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Photo Club Show Opens

June 12, 2019
PEI Photo Club Annual Print Show Opens June 12
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The PEI Photo Club will be hosting their 37th annual print exhibition at the Gallery @ The Guild from June 12 to 23. The public is invited to attend the grand opening on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 pm.

There’s something new about the exhibition this year. The images won’t be grouped according to categories such as landscapes, people, and nature as they have had been in years past. Rather, exhibition spaces will be dedicated to the
photographers who will be showcasing their work. The theme of the 2019 show is “Through My Mind’s Eye,” and club members have been encouraged to submit small collections of related images.

“The annual photo show is evolving,” says club president, Paul Vreeland. “Last year’s show was a first in that it wasn’t a competition with judges and prizes. We wanted it to reflect who we are as a community of photographers. This year, we
hope that each member’s collection will say something about the photographer and give more credit to him or her, rather than to a singular, prize-winning photo.
The show also encourages us to think in terms of working on creative projects.”

Everyone is invited to see the show during gallery hours which are Monday to Saturday from 12 to 5 and one hour before show times. The PEI Photo Club is grateful to all of the volunteers who make the show possible.

For more information, please check www.peiphotoclub.com
or www.theguildpei.com.

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Learning the Ropes

Interns Start Work at the

Watermark Theatre

 

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Two weeks ago the summer interns started work at the Watermark Theatre and this year’s crop are an exciting mix of young theatre professionals from Atlantic Canada and those from further afield. This is the 4th year of the Mentorship Program at Watermark, which welcomes current theatre students and recent graduates to train back stage at the theatre all summer.

This year’s interns are Virginia Iredale (stage management), Mike Grdosic (carpentry / technical), Rachel Smith (props / scenic art), Claudia Groves (wardrobe), Lokki Ma (arts administration), and Meghan Riddell (wardrobe).

Virg Iredale was born and raised in Ontario and is currently based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated last year from Dalhousie University with a BA in Stage Design and Technical Theatre.  She has had the wonderful opportunity to work as an apprentice ASM at Ship’s Company, and Below the Salt. She is very excited to be in PEI for the first time ever in her life and have the wonderful opportunity to work with Melissa, our production stage manager, for the first time since high school.

Mike Grdosic lives in Toronto where he has just finished his first year at Humber College’s Theatre Production program, specializing in carpentry and scenic art. Mike’s interest in theatre production only developed recently after volunteering as a production assistant at Watermark Theatre the past two seasons. He is very happy to be back on the island working with the fine folk at Watermark.

Rachel Smith recently completed her 4th year of studies at York University majoring in Theatre Production & Design. She is currently working towards completing her degree with a minor in Visual Art. Rachel was the Set Designer for York University’s 2019 production of Orlando directed by Lindsay Bell and has previously worked as a Scenic Artist on Peter Hinton’s Dido: Queen of Carthage and David Di Giovanni’s A Dream Play. During the summer of 2018 she was the Exhibit and Outreach Coordinator/Archivist for the Arts and Heritage Centre in Warkworth, Ontario.  Additionally, Rachel was also the Curator for their exhibition titled Mary Hutchinson: Life on Main Street.
“Being able to learn and practice my craft on a beautiful island like PEI is a dream come true”, says Rachel. “I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity that Watermark Theatre has provided through the Mentorship Program.”

Claudia Groves recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre and Honours in Costume Studies. Her experience includes working at Mermaid Theatre in Windsor NS during the summer of 2017, as well as several years of theatre experience at Dalhousie. During that time, she contributed in varying ways to a number of productions, including Dante’s Purgatorio and a series of Moliere one-acts.

PEI is home for Lokki Ma, who grew up in Summerside and moved to Toronto after graduating from Dalhousie University with an Honours degree in Technical Theatre. For the past 13 years she has lived and worked in various theatres across Toronto and the Maritimes. She was the 2010 recipient of the Pauline McGibbon award, Props Coordinator for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in 2015 and will be returning for a seventh season as the Head of Props at Young Peoples Theatre this Fall.
“After more than a decade of working in the production side of the industry I was ready for another perspective. One that provides a 360 degree view of how theatre is made on Island” says Lokki. “I feel lucky that I get to gain that perspective from Andrea and Robert as the arts administration intern this summer. I hope to come away from this experience understanding how theatre serves our communities, engages its audience and shapes the culture of the Island. And if I’m lucky, a path forward, one that may lead me home to stay.”

