Turn Turn Turn

We’re filming an in-depth look at the install of the new revolving stage in the Homburg Theatre!

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Designed by Cory Sincennes, the textured hardwood stage with 17-foot revolve will allow us to look at Green Gables from 360 degrees.

The stage starts turning June 18th.

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Here’s to 40

May 26, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
“Here’s to 40” a one-woman show presented at The Guild in Charlottetown, PE. Two Nights
only on May 26th and June 6th, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
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The Atlantic Academy of Performing Arts presents “Here’s to 40”. This is a one woman show
written and performed by Sherri-Lee PIke, Directed by Alison Hart with Musical Direction by
Brandon Roy. “Here’s to 40” is the story of Stephanie as she journeys through her 39th year
reflecting on love and life lessons through humor, story, and song.

Meet and Greet on Coronation Street

TUESDAY, MAY 29th, 2018, 7:30 PM Harbourfront Theatre
VIP Tickets (Rows A-F): $99.00 tax & fees included
Regular Tickets (Rows G-T): $55.00 tax & fees included

Coronation St. Legend William Roache MBE Celebrating 57 years of ‘The Ken Barlow Effect’

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Visiting Canada starting in May 2018.
An in-depth interview with post show meet & greet.
Show title: Coronation St. Legend William Roache MBE, ‘The Ken Barlow Effect’
Produced by Stroll Promotions Ltd.

To fans of the world’s longest-running television drama, William Roache MBE simply is Coronation Street. Roache has played Ken Barlow for more than 57 years, ever since the first episode of Corrie premiered Dec. 9, 1960.

His portrayal of the often-conflicted patriarch of the troubled Barlow clan—a frustrated intellectual with a lifelong way with women—has earned accolades and numerous awards. It’s made Roache one of Britain’s most-beloved actors, a TV titan whose popularity is impossible to overstate among the loyal followers of the kitchen-sink drama seen in dozens of countries and airing weeknights and Sunday mornings in Canada on CBC.

This intimate one-on-one onstage interview allows William Roache to give fans a rare glimpse into his personal life. Audiences will be enthralled as he shares stories about his experiences on the famous set, the plotlines and the actors he has worked with over five decades, many of whom are equally adored by loyal audiences.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an audience with true Coronation Street royalty and no fan will want to miss it.

In addition to show tickets, William will meet & greet a very limited number of VIP fans whose tickets will wrap the best seats in the house, the full show and a post-show M&G with William.    

Reignited Music Series Reignited

Watermark Theatre’s Classic Music Reignited Series Announced

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Watermark is pleased to announce the Classic Music Reignited programming for the 2018 summer season. Entering its 5th year, the series features Island musical artists interpreting classic composers. This summer’s theme is Songs Through the Decades. “This year we will focus our interpretations on various decades that produced some unique music and even created new genres of music. It was a lot of fun putting together this series as the music from these decades is so rich, it’s challenging to whittle it down to just a few songs”, says series curator Rob Oakie.
The three Sunday performances are:

July 22nd at 7:30PM –  Dance through the 70’s
Disco was created by combining R&B and rock that resulted in a funk based dance music that became an international phenomenon. Three of the biggest proponents and innovators of the style were the Bee Gees (everyone remembers Saturday Night Fever), Donna Summer, the queen of disco, and KC and The Sunshine Band. Unique arrangements of these artists will be performed by our headliner The Collective. This trio of musicians have been at the core of the jazz scene on PEI for close to 3 decades now. They are Deryl Gallant on bass (remember the Jive Kings), Alan Dowling on drums (also a Jive King alumnus and countless other bands and recordings) and Ian Toms on guitar (arguably the top jazz guitarist to come out of PEI). They will be supported by Jocelyn Reyome, an international student at the amazing Holland College School of Performing Arts from Massachusetts. Jocelyn is a multi-instrumentalist and a terrific singer. Our special guest for the evening will be Liam Corcoran (formerly lead singer of Two Hours Traffic). ·

August 5th at 7:30PM – 80’s British Pop
The 80’s produced some memorable (and forgettable) music, but Britain was leading the creative charge. David Bowie was a trailblazer and one of the first of the androgynous type stars. His music evolved from folk, to rock, pop and was even a crooner with a bounty of hits. The Eurythmics also identified with the androgynous movement and explored the new synth driven pop sound with songs like Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). Sade was definitely not androgynous and with jazz influenced hits like Smooth Operator oozed sensuality. Our interpreters for the evening will include headliner Rachel Beck (formerly of the Beck Sisters). Rachel’s recent album features the #1 CBC song Reckless Heart. Supporting Rachel is pianist and singer/songwriter Kim Dunn from Nova Scotia. An award-winning musician, producer, musical director and arranger, Kim has been fostering a successful musical career for over 30 years. Special guest for the evening is North Rustico’s own and brilliant guitarist, Nick Gauthier. Nick has toured across Canada and internationally and currently resides in Ottawa. ·

