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On a High Note

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We’re ending our season on a high note at the Victoria Playhouse!
Join us as we close our 38th season with PEI’s newest supergroup featuring Ken Fornetran on sax, multi- instrumentalist Emmanuelle LeBlanc and Ian Toms on guitar. Melding jazz to celtic, folk to rock and country to classical. Three amazing musical talents… and maybe even a special guest!
Sunday, September 22nd at 7:30pm

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Lifting the Curtain

Confederation Centre Lifts the Curtain on The 2020 Charlottetown Festival

The Drowsy Chaperone brings major musical comedy to the Homburg; Dear Rita to make world premiere at The Mack; Anne™ returns for season 56

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An uproarious homage to Jazz Age musicals. A fiery redhead. An icon of East Coast anthems. A madcap comedy about being out in rural Canada. Have we got a story for you!

Artistic Director Adam Brazier has revealed the playbill for The 2020 Charlottetown Festival, sponsored by CIBC. Featuring five productions across the Centre’s three stages, P.E.I.’s original summer festival offers a wealth of Canadian theatre experiences.

Tickets for all productions will be on sale as of September 18, 2019 and can be purchased through the box office at 1 (902) 566-1267; toll free at 1 (800) 565-0278; in person at the counter; or by visiting confederationcentre.com

“For many years, I’ve been itching to do a large scale musical comedy—a show that not only has great music but also some brilliant tap dancing and hilarious comedic characters,” offers Brazier. “The Drowsy Chaperone is exactly that show. I believe this is the funniest musical written in the past 25 years and it just so happens to be Canadian. This production will leave our audience happy, giddy, and sore from laughter.”

The five-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy follows the tale of a glamourous celebrity bride and her impending wedding. Hailed as “the perfect Broadway musical” this clever parody will sweep audiences away with show-stopping song and dance numbers. The cast is complete with a tap-dancing groom, bumbling best man, wise-cracking butler, desperate producer, misguided Don Juan, two goofy gangsters in disguise, and a tipsy chaperone! The Drowsy Chaperone plays the Homburg Theatre June 30 to September 26, 2020.

Making its world premiere at The Mack in 2020 is an intimate and inspiring new production celebrating the life and songs of the Maritimes’ most beloved singer-songwriter, Rita MacNeil. Developed closely with the family of the late singer herself, Dear Rita is a musical love-letter to a true fixture of Canadian culture, a soft-spoken and passionate performer whose songs were international hits, inspiring people around the world.

Woven around a script from the Island’s own Mike Ross and Lindsay Kyte, this cabaret musical will feature a cast of five and play June 25 through September 25 in the cabaret theatre. “Rita MacNeil’s contribution to Atlantic Canada is immeasurable. Her songs have inspired generations of Canadians and we are excited to share stories of her life and the iconic music she created,” says Brazier.

Also playing at The Mack from July 11 through September 26 is a heartwarming new Canadian comedy, Bed & Breakfast, dubbed “a doozy worth of Fawlty Towers” by the Toronto Star.

“This is a hilarious show that offers two tour-de-force performances,” explains Brazier. “Two actors play an entire rural community, switching from character to character at a break-neck speed.”

With more than a few unexpected and hilarious plot-twists, we follow big city boys Brett and Drew over the course of one year as they endeavour to run a rural B & B. We see them struggle from renovation hell to their farcical opening weekend, and encounters with small-town prejudice—all the way to their big decision: do they stay here or do they pack it all in? “This charming and heartfelt comedy is a perfect fit for our island,” adds Brazier, “it’s funny, relatable, topical, and very entertaining.”

The Festival’s crown jewel Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™will return for its 56thconsecutive season next summer, a testament to enduring story of an orphan girl who came from away and changed the Island forever. Sponsored by CAA, Anne™ returns to Confederation Centre a bit earlier than usual next year, beginning previews on June 3, and showing through September 26.

The full-scale classic is a humorous, touching, and truly athletic musical that will inspire your imagination, tickle your funny bone, and mesmerize you with both graceful and exhilarating singing and dancing. New set and costume designs will be added in 2020, completing a three-year reimagining of the production led by designer Cory Sincennes. Sponsored by CAA, Anne™ returns to Confederation Centre a bit earlier than usual next year, beginning previews on June 3, and showing through September 26.

Further announcements will be made in the months ahead regarding casting, as well as a new 2020 production for the Confederation Centre Young Company.

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Lending a Helping Hand

Thank you to our Private Sponsors!

