Drama Festival Comes to the Watermark

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

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The Festival, which runs from May 17th to 19th, brings together high school students from throughout the region to view, discuss and enjoy each other’s creative efforts, under the guidance of an experienced adjudicator. Participants also take part in acting workshops with local acting teachers. The Festival facilitates and inspires a love of theatre, teamwork, problem solving, originality and entrepreneurship.

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 (NTS).

Earlier this year, NTS announced a new partnership with TD Bank Group as the national presenting partner of the National Theatre School Festival. The agreement and sponsorship, which began this year, will support thousands of high school students, in hundreds of communities across Canada, who will create and present shows in their schools, regions and provinces.

“We are thrilled to welcome TD in this leadership role” said Gideon Arthurs, CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada. “The Festival is an almost 75-year-old tradition that has touched the lives of thousands of young Canadians. With TD’s support, we can ensure the festival will thrive and continue to grow. The Festival is a vital happening that builds future generations of artists and arts lovers, while fostering respect, inclusiveness, excitement, empathy and entrepreneurship in our youth. TD is truly a model corporate citizen, making a difference in over 300 communities across Canada through this program.”

“At TD, we recognize the importance of programs, like this one, that unite communities and amplify these voices. That’s why, through The Ready Commitment, TD’s corporate citizenship platform, we are proud to work with the National Theatre School to help young Canadians build confidence and thrive in a changing world, one community at a time,” notes Andrea Barrack, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group.

“It’s an exciting time for both students and teachers alike to take part in the NTS Festival,” said Wayne Fairhead, Executive Director, NTS Festival. “TD’s new partnership with the NTS Festival will provide ways to lead, build learning opportunities and develop practices.”

About the NTS Festival
The NTS Festival showcases secondary school theatre productions in their respective provinces and convene thousands of drama students to perform and share their talents and passion in a friendly atmosphere. Formerly known as the Sears Drama Festival, founded in Ontario in 1946 by the late Ken Watts, it is Canada’s oldest theatre festival. The Drama Festival started out with just three plays, and now has over 400 annual entries spotlighting spectacular performances and productions – including the addition of Festival offshoots in British Colombia (2009) and the Atlantic provinces (2011). The Festival 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.

About TD Global Corporate Citizenship
TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.

About the National Theatre School of Canada
The National Theatre School (NTS) is a school for the arts open to all. Since 1960, it has trained artists, in English and French, in all of theatre’s trades and professions. Many of its 2100 alumni are among the most active and recognized actors, directors, designers, writers, and production professionals in Canada and around the world. NTS is committed to solidifying community and breaking down the walls that separate us. NTS now offers workshops for anyone aged 15 to 115 who wishes to discover the power of theatre as an instrument of social as well as personal growth.

Watermark is thrilled to host this remarkable event and look forward to inspiring the next generation of theatre artists.

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.

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More Than Mother’s Day

Women Artists of P.E.I. Performances and Panel

 

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In conjunction with the exhibition Who’s Your Mother? Women Artists of P.E.I., 1964 to the Present, the Gallery is offering a series of performances and a panel that everyone is invited to attend.

Saturday, May 4 from 7-9 p.m., Women Artists of P.E.I. Performance Series
Donnalee Downe, Sitting Down with Downe, an interactive durational performance
Sandi Hartling in a durational “reading” called How Many Variations Does it Take?
Sarah Wendt and Pascal Dufaux in a performance piece, The mountains move while my fingernails grow, that starts at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m., Women Artists of P.E.I. Mother’s Day Panel Discussion
Moderator: D’Arcy Wilson, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, Memorial University
Panellists: Mari Basiletti, Sandy Kowalik, Jane Ledwell, Rilla Marshall.

