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Guild Goes Wild

Performers from The Guild Summer Festival and The Guild staff will take the stage on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 for the the annual Guild Gone Wild Variety Show. This star­studded night will feature show­stopping singing, dancing, and more, all performed by some of the most talented performers from our island, and across the country!

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After the success of previous Guild Gone Wild variety shows, we’re very excited to bring back another this year! With so many talented performers and musicians, you won’t want to miss it! This show is a great way for audiences to see The Guild Summer Festival casts, from a variety of shows and backgrounds, perform something different.

We’ve got everything from Madonna, to ukulele, to step­dancing, and of course, musical theatre! We’ve also got a few surprises in store and a few special guests as well! This show is not to be missed!

Every Little Bit Helps

Watermark Raises $1,176.75 for the Actors Fund of Canada

Watermark Theatre is proud to announce that $1,176.75 was raised this week through audience collections and company member contributions for the Actors Fund Of Canada (AFC). Generous audience members of Blithe Spirit on August 22nd and The Glass Menagerie on August 23rd reached into their pockets and donated to an extremely important organization to actors across the country. Cast, crew, and administrators at the theatre also contributed.

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The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Through compassionate and confidential support, the organization helps Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. The AFC is an expression of the community’s good will, helping entertainment professionals when they are at their most vulnerable due to injury, illness or other personal hardship.

In the past 24 months, The AFC has distributed over $1 million in emergency financial aid to help entertainment professionals working in all aspects of theatre, film & TV, music, and dance. The AFC believes by supporting the health and well-being of arts and entertainment professionals, the industry as a whole will benefit. In a sector in which employment can be unpredictable, it’s good to know that a caring community is looking out for their most vulnerable.

Artistic Director Robert Tsonos shared his personal story with audiences of how the AFC helped him over 20 years ago when he was a young actor struggling with a medical emergency. “I needed an MRI scan and in Ontario at that time there was an eleven month wait, so my doctor recommended I go to Buffalo, New York to get a scan right away. The cost was $600, and to a young actor just starting his career this was an enormous amount of money. I applied to the AFC and they helped pay for my trip to Buffalo as well as the medical costs. I was extremely grateful and have been helping to raise money for the organization ever since”.

To donate to the AFC go to http://afchelps.ca.

Dance Umbrella Adds Umbrellas

Kylie Fudge-Jensen is the newest addition to the core teaching team for dance umbrella – a program of Confederation Centre – as well as the Holland College School of Performing Arts (or SoPA), presented in partnership with the Centre. Officials at the Centre are also pleased to announce Sion Irwin-Childs as a guest instructor this week for both children’s camps and evening workshops with adults.

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“I am thrilled to be welcoming these new instructors into our programs,” says Peggy Reddin, Director of Arts Education at Confederation Centre. “Whether it is for workshops of shorter duration or long-term commitment, we strive to enrich the local community by hiring teachers with a depth of training and experience. A fresh perspective and new ideas are always inspiring and exciting for our students.”

Originally from Victoria, B.C., Ms. Fudge-Jensen is a graduate of George Brown Dance and has been performing, choreographing, and teaching in the Toronto area for the past five years. Her specialization is ballet and contemporary with experience in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and modern dance. She has a strong base in movement improvisation and dance-for-camera work and in addition to creating her own collection of works, she has performed in solo pieces, duets, and a variety of group work including as backup dancer for international touring artists. “I am thrilled to be starting a new chapter with dance umbrella and SoPA,” she offers, “and am very excited to be back living on an island!”

Mr. Irwin-Childs will be teaching with the Centre’s dance camp from August 22 to 26 and also conducting workshops in the local community, with a focus on choreographic practice. He is a critically acclaimed choreographer, performer, and instructor currently on a coast to coast teaching tour. He carries a dance M.A. as well as an English degree from York University. After many years of teaching dance composition for Ballet Jörgen Canada and George Brown, he recently left to pursue equestrian interests and help nurture dance at a grass-roots level across the country. His touring workshop is based on a highly-rated Ballet Jörgen Canada Summer School series, gleaned from 13 years of experience.

“I have designed my workshops to be broadly inclusive and to require only a willingness to participate,” Irwin-Childs explains. “Students do not have to be fantastic dancers or imagine themselves continuing in dance to find a use for the skills that I bring to the table. My students develop a greater sense of confidence and a strong voice when given an opportunity to assert ownership over their respective skill sets. The positive impact of this outcome has been noticed in other classes, by parents and teachers and this is what I would like to bring to the Centre community.”

dance umbrella and SoPA classes begin the first week of September. For more information on summer dance camps and other arts education programs at Confederation Centre, please contact Kayla Shaw at 902.629.1175 or performingarts@confederationcentre.com, or explore online at confederationcentre.com.

Thank You (and Bravo!)

