Siegel is Back in JCS

Did you catch this past week’s performance of Jesus Christ Superstar with Alicia Toner?

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Let’s prep for another amazing coming week with Lee Siegel as Judas back on the mainstage at the Confederation Centre!

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Soul Sister Takes the Lead

The story of Jesus Christ Superstar is told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot – a tragic figure who is dissatisfied with how Jesus is leading his disciples and what downfalls may come because of it. This season at The Charlottetown Festival, audiences have been raving about actor Lee Siegel’s interpretation of the role.

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This week, people who come to our production of Jesus Christ Superstar will see a new interpretation, as actress Alicia Toner fills in for the iconic part.

“I’ve known since I got my contract for this year that I would be going on this week, so I started going back to the album and the movie and listening again,” says Toner about her preparation. “I also had the entire rehearsal period to watch Lee (Siegel) make Judas into a compassionate but conflicted being and had my own understudy run to get a feeling for stepping into this role.”

Toner is a well-known singer and performer on P.E.I.. Earlier this year she won the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year award with MusicPEI and has been on The Charlottetown Festival main stage for the past six seasons.

The role of Judas, itself, has always been a dream for Toner to play. Toner says, “I definitely did not think I would ever be able to say I got a chance to play Judas. It means a lot to be able to do it here in Charlottetown.”

Adam Brazier, director of Jesus Christ Superstar and artistic director of The Charlottetown Festival, is also excited to see Toner in this role.

“Alicia Toner is a powerhouse force of nature. Her incredible vocals and ability to interpret this story without gender bias or any shifting of narrative offers an amazing experience for anyone who is familiar with this highly celebrated production,” adds Brazier.

For Toner, she feels the narrative of the story doesn’t change with a woman in the role of Judas, but by simply having a different actor playing that part it will be a new experience for audience-goers.

“If you’ve already seen the show, you know that Lee is a force to be reckoned with. We are obviously two different people, genders aside, and seeing the show with a different Judas will be a different experience. That being said, the narrative remains the same. One thing I love about playing Judas as a woman is that nothing needs to change.

If you’ve heard the musical, you also know how vocally-demanding the role of Judas can be. Toner has years of experience as a singer and performer that has allowed her to prepare, vocally, for these parts. Only in one song was the key changed and the rest remains the same. Still, even though she feels she’s ready, she’s also nervous and excited.

“Name the emotion and I am feeling it – excited to share the stage in a different context with this incredible cast and thankful to Lee for creating such a beautiful character for me to step in to.”

Alicia Toner will be taking on the role of Judas from August 15 to 19 and can be seen throughout the season in Jesus Christ Superstar as a Soul Sister and Anne of Green Gables-The Musical as Prissy Andrews until September 22.

Head in the Sand at the Victoria Playhouse

Matt Murray’s Uproariously Funny Play

Myth of the Ostrich

When Pam finds a letter from her teenage son to his sweetheart, she turns up unannounced to discuss matters with the other teen’s mother Holly. What begins pleasantly enough soon becomes a complicated, bizarre, and hilarious roller-coaster ride of misunderstandings. The confusion only escalates with the arrival of Holly’s outrageous and filter-less friend, Cheryl.

Previews Saturday, August 4th  
Opens Sunday, August 5th 
Tuesday – Sunday until September 2nd

When Dutch is a Must See

“Connolly’s thoughtful performance serves the complexity of a flawed human well. A slight nod of approval or a glint briefly startled out of his eyes become important moments.”

The Guardian

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On the Road with Dutch Mason is at the Mack all summer and is a must-see show!

Head in the Sand

After Pam finds a letter from her teenage son to his sweetheart, she turns up unannounced to discuss matters with the other teen’s mother Holly.  What starts as a pleasant visit quickly becomes a complicated, bizarre and hilarious roller-coaster ride of misunderstandings. The mess and confusion of the precarious situation escalates with the arrival of Holly’s outrageous and filter-less friend, Cheryl. Now it just remains to be seen whose head is buried deepest in the sand!

“Myth of the Ostrich is a knockout comedy. It’s got sharp insight and laughs a’plenty. I’m still giddy more than an hour later.” – Mooney on Theatre

“A smart comedy like this deserves the widest audience possible.” – Stage Door

“The play feels so real that it would be understandable if you forgot you were in a theatre, at least until the next belly-laugh comes along.” – Charlebois Post

Myth of the Ostrich opens August 4th at the Victoria Playhouse.

This Week at the Watermark Theatre

Performances this week at Watermark Theatre in North Rustico, Prince Edward Island.
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July 16th 7:30PM – A Moon For The Misbegotten
July 17th 7:30PM – Dial M For Murder
July 18th 7:30PM – A Moon For The Misbegotten
July 19th 7:30PM – Dial M For Murder
July 20th 7:30PM – A Moon For The Misbegotten
July 21st 1:30PM & 7:30PM – Dial M For Murder
July 22nd 7:30PM – Classic Music Reignited

Loving the Dancing Lessons

People are loving Dancing Lessons, starring Melissa Kramer and Jeff Schissler and directed by Ted Price.
“Dancing Lessons is a bit of a marvel, mixing tragedy, humor and romance … all with a light and deft touch that ensures all the pieces fit together convincingly and enjoyably” – Ivy Wigmore, reviewer for The Buzz
“it shows that fleeting moments are sometimes the richest part of the human experience. This is a sensitive piece that doesn’t lop off the funny bits” – Lennie MacPherson, reviewer for The Guardian 
Dancing Lessons at Victoria Playhouse
Dancing Lessons plays Tuesday through Sunday at Victoria Playhouse til July 29th. Don’t miss your chance to see this gem!