This past long weekend, Watermark Theatre hosted the Sears Atlantic Drama Festival for teenagers from PEI, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick. Participating groups from PEI were the Spotlight School of Arts and the Atlantic Academy of Performing Arts, both based in Summerside.
The Sears Atlantic Drama Festival is a non-competitive, three-day drama festival for budding theatre practitioners to showcase their unique theatrical works. Performances are adjudicated by experienced theatre professionals and workshops are offered to the students throughout the festival weekend. Workshops offered this year included classes in stage combat, playwrighting, scene study, physical theatre, improvisation, and behind the scenes.
This year’s adjudicators were Toronto based performer Geoffrey Armour and director and actress Natasha MacLellan, the Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre in Nova Scotia. An awards ceremony was held on the final night. The adjudicator’s handed out awards of excellence in playwrighting, acting, ensemble performances, lighting design and technical proficiency.
This was the 7th Festival hosted by Watermark Theatre with Sears Canada as the major sponsor.
“It was an exciting weekend, not just for the students, but also for everyone here at the theatre”, commented General Manager Andrea Surich. “To see the next generation of theatre artists perform on our stage at such a high level is really inspiring to everyone.”
For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI