Year-round Theatre at Watermark in 2022
Artistic Director Robert Tsonos is delighted to announce that the Watermark Theatre is embarking on a new initiative to produce and present theatre in every season of the year.
“During the pandemic, I’ve been able to take the time to evaluate our role as an arts organization in our community and on the Island,” says Tsonos, “and I believe that we are now in a position to expand from our usual summer programming, to producing and presenting theatre all year long. It’s a thrilling next step in the growth of the organization.”
With that in mind, the theatre will present the First Annual Watermark Children’s Theatre Festival in the Spring; the plays Educating Rita and The Drawer Boy in the summer; the play Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story in the Fall; and a remount of their 2021 production of A Christmas Carol in the Winter. In addition, the theatre will continue to present The Watermark Music Series on Sundays during the summer and occasionally throughout the year.
Three productions will be featured in the Children’s Theatre Festival. The Princess and the Handmaiden by Leslie Arden, produced by Kitbag Theatre of PEI from March 10th to 12th. Seeds of Change by Lojo Simon, produced by Neptune Theatre of Halifax, presented free online from March 24th to 26th. The Paper Bag Princess by Alissa Watson, adapted from the classic children’s book by Robert Munsch, produced by Geordie Theatre of Montreal from April 16th to 18th.
Educating Rita by Willy Russell is a warm, funny, intelligent play about relationships, connections, and freedom that will be performed from July 12th to 30th. The play follows Rita, a married hairstylist, who decides to go back to school to broaden her horizons. She enrolls in university and finds herself assigned to Frank, a jaded professor courting alcohol to navigate life and divorce.
The Canadian classic, The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey will be performed from August 9th to September 3rd. A young actor from the big city lives with two farmers to gather stories about rural life. The farmers’ lives are irrevocably altered when art attempts to imitate life and the line between truth and fiction is crossed. Hilarious, surprising, and infinitely moving. Winner of the 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.
Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story by Beau Dixon will be performed from September 28th to October 8th. Beneath Springhill chronicles the life of Maurice Ruddick, an African Canadian who survived the historic mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1958. Created and performed by Beau Dixon, this one-man show recalls the events of seven miners trapped one mile beneath a small mining town, the effect it had on their rural Canadian community, and the racial tension that surfaced as a result.
Finally, our 2021 production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Danielle Pearson will be performed once again from December 14th to 18th.
The Watermark Music Series returns, curated once again by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. The dates are July 24th, August 14th, and August 28th.
All Covid-19 provincial rules and regulations will be in place, including vaccine passport requirements, physical distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizing, etc.
Season Passes (4 Pack, 6 Pack) are now on sale at http://www.ticketwizard.ca
or by calling the box office at 902-963-3963.
Single tickets for The Princess and the Handmaiden are also now on sale. All other single tickets will be put on sale soon.
Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
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.
For more information please contact Lara Dias at 902-963-3963 or firstname.lastname@example.org
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE