Category Archives: News Flash

Behind the Scenes

A rare treat for Coronation Street fans, Beth and Sinead offer a chance to hear from the newer generation of Corrie Stars who are behind the sewing machines and exciting story lines at the Underworld Factory, showcasing Lisa George who plays Beth Sutherland and Katie McGlynn who plays Sinead Tinker on Britain’s longest-running television drama.

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The Factory Girls provide an insiders peek at the epicentre of gossip. Underworld is always facing fresh strife, deadlines and challenges. Fires, murder and theft are just a few storylines that have had viewers on the edge of their seats. Rarely does a day go smoothly at the knicker factory, and the drama often spills over into the Rovers Return pub at night.

The audience will hear exciting stories in a hosted, interview-style show complete with an audience Q&A segment about the world behind the scenes on Coronation Street’s cobbles. Anecdotes, inside information, and the inside scoop on their “diamond-in-the-rough” co-workers – it’s all there, as Beth and Sinead welcome Canadian fans into their Weatherfield world.

This show promises to be a real eye-opener, even for long-time Coronation Street fans. Think you know Corrie? Prepare to be surprised. The girls assure us to expect the unexpected, as they’ll have audiences in ‘stitches’.

Fans can also gain special access to the gals with a limited number of VIP exclusive packages which wraps best seats in the house with a meet-and- greet reception hosted by Lisa and Katie post show.

Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

The Factory Girls are at the Harbourfront Theatre on Monday, September 26 at 7:30 PM

Shifting the Focus With the Guild and Scotiabank

Our focus is shifting! Celebrate 25 years of community development and outreach with AIDS PEI Community Support Group Inc. through our Scotiabank AIDS Walk Event, SHIFT 25: AIDS PEI.

For this year’s national Scotiabank AIDS Walk, Canadian AIDS Society has given its provincial organizations the creative freedom to come up with innovative projects that can transcend the traditional walk event. AIDS PEI has created a long weekend of fundraising initiatives, that will begin on the 22nd of September, 2016 at the Trailside Café in Mount Stewart, with the melodic dream pop of Emilee Sorrey. Doors and kitchen are open at 6:30 with the show beginning at 8pm.

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On the following Saturday the 24th, we invite all Islanders to clean out their closets in support of AIDS PEI, from 12 – 4pm we will be collecting bags of gently used goods from around the community in partnership with Value Village.

The closing event for Scotiabank AIDS Walk, SHIFT 25: AIDS PEI, will take place at 7pm at The Guild on Sunday the 25th. Featuring Rachel Beck, Dennis Ellsworth, and Tim Chaisson. In the lower level art space, a silent auction will be happening, featuring accommodations in our Island’s charming inns, artisanal wears, locally designed jewelry, and more.

Please join AIDS PEI in not only celebrating how far we’ve come in the last 25 years, but to also enthusiastically meet the coming years with tenacity and community support.

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.