 

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Abstract and Amazing

Abstract Joy: The Amazing Natural Beauty That Surrounds Us, work by Julea Boswell
May 15, 2019 through May 26
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Abstract Joy features lively abstract art which Julea describes as “providing a nice hit of colour to warm us up
for summer”. Her imaginative pieces take shape with a blend of recalled imagery, thoughts and emotion.
“Although the work is abstract it is pretty straightforward,” says Julea. “I simply try to capture moments of
spontaneous joy and express this in my art. What stays with me from these moments becomes my inner
springboard for creation. Like many artists, the amazing natural beauty that surrounds me, especially on PEI,
is a primary source of inspiration.”

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Wayne-Philips Joins Cast at the Watermark

Casting Update – Watermark 2019 Acting Company

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A slight change to the casting for Watermark’s 2019 summer season. Unfortunately, Kathyrn McCormack, previously announced as a member of our 2019 summer season acting company, will not be joining us due to personal reasons. We are delighted to announce that Toronto based actress Hannah Wayne-Phillips will be joining the company in her stead.

Hannah graduated with an MFA in Performance from York University and has written, directed and produced two shows, “Lighthouse” and “Fifteen” both of which were mounted in Hamilton, Ontario. Her recent acting credits include Vibrator Play (Tarragon Theatre/RedWit Theatre), King Lear, Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage), Living With Olivia Cadence Donovan (Red Wit Theatre), Ladies Sigh No More (Red Sandcastle Theatre), Merchant of Venice, Dream Play, Three Sisters, Richard II, Alkestis (Theatre @ York).

Hannah will be playing the part of Berthe in Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti and Lenny in Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley throughout the summer months as well as taking part in the Watermark Play Reading Series.

Boeing Boeing runs from June 25th to August 31st
Crimes of the Heart runs from July 5th to August 30th
The Play Reading Series is on August 7th, 14th, and 21st

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

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Sinclair Gets Symons Medal

Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces 2019 Symons Medallist

Senator Murray Sinclair to receive the 19th Symons Medal for exceptional contribution to Canadian life

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2019 Symons Medal will be awarded to Senator Murray Sinclair on Friday, November 1 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours and recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Awarded each fall, the Symons Medal Ceremony creates a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the State of Canadian Confederation in the context of their life’s work and contribution.

Senator Murray Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the second Indigenous Judge to be appointed in Canada and the first Indigenous Judge in Manitoba.

He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As Chair of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He also oversaw an active multi-million dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada and internationally. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Cross (2017), a National Aboriginal Achievement Award (1994), a Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and has received Honorary Doctorates from eight Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

The Symons Medal award is presented at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living memorial to Canadian Confederation—in honour of the first meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who gathered for the Charlottetown Conference in the fall of 1864. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 distinguished Symons Medallists—see the full list below in addendum. 

The 2019 Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture will take place in the Homburg Theatre and will also be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel. Tickets for this important ceremony will be available via the Box Office at a later date. Stay tuned for further event updates on social media @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2019.

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Backstage at Crimes of the Heart

A Chat With Charlotte Gowdy

Charlotte Gowdy will direct “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley in Watermark Theatre’s 2019 summer season. We had a chat with Charlotte about the play.

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Q: What excites you about the play Crimes of the Heart?
CG: So many things! I love the nuance and subtext of Henley’s writing and the rich history embedded in the relationships between characters. I am also excited by the Southern gothic setting of the play (Mississippi 1970’s) where a lazy, cheerful surface is intensified by an underbelly of explosive desire, deception, desperation and drama. This play has a wonderful mix of comedy and tragedy. I love that the characters can laugh even in the darkest moments. The play has a huge heart.
 

Q: What does the play say about sisterhood?
CG:The bond between the sisters in this play is immensely powerful, and I think it’s what keeps each of them from going off the deep end! Babe, Meg and Lenora are each so different in personality & lifestyle, but their shared history, and being together in times of crisis, serves to empower and embolden them. Of course, they fight and argue, and things are not easy between them, but there is a strength in their bond that is beyond words. It is full of love and optimism. I have been so fortunate in my own life to have experienced the powerful and uplifting force of sisterhood and female friendship. This play celebrates that force.

