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!

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
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.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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

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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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

 

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

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The 43rd Annual Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert will be a night to remember featuring actors, dancers, and musicians from Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Kronborg-The Hamlet Rock Musical, Mamma Mia!, Atlantic Blue and Spinning Yarns.

On Sunday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre, the staff, cast, and crew will volunteer their talents to raise money from ticket sales for the Maud Whitmore Scholarship Fund. These scholarships assist selected performers, designers, musicians, crew and staff members in achieving proposed professional goals, such as new artistic training or workshops.

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

The Comeback King is Back

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 7:30 PM at the HARBOURFRONT THEATRE
VIP (Rows A-E): $50.00 tax & fees included
Regular (Rows F-T): $40.00 tax & fees included

Thane Dunn’s
ELVIS – The Comeback King

Saturday, September 28, join World Champion Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings as they recreate Elvis Presley’s now historic 1968 Comeback Special: Elvis, That’s the Way It Is.

In 1968, after years of making movies and being out of the public eye, Elvis set out to show the world that he was still at the top of his game. Clad in black leather, he performed all of his original songs in a raw, over-the-top performance which is now part of rock and roll history.

In tribute to this legendary performance, Thane Dunn & the Cadillac Kings made sure to cover all the bases. Dunn has mastered the raspy quality of Presley’s 1968 voice, and all of his stage attire is made from the exact patterns used by Presley. His black leather suit is a carbon copy of the original.

Get ready to hear Thane Dunn as Elvis, the Comeback King, singing everything from “Hound Dog” to “Mystery Train/Tiger Man” to “Blue Suede Shoes” and the monumental powerhouse song “If I Can Dream.”

You’ll find Dunn has the uncanny ability to transport his audience back in time. His portrayal of Elvis is eerily authentic, and his tribute work has received endorsements from several people who worked and performed with the real Elvis.

“Thane Dunn is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to Elvis and if you never saw Elvis you need to see Thane Dunn,” Bill Baize (member of the Stamps Quartet who performed with Elvis from 1971 – 1976).

For fans of Elvis, this is a fun, must-see show for the entire family.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Chris Gibbs Drops the Accent

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Playhouse favourite Chris Gibbs is back!

 
With his hilarious show A Legal Alien– a ridiculously funny performance involving everything from stand-up to acrobatics to balloon animals!
From England, the Land of William Shakespeare, to Canada, the Land of William Shatner. Chris Gibbs first came to Canada in 1995. Since then he’s moved to Canada permanently, married a Canadian, and made a young Canadian. He’s met a Canadian who apologized for saving his life, been given more advice on bear avoidance than anyone could possibly need, and has spent more time than strictly neccessary wondering what it really means to ‘drop your accent’.
Chris Gibbs is at the Victoria Playhouse September 5 – 8.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Four Shows Only – September 5 – 8!