Category Archives: On Stage

What Else Could Go Wrong?

Novelist Joel Hopper has had a bad year. His wife left him for another man, he’s got writer’s block and a looming deadline for his next book and now he’s about to lose his house for unpaid taxes. What else could possibly go wrong? Well, Joel, meet your new real estate agent, Emma Bard!

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Directed by Charlotte Gowdy and starring Darryl Hopkins, Raquel Duffy, Ira Henderson, and Melanie Piatocha, Real Estate is a laugh out loud good time!

Previewing August 6 & 7, Opening August 8, and playing Tuesday through Sunday till September 1 at the Victoria Playhouse.

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

 

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New Mama Steps Up

Artistic Director Adam Brazier has announced a casting change for the forthcoming production of Mamma Mia! at The Charlottetown Festival.

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Opening this Friday August 9, Mamma Mia! is sponsored by Tim Horton’s and plays until September 28 at Confederation Centre of the Arts. The high-spirited musical stars Rebecca Poff as single mother Donna and Katie Kerr as her only child, Sophie, who is also the bride-to-be in this sunny ABBA-driven tale. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best friends–practical and no-nonsense Rosie, and wealthy, multi-divorcée Tanya–from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos.

Rosie is played by Festival favourite Nicola-Dawn Brook and stepping into the role of Tanya is Sara-Jeanne Hosie. The pride of Victoria, B.C., Hosie made her Festival debut earlier this summer in the much-acclaimed remount ofKronborg-The Hamlet Rock Musical and also as Miss Stacey in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

Hosie steps in for the Festival’s Susan Henley who had to withdraw due to injury. “This is my first time performing in Mamma Mia!” she offers, during a break in rehearsals. “I admire Susan Henley so much and am honoured to step into her sequins and stilettos.”

The actor has spent the last 25 years performing nationally in such roles as Mary in Mary Poppins; the Villain in the acclaimed Ross Petty Panto; to Alison Bechdel in the Canadian premiere of Fun Home. Also an accomplished director and choreographer, Hosie was nominated for a 2019 Dora Mavor Moore award for her choreography in Kiss of the Spider Woman (Eclipse).

Hosie comes by her Charlottetown Festival connection honestly, as both of her parents performed here, including appearances in the original Kronborg and as Matthew in Anne™ for her father, Bill Hosie.

“It was a childhood dream of mine to perform here,” Hosie recalls. “I remember being in the audience as a child, and now I get to smile at my parents in photos backstage every day.” 

Opening this Friday August 9, Mamma Mia! is sponsored by Tim Horton’s and plays until September 28 at Confederation Centre of the Arts. The high-spirited musical stars Rebecca Poff as single mother Donna and Katie Kerr as her only child, Sophie, who is also the bride-to-be in this sunny ABBA-driven tale. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best friends–practical and no-nonsense Rosie, and wealthy, multi-divorcée Tanya–from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos.

Rosie is played by Festival favourite Nicola-Dawn Brook and stepping into the role of Tanya is Sara-Jeanne Hosie. The pride of Victoria, B.C., Hosie made her Festival debut earlier this summer in the much-acclaimed remount ofKronborg-The Hamlet Rock Musical and also as Miss Stacey in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

Hosie steps in for the Festival’s Susan Henley who had to withdraw due to injury. “This is my first time performing in Mamma Mia!” she offers, during a break in rehearsals. “I admire Susan Henley so much and am honoured to step into her sequins and stilettos.”

The actor has spent the last 25 years performing nationally in such roles as Mary in Mary Poppins; the Villain in the acclaimed Ross Petty Panto; to Alison Bechdel in the Canadian premiere of Fun Home. Also an accomplished director and choreographer, Hosie was nominated for a 2019 Dora Mavor Moore award for her choreography in Kiss of the Spider Woman (Eclipse).

Hosie comes by her Charlottetown Festival connection honestly, as both of her parents performed here, including appearances in the original Kronborg and as Matthew in Anne™ for her father, Bill Hosie.

“It was a childhood dream of mine to perform here,” Hosie recalls. “I remember being in the audience as a child, and now I get to smile at my parents in photos backstage every day.”

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

 