Henry Purdy is a professional visual artist who has been working in Prince Edward Island for over sixty years and, along with his wife Gertie, has been a Private Sponsor of the Victoria Playhouse since its inaugural season.
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Continuing in the tradition established by our friend and neighbour, the late Wendell Dennis, Henry has generously donated his painting Blossoms and Budsto be given to a fellow Private Sponsor in recognition of the valuable contribution our individual supporters make to the sustainability of PEI’s Longest Running Little Theatre.
The name of one Private Sponsor will be drawn during intermission at the Ken Fornetran, Emmanuelle LeBlanc, Ian Toms concert on September 22nd. It’s not too late to be a part of this draw!

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Worth and Beaulieu Fill the Guild

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Land of Plenty; works by Jordan Beaulieu

This show is a small collection of my recent drawings and bookworks. In my practice I focus on how sequential and visual-verbal art forms can be used (and misused) to create new narrative and poetic structures. These narratives are not so much linear paths as associative clusters; their accumulation is intended to give the viewer an impression of place, timeframe, mindset, and the way these are mediated through the perspective of the narrator. Often my work investigates how a person may be commanded by their environment by examining the agency of place and its potential to powerfully affect temperament and perspective. Drawing from both autobiographical and imagined encounters, I engage with the relationship between material and make-believe worlds to explore how fiction may be used as a mediating point between artist and viewer.

These works are also inspired by the hybrid relationship between contemporary art and the transient products of independent publishing. My approach to art making combines traditional exhibition practices with a DIY ethos, with the aim to explore and challenge the relationship art has to its own precarious definitions. This includes developing intersections between art and conventionally lowbrow forms of popular and ephemeral medias including comics, zines, and amateur video.

Rural Alchemy; works by Damien Worth

Following a move to rural PEI six years ago, Belfast artist, Damien Worth began a project that looked to rural locations, objects, and traditions as subject matter. Rural Alchemy presents a selection of new digital-based work that re-contextualizes documented and found images. He finds that the idea of taking these images of isolated places and incidents, and bringing them together to create new pseudo-communities serves as an entry point to discuss rural identity.

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Festival Delivers the Goods

Mamma Mia!, What a Season at The Charlottetown Festival

Confederation Centre in the home stretch of the Festival—closing September 28

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From Avonlea to the shores of a Greek Island paradise to the streets of St. John’s Newfoundland, The Charlottetown Festival is finishing off a world-wind trip of a season this month. While some Islanders are saying “Where did the summer go to?”,  there are still three weeks left to see the four productions playing at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

This year The Charlottetown Festival, sponsored by CIBC, launched an ambitious season with three musicals in the Homburg Theatre and two at The Mack. While Kronborg closed its run in July, the Festival continues through September 28. In the Homburg Theatre catch Mamma Mia!, for a sunny ABBA-driven tale of laughter, dancing, and (of course) love, with a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Sponsored by Tim Hortons, the blockbuster musical is an intoxicating experience, with big laughs and stunning design and choreography.

“This year’s mainstage productions were definitely influenced by popular demand, with Kronborg and Mamma Mia! being the most requested shows by Islanders for years,” remarks Adam Brazier, artistic director at Confederation Centre. “We’re very pleased with the richness and variety of programming, as we always strive to put forward something for everyone.”

Tickets for all productions can be found online at confederationcentre.com, by calling the Box Office at 1(902)566-1267 or 1(800)565-0278, or by visiting the box office in person.

Enjoying its 55th consecutive season is Anne of Green GablesThe Musical™, the enduring story of an orphan girl who came from away and changed the Island forever. Sponsored by CAA, this is the first season with Stratford, Ontario native Emma Rudy starring as Anne, who has brought a new energy, humour, and vocal prowess to the iconic role.

At The Mack, patrons can take in two productions that will hit every East Coaster close to home. Spinning Yarns, by Festival favourite Stephen Guy-McGrath, is a hilarious one-man show that pulls the audience into the raucous world of Newfoundland in the early ‘80s with heartwarming songs and uproariously funny stories of childhood.

Atlantic Blue, presented by Juno-nominated and celebrated Island singer-songwriter Tara MacLean, explores the deep roots of the Atlantic Canadian music scene. The production boasts a full stage of performers and musicians from the Festival, with Tara and her squad breathing new life into treasured songs from East Coast legends as well as her own.

The Charlottetown Festival would like to extend sincere appreciation to all production sponsors, including SYSCO Food Services (production sponsor for Kronborg), Honibe (Atlantic Blue) and Key Murray Law (Spinning Yarns). Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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The Gals Are Back

The hit musical revue from last year returns!

 
A celebration of the great girl groups and famous female artists of the 20th century, Fascinating Ladies stars three of PEI’s favourite performers- Catherine O’Brien, Allison Kelly, and Kelley Mooney. Featuring dazzling three-part harmonies, entertaining choreography,and lively banter, Fascinating Ladies will delight audiences of all ages!

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Five Shows Only – September 11 – 15! At the VICTORIA PLAYHOUSE