Q: How does the intimacy of the Watermark help or hinder the play?
CG: Well, the intimacy of the Watermark space will definitely help the actors embrace nuance, subtlety and depth of emotion. So, for the audience the experience will be very immersive and personal. I hope the audience feels like a fly on the wall of a very private, domestic scenario.
In terms of the set, the intimacy of the space is a bit of a challenge. In the original script the setting is described as a “spacious kitchen” with four doorways leading to different parts of the house, plus kitchen appliances (fridge, stove, sink, cupboards), plus a small bed in one corner, plus a kitchen table with chairs etc. So finding enough room on stage for actors to move around all the furniture is proving to be a fun challenge!

Q: What other challenges do you think this play presents?
CG It’s a slow burn. In this day and age, when people are accustomed to being overstimulated by technology and fast-paced entertainment, the play asks the audience to slow down and appreciate the depth of soul in each character and the subtle details of the plot. It asks the audience to appreciate the small things in life and the importance of family and resilience in the face of adversity. That said, with our amazingly talented actors, I am certain the audience will have no difficulty being drawn in to the drama!

Q: How does the play touch you emotionally?
CG: My heart aches for each of the sisters. They have faced immense tragedy in their young lives and still, they move forward, coping as best they can, and with a wonderful sense of humour. It’s inspiring! I am also deeply charmed by the men in the play. They are good men, enamoured by the sisters, and doing their best to help. At its core, the play looks at the complexities of being human, and of being a woman in a man’s world. This is not only relatable to me but also particularly relevant to everyone in the world today. The heartfelt relationships reassure me that connecting with other people is the only thing worth living for. And that fills me with joy!

Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, “Crimes of the Heart” teems with humanity and humour as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the play brings you into the Mississippi household of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn’t like his looks. Meg is back in town after a failed attempt in the music business and a nervous breakdown. And poor Lenny – everyone has forgotten her 30th birthday…plus, her pet horse was just struck by lightning! Bad luck certainly runs deep among the Magrath clan. But with warm-hearted laughs and touching family moments, the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future in this contemporary American stage classic.

“Crimes of the Heart” runs from July 5th to August 30th at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico.

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

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Who’s Your Mother at the Gallery

At the CCAG: Women in Performance & Women in Discussion

Last chance to see popular Island exhibition ‘Who’s Your Mother?’; panel discussion on deck for Mother’s Day

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The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is celebrating the final month of the exhibition Who’s Your Mother? Women Artists of P.E.I., 1964 to the Present with a variety of events. These will highlight and compliment the exhibition, which features works from more than 40 Island women artists spanning multiple generations.

The Women in Performance’ Series is the first program and takes place this Saturday, May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event will include the following live performances:

·         Donnalee Downe, who is presenting Sit Down with Downe, an interactive durational performance in the Gallery’s Recharge Lounge;

·         Sandi Hartling in a durational ambient piece called How many variations does it take?;and,

·         Sarah Wendt and Pascal Dufaux in a live performance piece entitled The mountains move while my fingernails grow.

Wendt and Dufaux’s work will include the showing of recent short films made in Newfoundland. The short films are shot in an almost nature documentary style in landscapes of barren rocks and cliff-faces in the strange and fantastical scenery of the Tablelands, in Gros Morne, Newfoundland. Wendt will perform a live DJ set live in reaction to these works. This musical soundtrack will be made up of looping, field recordings, and electronic instruments.

The final event at the CCAG is the ‘Women Artists of P.E.I. Mother’s Day Panel’ on Sunday, May 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Gallery:

·         Moderated by D’Arcy Wilson, an artist and assistant professor of Visual Arts at Memorial University, this panel will include Mari Basiletti, Sandy Kowalik, and Rilla Marshall—all women featrued in the exhibition. The panel will also feature Jane Ledwell, executive director of the P.E.I. Advisory Council on the Status of Women. 

Who’s Your Mother? wraps up at the Gallery on June 2. 2019. For more information, please visit the CCAG Facebook page or theCentre’s website.

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