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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!

Kraken It Up

May 11, 2018 10:00 pm – 11:30 am
The Kraken Up Maritime Comedy Showcase is returning to The Guild stage May 11th!
WP_20150419_007This time we have a hand selected crop of all PEI comedians featuring Niti Dhingra and Joe Revell. Co-headling the event are two Island favorites returning home from the big ol’ cities of Toronto and Vancouver respectively. We are super happy to have Taylor Carver and Heather Jordan Ross! The whole event will be hosted by Sam MacDonald.

Running Not So Ragged

Few traditional Newfoundland bands have risen as quickly in the ranks as Rum Ragged. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Manning and singer/accordion player Aaron Collis just two years ago, Rum Ragged has garnered respect from a loyal, ever-growing fan base as well as their musical peers.

From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, they pay homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own. Rum Ragged released their debut album in the summer of 2016, and already it has received widespread attention and acclaim with two Music NL nominations for Album of the Year and Folk Roots Recording. They are also the grand prize winners of the Lamb’s Rum theme song contest, from hundreds of Canada wide entries.

Manning and Collis have recently expanded to a four-piece, with Anthony Chafe on bodhran and Michael Boone on bass and banjo. Rum Ragged  now represents the best that Newfoundland has to offer in the traditional genre.

Rum Ragged is at the Victoria Playhouse on July 16th.

Pin It Up

May 16, 2018
Calendar Girls ~
A series of 13 whimsical Polymer Clay, Pin-up girl sculptures by artist Christina Patterson. Enjoy a collection of
different themed characters for each month, that coincides with the tone of that month.
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The series explores the idea of the Pin-up Calendar girl in a fun, sexy and lighthearted way. The show at The Guild will
include a limited run of Calendars, along with limited run prints, a cheeky viewfinder, and keychains.
Come and meet the artist Saturday, May 19th from 3-5pm. The exhibit is open for viewing to the public from May 16th – 27th at the Guild between Gallery hours!

Diamonds Are Bright

SATURDAY, MAY 26th, 7:30 PM

Harbourfront Theatre
Regular Tickets: $44.75 tax and fees included

Direct from the Las Vegas Stage
Jay White is America’s Diamond
A musical tribute to the incomparable Neil Diamond

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For over 25 years, Jay White has continued to stretch his singing and acting talents, while reflecting the stage persona of one of the world’s best loved musical icons. Validation came from Hollywood Director Ron Howard, who in 2008 cast Jay to play Neil Diamond in the Academy Award nominated film “Frost/Nixon”. In 2002, Jay began his 8 years as a Las Vegas showroom headliner at the Riviera, sparking national interest and recognition. Leeza Gibbons of “Entertainment Tonight” wrote: “He’s uncanny and truly amazing!” While Ron Howard said, “Your portrayal of Neil Diamond was excellent.”

In 1996 and again in 2002, White met Diamond before his Vegas MGM appearances, where Neil told Jay to “keep up the good work” and autographed a photo of the two signing, “Jay, keep singing, so I can stay home and relax, your friend in music.”

From passionate crowds rushing the stage at corporate events, to 1500 enthusiastic alumni at Princeton University, to the cheers of some 18,000 screaming fans in several Salt Lake City performances, White is grateful that his years of hard work and dedication are still so convincing and so appreciated.

Dancing It Out of Sight

Confederation Centre of the Arts presents Dance Umbrella’s annual showcase performance on Saturday, May 5 in the Homburg Theatre.

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A cherished spring tradition, participants in the Dance Umbrella programs showcase the amazing results of a whole year’s worth of training in a special end of year performance. Dance Umbrella celebrates dance as an enriching art form for beginner and emerging Island dance and musical theatre talent. This year’s matinee includes junior and elementary classes, while the evening features the intermediate and senior students, with a new special performance by the Afro-Jazz students.

The show is titled “Dance It Out!” and reflects how so many times we can be stuck for words, but can find comfort dancing through our emotions and challenges.

Please join us:

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Homburg Theatre, Confederation Centre of the Arts

145 Richmond Street Charlottetown, PEI

Show times: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $11 for matinee, $13 for evening, and $18 for both

 Buy tickets: https://boxoffice.confederationcentre.com/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=dushowcase

Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5.