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Music Theatre School Kick Starts at the Guild

The Guild is excited to announce The Guild Music Theatre School, beginning September 18th! Led by Lori Linkletter, Artistic Director or Children’s theatre and community programming at the Guild, Theatre School at the Guild will focus on training young performers in music, theatre, dance and more!
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With a team of qualified instructors including Sarah MacPhee (theatre) and Lacey Koughan (dance), classes will be held every Monday from 5:30-8pm. On top of music, theatre and dance, each week will feature a different element of theatre such as lighting, stage makeup and improv, with some of the best guest instructors the Island has to offer!
Students will have the opportunity to put into practice everything they’ll learn with many performance opportunities on the Guild stage, including two Christmas shows -Elf and Fairytale Christmas Carol – and a Spring production of Into the Woods Jr and TBA. There will also be two summer productions of Aladdin and The Lion King!
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Watermark Announces 2018 Season

Watermark Theatre’s 2018 Summer Season Announced!

Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2018 Summer Season.

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The season will include the classic thriller Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott and the powerful A Moon For The Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill. Our popular music series Classic Music Reignited returns once again, celebrating its 5th year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will focus on new plays in development by Atlantic Canadian Playwrights.

Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott, written in 1952, tells the frightening story of a husband planning the murder of his adulterous wife. He arranges the perfect crime by blackmailing a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her at a time when he has the perfect alibi. Of course, things do not turn out as planned. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Full of twists, turns, and suspense, this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Written in 1943 by four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten is set on a Connecticut tenant farm where two lost souls find hope and redemption under a lover’s moon. Josie Hogan is a boisterous woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. It’s been a hard and lonely life, working the Tyrone farm with her bullying father. One night, with the man she is in love with, James Tyrone, sparks fly and hope burns anew as two “misbegotten” souls come together.
“O’Neill at the height of his powers… hauntingly poetic truths about love and self-delusion”. — The Los Angeles Times

In a shift in programming to the Play Reading Series, this year’s plays will showcase new work in development by Atlantic Canadian playwrights. A selection process will begin immediately to choose three new, unpublished, and unproduced plays, to be read by our company of actors during the month of August. A list of plays and playwrights will be released in the Spring of 2018.

Yes, it’s been 5 years since we began our Classic Music Reignited series, our popular music series curated by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. Stay tuned for our list of composers and Island musicians soon.

Season Ticket Passes are now on sale at early bird rates until December 31st, 2017. $99 for 4 tickets, $135 for 6 tickets, and $210 for 10 tickets.
902-963-3963 or visit http://www.watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre strives to produce the finest professional theatre on the Island. By producing and presenting theatre, music and artwork, our goal is to enrich and contribute to the community in which we work, the province in which we live, and the Canadian theatre community to which we belong. Watermark believes in the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training. Plays are chosen from the international repertoire of classic and modern classic plays that are at least 50 years old and Canadian plays at least 30 years old. In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence and a diversity of voices, while endeavouring to inform, to affect, and to engage with our audience.

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

ArtTalk on Tap With John Greer

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is pleased to present Greer View Mirror, a selection of early work by Nova Scotia-born artist John Greer. Please join us for an ArtTalk with John Greer Thursday, October 12 @7pm at the gallery.

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The talk will be followed by a reception and the launch of two recent CCAG publications: New Positions: Alexis Bulman, Andrew Cairns, Monica Lacey, Alexandra O’Sullivan. This publication documents a recent exhibition of these Prince Edward Island artists at an early stage in their careers. The exhibition and publication are supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Program.

The second new publication, RE:collection, features 150 works of art from the CCAG’s Canadian Art Collection along with an introduction by CCAG director, Kevin Rice and short interpretive texts by 35 writers bringing multiple viewpoints to the publication. Such major works as Robert Harris’s The Atelier Bonnat, 1882; Arthur Lismer’s Sand Lake Algoma, 1923; Kenojuak Ashevak’s, The Arrival of the Sun, 1962; Jean Paul Lemieux’s, Charlottetown Revisited, 1964; Teresa Marshall’s sculpture, Peace, Order and Good Government,1993; and Robert Houle’s recently commissioned painting, O-ween du muh waun (We Were Told), 2017 are featured. John Greer’s 1981 sculpture, TV Idol Time, (which is currently on exhibition in Greer View Mirror) is also reproduced.

“This wonderfully illustrated book documents key works in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery’s Canadian Art Collection,” said CCAG director Kevin Rice. “I am very pleased with the collaborative nature of this project looking at a selection of diverse works from the collection.”

Greer was associated with the Isaacs Gallery in Toronto (1970 to 1990) and his exhibition looks back at that period. It was a time when Greer’s work was characterized by a humble scale, a love of visual and verbal puns, and an interest in engaging viewers through surprise and paradox. Born in Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1944, John Greer is one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed artists of the past 40 years. He received the Governor General’s Award in 2009 and his monumental sculptures have been commissioned in Canada, Italy, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States.

Holiday Spectacular Wants You!

The Holiday Spectacular Wants Island Community and Family Groups to Audition

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The Holiday Spectacular is a powerhouse FESTIVE event where our community is the star. We’re inviting all island and family groups of performers to audition and be a part of our Island’s holiday variety show. From dancing and singing to comedy and musical groups, we’re looking for it all. The sky is the limit. 