Shoot the Moon

August 4, 2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at The Guild
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This August, The Guild celebrates one of Canada’s most celebrated pieces of theatre. Be transported to 1920’s Newfoundland with Salt-Water Moon by David French.
It’s a splendid, moon-filled night at Coley’s Point in August, 1926. Eighteen-year old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to the tiny Newfoundland outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed.
This production is being presented by Island theatre artists Helen Killorn and Justin Shaw. Island audiences may remember Killorn from her work in Melville Boys at Victoria Playhouse, and various Feast Dinner Theatre productions. Shaw may be recognized from his work with the Popalopalots Live Improv Comedy, Vagabond Productions, and his Island Fringe Festival solo show The Wrestling Play. Killorn and Shaw originally mounted Salt-Water Moon independently in August 2018 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, but their common passion for this project inspired them to continue their journey to bring the story to their hometown of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
“What a privilege it is for Justin and I to come home and share such a beautiful piece of theatre with our community,” says Killorn. “A lot of heart and soul went into the original production last summer, and for us to remount it not only in our home town, but also at a space such as The Guild, truly is an honour.”
“Having the Guild supporting Helen and I on this project is a dream,” says Shaw. “Being able to share this story in the heart of downtown Charlottetown during the summer provides Helen and I the opportunity to present this production to a broad audience at a professional scale. To say we’re excited is an understatement.”
This classic East Coast love story guarantees to be an unforgettable theatre experience filled with laughter, drama, and a powerful reminder of the integrity of love.
This production is being presented as a Sunday matinee at The Guild (111 Queen St., Charlottetown) throughout the month of August. Tickets are available online at http://www.theguildpei.com and at The Guild Box Office. For more information, please call 902-620-3333.

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

Legends in the Making

July 24, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at The Guild
Next Generation Legends: A Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors Production

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Let us take you through a journey to show you the wonderful and amazing history of the Mi’kmaq here on PEI! It is a fun walk through our history by learning the stories of our people. We have a story about an eagle that causes the wind, a boy who grows up with bears, a little girl who learns to believe in herself, and many new legends and songs for 2019 season!! We do this every year because we are proud of our culture and our history, and by sharing it, we preserve it for the next generation.

Featuring Richard Pellissier-Lush, Sean Lush, Keegan Bernard, Caleb Acorn, Jessica Francis, Riley Bernard, Julie Pellissier-Lush.

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

A Thin Line Between Life and Life on Stage

Art Imitates Life, or Life Imitates Art?

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Four of the characters in Watermark Theatre’s production of Boeing Boeing this summer begin the play engaged to be married and Artistic Director Robert Tsonos had no idea that two of the actors he cast to play the roles were also engaged to be married (but not to each other). “It’s one of those situations where art imitates life or vice versa”, says Tsonos. “The cast are all in their 20’s and early 30’s so I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised”.

PEI actress Jenna Marie is engaged to Landon Holmes and will be married at the end of August. They met when they were 16 years old at one of Jenna Marie’s first jobs as a tour guide at Cows Creamery at the North River Causeway where Landon worked as a “Scoopervisor”. They became fast best friends, with a little help from the ice cream he would sneak to her, but weren’t romantic in any way, and when Landon left the Creamery they drifted apart. Over the next 7 years they kept in touch very little while Jenna Marie moved all over Canada, but when she returned back to PEI they decided to reconnect over a bowling game which quickly turned into their first date. One month after their first date Jenna Marie moved to Italy for 7 months, and they decided to do long distance. They talked every day, and despite the time change Landon would make sure to Skype her as she fell asleep almost every night. Landon decided to go to Italy and travel with Jenna Marie at the end of her time there and they fell deeper in love and became inseparable.

Toronto based actor Warren Bain is engaged to Katie Ryerson and will be married in January. They met after an evening performance of Macbeth in Prescott, Ontario while Warren was working at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. They both went to the same theatre school, Warren was in his fourth year while Katie was in her first, and had seen each other in the hallways of the school but had never really chatted. They hit it off, had an enjoyable conversation, and made no plans to see each other ever again. The world works in mysterious ways though, and a few weeks later they ran into each other at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. They committed to having a date the following week. They saw a show, dined at a local restaurant, then wandered the streets of Toronto, lost in thought, conversation, and that romantic atmosphere that only warm nights and street lights bring.

Playing characters that were also in love and ready to take the next step made both actors think about their own journeys. “Playing a fiancé in Boeing Boeing is so much fun, and it’s easy to be excited about being engaged to Bernard because I just think of how excited I am to marry Landon.” enthuses Jenna Marie, “Gloria is definitely a little more headstrong then I am, but Landon says that Gloria’s love of all food (and weird food combinations) is something that isn’t too far off from my tastes and I would have to agree!”

Warren also reflected on how the role has made him think of his own situation. “Getting ready and planning for a wedding really makes me appreciate the timetables and obsession with organization that Bernard has in Boeing Boeing, there’s so much to do, it could fall apart at any minute! Katie and I also both work as actors and our careers take us away from each other for long stretches of time. Spending the summer on the Island is wonderful, but it’s three months away from Katie, absence really does make the heart grow fonder.”

Boeing Boeing runs all summer until August 31st at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. Visit http://www.watermarktheatre.com or call 902-963-3963 for tickets.

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

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

Seeing Where You Are (While You Can)

Only two more weeks to see Where You Are!

Playing until Sunday, July 28

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“The Victoria Playhouse consistently offers divine theatre experiences and the 2019 production of Where You Are, persists in this tradition, providing lucky audiences with a witty and contemplative analgesic to the mundane.” – Norah Pendergast for The Buzz.

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