August 19th at 7:30PM – Zoot Suits and Speakeasies, Music of the 30s & 40s
Inspired by jazz roots from the early 1900’s, the music of the 30’s and 40’s combined show tunes, big band swing and pop music of the times and created many songs that are still popular today. Featuring the music of the likes of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday and more, that era was a prolific time for American music. The Music PEI award winning Amanda Jackson Band is well known and loved by PEI music fans. They will be performing as a trio and will bring their own new and fresh arrangements to some time-tested standards. Supporting them will be the multi-talented Mark Haines who many will know through his shows with Patrick Ledwell. Mark’s career has spanned over 40 years and taken him around the world. The special guest for this show is the virtuoso ragtime piano player Max Keenlyside. Max has been a regular performer at the famous Scott Joplin Festival in Missouri since he was 16.

All tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 902-963-3963 or at the company’s website watermarktheatre.com

For more information or to interview Rob Oakie, 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

Atlantic Drama Festival On Tap

Next weekend, Watermark Theatre will host the National Theatre School of Canada’s Atlantic Drama Festival at their theatre in North Rustico.

Formerly known as the Sears Atlantic Drama Festival, the event which runs from May 18th to 20th, brings together high school students from throughout the region to view, discuss and enjoy each other’s creative efforts, under the guidance of experienced adjudicators. The Festival facilitates and inspires a love of theatre, team work, problem solving, originality and entrepreneurship. “I am excited for students, teachers and community members across several provinces as we enter this new period in our history. Now, under the banner of the National Theatre School Drama Festival we look forward to our first season of compelling and unique theatre for and by theatre students,” said Wayne Fairhead, Executive Director of the organization.

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“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers, teachers, coaches, theatre professionals, adjudicators, parents and friends of the festival who give their time, expertise and encouragement to make this festival possible. At NTS, we believe that theatre allows people to imagine, think and feel collectively. The Drama Festival is a fine example of the power of theatre to encourage empathy, creativity, debate and community building,” said Gideon Arthurs, CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada.

The Atlantic Drama Festival is part of a trio of Drama Festivals, the other two are in Ontario and B.C. all now under the umbrella of the National Theatre School. The Ontario Drama Festival, founded in 1946, is Canada’s oldest theatre festival. It helped launch the careers of numerous actors, directors and production professionals, including actors Margot Kidder, Rachel McAdams, Yanna McIntosh and R.H. Thomson, as well as movie director David Cronenberg. In 2018, the National Theatre School of Canada added new artistic resources for participants and is working to eventually expand the festivals to include more young artists, as well as provide financial and administrative support.

About the National Theatre School of Canada: Founded in 1960, in Montreal, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) offers incomparable training for theatre artists of all kinds, actors, directors, designers, writers, production specialists, to create work that matters. A co-lingual school, NTS includes both an English section and a French section. The School has graduated some 2000 artists who have made incalculable contributions to our collective identity. Some of this country’s most important theatre, performance, film, and television artists are among their ranks, and the School’s influence is felt from coast to coast to coast and across the globe.

Watermark is thrilled to host this remarkable event and look forward to inspiring the next generation of theatre artists. “We continue to focus a lot of our energies on training, mentoring, and inspiring young theatre artists”, says Watermark Artistic Director Robert Tsonos. “This Festival, along with our professional mentorship program and our teenage acting conservatory really sets our theatre up as a training ground for the future of theatre in this province and across the country”.

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

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
(902) 963-3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre is a proud member of the Professional Theatre Network of PEI.

That’s a Wrap!

Victoria Playhouse, in partnership with Atlantic Academy of Performing Arts, offered a fourteen-week session of theatre classes for kids aged 5 to 14 years. Teachers Sherri-Lee Pike and Brandon Roy are industry professionals who instructed the kids in acting, singing, and movement through exercises, games, and improvisation.

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Canadian Tire

We are very grateful to Canadian Tire Charlottetown and Summerside for their generous support of our children’s theatre classes. Thank you to store owners Cameron Beach and Claude Landry, along with their staffs, for recognizing the many benefits of arts education for kids and providing funding to ensure access to those benefits regardless of family income level!

 

 

 

From School to Stage

The Confederation Centre is welcoming over 1,000 Island students into the Homburg Theatre today for the second matinee of Charlottetown Rural High School’s production of High School Musical 🏀🎭🎶

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A huge welcome to the following schools:
West Kent Elementary
Prince Street School
Donagh Regional School
Immanuel Christian School
West Royalty Elementary
Charlottetown Rural Drama Club
Colonel Gray Drama Class
Tremploy and Hillsborough Hospital

A special shout out to our front of house staff for a smooth seating!