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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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New at the Watermark

The new Administrator at the Watermark Theatre is Lara Dias. Lara is delighted to join the Watermark Theatre as the new Administrator. Lara has over 20 years experience in corporate communications, donations, sponsorships, and event management. For many years she was the Manager of TD Scholarships for Community Leadership, one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious post-secondary scholarships and most recently was an office manager within the Archdiocese of Toronto. Born in Vancouver and raised in Toronto, Lara grew up in a creative environment fostering a love for the arts, especially in music. She lives in New Glasgow with her husband and daughter.

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Calling All Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | ACTORS WHO ARE NON-BINARY For the upcoming summer festival season in Charlottetown, PE, The Guild is seeking submissions from actors with diverse gender identities, with a special interest in artists based on Prince Edward Island and in Atlantic Canada. The Guild is mounting a professional production of a soon-to-be-announced Canadian play that features a principal character who is non-binary. The Guild is therefore seeking to cast an artist who is non-binary or genderqueer. Outside dates are mid-June to early August. Union and non-union artists are encouraged to submit. Artists are asked to submit a resume and headshot, and are encouraged to include a message or cover letter introducing themselves. Submissions should be e-mailed to submissions@theguildpei.com no later than Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at 5:00pm. The Guild strives to present content and artists reflective of our diverse community. The Guild is working to engage new voices and talent, with a strong desire to advance opportunities for historically underrepresented and marginalized identities. The Guild accepts submissions from artists of all ethno-cultural backgrounds and gender identities, and celebrates the unique perspectives, histories, and experiences of each and every artist. This will be the second ever original Guild production, following Singalong Jubilee in 2019.

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Advocating for the Arts

Confederation Centre Welcomes New Director of Philanthropy

-Haddad assumes director position following fundraising roles with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet, and Toronto Arts Foundation-

(Charlottetown, P.E.I) – CEO Steve Bellamy and Confederation Centre of the Arts are pleased to welcome Nadine Haddad to the Senior Management group as the Centre’s director of philanthropy. Nadine had dad

“We are thrilled to welcome Nadine to Confederation Centre and back to the Island,” says Bellamy. “On behalf of all staff and our board of directors, we wish her every success as she begins this leadership role and a new stage of her career.”

After completing her undergraduate in music at the University of Prince Edward Island, Haddad continued her education in Arts Management at Western University. 

“The combination of these two educational streams led me to pursue a gratifying career as a professional in fundraising, marketing, and events,” she offers. “I look forward to being an advocate and promoter for the Centre and for the arts on P.E.I.”

Haddad grew up in Charlottetown and was previously a member of the Confederation Centre Young Company, a Front of House usher, and a summer volunteer at the Centre.

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Rise On Up

Confederation Centre Young Company Now Accepting Video Auditions for THE RISING!

-Young Company, in partnership with the TD Ready Commitment, will perform this summer at the Centre-

Young performers from across Canada are invited to submit video auditions for the 2021 season of the Confederation Centre Young Company, in partnership with the TD Ready Commitment. The season will run on-site from June to August, as a proud part of The Charlottetown Festival at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

This summer, the Young Company will present THE RISING!, exploring moments where society has come together to stand up for civil and judicial rights.  

A universal language, music transcends geographic and cultural barriers and has played an essential role in protests for generations. Weaving songs from such artists as Tracey Chapman, Lady Gaga, Macklemore, CCR, and Bob MarleyThe Rising! is an inspiring, high-energy journey about striving for a better and more equitable humanity. 

“The Young Company is a fantastic growth opportunity for performing artists from across Canada,” says Adam Brazier, artistic director of performing arts. “The program is both an exercise in collaboration and creativity, and an excellent way to explore social justice through the arts, from a diverse range of voices and experiences.”

Rehearsals for the Young Company begin in mid-June and run through August 21. As it has for almost three decades, the program doubles as a summer training intensive, featured within The Charlottetown Festival.

Submissions are welcome from people of all cultures, genders, and identities, with varying degrees of experience. Applicants are reminded that if they play a musical instrument or speak languages other than English, this ability should be showcased in their video audition. Traditional songs, dances, and speeches are also welcomed and encouraged.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. Full details for applications and video submissions can be found at confederationcentre.com/auditions.

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