Paper Bagging It

Watermark Theatre will present the Geordie Theatre production of The Paper Bag Princess adapted by Alissa Watson from the children’s story by Robert Munsch from April 16th to 18th as part of the Watermark Children’s Theatre Festival. The production is directed by Mike Payette and stars actors Hilary Wheeler, Kaeleb Gartner, and Maria Jimenez.

Persistent and powerful, Elizabeth is a princess with a lot on her plate. But when a dragon storms her castle and flies away with her “beloved” Prince Ronald, things go from bad to worse. How does a princess rescue a prince if princes are supposed to do the rescuing? Who decided that anyway? Based on the renowned classic, The Paper Bag Princess follows our heroine Elizabeth and a cast of zany new characters on a wild, playful and puppet-filled adventure to discover that only you can determine your own path.

Geordie Theatre is a Montreal-based professional theatre company that has presented live English-language productions for young audiences in Quebec and abroad since 1980. Pushing artistic boundaries with provocative and important stories, Geordie delivers more than 200 performances each season and reaches more than 40,000 young people and their communities annually.

Mike Payette is currently the Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Prior to joining Tarragon, he was the Artistic and Executive Director of Geordie Theatre – Quebec’s largest English-language Theatre for Young Audiences company and was earlier the co-founding Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre and past Assistant Artistic Director for Black Theatre Workshop. Mike is a two-time Montreal English Theatre Award (META) recipient.

Hilary Wheeler has spent the past 3 years studying acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, performing in productions such as Indecent, Everybody, and Bonus Points if You Have Air Conditioning. In Victoria BC she performed in three seasons with The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival and recently premiered her solo work, The Media Zoo, at SKAMpede Festival in 2020.

Kaeleb Gartner is a Calgary-born, Canadian actor, singer, musician, and creator. He attended the National Theatre School, English Acting Program, and graduated in 2021. Kaeleb was first introduced to theatre and acting at a young age, performing in community theatre shows, including Jacob Two-Two meets the Hooded Fang and The Pirates of Penzance.

Maria Jimenez is an actress and musician based in Montréal currently completing her BMus at McGill University with a specialization in Composition and Jazz Performance: Voice. Representative roles include Witch in Into the Woods, Dana in Sweetest Swing in Baseball, and Fräulein Kost/Lulu in Cabaret, for which she was nominated in the Broadway World Regional Awards for Best Actress – Leading or Featured.

All Covid-19 provincial rules and regulations will be in place.

Students $8, Adults $12
Tickets are now on sale at
Or by calling the box office at 902-963-3963

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

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