do so opposite a new Anne in AJ Bridel, a new director in Adam Brazier, and as part of a completely redesigned show.

The new look and feel for Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ is being led by Brazier, artistic director at The Charlottetown Festival, alongside Musical Director Bob Foster, and Set and Costume Designer Cory Sincennes (Evangeline, Mamma Mia)

“I couldn’t be more excited,” remarked Hastelow. “When I heard that Cory was redesigning the sets and costumes I was over the moon. He’s one of Canada’s finest and I cannot wait to see him put his mark on the show.”

“AJ Bridel is going to be phenomenal as Anne,” he continues. “She’s a good friend and I can’t wait to get into rehearsals and start teasing her.”

Hastelow has spent several summers at the Centre, including roles in Mamma Mia!, Ring of Fire, and with the Young Company. He is currently performing in another staging of Mamma Mia! at Theatre Aquarius.

Known as a gifted singer of many styles of music, Hastelow is also set to release his debut album this summer, created at the Sound Mill Recording Studio. The self-titled EP will be available at The Showcase Gift Shop at the Centre and even includes an acoustic arrangement of Gilbert’s signature tune from Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™, ‘Wond’rin’,

For his part Hastelow is thrilled for everything that awaits in the golden summer ahead. “There’s nowhere better to be in summertime than P.E.I. — it’s home. It just means the world to me, and I can’t wait.”

Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ opens on Canada Day, July 1, sponsored by ReMax Charlottetown. Appreciation is extended to the title sponsor for The 2017 Charlottetown Festival, CIBC. Media sponsors are Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

Ready to Go at the Watermark

The Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce casting for the upcoming 2017 summer season, the 10th in the company’s history. A few familiar faces and a couple of actors new to the Island will perform in the company’s productions of Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon and Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw as well as taking part in the 2017 Play Reading Series. Joining previously announced actress Leah Pritchard, who tackles both lead roles this summer, will be Gracie Finley, Jordan Campbell, Ian Deakin, Jerry Getty, and PEI’s own Paul Whelan.

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Returning for her 5th season, Gracie Finley will play the oddly hilarious Ethel Banks is Barefoot in the Park and the commanding Kitty Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Raised in Charlottetown with summers spent in Alberton, Gracie is well known to PEI audiences having played Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical at the Charlottetown Festival from 1968 to 1974 and again in 1984 and 1985. For the Watermark, Gracie has performed in Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie, The Shore Field, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, and An Ideal Husband.

A veteran of Canadian Theatre, Ian Deakin has worked from coast to coast and spent 13 seasons at the Stratford Festival. Ian takes on the roles of the oddball Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park, and the nasty Sir George Crofts in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. In addition to his many years at Stratford, Ian appeared on Broadway with Christopher Plummer in King Lear at the Lincoln Centre, and Off Broadway at City Centre in Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. Most recent credits include work at Theatre Calgary, Theatre By The Bay, Drayton Festival Theatre, Globe Theatre, and the Rose Theatre. PEI audiences may recognize Ian as Inspector Closely from a 2010 production of The Last Resort at the Charlottetown Festival.

Audiences will remember Jordan Campbell from our 2015 season when he played Benvolio in Duncan McIntosh’s stellar production of Romeo & Juliet. This summer Jordan tackles the role of the uptight Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and the lovable cad Frank Gardner in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Jordan is a Graduate of the Ryerson University Acting Program and since graduating in 2013 has had the great fortune of performing with Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, Globus Theatre in Bobcaygeon and Alehouse Theatre in Toronto.

Actor Jerry Getty has appeared in theatres across the country, including The Grand Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Persephone Theatre, and Magnus Theatre, amongst others. Some of his favourite roles are the title characters in Hamlet, Ethan Claymore, Wally’s Cafe and the one-man show, MacHomer. This summer Jerry plays the very funny Telephone Man in Barefoot in the Park and the sensitive artist Mr. Praed in Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

Paul Whelan has a long history and distinguished career in theatre on the Island having worked with Theatre PEI, Kings Playhouse, The Guild, ACT, and the Confederation Centre. Paul is a producer, production stage manager, director and actor. He directed ACT’s 25th anniversary production of Our Town and this past year a very successful production of The Laramie Project. As an actor, some favourite credits are: Lend Me A Tenor, Noel Coward in Two Keys, The Tempest, and of course Matthew, in Anne of Green Gables-The Musical. Paul will play the stern Reverend Samuel Gardner in Mrs. Warren’s Profession and will make a cameo appearance in Barefoot in the Park.

Entering her fourth season with the company, Leah Pritchard will play both lead roles this summer – the perky Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and the complicated Vivie Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. 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. Her other previous credits at Watermark were in The Rainmaker, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, and An Ideal Husband.

Watermark is thrilled to have all of these fine actors in the company this summer and look forward to another busy season at the theatre in North Rustico.

For more information or to set up a phone interview with any of our actors 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