Lately at the Victoria Playhouse

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Rope’s End by Doug Bowie, directed by Mark Fraser, 2015

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Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun by Norm Foster, directed by Ted Price, 2014

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Having Hope at Home by David Craig, directed by Ron Irving, 2013

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Trudeau Stories by Brooke Johnson, directed by Allyson McMackon, 2012

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‘Till It Hurts by Doug Bowie, directed by Erskine Smith, 2011

Why Charlottetown Looks Like Charlottetown

From Housebuilder To Architect: C. B. Chappell’s Charlottetown Celebrated With Opening Reception at the Confederation Centre

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is celebrating Canadian Heritage Week and the legacy of Victorian architect C. B. Chappell, one of P.E.I.’s most prolific architects. The public is invited to the official opening for the new exhibition From Housebuilder to Architect: Charles B. Chappell’s Charlottetown on Thursday February 18 in the gallery, sponsored by the City of Charlottetown. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend.

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A reception with Mayor Clifford Lee will take place at 6:30 p.m., followed by an art talk at 7:30 p.m. with Exhibition Curator Harry Holman, a former provincial archivist, historian, and heritage blogger.

”The work of C. B. Chappell is all around us and has made a huge impact on the look of Charlottetown,” says Holman. “This exhibition gives a glimpse into the world of this important figure in the city’s history.”

Working in the city for a span of 50 years, Chappell and his partners have left a mark which is not always recognized. A dozen of the buildings facing Queen Square are his work as are numerous residences throughout the city. His surviving structures such as City Hall, Zion Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, the old Prince Edward Island Hospital on Kensington Road, and several stores on Victoria Row, attest to the fact that Chappell has been responsible for more buildings in Charlottetown than any other architect in the city’s history and has helped define the look of the capital.

The exhibit is open, by donation, until May 1, 2016.

A Brush With Nature at The Guild

Robert Milner has a passion for painting and paints every day. He is an eclectic artist painting from nature in all its forms, including wildlife and landscape.

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A Brush With Nature, a collection of paintings in oils, acrylic, and water colour is a partial retrospective exhibit created between 2006 and the present day.

The exhibit was created during, and inspired by, a painting trip to Yellowstone Park, using information from time spent in the conservation area, and of time spent in the City of Kawartha Lakes in Ontario.

Other images were created while living on Prince Edward Island, where Robert and his wife made their home in November 2010.

A Brush With Nature is on display at the Gallery at The Guild in Charlottetown from February 3 – 27th.

Gracie Finley Treads the Boards in Spirit and Menagerie

Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce the first casting news for the 2016 Summer Season. Company member Gracie Finley is to play the pivotal role of Madame Arcati in “Blithe Spirit” and the iconic Amanda Wingfield in “The Glass Menagerie”.

Raised in Charlottetown with summers spent in Alberton, Ms. Finley is well known to PEI audiences. Her early career was like “A Star is Born” come to life. A local teenager who, the previous summer had been performing for children in the Charlottetown Festival’s “Circus Tent Theatre” is elevated to the role of Anne Shirley in “Anne of Green Gables: The Musical.” Ms. Finley became the musical’s second “Anne”, and had both the longest continuous run in the role – seven seasons ‐ and the longest total run of nine seasons.

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Following her triumph as Anne, Ms. Finley went on to act in “Mary Queen of Scots”, “Jane Eyre”, “Sunshine Town”, “Private Turvey”, “Life Can be Like Wow, Joey…” all with The Charlottetown Festival as well as “Butterflies are Free” with Theatre New Brunswick, and “Rumpelstiltskin” with Neptune Theatre.

Ms. Finley took a break from acting in the mid 1980’s, but made a stellar return to the theatre at North Rustico’s Watermark in 2013, playing Alfie in “The Shore Field” and The Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland.” She followed these roles up with a magnificent characterization of Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter” (2014), and portrayals of the coarse and earthy Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet,” and the garrulous Lady Markby in “An Ideal Husband” (2015).

The summer of 2016 may well present Ms. Finley with one of the finest challenges of her career. On the one hand, she will play the zany and bizarre Madame Arcati–the medium who manages to summon up the ghost of a dead wife – in Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit, and on the other hand, in Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie, she will tackle one of the most powerful roles in theatre, Amanda Wingfield, the aging faded southern belle, abandoned by her husband in 1930’s St. Louis, longing for the comforts of her youth, and alienating her son and daughter in the process.

The Watermark is thrilled that, with the return of Gracie Finley, these strong female characters will be in very capable hands. The teenager of “Anne” is now the mature woman of “Eleanor” and she will bring that maturity together with all her other considerable skills to the Watermark stage in this coming summer of 2016.

Lights! Camera! Island!

What do you get when you mix famous film stars with local PEI yokels? Why, heartwarming chaos, of course, at the Harbourfront Theatre. It’s Lights, Camera, Island!

The Harbourfront Players have a brand spanking new comedy to present to you in March. Written by Island playwright, Karen Slater, and directed by Marlane O’Brien, this hilarious play about famous film stars shooting a movie on Prince Edward Island has the locals reeling and one of the stars wishing he were back in the big city.

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Starring an ensemble cast, featuring some favourite Harbourfront Players’ actors, and mixing in some new faces, Lights, Camera, Island! will have you rolling in the aisles and wiping away tears as Elroy, Leroy and Dexter utilize their Island charm to try to woo the film’s star, Eva Linguini, while the local women can’t contain their excitement over the charismatic male idol, Jacques Dubois.

Shows March 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 PM and March 6 at 2 PM. All tickets are $15.00.

Looking for Love at The Mack

Fly Away With The Swinging Sounds Of The Valentine’s Cabaret

With love in the air, Sobeys Live @ the Centre serves up the ever popular Valentine’s Cabaret next week, sponsored by Charm Diamond Centres.

Vocalists Catherine O’Brien and Joey Kitson come together with the rock-solid house band of Don Fraser on keys, Music PEI Artist of the Year Deryl Gallant on bass, and Alan White on drums for this must-see February 14 tradition. The musical union sets the scene for a memorable night of romance, humour, and classic love songs.

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“The Valentine’s Cabaret is a night like no other, one accented by the swinging sounds from another era that is sure to entertain, surprise, and romance,” offers Fraser, director of the Centre’s Choral Music Programme. “February 14 is an evening out at The Mack where you will hear a varied selection of classics from the American Songbook,”

The jazz trio will back Kitson and O’Brien across two rollicking sets of ballads, blues tunes, and pop standards, including ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘My Baby just Cares for Me’, ‘Angel Eyes’, and ‘The Way you Look Tonight.’ Other standouts include ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Blue Skies’.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at The Mack and tickets are moving fast! Contact the Centre’s box office at (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederationcentre.com.

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.

Yippie Yi Yo Kayah

Tim Hus will make you sit up and pay attention to his songs, story songs that capture the pioneering spirit that motivates and inspires truck drivers, miners, rum runners, trappers, men of the land, men of the sea, and vagabonds.

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Part of a new generation of Alberta-based songwriters who have been nurtured on the tapestry of sounds that country music served up in the sixties and seventies, Hus points to many life experiences and the influences of family and specific musicians when it comes to assessing his own make-up as an artist.

“I look up to Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, and road dogs like Fred Eaglesmith. Then there’s all the people I meet out on the road and the stories that come with those introductions,” says Hus, citing the influence of other artists including Corb Lund, Ian Tyson, Woodie Guthrie and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot.

The summer of 2009 marked a career highlight for Hus when he had the opportunity to tour with the late Stompin’ Tom Connors on a number of dates across the nation.

“It’s not a secret that Tom is one of my heroes and it was quite the time out on the road with him. I could tell you all sorts of stories, but we’ll leave those for another time,” laughs Hus, who was honored to work with the legendary Connors.

Connors made his appreciation for Hus’s songwriting skills known as the two played before large and enthusiastic crowds, declaring, “I’ve been looking for 30 years for a young guy who’s proud to write songs about our country. I’d like to pass the torch to Tim Hus.”

Tim Hus is at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on February 26. All tickets are $25.00.