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The Gin Man

Actor Profile: Richard Clarkin 
Will play the role of Weller Martin in “The Gin Game”.
July 13th to 31st, 2021. 
For tickets www.ticketwizard.ca or call 902-963-3963.

An Award-Winning performer and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Richard Clarkin has created a versatile catalogue of characters on both stage and screen. Clarkin’s acting career began in 1984 when he originated the role of “Jacob Mercer” in David French’s iconic play Salt Water Moon for Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Most recently, also for Tarragon, Clarkin played “Menelaus” in Rick Robert’s adaptation of Orestes, a digital performance for the pandemic era, and a first of its kind for the theatre.


Clarkin has performed in large scale musicals such as Jukebox Hero and in the long running Disney/Mirvish hit production The Lion King, where he played the iconic role of “Scar”. Clarkin has fostered long associations with iconic theatre groups such as VideoCab and the Company Theatre in Toronto, as well as performing in leading roles for decorated companies across the country, including The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Necessary Angel, Grand Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Globe Theatre, Citadel, National Arts Centre and The Belfry. 


In 2018 Clarkin won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film for his work in The Drawer Boy. Other notable screen roles include “Captain Gord Ogilvey” in the hit hockey comedy movies Goon and Goon II: Last of the Enforcers by director Michael Dowse, and recently the David Bowie biopic Stardust, and the soon to be released film Carmen opposite Natasha McElhone.


Clarkin’s extensive television credits include the recurring role of “Chief Inspector Davis” on Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, Burden of Truth (CBC), Rogue (Audience), Killjoys (Syfy), Republic of Doyle (CBC), Flashpoint (CBS/CTV) and a series regular role on the popular teen sitcom Naturally, Sadie for Disney Channel and Family Channel.


Clarkin divides his time between Toronto and PEI. His island roots run deep, owning an old Farmhouse in Savage Harbour, and his parents coming from farming communities in Kelly’s Cross and Watervale.

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Keeping It Real

Peer into the pages of Alexis Bulman’s sketchbook in her first instalment of a new blog series documenting her research and artistic explorations as she develops programming and projects responding to climate change adaptation.

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Sixties Scoop Postcard

In this Postcard from the Island, artist and activist Patricia Bourque Photography

speaks about her craft, and her experience as a part of the Sixties Scoop.

Confederation Centre of the Arts is proud to be delivering ‘Postcards from the Island,’ a weekly online series featuring a rich depth of creative pioneers in quintessential Prince Edward Island locales.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Hamlet All Around the Musical

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Longtime Centre member, Grant Honeyman, recently told us this full-circle story about his parallel journey with ‘Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical,’ and we had to share.

“I was an usher at the Centre in 1974 when ‘Kronborg’ opened. I was the front of house manager in 1975 when they were in rehearsals for Broadway (and I sat in the back a lot of mornings and afternoons watching those rehearsals).

Then came Adam [Brazier]’s brilliant concert revival at Indian River in 2017 with Mary Francis [Moore] directing, and Craig Fair’s splendid reorchestrations. I got to speak to Cliff Jones for the first time in more than 40 years. And see so many of the people who were involved with the show in 74-75. My partner Stephen (not really a musical fan) was totally enraptured with it. Then I managed to get two tickets for the restaging during the Theatre Conference a few days later in the Homburg Theatre.

Last Festival season [when Kronborg took the Centre’s Mainstage for a three-week run], Stephen took in the show five times. It was six for me. Loved the reworking of it, the updated and improved music, the simplicity of the set and costumes, Mary Francis’ excellent direction and the outstanding performances of the cast.

When I woke up [on February 10th], Stephen said to me ”you know ‘Hamlet – The Rock Musical’ opens next week in Los Angeles.”

Soooo…Los Angeles seemed the (il)logical(?) thing to do. So off we went!”

Grant sent us these wonderful photos from their trip to LA’s El Portal Theatre last month for the 3rd evening of Hamlet – The Rock Musical’s week-long run. Truly full-circle!

Thank you, Grant & Stephen!

🎭⚔️KRONBORG HISTORY⚔️🎭

Created by Cliff Jones, Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical first debuted at The Charlottetown Festival in 1974. The rock musical went on to take the nation by storm in the 1970’s and later became the first Canadian musical to play on Broadway; with a month-long engagement as ‘Rockabye Hamlet’ (1976), and later a 14-month run in L.A. in the early ‘80s as ‘Something’s Rockin in Denmark.’

Kronborg was given a new lease on life in 2017, when it was turned into a sold-out concert performance at the Historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River, P.E.I.

In 2019, 45 years since it was first produced, Kronborg returned for a Mainstage run at Confederation Centre, reimagined and reorchestrated by Director Mary Francis Moore and Musical Director Craig Fair.

Following this run, David Carver Music acquired the world-wide touring rights to the acclaimed musical, with plans to bring it to stages throughout Canada, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

What is the Confed Centre?

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Confederation Centre of the Arts has an important official role as the national memorial to the 1864 Charlottetown Conference where delegates first proposed a national union.  A realistic replica of the original Confederation Chamber is located in the Centre’s Upper Foyer. The actual chamber in Province House next door is currently closed for conservation work, but the first-rate film and interpretation at Confederation Centre’s “Story of Confederation” provide a full and entertaining explanation of nation building Canadian style. For more on Confederation, visitors take in a street-side photo, game of croquet, or walking tour with the Confederation Players, who are easily recognized by their warm wool suits and charming gowns – really the only folks around town wearing top hats and carrying fluttering fans. As well, Confederation Centre’s Young Company performs lively lunch-time shows, interpreting inspiring Canadian stories through song and dance.

