Getting Fascinating

Presented by Young At Heart Theatre & Kings Playhouse 

Check out this sneak peak of The Fascinating Maritime Ladies!🎵

On April 25th at 2:00pm, come celebrate some of the wonderful female singers and songwriters from the đźŚŠ East Coast and Quebec with the Fascinating Ladies’ tight harmonies, choreography and delightful banter!✨
Featuring Nadine Haddad, Kelley Mooney & Catherine O’Brien. Opening for our delightful Fascinating Ladies will be talented Singer/Songwriter Katie McGarry. 

🎟️ Tickets can be purchased through our website www.kingsplayhouse.com

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New Member on the Board

Confederation Centre of the Arts Welcomes New Board Member

The Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, known as Confederation Centre of the Arts, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Esmahan Razavi to its national board of directors.

“Representing Western Canada, Esmahan Razavi brings extensive experience in public policy, communications, and partner engagement, and a passion for community building,” states Robert Sear, chair of the board. “On behalf of Confederation Centre, we are delighted to welcome Esmahan to our national board as we embark on a major growth stage for our memorial complex.”

Razavi is a trained mediator and an associate principal with Champion Communications and Public Relations in Alberta. She carries a wealth of leadership experience, including working on diversity and inclusion initiatives with the Government Relations Institute of Canada and as a public affairs consultant in British Columbia, with clients across all sectors of the B.C. economy, including not-for-profit, natural resources, and the arts.

In 2017, Razavi was selected as one of Canada’s “33 Women of the Year” by Chatelaine magazine, and was a 2019 award recipient for “Arab Women of Excellence in North America”. Flare magazine recognized her as one of 12 Canadian millennial women to guide young women on becoming politically engaged. 

Razavi has served on the boards of a number of organizations at the local and national level, and has co-founded two organizations, including Ask Her—dedicated to increasing the number of women running municipally in Calgary. When she is not working or volunteering, Razavi enjoys spending time with friends and family.

The executive members of Confederation Centre’s board include: Robert Sear, chair; Alex MacBeath, vice-chair; Lori Pendleton, secretary-treasurer; Kateri Coade; Angus Orford; and Margo Thompson. For a complete list of all board members, visit the Centre’s website.

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Victoria Announces 2021 Season

We’re back for 2021! And while some things may be a little different than you’re used to at Victoria Playhouse, we’re determined to offer the magical experience of live theatre that you’ve come to expect from us.Two irresistible, funny, entertaining shows playing all summer long!
Off The Grid by John Spurway Our season begins with Off The Grid, the first Atlantic Canadian production of Fredericton playwright John Spurway.  Marty is an architect anxious to learn more about self-sufficient houses so she can write a magazine article about living “off the grid”. Her husband Leonard is a loans officer who has reluctantly agreed to spend a week without his creature comforts. While Leonard adjusts to life without TV, the internet, or a flush toilet, Marty gets some guidance from Lowell, their reclusive next-door neighbour, who has been living in the middle of nowhere for two years. But Leonard is wary of this recluse. It seems like Lowell might be hiding something… but he’s not the only one keeping secrets! Off The Grid will be directed by Mark Fraser and features Melissa Kramer, who starred in the Playhouse production of Dancing Lessons in 2018; Lee J. Campbell, who patrons may recognize from our 2017 production of On A First Name Basis; and Jim Fowler, a Nova Scotia resident and veteran of stage and screen.
The Good Time Radio Variety Show We are thrilled to present Farmgate Theatre’s original production The Good Time Radio Variety Show!The Playhouse will be transformed into the sound stage of Island Radio Station CRPO for the weekly broadcast of The Good Time Radio Variety Show. A modern take on the classic radio variety show complete with music, mystery, comedy, adventure, and thrilling sound effects all performed live in front of a studio audience. It’s always a good time for a good time! The all-star cast includes nationally recognized performers who all make PEI their home. Actors Julain Molnar and Cameron MacDuffee are regulars at the Charlottetown Festival and musicians Karen Graves and Adam Hill are members of the award-winning Atlantic String Machine. Director Charlotte Gowdy’s credits include the Stratford Festival, PEI’s Watermark Theatre and two previous shows for the Victoria Playhouse.

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Gin Man

Watermark Theatre

The Gin Game – About The Playwright

D. L. Coburn was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1938. He came to prominence in 1977 with The Gin Game, which was his first play. The Gin Game ran on Broadway for 516 performances and subsequently toured the nation with its original cast of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy to sold-out houses in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and a half dozen other cities before going on a tour of England and Russia. It has since had productions in virtually every country of the western world, including France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Israel, Hungary, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and South Africa, as well as heralded productions in Australia, Japan and China. In 1978 the play garnered four Tony nominations and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama.Plays Mr. Coburn has written since The Gin Game include Bluewater Cottage (1979), Guy (1983), Noble Adjustment (1985), Fear of Darkness (1995), Firebrand (1997), The Cause (1998). Return to Bluefin 2009. Additionally, he has written television pilots for CBS and ABC and several screenplays, including Flights of Angels (1987), A Virgin Year (1991), and Legal Access (1994).Mr. Coburn lives with his wife, Marsha, in Dallas, Texas.

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Old Stock & More

The Charlottetown Festival Set to Return with Three Mainstage Musicals

-Confederation Centre announces 2021 summer festival, including: 

OLD STOCK, Dear Rita, and Between Breaths; as well as THE RISING! from the Young Company-

confederationIt’s show time!After being forced to cancel the entire 2020 Charlottetown Festival due to the pandemic, Confederation Centre of the Arts is excited to raise the curtain for the 2021 Festival, which will run from June 3-September 4.

CEO Steve Bellamy and Artistic Director of Performing Arts Adam Brazier today announced three Mainstage productions for the summer festival, presented by CIBC, as well as a Young Company production.

“On the Mainstage, we are excited to offer our patrons three enchanting, true stories from right here in Atlantic Canada,” says Brazier. “These stories demonstrate what it takes to be a hero, to put everything on the line, and to fight for those who cannot.”

Festival tickets are on sale now for Centre members and go on sale to the general public on Saturday, April 10 at 12 noon A.T. From April 10-24, tickets for the best seats in the house are available at 25% off. Members have immediate access to this promotion. This applies to the first five performances after opening night of each of the three Mainstage shows. Tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 1 (800) 565.0278, or in person at the box office.

v  Between Breaths

Inspired by a true story, Between Breaths sails through the journey of Newfoundland’s Dr. Jon Lien, who spent his life’s work saving whales trapped in fishing nets. “The Whale Man” rescued over 500 whales and earned the respect of the province’s fishers, but his biggest fight came late in life as dementia threatened his body and mind. 

Featuring a live score composed by The OnceBetween Breaths is a profound play about the parts of ourselves we hold on to after everything else is gone. Sponsored by CAA Atlantic and presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, this production plays June 3-19.

v  Dear Rita

Making its world premiere in 2021 is an inspiring production celebrating the life and songs of the Maritimes’ most beloved singer-songwriter, Rita MacNeil. Woven around a script from Cape Breton’s Lindsay Kyte and music direction and arranging by P.E.I.’s Mike Ross, this cabaret musical features a powerful ensemble of actors accompanied by a sizzling hot band. Sponsored by Key Murray LawDear Rita plays June 29 to August 6.

“Dear Rita is a musical love-letter to a true fixture of Canadian culture, a fierce and passionate performer whose songs were international hits, inspiring generations of music lovers,” glows Brazier. 

v  OLD STOCK: A Refugee Love Story

“We are thrilled to bring OLD STOCK to Charlottetown,” adds Brazier. “This is one of the most important pieces of theatre we have done in years. It has received rave reviews everywhere from New York to the U.K. and across Canada. This story is funny and dark and beautifully realized.” 

Starring East Coast sensation Ben Caplan, this Klezmer music-theatre hybrid explores how to love and find a shared humanity after facing the horrors of war.Sponsored by Honibe, OLD STOCK plays August 12 to September 4.

v  THE RISING!

The 2021 Festival will also mark the return of the Confederation Centre Young Company, in partnership with TD Ready Commitment. The Young Company will perform the new production THE RISING!—a high-energy journey exploring protest music and moments in time where society stood up for civil and judicial rights. This production will be presented in the outdoor amphitheatre, from July 9-August 21. 

v  Safety Protocols

Patron capacities will continue to be limited throughout the Centre and theatre seats will be safely staggered. Shows will be presented with no intermission and concessions are to be ordered online in advance. Mask-wearing and social distancing will remain mandatory throughout the complex. 

“We look forward to safely welcoming audiences back to the Mainstage for a fun night out this summer,” offers CEO Steve Bellamy. “We continue to work closely with public health authorities to ensure a safe and entertaining experience for all patrons, whether in our theatres, galleries, or art camps on site.”  

The Centre is thankful to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their ongoing support.

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Winning and Losing

The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn, winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which originally starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. The Gin Game will be performed from July 13th to 31st.

For Tickets: www.ticketwizard.ca Or Call 902-963-3963

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Guild Announces Summer Festival

JUST ANNOUNCED THE 2021 GUILD SUMMER FESTIVAL

Mainstage Series: Pleasureville by Ellen DennyJune 24 to July 23 Singalong Jubilee – A Musical Tribute July 9 to August 10 Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King July 29 to August 14 The Guild Festival Ensemble: Charlotte MooreRebecca McCauley Steph Hood Andrew Murray Julien Kitson Geordie Brown Celebration Series: Ava & Lily – June 18 Alicia Toner – July 3 Vince the Messenger – August 7 Noah Malcolm – July 16Shane Pendergast – August 27 Oshun Dance – July 12 & 19The Serenades – June 17 & August 26 Popalopalots – June 19, July 24, August 21 Children’s Series: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Disney’s The Beauty & The Beast Jr. The Guild MTS Kids Ceilidh

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