The Confederation Players are wrapping up a very successful 2016 season of walking tours and historic vignettes in front of Province House. These men and women work hard in any weather to bring to life the roles of the delegates during the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

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We want to thank them for their dedication and talent and congratulate them on a job well done! Bravo!

Last Spoonful This Weekend

It’s the final countdown for three companies of performers at Confederation Centre this weekend as three productions come to a close. The critically-acclaimed musical, Spoon River has just three performances – two evenings and a Saturday matinee – remaining while the Confederation Centre Young Company and Confederation Players (or ‘the Fathers’) both wrap up Saturday afternoon.

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Spoon River has enjoyed a late summer push at The Mack of late with large crowds and some shows selling out. It was recently announced that the Edgar Lee Masters’ inspired musical will head to New York next summer as part of Canada 150 celebrations playing Off-Broadway.

Sponsored by Scotiabank, the song-cycle is produced in association with Soulpepper Theatre Company. Spoon River features a stacked cast of 11 performer/musicians, including Alana Bridgewater, Matt Campbell, Jonathan Ellul, Susan Henley, Richard Lam, Amanda LeBlanc, Mary Francis Moore, Alicia Toner, Brendan Wall, Daniel Williston, and Sandy Winsby. Heather Lewis is stage manager and Charlottetown’s Mike Ross composed and directed the music and co-adapted the production with Director Albert Schultz.

The Charlottetown Festival is far from over, with four more performances each of Anne of Green Gables-The Musical™ and Glenda’s Kitchen on deck until the end of next week, and Mamma Mia!, sponsored by Tim Horton’s, playing until September 3.

Get ‘Em While You Can

The Victoria Playhouse has an exclusive offer for you to attend The (Post) Mistress and receive a free ticket to se Anne & Gilbert: The Musical in October.

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Martha Irving is the post mistress.

“…if you love what theatre can do, it would be a disrespect to miss Martha Irving’s captivating, comic virtuoso performance.” – Jane Ledwell, The Buzz

“This is amazing theatre; a must see performance by this incredible performer…” – Barbara MacAndrew

Here’s the deal …

Buy two tickets to any performance of The (Post) Mistress

and receive one free ticket to Anne & Gilbert

Pick up your Anne & Gilbert coupon at the Victoria Playhouse box office when you attend
The (Post) Mistress. Coupon can be redeemed for perfromances between October 1 – 18.

Book Now or call 1.800.925.2025

Anne & Gilbert Plays at the Guild in Charlottetown to October 18

Anne & Gilbert is an unusual Canadian theatre story. Since its launch in 2005 at the Victoria Playhouse it has become the most successful and critically acclaimed new musical in Canada in recent memory.

With rave reviews in Variety, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, and many other publications, it has accomplished in tiny Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, what few other Canadian musicals have achieved anywhere.

A Night to Remember

You were amazed by their stellar performances this summer as actors, dancers, and musicians in Spoon River, Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Glenda’s Kitchen, and the Centre’s youth troupes. Now, The Charlottetown Festival Company and Confederation Centre staff invite you for a fun-filled night of music, laughter, and fellowship — the 40th Annual Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert

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This Sunday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre, the staff, cast, and crew will volunteer their talents to raise money from ticket sales for the Maud Whitmore Scholarship Fund. These scholarships assist selected performers, designers, musicians – both emerging and established – in achieving proposed professional goals, such as new artistic training or workshops.

The show will be hosted by beloved Festival veteran, Glenda Landry, who played in countless Festival productions and for many years played the role of Diana Barry. Some of the performances slated this year (no Anne™ pun intended) include P.E.I.’s Aaron Hastelow singing a medley of Fleetwood Mack tunes, Susan Henley (Spoon River) delivering her rendition of ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell, the Confederation Players and the Confederation Brass coming together for a short selection of Victorian standards, Mamma Mia! and Anne™ company member, Josh Doig performing his own choreography to an Alanis Morissette song, and much more.

Tickets for the 40th annual Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert cost $20 and are available at the Confederation Centre Box Office at 1(800) 565-0278 or at charlottetownfestival.com.

Last year, the Roddy Diamond Scholarship for a focus in technical theatre or stage management was awarded to Seren Lannon, company manager for the Young Company in 2015 and 2016. “Through winning the Maude Scholarship,” says Lannon, “I was able to spend a weekend in NYC receiving training from top-notch Broadway Stage Managers, and learn first-hand what it would be like to work at the Gershwin Theatre. It was an experience that was invaluable from a career perspective. Had I not won the scholarship, I would never have been able to afford to go, and I could not be more grateful.”

The concert is named after the late Maud Whitmore, a veteran Canadian actor, who endeared herself to audiences from 1965-1977 at the Festival in Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™. Her years of commanding performances inspired many to enter into careers in the musical theatre industry.