Meghan Riddell is from Milverton, Ontario and is excited to be joining Watermark Theatre as part of her Wardrobe placement. Meghan is currently attending Fanshawe College for Costume Production and is trilled for the opportunity to be apart of this year’s season.

Watermark Theatre is a perfect training ground for aspiring theatre professionals – small enough to nurture and large enough to have processes and policies in place. All sets, costumes and props are realized on site and production standards are high. Though there are many theatre training institutions in Canada there are very few internships available. Hands-on experience and training under a good mentor is one of the best ways to learn and grow.

The program is generously sponsored by the Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation, the RBC Future Launch program, and Skills PEI. Meghan Riddell joins the company through the Fanshawe College Costume Studies Student Placement Program.

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com.

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Kronborg Ready to Be

Complete Casting Announced for ‘Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical’

Epic rock musical telling of ‘Hamlet’ opens Friday, June 21 at Confederation Centre of the Arts

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A ghostly visitor with a secret; a son devastated by loss; a deadly sword duel – and the most famous question in all of drama (“To be or not to be…”).

These are just some of the reasons why Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy turned musical will hold you spellbound in the Homburg Theatre. Add in a thrilling rock opera score, a full orchestra, and a cast of 28 stellar Canadian actors, and you have all the makings of an intoxicating musical experience.

“This is a ghost story, a story of family, power, revenge, and sacrifice,” says Adam Brazier, artistic director of Confederation Centre. “As the great actor and director Lawrence Olivier said; it is the story of a man who cannot make up his mind.”

Opening June 21 at Confederation Centre of the Arts, the musical is sponsored by SYSCO Food Services. Playing until July 20, Kronborg returns to The Charlottetown Festival, 45 years after first mesmerizing theatre-goers in 1973-74.

The musical was a breakthrough for Confederation Centre and the country, becoming the first Canadian musical to play on Broadway in 1975. Originally written and conceived by Cliff Jones, the 2019 production promises to entrance a whole new generation of theatre-lovers. This re-envisioned production is directed by Mary Francis Moore with music direction from Craig Fair.

“Craig, Cliff, and I recognize the significance the piece plays, not only in the history of the Festival, but also in the history of new musicals in Canada,” offers Moore, who has been working with her artistic team to redevelop the musical for two years.

“This new production has been fully re-orchestrated and re-arranged musically—new life breathed into a Canadian classic,” she continues. “The inspiration for these changes all come from the beautiful lyrics and melodies Cliff wrote 45 years ago.”

Moore and Brazier are thrilled to now reveal complete casting for the epic musical. Starring Aaron Hastelow as Hamlet, the production includes:

Kimberly-Ann Truong as Ophelia, Cameron MacDuffee as Claudius,

Alanna Hibbert as Gertrude, Brendan Wall as the Ghost King,

Andrew McAllister as Marcellus, Jacob MacInnis as Horatio,

Teddy Moynihan as Rosencrantz, Nicole Norsworthy as Guildenstern,

Gray Monczka as Laertes, Michael Torontow as Polonius, and Nicola-Dawn Brook as Honeybelle.

See the complete cast and creative team listing in addendum. Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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Creative PEI Doors Open

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Alongside CreativePEI, Confederation Centre is hosting Doors Open on Saturday June 1, 2019.

An international festival that allows art, culture and heritage buildings, not generally accessible to the public, to open their doors for a day. And it’s completely free!

From 10am to 3pm join us in The Confederation Chamber Replica for The Story of Confederation that offers visitors the opportunity to experience Province House in Prince Edward Island National Historic Site and the Charlottetown Conference while Province House is closed for conservation work.

From 2:30pm to 3:30pm join us in The Homburg Theatre for a sneak peek at the set for Kronborg – The Hamlet Rock Musical and hear from our Festival team about the production before it opens!

From 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm c’mon in and design, create and make some wearable art with Kate Sharpley in the Art Bunker! Experience the Centre with a fun activity for children and adults: Button Pins!

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The New Young Company

Introducing The 2019 TD Confederation Centre Young Company!

