Category Archives: Performance Art

Top Hats and Tales

The Four Tellers are back with their new show, Top Hats and Tales. All new stories and even bigger laughs! David Weale, Alan Buchanan, Dennis King and Gary Evans gather around the kitchen table on the Harbourfront Theatre stage for two evenings of off the cuff storytelling, covering four distinct areas of the Island and talking politics, religion, liquor and language.

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Throw in a few local impressions and some live tunes and you’re in for a rollicking Saturday night PEI kitchen party!

The Four Tellers are at the Harbourfront Theatre on July 22 air 7:30 PM.

Me and My Music Showcased

Danspirations is proud to present, “Me and the Music”, our annual showcase. We warmly welcome all family, friends and neighbours to attend this local community production.

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Join us in supporting our talented and enthusiastic dancers ages 3 to 17 years. They will showcase an incredible variety in dance including Tap, Modern, Jazz, Broadway, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet and Pointe. An absolute pleasure to watch!

Danspirations is at the Harbourfront Theatre Saturday Tune 3rd at 3 PM and 7 PM.

Let’s Dance, eh?!

dance umbrella’s 28th season will draw to a dramatic finale on Saturday, May 6 with the annual end-of-year showcases performed at Confederation Centre of the Arts at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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Being the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the challenge put out to the dance instructors this year was to have every piece reflect something Canadian, be it a Canadian composer, musician, our elemental existence, or who we are as a people.

“The annual performance is always the highlight of the year for students and teachers alike,” remarks Peggy Reddin, director of Arts Education at the Centre. “This year’s instructors cover five decades in age some were raised on the Island, others from across our nation, and some from other countries, so our experiences of ‘what is Canada’ are fairly broad.”

Reddin continues, “You will see everything from a Tragically Hip tribute, to ‘Waltz of the Snowflakes’ to ‘John. A.’s Dream,’ and lots in between. So as to not to take ourselves too seriously, the show is entitled “Let’s Dance, eh?!”

The matinee performance will showcase the junior and elementary classes, as well as selected works choreographed by the students. The evening show will feature the intermediate and senior students, including the musical theatre students displaying their talents.

“Let’s Dance, eh?!” is one of the final presentations of the 2016-17 Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100. dance umbrella is long-standing pillar of arts education at Confederation Centre, having merged with the Centre’s programming in 2006.

Tickets are $11 for the matinee, $13 for the evening or a package price of $18 for both performances. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederation.com.

4 Tellers Telling Tales

Erskine Smith was the founding Artistic director of the Victoria Playhouse. His fifty year career included performing and directing for stage, TV and film, national radio appearances and his much loved storytelling sessions.

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Even though Erskine never heard of the group The Four Tellers, the Four Tellers have all heard of him, and of his passion and gift for storytelling. Two of them, Alan Buchanan and David Weale, performed with him on many occasions and counted him as a friend.

In this tribute show The Four Tellers will be recalling with affection, and repeating, what they remember of Erskine’s stories, and supplementing them with their own.

The Four Tellers are of four generations – David Weale, Alan Buchanan, Gary Evans and Denny King – and they have been performing to sold-out crowds at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown for three summers.

Their shows recreate the Island tradition of individuals sitting around a kitchen table telling stories, with one drawing the next, like tissues out of a box. You thought that had disappeared? Not quite. It is alive and well in this unique show.

The Four Tellers are alternatively poignant, and hilarious, and will entertain you in a way you’ve never been entertained before.

The Four Tellers: Tribute to Erskine is at the Victoria Playhouse September 8 – 10th.

Photo by: AnnWinslow

Driving Up and Down Memory Lane

Coming soon to the Homburg Theatre is a tour de force theatre experience about the music, culture, and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation. Following the final stage of theatre restoration, Confederation Centre is pleased to reopen the mainstage just in time for BOOM, presented one night only, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

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After a run of 300 shows in 2015 and ’16, human chameleon Rick Miller is bringing his must-see Canadian-made production to Eastern Canada for the first time. BOOM! takes audiences through 25 turbulent years, 1945-1970, giving voice to over 100 influential politicians, activists, and musicians. Presented as a marathon one-man show, Miller blends clever writing, state-of-the-art visual technology, and remarkable performance into one moving experience. Featured music includes The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Steppenwolf, and many more.

BOOM chronologically documents a historical period stretching from that first ‘boom’ of the Atomic Bomb in 1945 all the way to the Apollo 11 landing the first human beings on the Moon in 1969. These two iconic moments span 25 of the most tumultuous years in modern history, fueled by a generation of children with incredible influence due to their numbers, and to the advances of technology. The various stories spiral into the ‘The Summer of Love.’ BOOM ends as it began — with a new generation born into a new world order.

Miller says BOOM comes out of his own parents’ lives. “I was particularly interested in where I came from and how it affects me and my own kids,” he offers. “I think Baby Boomers are still having a huge effect on our society and I wanted to explore this by making a story about my own DNA and our culture’s DNA.”

“History repeats itself more than we think and we become like our parents more than we think,” he continues. “If young people can place themselves in the larger picture of the world, they can have more impact in their own lives and on the world; an understanding that your small life is always part of a bigger picture. I think our show gives that perspective.”

For tickets or more information, visit the Confederation Centre box office in person, online at confederationcentre.com/theatre, or via phone at 902.566.1267. Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor of LIVE @ the Centre, as well as media sponsors The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.