Category Archives: On Stage

Mothers and Daughters On Stage at the Watermark Theatre

Barefoot in the Park and Mrs. Warren’s Profession, the two plays on this summer at North Rustico’s Watermark Theatre, both feature a mother-daughter relationship at their core, and Leah Pritchard and Gracie Finley will play daughter and mother in both plays. A unique situation that has both actresses thinking of their own mother-daughter relationships in their own lives.

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Leah Pritchard: “When I think about what connects myself and the characters I will be playing this summer, I believe what we share the most is the stage at which we find ourselves in life. Vivie Warren, Corie Bratter, and I are all at an age where we are learning to establish ourselves as adult women in the world. And I think one of the most surprising and challenging aspects of that growth, is figuring out how you relate to your parents as an adult. In particular, how you relate to your mother as a woman. We’re trying to assert our independence, and prove that we are different from our mothers, all the while trying to understand who our mothers are as women. Personally, my mother is one of the most important people in my life, and I love how complex our relationship has always been. No one supports me like my mom, but I also don’t argue quite so frankly with anyone else. I am looking forward to seeing how the complexity of that mother-daughter dynamic lends itself to my understanding of my stage mama, Gracie Finley. Just like with my mother, I share such mutual respect and trust with Gracie, from our many summers playing mother and daughter on stage, that I know there will already be trust, and a loving familiarity between our characters this summer.”

Gracie Finley: “When tackling a mother-daughter relationship in a play, all those dimensions and layers from my personal life come into play and this can certainly help on many levels in establishing a believable relationship on the stage. It can also be a problem. Not all relationships are based on my own personal experience of trust and unconditional love and sometimes these instincts have to be fought if the play asks for something else. I have a very close relationship with my own daughter, though like all mother-daughter relationships we have our differences, and one of the toughest lessons for me to have learned is that my daughter is a very different person from me. I have had to learn to accept, support and ultimately respect that, unconditionally. This will be my 4th season working with Leah. We were the only two girls in the company during her first season when she played my adopted daughter in “The Lion In Winter”. We shared a dressing room and quickly found we were kindred spirits in many ways. I have seen her grow in confidence and ability as an actress, and mature and develop as a person. We have developed a trust and bond I know we can bring to the stage. She is a lovely girl and a dynamite actress. I am so proud of her on so many levels.”

Performances of “Barefoot in the Park” begin June 27th and “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” gets going on July 7th.

Sears Festival Wraps Up Successful Weekend at the Watermark

This past long weekend, Watermark Theatre hosted the Sears Atlantic Drama Festival for teenagers from PEI, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick. Participating groups from PEI were the Spotlight School of Arts and the Atlantic Academy of Performing Arts, both based in Summerside.

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The Sears Atlantic Drama Festival is a non-competitive, three-day drama festival for budding theatre practitioners to showcase their unique theatrical works. Performances are adjudicated by experienced theatre professionals and workshops are offered to the students throughout the festival weekend. Workshops offered this year included classes in stage combat, playwrighting, scene study, physical theatre, improvisation, and behind the scenes.

This year’s adjudicators were Toronto based performer Geoffrey Armour and director and actress Natasha MacLellan, the Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre in Nova Scotia. An awards ceremony was held on the final night.  The adjudicator’s handed out awards of excellence in playwrighting, acting, ensemble performances, lighting design and technical proficiency.

This was the 7th Festival hosted by Watermark Theatre with Sears Canada as the major sponsor.

“It was an exciting weekend, not just for the students, but also for everyone here at the theatre”, commented General Manager Andrea Surich. “To see the next generation of theatre artists perform on our stage at such a high level is really inspiring to everyone.”

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

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

Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the Watermark

George Bernard Shaw‘s scathing commentary on social hypocrisy and the excesses of capitalism, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, was banned from being performed in England when it was originally written in 1893 because of its frank discussion of prostitution.

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Mrs. Kitty Warren worked her way out of the London slums and now lives abroad, having provided her daughter Vivie with the education and means to grow into a smart, independent young woman of strong convictions. When Mrs. Warren returns, mother and daughter discover that neither is the woman they thought they knew. A brilliant, provocative play by a master playwright.

Barefoot in the Park at the Watermark

The romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park ran for 1,530 performances when it first opened on Broadway in 1963making it Neil Simon’s longest running hit and one of the longest running non-musicals in Broadway history.

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A free-spirited bride and her buttoned-down groom settle down to some rocky happily-ever-aftering in a New York City walk-up, occasionally invaded by the bride’s wacky mother and the quirky bohemian who lives in the attic. Made into a movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, Barefoot in the Park is clever and hilarious, filled with snappy dialogue and witty one-liners.

When You Wish Upon a Star

Spotlight School of Arts invites you to join them for an amazing evening of nostalgia and entertainment! Join them this June for a showcase of local talent of all ages.  When You Wish Upon A Star is a revue of acting vignettes, incredible musical performances, and dance numbers all celebrating childhood classics like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and more!

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Spotlight School of Arts has been a staple of the Summerside community for the last several years, providing classes in acting, musical theatre, dance and improv for performers of all ages and skill sets. This show is an incredible culmination of their hard-work and talents, and they wouldn’t want you to miss it!

When You Wish Upon a Star is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Saturday June 24th at 6:30 PM.

Anee & Gilbert Opening Soon

Experience Canada’s greatest love story in the critically acclaimed and widely loved musical Anne & Gilbert. Featuring a 20-member cast and orchestra, Anne & Gilbert has become a Canadian theatre sensation with the Toronto Star calling it “a marvel” and proclaiming “the joy of the experience makes this one a winner”.
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Hailed in Variety as “delightful” and “utterly charming,” Anne & Gilbert is the story of Anne Shirley’s journey into young adulthood as she experiences her first job, university and a tumultuous romance with Gilbert Blythe.

Award-winning songs, memorable comedy and drama make Anne & Gilbert unforgettable family entertainment.

Based on the novels Anne of the Island and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery.
Please note that this event is reserved for those 4 years and
older.

Children under 4 are not permitted.
Anne & Gilbert opens at the Guild on May 23rd at 7 PM.