Youth theatre troupe bound for Halifax; will open Charlottetown season June 29

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The TD Confederation Centre Young Company returns this month, and are kicking off their 2019 season off with a bang. The youth performance, leadership, and training company officially opens their season at the Centre on Saturday June 29 at 12 noon in the outdoor amphitheatre.

The troupe will also be headed to Halifax, Nova Scotia in June for performances stemming from a well-receivedtouring appearance made by the 2018 Young Companyat the National Child Welfare Conference in Calgary, AB in October 2018. More information on this exciting, multi-day opportunity will be announced in the weeks ahead.

The Young Company is a long-standing pillar of arts education within the Centre’s Charlottetown Festival – sponsored by CIBC – and features 12 young artists from across Canada.

With a strong focus on all three performance disciplines–and on building storytelling and leadership skills–these artists from coast to coast to coast gather to share their life experiences and stories with each other and eventually, audiences as well!

This summer, the troupe presents Aqsarniit, (or, “the Northern Lights” in Inuktitut) daily at 12 noon from June 29 to August 17. This provocative and thoughtful musical weaves music and dance through stories of our collective histories from across Turtle Island.

The 2019 Young Company hail from all corners of Canada and collectively speak at least eight languages! Made up of returning members and new faces, the troupe includes: Ann Paula Bautista, Riley Bernard, Zachary Colangelo, Tatyana Doran, Matthew Joseph, Wahsonti:io Kirby, Alika Komangapik, Gunho Kwak, Callum Lurie, Emily McKim, Jocelyn Tsui, and Haneul Yi.

Aqsarniit is written by Mary Francis Moore and Adam Brazier. The Young Company’s creative team is composed of Matt Murray (director), Colleen Dauncey (music director), Sam McCue (set and costume designer), and Adam Sergison with Julie Pellisier-Lush (choreographers). The Young Company Stage Manager is Cole Vincent. 

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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Riding the Rails

Confederation Players Riding the Rails in Ottawa and Montreal

Confederation Centre of the Arts heritage program celebrates 30 years this summer

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The Confederation Players are marking two important milestones this summer: the 100th anniversary of their program sponsor, CN Rail, and the 30th anniversary of the Players program itself.

Founded in 1989 to mark the 125th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, the Players program have offered historic vignettes, guided walking tours, Victorian songs, croquet games with tourists, and improvised street encounters to thousands and thousands of visitors in Downtown Charlottetown.

More than 250 young people from across Canada have taken part in the youth leadership program to date. The troupe employs about a dozen young people from P.E.I. and elsewhere every summer and, since 2012, have been a key part of Confederation Centre of the Arts’ (CCOA) heritage and arts education offerings.

CN came on board as major program sponsor in 2017, launching special Canada 150 and rail-themed celebrations with the Players in cities across Canada. Now, to highlight CN’s own 100th anniversary, the troupe will return to Ottawa and Montreal in the weeks ahead to perform on Parliament Hill and participate in centenary celebrations.

CN came on board as major program sponsor in 2017, launching special Canada 150 and rail-themed celebrations with the Players in cities across Canada. Now, to highlight CN’s own 100th anniversary, the troupe will return to Ottawa and Montreal in the weeks ahead to perform on Parliament Hill and participate in centenary celebrations.

This year’s troupe includes a strong mix of new and returning college-age performers who will bring Canada and the Island’s histories to life all summer and into the fall. Led by artistic supervisor Cameron MacDonald, this year’s troupe includes: returnees Guy Brun, Dylan Gaudet, Grace Hickey, Jim McClean, Eden McFadden, Sam Rainnie, and Jacob Rollwage. New players are Connor Briggs, Hannah McGaughey, Mitchell McNally, and Alexandra Sorenson.

The Players launch their summer season at CCOA on Saturday, June 29, and will offer two enhanced public walking tours until August 18. ‘The Great George Experience’ guides tourists from the city’s stunning waterfront to Queen Square and includes historic vignettes and appearances from half a dozen different performers.

After years of public requests, The Ghost Tour returns this summer, hosted by ‘the Gravedigger’. This evening walk is offered every Friday and delves into the darker side of Island history, including tales of unsolved murders, ghost ships on the harbour, and even a famous execution.

All tours are family-friendly and the Great George Experience is available in French and English. For full program details, times, and to book walking tour tickets, visit the Confederation Centre website.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse