Roaming the Town

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The streets of Charlottetown hold many visual opportunities for an artist. Though small in size, the city offers a variety of unique scenes; from the rotting wood shingles of a weathered home, to the pristine facade of a new complex. But for all its progress, Charlottetown holds value in maintaining the impression of the past. But there is no denying that this gradual, ever-changing scape will someday make this city unrecognizable. Roam is an exhibition of 20+ art pieces by artist David Garcia Jimenez. The show will feature mainly acrylic works that showcase candid scenes throughout the city. Roam is at the Guild through July 31st.

Atlantic Blue at the Guild

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Atlantic Blue is the story of the great iconic songwriters from the region. Tara MacLean, a PEI born veteran of the stage, takes the audience on a journey into the past, telling the story of how music arrived and thrived on the east coast of Canada. Using film to tell the life stories of these brilliant writers, and then song to illustrate their work, Tara transports the audience to a place of deeper understanding and connection with Atlantic Canada and our most treasured music. The show is funny, heart wrenching and beautiful, with a new, up and coming guest artist each night to take us into the future, to where our music is heading. This show is a timeless thread that weaves through the ages. It will captivate and inspire. Atlantic Blue is at the Guild through September 13. Tickets are $30 and available online or at the Box Office.

Madagascar Comes to Life

Linkletter Music School proudly presents Madagascar JR.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.
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Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

Madagascar JR. is at the Guild through August 19th.

Kronborg 1582 at Indian River

In celebration of one of the Festival’s most successful ever musicals Confederation Centre will revisit Kronborg 1582 this month, presenting a concert performance at the world-renowned Historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River on Friday, July 28.

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Based on the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet, the rock opera was produced by Confederation Centre in 1975, starring Brent Carver and Beverly D’Angelo, and went on to play on Broadway. The rock musical was created by Cliff Jones and was originally commissioned by the CBC. It tells the story of a Danish prince who plots revenge on his uncle for killing his father.

On Friday July 28 at 7:30 p.m., members of The 2017 Charlottetown Festival Ensemble and Orchestra will deliver a concert performance of Kronborg at the W.C. Harris-built Indian River Church, marking an exciting collaboration between two iconic Island summer events: the Indian River Festival and The Charlottetown Festival.

The concert performance will star P.E.I.’s own Aaron Hastelow as Hamlet, Cam MacDuffee as Claudius, Kristen Pottle as Ophelia, and Alana Hibbert as Gertrude. Additional casting includes George Masswohl as Polonius, Connor Lucas as Laertes, Eric Dahlinger as Horatio, Evan Taylor Benyacar as Marcellus, Robbie Graham-Kuntz as Rosencrantz, Adam Sergison as Guildenstern, Glenda Landry as Honeybelle, Hank Stinson as Sexton/Ghost, and Susan Henley as the M.C. Additional cast members from the Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ company will complete the Kronborg chorus.

Kronborg: 1582 is directed by the Festival’s Associate Artistic Director, Mary Francis Moore and musically directed by Craig Fair. Tickets are available at indianriverfestival.com, at the Indian River Festival box office at Historic St. Mary’s Church, 1374 Hamilton Road (12-5 p.m. daily), or via phone, at 1-866-856-3733.

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre;  and The Charlottetown Festival sponsor, CIBC. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

Glenda’s Kitchen Opens for Business

Premiering July 13, The Charlottetown Festival is proud to present a new production of the cabaret musical which charmed Islanders and tourists alike last summer. Glenda Landry returns with new songs, stories and her talented musical kitchen party team, as Glenda’s Kitchen cooks up the best kind of seafood chowder, a bowl with a story behind it!

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Directed by Festival favourite Wade Lynch, Glenda’s Kitchen plays in Studio 1 at Confederation Centre of the Arts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 1:30 p.m. until September 1.

Led by Island theatre icon, Glenda Landry, the 75-minute production offers a taste of the Island, literally and culturally, including a plated bowl of chowder for each patron. This afternoon cabaret features new tunes and tales from Glenda, her band, and a stacked cast of Festival all-stars. Landry and the ensemble explore the many bounties of P.E.I.’s people, traditions, and world-famous food.

Landry is an accomplished chef, motivational speaker, and actor, having performed in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™for many summers, as well as memorable roles in Sound of Music and Oliver! at the Capitol Theatre, and Wizard of Oz, The Full Monty, and the world premiere of Evangeline at the Centre.

She is joined at the table by Hank Stinson, Marlane O’Brien, Julain Molnar, Cameron MacDuffee, Scott Christian andKaren Graves. Husband and wife team MacDuffee and Graves will provide the musical accompaniment alongside Christian, who serves as musical director for the production. The light-hearted musical is sponsored by the PEI Fishermen’s Association with kitchen products courtesy The Kitchen Store.

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; production sponsor, Tim Horton’s; and The Charlottetown Festival sponsor, CIBC. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

Messer Tribute on Tap

Join well-known Island fiddler Gary Chipman, and his guests Carol Chipman-Francis, Postie Connolly, Blair Coughlin, Rodney Savidant, Taylor Macbeath and others in a lively and nostalgic trip down musical memory lane, as they pay tribute to the legendary Don Messer and his Islanders.

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Experience toe-tapping jigs and reels signature Don Messer style, along with vocal performances reminiscent of beloved “Islanders” Marg Osburne and Charlie Chamberlain.

Gary Chipman is at the Harbourfront Theatre on August 6th at 7 PM.

Book of Canadian Hope Arrives

At sunrise on July 1, 2017, A Book of Canadian Hope/ Un livre d’espoir canadien was presented to the Premier of Prince Edward Island with a request that it be sealed in the building and be opened on this day in 2167.

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The book arrived by canoe carried by Mi’kmaq Legend leader, Julie Pelletier-Lush. Elder Thirley Levi led a smudging ceremony which was followed by a silent walk during which participants made wishes for the future. The path traced the steps of those who attended the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. At Province House, Julie will give a copy of the book to Premier Wade MacLauchlan with a request that it be sealed in the walls of Province House to be opened and read to our descendants on this day, 2167.

A Book of Canadian Hope/Un livre d’espoir canadien completes a project created by PEI’s Watermark Theatre. Nine short plays designed to help express what Canadians wished for the next 150 years were commissioned. Between January and May 2015, the plays toured to 21 cities and created conversations with more than 8000 people.

Three wishes expressed in every session were identified and a partnership with the Palmer Conference on Public Policy at the University of Prince Edward Island in September 2015 was made. This led to an exploration by world experts on how we can start to make these wishes come true for our descendants.

The Book contains samples of how we live, love and care for our country today in excerpts from the plays, curated samples of the wishes made, photographs from throughout the journey and excerpts from advice given at the Palmer Conference. A limited number of first edition copies will be available for $29.95 by writing to info@watermarktheatre.com and selected outlets in Prince Edward Island.

All proceeds go to the non-profit Watermark Theatre.

Hilarious at the Victoria

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“The Birds & The Bees is a must see play whose themes of love, sex, life, relationships and plans are interwoven in an engaging plot whose dialoge is at once modern for a young audience yet traditional for older playgoers. The actors’ performances were top tier at the preview we attended. Our chance visit to the Victoria Playhouse while traveling through the Maritimes has been our good fortune.”– Susan and Rob Ranta, Gloucester, MA “We were to see The Birds & The Bees last night and we loved it. It was our first time to Victoria Playhouse but it will not be our last. The show was fantastic and we are still laughing about it today. I would recommend everyone going to see this show. Great evening out.” – Shelley R., Summerside, PEI

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