So ring in the joy of the season by showcasing your family’s hidden talents with us.

Holiday Spectacular is happening December 14 -16 @2 p.m. / 7 p.m.

Artistic Director Adam Brazier will be holding auditions on Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th. To book an audition time please contact Cindy Riley at criley@confederationcentre.com.

Gold Winner ‘Green Rights’ at the Guild

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“Green Rights” a documentary by Silver Donald Cameron
October 2, 2017 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
With the support of Atlantic Credit Unions, celebrated author/filmmaker Silver Donald
Cameron’s feature-length documentary film Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy
World will be screened at The Guild on October 2nd, as part of an 8 stop maritime tour.
Green Rights explores the human right to clean air, pure water, and healthy food, a right
which is legally recognized in more than 180 nations – but not in Canada. The film tells
stories of ordinary people and dedicated lawyers from every continent except Antarctica
who are suing multinational corporations and unresponsive governments on behalf of
future generations and Mother Nature herself. They’re winning big victories in the
courts of Argentina, The Philippines, Ecuador, The Netherlands and other countries.
Admission by donation, The film will start at 7 PM on the 2nd.

All Aboard for Fredericton

History will come alive when The Confederation Players visit Fredericton, New Brunswick on Sept. 24th – 25th. This troupe of costumed, young, bilingual Canadians, trained as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation, will be making stops in the city to provide people with a glimpse into the cultural and historical context of the Charlottetown Conference.

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Through their portrayal of key figures such as Sir John A. Macdonald, George Coles, and Sir George-Étienne Cartier, The Players for Confederation Centre of the Arts are heading to Fredericton to walk and perform throughout the city streets.

”We are proud to be a sponsor of the Confederation Players, especially this year as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. At CN, we are not only proud of our history as a nation building and economic actor, but we are also proud of Canadian history,” said Sean Finn, CN Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services, and Chief Legal Officer. “As part of this year’s celebration, we are excited to bring the Confederation Players to different events in different cities.”

 First stop in Fredericton is the Canadian Chamber of Commerce conference where CN will be presenting the Confederation Players as their gift to the members. The Players will be opening the conference with the singing of O Canada and having a role throughout the conference in emceeing, historic interpretations, and reception hosts.

Also, while in the New Brunswick capital, the Players will be emceeing Tree Planting on September 25 at the Old Government House, located at 51 Woodstock Road at 10:00 am. This tree planting is a part of CN EcoConnexion program From the Ground Up in partnership with Tree Canada. Make sure to lookout for the Confederation Players during the two days while they walk around town.

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

A Celebration of Rock, Blues, and Gables

The Charlottetown Festival 2018: A Celebration of Rock, Blues and Local Treasures

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The 2018 playbill features rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar; a world premiere of Dutch Mason and Stories from the Red Dirt Road.

Confederation Centre of the Arts has announced a sensational lineup for next summer’s Charlottetown Festival. The 2018 Festival will run June 7 to September 22 and include the 54th season of the international sensation Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™; the phenomenal rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar; two new Festival-spawned musicals, Dutch Mason and Stories from the Red Dirt Road.

Jesus Christ Superstar is a global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years. It’s a timeless rock opera set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.  Artistic Director, Adam Brazier is thrilled to be at the helm as director to put his creative stamp on the iconic piece.

“The themes of this timeless classic remain universal, their resonance today is palpable, as western civilization wrestles with existential questions about where power is held, where it should be held, and how fame affects the balance,” said Brazier.

Presented in tandem with Jesus Christ Superstar is the Island Festival’s crown jewel, Anne of Green GablesThe Musical™. With a company of 23 amazing triple threats from across the nation, this iconic musical has delighted more than 2.5 million people over 2,500 times at the Centre, and remains the quintessential Canadian musical.

At The Mack, Dutch Mason, inspired by the non-fictional book “On the Road with Dutch Mason” by David Bedford and Harvey Sawler, will take audiences on a fictional tour through Atlantic Canada with The Prime Minister of the Blues. When Dutch Mason’s regular harmonica player is sidelined, a political science professor and amateur harp player is recruited to join Dutch and his band on a historic road trip that will shock the professor out of his buttoned-down conformity.

Also at The Mack is Stories from the Red Dirt Road, adapted by our beloved festival regular, Marlane O’Brien, from the book “And My Name Is…Stories from The Quilt” by Margie Carmichael.  This is a funny, inspiring, heartfelt piece of four Island stories woven together through song and the red dirt road itself that joins our lives together.

 Additional announcements will be made at a later date, including a new Young Company production, so stay tuned.

The Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and CTV. 

 The Pick 3 Pass is back! Pick three Charlottetown Festival shows and pay only $129. The Pick 3 Pass and Festival tickets go on sale to members of CCOA September 20 & 21 and E-news subscribers September 21. Public tickets go on sale September 22.

Jesus Christ Superstar: June 7 – September 22 (1:30/8 p.m.) – Homburg Theatre.
Anne of Green GablesThe Musical: June 18 – September 22 (1:30 p.m./7:30 p.m.) – Homburg Theatre.
Dutch Mason: June 30 – Sept 22 (8 p.m.) – The Mack.
Stories From the Red Dirt Road: August 2 – September 21 (7:30 p.m.) – The Mack.