The Centre’s mandate to “inspire Canadians, through heritage and the arts, to celebrate the origins and evolution of Canada as a nation” is well fulfilled through the rich programming on our stages, in our galleries, and with the full explanation of the “conception of Canada” as provided by the Confederation Chamber and Players. In addition, since 2006, the Confederation Centre has presented The Symons Medal to 17 high-profile Canadians who have delivered thought-provoking lectures on the current state and future prospects of Confederation.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Steering the Ship

Alanna Jankov (2)

Alanna is a longtime resident of Charlottetown, has long been a persistent advocate for small business and the arts and culture world in the city.

An intelligent entrepreneur, the experience Alanna gained through her successful visual communications business equipped her with the skillset to assume her current role as CEO of The Guild – a role at which she has excelled since 2011.

Jankov has been honoured with several awards, including the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Holland College, the “Cultural Industry Award” from the City of Charlottetown, and the “President’s Excellence Award” from Downtown Charlottetown Inc.

Alanna holds key positions on volunteer boards within the City, including the Women’s Network of PEI, the PEI Family Violence Prevention Service, Music PEI, and CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation).

Her passion for a variety of social justice issues carries into her vision for City Council – Jankov will work hard to develop more creative affordable housing options for people who want to live in Charlottetown’s downtown core, while maintaining the heritage integrity of the City’s various neighbourhoods.

An avid runner and yoga enthusiast, Jankov, the mother of two adult children, lives in a century home with her husband, Steven McLean, and their three dogs.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Go Creative at the Guild

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The Guild is a Not for Profit Arts and Culture Hub with a provincial mandate to support new, emerging and professional artists, creative industries, and community organizations through subsidies, mentorship, training and professional development opportunities. We present and produce first class theatre 12 months of the year in our 175 seat black box performance space. Our Gallery at The Guild presents 6 months of curatorial artists paid exhibitions and an additional 6 months of community based exhibits in our public gallery yearly. We also offer versatile rehearsal space for artists as well as networking and promotional opportunities for Island artists, the public and the cultural sector.

We are the proud owners of a building in the heart of downtown Charlottetown (formerly a Royal Bank of Canada branch) In addition, we also house a Recording Studio, A Musical Theatre school for grades K to 12, and office space for several other creative industries; some of which are Music PEI, Creative PEI, This Town Is Small, and Federation culturelle de I’IPE. The Guild provides a community board room, a creative lab, weekly drop in mixers and several other spaces for artists to grow and flourish.

With the support of an active board, an energetic creative team, government partners and the community we have completed four infrastructure improvement projects, we have hired students through the Canada Summer jobs initiatives, created a Theatre Mentorship Program and present an annual Pay-What-You-Can spring festival. The Guild has become a venue where artists get much needed exposure, arts groups have a space to create, and the community has a gathering spot where everyone feels welcome.

We have five full time employees (doing the work of many) and more than 25 part time support staff members. In addition to this, The Guild is indirectly responsible for an additional 65 part time cast and crew from Festival Season.

Having said this, we are a small organization doing big things. To continue to operate we rely on the support of the community, local businesses, individuals and most importantly, investment from our three levels of government.

The Guild is a true reflection of Canadian culture- inclusive, relevant, accessible, exciting and entertaining.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Chat With an Actor

A Chat With Actor Alexandra Montagnese

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Q: Tell me about the characters you’re playing this summer?

AM: I am playing Gabriella in Boeing Boeing the passionate, feisty yet forgiving, Italian flight attendant. She speaks a language of love through her actions and soon becomes protective when she starts to catch wind of the situation at hand. All Gabriella wants is calm sensual companionship in an otherwise turbulent lifestyle, hopping airport to airport without much time to lay roots.

In contrast, I play the social butterfly, Chick in Crimes of the Heart letting me dig in the deep rootedness of southern American family matters. I’m playing the cousin to the three sisters at the centre of the story. Every time we see Chick, she is coming from a meeting, or headed to another responsibility, always with an eye for scrutiny and decorum. She is sharp, ready to pounce, and will certainly fill any dead air with her extensively long sentences. She’s got this fast-talking, friendly manner of getting what she wants while tossing jabs here and there, if you catch them.

Q: Have you worked with any of the other company members?

AM: I was lucky enough to spend 2 years at York U with Hannah where we did our MFA together. And when I say together, I mean there were only 5 of us in the acting program, and we spent day and night, every single class, and rehearsals together. We even got to play sisters in Three Sisters as both of our thesis roles.

Q: Are you looking forward to spending the whole summer on the Island?

AM: This is my first time on PEI and I am just delighted to start the summer full of seafood and sandy beaches! I’ve made extensive lists of all the things I want to do while on the island but I am most excited to go on adventures and see things I’ve never seen before. I’ll be the one asking people where I should go on my days off. 

Q: How will you keep it fresh every night when you have such a long run?

AM: The wonderful thing about theatre is that it’s humans every night, and as long as I remain true and honest with where I’m at, it will be fresh and interesting and new. I really value the work my fellow actors do, and out of respect to them, I listen, and respond authentically to what they’re offering. To me, honouring the work stage management, direction, lights, sound, front of house, and all the folks working to put me there onstage keeps me motivated. I also like to dedicate each night to a new person in the audience, whether I know them or not.

Robert Tsonos Artistic Director

Watermark Theatre

 

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse