Follow the Bouncing Ball

PEI Public Libraries Service is excited to announce its new service MUSIC AND MEMORY! The Kings Playhouse is on board.

MUSIC & MEMORY is an organization that helps people with cognitive and physical impairment through personalized music. Through this program, island residents will be able to borrow MP3 players with personalized music playlists from the PEI Public Libraries Department .

WHO IS ADDRESSING THIS PROGRAM?- People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia- bedtime people, on dialysis or on fan- People suffering from chronic pain- Those receiving palliative care

HOW TO REGISTER? Individuals, friends, family or caregivers can request this service by filling out an online application form on library. Pe. That’s it.Paper forms are also available at each public library branch.

La Voix acadienneLe Réveil Île-du-Prince-Édouard @Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island Government

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Letter from the Artistic Director

Dear Watermark Theatre Patrons and Supporters, 

This past year has been transformational. I do not believe any of us can look at our lives, our communities, or the world the same way we did prior to March 2020. The financial hardship, emotional turmoil, and collective stress endured during this past year have been tremendous. There has also been an enormous amount of change for the good. People have reevaluated their lives, made significant changes for the better, and prioritized family, health, and their own mental wellbeing. We have also seen incredible calls for social justice and now look at diversity, equality, and our own behaviours and beliefs in a new light.
 
Theatres across the country have used this time to reevaluate what it means to create art, whose stories should be told on our stages, and what role theatre plays in our society. We have had time during this pandemic to look inward and think about why we do what we do.
 
Since its inception 13 years ago, Watermark Theatre, and under its previous name The Montgomery Theatre, has produced classic and modern classic plays. There have been a few exceptions, (The Canada 300 Project, What to Wear to the Birth of a Nation) but the company originally produced plays written during the lifetime of L.M. Montgomery (1874 to 1942), and more recently, plays written more than 50 years ago.
 
Given the time to reflect during this pandemic, in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, and my own conscience, I have decided with the full support of our Board of Directors to open the theatre’s mandate to include contemporary plays reflecting the times in which we live. I do not make this change lightly, knowing that the founders of the theatre created a classical theatre company in a rural setting believing that was what the Island needed at the time.
 
But times change and we must adapt and grow. Classic and modern classic plays are almost entirely written by white men, about white people, living in white societies. A narrow viewpoint that is not inclusive and not always reflective of our society in 2021.
 
In addition to contemporary plays, I will continue to produce what I am now calling “time-honoured” plays – those that remain relevant and reflect who we are as Canadians. There are beautifully written plays that continue to explore the human condition, remind us where we have been, and shed light on our own lives.
 
We have also made other changes to our theatre to modernize our building and to be more inclusive.
 
With the help of Rural Development PEI and Heritage Canada we have recently completed a large sustainability project updating our theatre lighting instruments to more energy efficient units, insulating and fortifying parts of our building, and installing a heat pump in our office and box office area. We will also start looking at how we design, build, and dispose of set, prop, and costume pieces to make sure we are being as environmentally responsible as possible.
 
Another change, is that all public bathrooms in our building will now be gender neutral, a further step in our goal to becoming as inclusive and welcoming to everyone as possible.
 
With all that being said, I now present to you the new mandate of the Watermark Theatre:
 
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.

We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.

Our 2021 summer season will be announced in early March and you will see some of these changes clearly reflected in my programming choices.
 
I look forward to seeing you all this summer at the new and improved Watermark Theatre.
 
Until then, be well and stay safe.

Robert Tsonos
Artistic Director

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Heads Up On the Love Story

February: a love story

Due to Ontario’s latest COVID-19 restrictions, february: a love story can no longer proceed as an in-person, live production. While we are deeply saddened to not be able to gather with you all in the courtyard, we are thrilled to announce that we will be filming this production for you to enjoy online from the safety and comfort of your home. Thank you for your support of this project, as it evolves to meet the continuing challenges of the pandemic. Pay-What-You-Can TICKETS are now available at februarytheplay.com We would love for you to join us for our **Online Premiere** at 8pm EST on February 14th! The film will remain available to view at your leisure until March 7th.

With love in the time of COVID, Ellen & Emilio Sudden Spark Collective

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Logjam at the Gallery

Major Touring Exhibition ‘The Drive’ Pulls Up at the CCAG

-New exhibition centred on famed Tom Thomson painting examines representations of landscape and resource development-

Opening this weekend at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is a new touring exhibition from the Art Gallery of Guelph, entitled The Drive

Anchored by Art Gallery of Guelph’s major Tom Thomson canvas of the same title, The Drive situates the work of Thomson, the Group of Seven, and their peers in relation to contemporary Indigenous and Canadian artists in order to highlight the complexity of the representation of landscape – particularly as it relates to the history of resource development.

Based on a sketch produced in the summer of 1916 when Thomson was employed as a fire ranger in the park, the canvas depicts a massive flow of timber emerging from a dam at Grand Lake near Achray in Canada’s oldest provincial park. The logs being guided through a narrow gap in the dam were headed towards the Ottawa River. 

The Drive painting captures the intensity of logging in a park that had already been widely clear-cut in Thomson’s day. The industry was the primary shaper of the landscape the artist painted and made famous, defining this landscape as post-industrial, not the untouched wilderness it is so often described as. 

A.Y. Jackson’s depictions of mining settlements and J.E.H. MacDonald’s agricultural scenes and views made accessible by rail are contextualized within the exhibition. 

Complemented by the work of Indigenous and Canadian artists including Sonny Assu, Christi Belcourt, Bob Boyer, Edward Burtynsky, Bonnie Devine, Robert Houle, Isuma, Sarah Anne Johnson, Daphne Odjig, Kelly Richardson, Don Russell, Frank Shebageget, Peter von Tiesenhausen, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, the exhibition documents the effects of colonization and changing relationships to the land through creative interventions that advance ecological sustainability and environmental justice.

The Drive opens Saturday, January 23one of three new exhibitions opening this month at the CCAG. Curated by Shauna McCabe and Brian Meehan, this circulating exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and in conjunction with Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Museum London, and Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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Taking a Breath


Harbourfront Theatre
Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT – 7:45 PM EDT Tickets http://www.harbourfronttheatre.com/artistic-fraud-between-breaths

Join us for this profoundly moving play that celebrates the wonders of the human spirit and the incredible impact one person can have. The story of Dr. Jon Lien (beloved and forever remembered in Newfoundland as the Whale Man) will touch your heart. With a focus on release and salvation, Between Breaths is an impeccably written piece of theatre, performed beautifully and backed by stirring live musical arrangements.

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland’s

Written by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Music composed and arranged by The OnceWell known in Newfoundland as the Whale Man, Dr. Jon Lien during the course of his work pioneered techniques for rescuing whales entrapped in fishing nets. Often risking his very life in the water with the formidable and frightened animals, Dr. Lien would seek to earn their trust as much as the fishermen’s. He looked for the best way to free whales while doing as little damage to the fishing gear as possible.His efforts saved the lives of over 500 animals, and earned him the hard-won respect of the island’s fishermen. Despite his risky work, Lien’s biggest fight came at the hands of a lengthy illness, the suspected long-term result of a random highway accident. He passed away in 2010, but not before his body was slowly conquered over 8 years by a progressing immobility and dementia.Between Breaths jumps time backwards, from the final moments of Lien’s life – in a wheelchair and dealing with brain damage – to his very first whale intervention. As his life becomes further and further confined, his mind stretches itself in memories of release and salvation.

Written by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Original Music Composed & Arranged by
The Once (Phil Churchill, Andrew Dale & Geraldine Hollett)
Additional Arrangements by Duane Andrews
Musical Direction Kellie WalshCast:
Jon – Steve O’connell
Judy – Berni Stapleton
Wayne – Darryl HopkinsMusicians:
Brianna Gosse, Steve Maloney & Kevin Woolridge

Dramaturgy………………………………………Iris Turcott
Additional Dramaturgy ……………………..Sarah Garton Stanley
Assistant Director………………………………Sharon King-Campbell
Costume Design…………………………………Shawn Kerwin
Sound Design & Technical Director……..Brian Kenny
Production Manager & Stage Manager…Mara Bredovskis
Managing Producer……………………………Patrick Foran
Production Assistant………………………….Nefren Feizo-Gas

Please be advised this performance contains occasional use of strong language.

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Kissing Laments Away

Lovers’ Lament: A Vaccine for Relationships is an 80-minute cabaret performance at the Confederation Centre that promises a side-splitting, delightful, and original take on Valentine’s Day. Special thanks are extended to program sponsor, Charm Diamond Centres, and Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre. 

Presenting songs from musical theatre and beyond, this hilarious look at relationships is the perfect Valentine’s event for anyone who’s ever fallen in – or out – of love. Directed by Adam Brazier, Lovers’ Lament features some of the most cherished stars of recent Charlottetown Festival musicals, including: Aaron Hastelow, Emma Rudy, Michelle Bouey, Josée Boudreau, and Cam MacDuffee. Musical direction and live accompaniment is from Bob Foster.

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Get Yourself Seduced

Glamour, glitz and big sound presented by The Guild! Join the sensational duo of Caron Prins and Lori Linkletter as they serenade you with their sizzling versions of modern music in a steamy twist you won’t want to miss! January 28th @ 7:30pm$20 Purchase your tickets by calling our Box Office at (902)620-3333, or coming in to our Box Office located at 111 Queen Street. the guildAll productions are being presented by The Guild with the permission of the Public Health Office of Prince Edward Island, and operates under its rules and guidelines. Within these guidelines, theatre seating has been limited to a maximum of 50 people. Chairs will be grouped with a maximum of 6 chairs per group, and each group is 6ft. from one another. It is possible that depending on the size of your party, you may be seated with other audience members within those 6 chairs. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please speak with our box office agents by calling 902-620-3333, or emailing boxoffice@theguildpei.com.

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Break Out the Tap Shoes

Break out the tap shoes this winter with Dance Umbrella’s Intermediate Tap class! 👯

In this upbeat and rhythmic class, dancers will continue to advance their tap skills as they learn new vocabulary and use their existing foundations to develop speed, technical execution, and artistry.  

Dancers must have a minimum 1-2 years of tap experience to register, ages 12+. Learn more & register: https://confederationcentre.com/arts…/dance-umbrella/

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