Category Archives: On Stage

Smith Rounds Out Watermark Cast

Suzanne Roberts Smith is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada & The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre.

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Some credits include: Soulpepper: Yours Forever, Marie-Lou. Stratford Festival: The Tempest (with Christopher Plummer)/.Two Gentlemen of Verona.Bartholomew Fair.Three Sisters. Phedre. The Empty Room. Melancholy Play. Summerworks:: Maracatu You! (Outstanding Ensemble: NOW Magazine). T.O. Fringe Festival: Offensive to Some. (Outstanding Performance & Production: NOW Magazine). Blyth Festival: The Gingko Tree. The Thirteenth One. T.O. Festival of Clowns: Sad Object Bad Object. Film and Television: Murdoch Mysteries. Tempest.

Browne Brings the Love to the Watermark

After graduating with a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor, Joshua Browne has had the privilege of working with an array of great companies in Toronto and around the country, including IFT Theatre, Circlesnake Theatre, Theatre Gargantua, Shakespeare Bash’d, Theatre By the Bay, Hart House Theatre, and many more.

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His paternal grandmother was born and raised in Charlottetown and he’s thrilled to be headed to PEI and the Watermark Theatre for the first time to do what he loves to do.

Recent credits include: Mercutio/Laertes/Macduff/Sir Toby for The Classical Theatre Project, Tybalt for Theatre By The Bay, Dark Matter (Circlesnake Theatre), Avaricious (Theatre Gargantua), nightmareDREAM (IFT/Obsidian), and the hit world-premiere of Byhalia, Mississippi (cue6 Theatre).

Briere Joins Watermark Cast

Daniel Briere has joined the 2016 Watermark Theatre acting company. Trained at Mount Royal College in Calgary and The National Theatre School in Montreal, he has spent the last three seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada.

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Recent credits include: Hamlet (Shakespeare Bash’d), The Diary of Anne Frank, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Shrew! (Storefront Theatre). TV/Film credits include: Reign, Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, The Bridge.

Super Troupers Come Trooping

Additional casting has been revealed at The Charlottetown Festival for the international smash, Mamma Mia! Inspired by ABBA’s unforgettable collection of hits, the musical is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and newfound family. The Festival recently announced Katie Kerr as Sophie and co-starring as her free-spirited mother is Dora-Award nominee Eliza-Jane Scott.

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Audiences will remember Scott for her 100-megawatt smile and delight as the White Queen in last year’s Alice Through The Looking-Glass and roles in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™. The Kingston, Ontario native has performed with Soulpepper Theatre Company, the First National and Canadian Tours of The Producers, and for Theatre 20, Stratford Festival, and more.

Donna owns a small hotel on a beautiful Greek island, and she is about to let go of the spirited daughter she has raised alone. For the wedding, Donna invites her two lifelong best girlfriends – practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. Sophie has secretly invited guests of her own however, bringing back three men from Donna’s past to the paradise they visited 20 years ago. Over 24 magical hours, new love blooms on this lush island full of possibilities.

“I am so excited to be back to play Donna,” exclaims Scott. “It’s so meta! This summer I am playing a woman who escapes to a beautiful island to make a living and support her family and here I am, a woman coming to beautiful P.E.I. to make a living and support my family! What? Am I the winner and did I just take it all? Yes Rose!”

Joining her as the Dynamos are Nicola Dawn Brook (Rosie) and Jan Alexandra Smith (Tanya). Smith co-starred in Alice last year as the Red Queen and has appeared in Anne™ in Charlottetown over multiple seasons as Miss Stacey, Mrs. Sloane, and Mrs. Spencer. The Toronto native has performed across Canada, including with the Shaw Festival, Theatre Calgary, Stage West, Theatre 20, and more. This marks Brook’s debut with the Festival, having recently played ‘Trish’ in Mirvish’s blockbuster Kinky Boots. She has also performed in her native U.K. on London’s West End and others with Prince of Wales, Victoria Palace, and Theatre Cymru, as well as film and TV roles in Sweeney Todd and The X-Factor.

Supported by production sponsor, Tim Horton’s, Mamma Mia! plays from June 1 to September 3, 2016 in the Homburg Theatre. Confederation Centre wishes to recognize CIBC as the returning title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival. The Centre also acknowledges the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture, and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and CTV.

All New ‘All New People’

It’s the dead of winter, and the summer vacation getaway of Long Beach Island, New Jersey is desolate and blanketed in snow. Charlie is heartbroken, and just wants some time away from the rest of the world. The island ghost-town seems to be the perfect escape until his solitude is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans12802717_947043738736488_640855860561249751_n

A hired beauty, the town fireman, and an eccentric real-estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny.

Written by Zach Braff and directed by Keir Malone.

All New People features Cameron MacDonald, Emily Anne Fullerton, Tim Wartman, Ashley Clark, Ben Hartley, Paul Whelan, and Tim Gormley

Leah Goes Laura, and More

Leah Pritchard who first graced the stage of the Watermark Theatre as the plain spinster, Lizzie, in “The Rainmaker”, and then demonstrated her considerable acting range as the elegant Alais in “The Lion in Winter”, Peter and Balthazar in “Romeo and Juliet”, and the vibrant and witty Mabel Chiltern in “An Ideal Husband”, is returning for her third season with the Watermark Theatre. This summer, Leah will play one of the great roles of the 20th century theatre, Laura in “The Glass Menagerie”, along with the dual roles of Edith and Mrs. Bradman in “Blithe Spirit”.

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Leah is an actor rooted in the Atlantic region. Born in Nova Scotia and educated in Newfoundland, Leah earned her BFA in acting at Memorial University. Her acting credits include stints with the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and Hard Ticket Productions in Newfoundland; Neptune Theatre, The Villain’s Theatre, Us vs. Them Theatre Collective in Nova Scotia; and of course the Watermark, where critics have said of her: “Leah Pritchard is really great at tuning in to the right emotional channel…” (The Rainmaker–The Buzz); “Oscar Wilde could not have hoped for a more expressive face or better comedic instincts than Pritchard’s” (An Ideal Husband–The Buzz).

Leah is a member of the award-winning Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble of Halifax, and sang on their debut album, “Here On These Branches”. She is also a teaching assistant for Neptune Theatre’s youth theatre workshops, and has helped lead Watermark Theatre’s youth Acting Conservatory the past two years. Next month, Leah will be appearing as Bessie in DMV Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Drowning Girls”, at Neptune Theatre.

The Watermark is delighted to have Leah back for the 2016 summer season.

From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

The Charlottetown Festival is hosting a special play reading on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 PM in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery to mark World Theatre Day.

The free public reading is of Stories From the Quilt, directed and adapted by Marlane O’Brien from the story collection, as well as And My Name Is…Stories From The Quilt by Island writer, Margie Carmichael. The animated play reading will feature O’Brien, Artistic Director Adam Brazier, Donnie MacPhee, Melissa Mullen, Julie Pellissier-Lush, and others.

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Stories From the Quilt follows four short stories focusing on ordinary women with extraordinary skills, gifts, and strengths. They live next door or far away, shadowed by fear or absence of recognition. Each of these Island-centred tales balances humour and pathos, featuring a different lead – Tansie, Anna, Flora, and Olivia – and exploring themes of survival, forgiveness, and renewal. Led by O’Brien, a long-time Charlottetown Festival favourite, the script was workshopped last summer as part of the Festival development series with a group of notable performers from across Canada, including Jay Davis, Bruce Dow, Natasha Greenblatt, and Jan Alexandra Smith.

Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is marked annually by theatre communities worldwide. It celebrates the power of theatre as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace and promotes and protects cultural diversity and identity.

Flying Boy Peter Pan and Aladin, Too

The Magical Journey, presented by Tohu-Bohu Productions, comes to the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, March 18, at 7 PM

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A magical musical adventure in the heart of the fairy-tale world, featuring the most famous characters of all time. Along with Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine, Aladin and Peter Pan, the whole family will travel to an imaginary and enchanted world of song and dance.

The six characters will perform hits such as Hakuna Matata, Beauty And The Beast, A Whole New World, and many others, all in a beautiful setting!

For ticket information and purchases, please visit https://themagicaljourneyshow.com or call 1-855-251-6107. Tickets for this special engagement are not available at the box office or through Ticket Pro.

Family Affair

Island native, Bryde MacLean, was born to play the role of Ruth in Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.” Her mother, veteran Charlottetown actor Sharlene MacLean, was pregnant with Bryde when she stage managed a production of the play at The Confederation Centre in 1984. Her father, the well-known Island actor Bill McFadden, starred as Charles Condomine in that same production. (A side note: the production was directed by Ron Irving and also starred Cathy Grant, Laurel Smyth, Martha Irving, and Deb Allen)

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With this lineage, Bryde was clearly destined for the stage. Encouraged by teachers at Kensington High School, trained at the Summerside School of Dance, Bryde went on to Ryerson University in Toronto, completing the four-year acting program in 2011. Bryde appeared as Anne at Avonlea Village and was invited to bring the Island’s favourite red-head to Barbados, appearing as Anne at the High Commissioner’s Canada Day Celebrations. Island audiences saw Bryde at The Confederation Centre last summer in “Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad”. She recently completed some film and media projects with Island-based Tiny Town Media, and can be seen in season 2 of the television series “Just Passing Through.”

This summer, while Bryde is playing Ruth in “Blithe Spirit,” at the Watermark Theatre, her husband Jeremie Saunders will be playing Owen in “The Melville Boys” at Victoria Playhouse, in Victoria-by-the Sea. Bryde also looks forward to the arrival of her sister, singer-songwriter Tara MacLean, who will open her new musical show “Open Road” (a celebration of Atlantic singer/songwriters) at the Harmony House on July 23rd and 24th.

For Bryde, the summer of 2016 on the Island will definitely be a “family affair.” There is nothing Bryde would rather do than be working in great theatre at home on the Island, and she is absolutely thrilled to be joining the company this summer on the Watermark Theatre stage.

 

Dancing Umbrellas at The Mack

The musical comedy Flapper! by dance umbrella is on tap this week at The Mack.

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A showcase for the Intermediate II and Senior Musical Theatre classes, this madcap adventure celebrates the Roaring 20’s in song and dance, following young flapper Polly Pepper in the era of mobsters, Ziegfeld girls, zoot suits, and the Charleston.

Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday March 12 at The Mack.