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Setting the Spin Cycle

A ‘Q & A’ with Spinning Yarns’ Stephen Guy-McGrath From The Charlottetown Festival

Special Father’s Day promo offers $25 tickets for performances in early August

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This summer The Charlottetown Festival is thrilled to have Spinning Yarns at The Mack this summer. Set in Newfoundland in the early ‘80s, this one-man production brings to life a world of raucous adventures, death-defying escapes, and dubious childcare.

The hilarious evening of story and song is a fictionalized biography written and performed by Festival favourite, Stephen Guy-McGrath (‘Bill’ in Mamma Mia!; ‘Sam Phillips’ in Million Dollar Quartet; ‘René in Evangeline). Sponsored by Key Murray Law/Meritas, the production runs July 20 to September 28 at Confederation Centre of the Arts.Featured are traditional Newfoundland fiddle tunes and well-loved songs such as ‘The St. John’s Waltz’ by Ron Hynes, ‘Wave over Wave’ by Jim Payne (popularized by Great Big Sea), and more.

Just in time for Father’s Day, Confederation Centre is offering a special promo for Spinning Yarns. Until June 16, patrons can use promocode ‘SpinningDad’ to access $25 tickets for this energetic, thoughtful, and side-splitting production. There are limited quantities available and this applies to performances from August 5 to 17. To see a promo video starring Guy-McGrath and featuring his whole family, head to YouTube.

To learn a little more about this production, which Guy-McGrath has presented in multiple other theatres, Centre staff sat down with the author and performer himself for a ‘Q &A’:

Question 1.  What is the origin story for ‘Spinning Yarns’? 

Stephen: More than 20 years ago I was getting started in the industry and there were not a lot of opportunities for me, but I had lots of enthusiasm and, frankly, pre-wife and kids time! I started trying to come up with a project for a pal and myself to work on. We threw out tons of ideas and the whole time I was telling her stories about growing up in St. John’s. One day she said, “This is the show!” She was right.

Q2. What is the show about?

It is really a love letter to my family and the world I grew up in. A lot of fun is made with it all, but it’s all done with great affection. Also, small children get stuffed in large appliances…

Q3. How did this production make its way to The Charlottetown Festival?

The festival is always looking for the ‘right’ show for The Mack. It needs to be fun, have music, and be affordable to produce for a small house. (Producers) Adam (Brazier) and Dean (Constable) knew about the show and had seen snippets that I had done in The Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert. They approached me and we talked about it as a possibility; and I think it just fit this year. Tara MacLean’s Atlantic Blue (playing atThe Mack August 2 to September 27) is the perfect show to share the stage with. Atlantic Blue is “a lot of song and a little story” and Spinning Yarns is “a lot of story and a little song”. We are good companions!

Q4. What can people expect from your show?

A good time! It’s very informal. I tell these stories to you as if you were sitting at my kitchen table. The bar will be open, the tunes will be rocking, the laughs will be coming. What could go wrong?

Q5. And the final, most important question. Ahem, in the battle of the best island: Newfoundland or P.E.I.?

This is like Sophie’s Choice for East Coasters. All I can say is that I love each island in its own way. It’s like having a second child: your love is not divided between the two, as your capacity to love doubles!

 

Spinning Yarns opens on Saturday, July 20 at the Mack, with preview shows on July 15 and 16. The production is directed by Adam Brazier and was originally produced by Strange/Momentum Theatre Projects. Tickets can be found online at confederationcentre.com, by calling our Box Office at 1(902)566-1267 or 1(800)565-0278, or by visiting our Box Office.

The Charlottetown Festival would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the production sponsor Key Murray Law/Meritas and Festival sponsor, CIBC. Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse
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Guilty or Innocent?

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SATURDAY, MAY 4TH, 7:30 PM at Eptek Art & Culture Centre
Tickets: $22:00 (fees included)

12 Angry Women
by Reginald Rose & Sherman L. Sergel
An adaptation of 12 Angry Men (TV drama, movie, stage play)

Synopsis: A dozen women are locked in the pressure-cooker of a stifling-hot jury room to come to a conclusion on whether a young man is guilty of murder — literally a life-or-death decision that hinges on a switch-blade.

The Experience:  It’s theatre in-the-round, so that the audience feels an intimacy, a very part of the jury-room.

Production: by ACT (a community theatre)

Director: Terry Pratt |  Producer: Richard Haines

Information:

Email: 12angrywomenact@gmail.com
Website: www.actpei.ca
Facebook – ACT (a community theatre)
Phone: 902-628-6778

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Anne and Gilbert Are Back

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April 30, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm at The Guild

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”.

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.

Children under 4 will not be permitted to this performance.

 

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

The Ladies Are Back

“What an amazing show… Amazingly talented ladies! Highly recommend going to see this show! – Facebook user Michelle
“You need to go to the Victoria Playhouse to see the Facinating Ladies… Their voices are amazing! One of the best shows I have seen at the best small Playhouse on PEI!” – Facebook user Trish

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Fascinating Ladies at the Victoria Theatre.

Five performances Only!
September 11th to 15th, 2019

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Gaga Golden Girls

Thank You for Being A Friend

| Homburg Theatre

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Thank  You  for  Being a  Friend  is the  ultimate  Golden Girls  experience,  delivering all  the  classic dialogue,  razor  sharp gags,  and  taboo-breaking  stories you’d  expect! As  a wonderful  introduction  to the  joy  of the  hit  television series  for  first timers,  it’ll  have the uninitiated  rolling  in the  aisles,  while die-hard  fans  fondly remember  the  brilliance of  The  Golden Girls!

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MARCH 1, 2, 8, & 9, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
MARCH 10, 2:00 PM
All Seats: $20.00 (tax & fees included)

The Harbourfront Players in:
Rumors
by Neil Simon

Directed by Marlane O’Brien

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At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just “accidentally” shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of FARCE. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer Ken and Ken’s wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

While this play is a farce, there are mature themes and occasional off-colour language. Not recommended for small children. “PG13” – parents use discretion.