Heading to the Jamboree

The 19th Annual Bluegrass Old Country Jamboree will be held on Saturday, March 24th at 7 pm at the Harbourfront Theatre.

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Join us for an evening of entertainment featuring The Oxbow Mountain Boys , Mark Boutilier from Nova Scotia, and PEI’s own Joe Casey and Westwind. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Marilyn Singer.

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Circle the Wagons

Circle Around the Centre is excited to have Marlane O’Brien and Margie Carmichael as speakers for its third luncheon series. Come on March 14 at noon to Studio 1 for the much see event.

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O’Brien and Carmichael will talk about their experience creating Stories from the Red Dirt Road which will make its world premiere at The 2018 Charlottetown Festival.  Adapted by O’Brien from the book “And My Name Is…Stories from The Quilt” by Carmichael, this is a funny, inspiring, heartfelt piece of four Island stories woven together through song and the red dirt road itself that joins our lives together.

Tickets are $25, to be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 902 566-1267 (toll-free 1-800-565-0278) or online through the box office).

Upcoming Speakers: Dean Constable, April 11, speaking on the generational impact of the Centre on Islanders. He will share stories and anecdotes from his own life and career at the Centre, from his days as a toddler wandering backstage, to a dance umbrella student, to the General Manager of Theatre.  Also coming up on May 16: Karen Jans speaking on the Province House conservation process; and on June 13 a tribute to artist Brian Burke

A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to The Circle Around the Centre Fund of the Confederation Centre of the Arts Foundation. This fund was created by Catherine Hennessey with the purpose to commemorate and celebrate notable individuals and special occasions that have a significant importance or connection to the Centre and its rich history.

For more information, visit the http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/foundation.php

50th Annual Pinch Penny On Tap

The Friends of Confederation Centre are now accepting donations for one of their most anticipated annual fundraising events, the Pinch Penny Fair.

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The Centre is now accepting gently used items including: household items, books, sporting goods, toys, plants, music, jewelry, furniture, tools, glassware, etc. Please note: clothing, televisions and computer donations cannot be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the Richmond Street entrance during operating hours of Confederation Centre of the Arts.

“We greatly appreciate all the donations that have been received to date and we are still anticipating much more,” said Kathy Roney, President of Friends of Confederation Centre. “Funds raised through this annual event support arts education, family activities and Centre projects.”

The 50th Annual Pinch Penny Fair is set to take place Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Confederation Centre of the Arts.The Fair will feature a giant indoor yard sale, silent auction, bake sale, plant table, book sale, face painting, children’s activities, and much more!

Admission is $2.00 and children 12 and under are free. For additional information call 902-628-6141 or email friends@confederationcentre.com.

Cute as a Button

The popular button event, “Cute as a …” is returning to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on March 9 at 7 p.m.  Come see the 2018 collection, featuring original, jury-selected designs by 20 local artists.

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It’s free admission for the event, and button packs are available to buy on the night to trade throughout the evening, with proceeds from the event going directly into more public art programming at the Gallery.

A jury of five artists, curators, and designers chose 20 button designs from 56 entries. The selected designs range from children’s drawings to the works of well-established artists.

“Cute as a…” is a great opportunity to network, visit the gallery, and walk away with your own selection of 1 ¼- inch wearable artwork. The button showing and swapping will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 For more information please contact Kate Sharpley at (902) 628-6112 or visit the website at http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/art-gallery.php

Watermark Dials Up Director for Murder

Megan Watson to direct “Dial M For Murder” at Watermark Theatre

Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that Megan Watson has been hired to direct Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott in the company’s 2018 summer season.

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Originally from Ottawa, Ms. Watson is currently the Artistic Associate with The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. She holds an MFA in directing from the University of Alberta and a BFA in acting from Ryerson University. Her recent directing credits include: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Shakespeare in the Ruff), “Agency” (Yell Rebel), “Extremophiles” (Summerworks), “Julius Caesar” (Grand Theatre HSP), “Crookback – an adaptation of Richard III” (Beacon Theatre), “When the Rain Stops Falling”, “Much Ado About Nothing” (University of Alberta), and “Derailed” (AMY Project). As the Artistic Associate at The Grand, she leads the new play development program, COMPASS, and will be directing “The Glass Menagerie” April 3rd to 14th, 2018.

“We’re delighted to have Megan join us this season”, enthused Watermark Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, “She’s a very talented director and is going to bring a great energy, theatricality, and intelligence to our production”.

Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott, written in 1952, tells the frightening story of a husband planning the murder of his adulterous wife. He arranges the perfect crime by blackmailing a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her at a time when he has the perfect alibi. Of course, things do not turn out as planned. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Full of twists, turns, and suspense, this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Artistic Director Robert Tsonos will also be directing this summer. He will be tackling the classic American love story by Eugene O’Neill, A Moon For The Misbegotten. The designers hired for our summer productions will be familiar to PEI audiences as all have worked on previous seasons. Set designer William Layton is joining us for his 3rd season, lighting designer Renée Brode joins us for her 2nd season, and Julia Hodgson will serve as costume designer this year in her 2nd season with the company.

Our 2018 summer season runs from June 26th to September 1st, 2018.

For more information, or to set up an interview with Ms. Watson please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com