A Night to Remember

You were amazed by their stellar performances this summer as actors, dancers, and musicians in Spoon River, Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Glenda’s Kitchen, and the Centre’s youth troupes. Now, The Charlottetown Festival Company and Confederation Centre staff invite you for a fun-filled night of music, laughter, and fellowship — the 40th Annual Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert

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This Sunday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre, the staff, cast, and crew will volunteer their talents to raise money from ticket sales for the Maud Whitmore Scholarship Fund. These scholarships assist selected performers, designers, musicians – both emerging and established – in achieving proposed professional goals, such as new artistic training or workshops.

The show will be hosted by beloved Festival veteran, Glenda Landry, who played in countless Festival productions and for many years played the role of Diana Barry. Some of the performances slated this year (no Anne™ pun intended) include P.E.I.’s Aaron Hastelow singing a medley of Fleetwood Mack tunes, Susan Henley (Spoon River) delivering her rendition of ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell, the Confederation Players and the Confederation Brass coming together for a short selection of Victorian standards, Mamma Mia! and Anne™ company member, Josh Doig performing his own choreography to an Alanis Morissette song, and much more.

Tickets for the 40th annual Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert cost $20 and are available at the Confederation Centre Box Office at 1(800) 565-0278 or at charlottetownfestival.com.

Last year, the Roddy Diamond Scholarship for a focus in technical theatre or stage management was awarded to Seren Lannon, company manager for the Young Company in 2015 and 2016. “Through winning the Maude Scholarship,” says Lannon, “I was able to spend a weekend in NYC receiving training from top-notch Broadway Stage Managers, and learn first-hand what it would be like to work at the Gershwin Theatre. It was an experience that was invaluable from a career perspective. Had I not won the scholarship, I would never have been able to afford to go, and I could not be more grateful.”

The concert is named after the late Maud Whitmore, a veteran Canadian actor, who endeared herself to audiences from 1965-1977 at the Festival in Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™. Her years of commanding performances inspired many to enter into careers in the musical theatre industry.

Elvis is in the House

He is back by popular demand!

Join everyone’s favorite tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, International World Champion Elvis re-creator Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings as they recreate Elvis Presley’s now historic “Aloha from Hawaii” show from January 14, 1973.

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Thane Dunn has the uncanny ability to make audiences feel as if they are watching the real thing live and has been referred to as “the full Elvis package”. He is not only endorsed by world famous rock photographer John Rowlands who was hired by RCA to photograph Elvis live in concert during the ‘70s, but also by the Hank Snow Museum. He is the winner of the World’s Largest Elvis tribute artist contest and the World’s Largest Elvis Gospel Competition.

His portrayal of Presley is so convincing that it’s been called spooky. There are no wigs or glued-on sideburns in this production and he is not lip syncing, he actually sounds like Elvis.

He wears exact replicas of the costumes popularized by Presley in the early ‘70s. One even bears a stud that once adorned Presley’s very own suit, worn in Detroit on April 6th, 1972 during the filming of the MGM documentary “Elvis on Tour”. He will be wearing an exact copy of Elvis infamous Aloha costume from 1973. No expense has been spared to give you the full Elvis experience.

This world class show is backed by his Cadillac Kings. These incredible musicians, including ECMA and Shai Gospel award winners, have Elvis’ TCB band’s sound down pat. The show also features an amazing soprano singer all the way from England who has the most amazing Kathy Westmorland sound in the business and an onstage right-hand-man who not only sings harmony but also brings Thane his water, catches his guitar, passes him teddy bears, and puts scarves around his neck for the ladies.

Opening the show will be AM /Gold with their tribute to solid gold hits from Olivia Newton John, the Bee Gees and Elton John to name a few.

So get out your bell bottoms and dust off those Florsheim boots because this show is taking you back to your favourite decade. Time machine leaves promptly at 7:30 pm, so get there early.

Elvis is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Saturday, August 20, at 7:30 PM.

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Canadian music scene darlings Choir! Choir Choir! will take over Memorial Hall next week with a special one-off fundraiser performance for Charlottetown’s outdoor visual arts festival, Art in the Open. On August 26 at 8 p.m., the Toronto-based choral group will teach and guide the assembled crowd in singing ‘Ahead By A Century’ by the Tragically Hip in the natural echo chamber that is Memorial Hall at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

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Choir! Choir! Choir! is led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir – just show up and they will teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. No choral or performing experience is required, just a love of music and singing with a large crowd. In some recent performances, more than 1000 people have shown up to sing together.

The total capacity for this event is 300. These spontaneous concerts are often captured on video or cell phone and become viral hits online and with traditional media, such as this recent video example from the Luminato Festival.

Tickets are $20, all included, and the proceeds go towards Art in the Open Festival, of which the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is a co-presenter. “Nobu Adilman has a long connection to P.E.I., and he has been interested in participating in Art in the Open for years,” says Confederation Centre Art Gallery Curator and Art in the Open Co-Curator Pam Wendt. “We are really excited to kick off this year’s festival with Choir! Choir! Choir!, and especially to present it at Confederation Centre. Memorial Hall will be a spectacular location for this truly memorable event.”

Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube. In June 2016, the New Yorker said of the group “Choir! Choir! Choir! has fashioned a profound way for people to connect and interact.”

The ensemble has performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, and Rufus Wainwright, and onstage at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall with the likes of Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.

Choir! Choir! Choir! will be offered for $20, all included, on Friday August 26, 2016 at 8 p.m. All ages and levels of musical training are welcome. Bar service will be provided and the doors open for Memorial Hall as of 7:30 p.m.

So Close to the Bone

The Victoria Playhouse continues to celebrate its 35th season with Canadian Cree playwright Tomson Highway’s one-woman musical The (Post) Mistress which opened on Sunday night, August 7th. Among the sold-out audience were a number of Island post mistresses and post masters who were invited to the performance.

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“We want to extend the invitation to all Island post mistresses and masters to see this play which pays tribute to their profession,” said General Manager Pat Stunden Smith, “The work they do, and have done, in our communities is invaluable and this play recognizes that fact.”

The (Post) Mistress stars well-known Island-raised actor Martha Irving as Marie-Louise, a small-town post mistress in a time before fax or email. Marie-Louise has the uncanny ability to discern the contents of the townspeople’s mail and, it turns out, her small town has a lot of big secrets.

“So close to the bone,” said Janet Moszynski, one-time post mistress for the village of Victoria.

Pulling Into Port at the Harbourfront

Sometimes, you put the right people in the right room at the right time, and everything clicks. Sometimes they make magic . . . for a moment. And on the really rare occasion, it starts something big.

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For Port Cities, the sum is definitely greater than the parts, no matter how great those parts are. They were three of the East Coast’s brightest rising stars, all hailed as formidable songwriters and performers, each with their own promising solo careers. But that was then. Now, each brings distinct strengths to bear to create a sound that’s different from anything that they’ve done on their own, or anything you’ve heard from the rich East Coast before. Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro are Port Cities.

You’ll know the difference the very first time you hear them. Striking songs, skillfully crafted arrangements, and best of all, three incredible singers that make the most exciting vocal blend in years. That’s the combination people are raving about and what you’ll find on their new, still -unreleased debut.

Port Cities is at The Harbourfront August 17th at 7:30 PM.

Ugly Duckling Back For More

After the tremendous attendance of the first two performances earlier this month, Watermark Theatre is pleased to announce that we will be adding two more performances of the Cat’s Pajamas Theatre Company’s production of “The Ugly Duckling” on August 23rd and 25th at 10:00AM.

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The Cat’s Pajamas is a theatre for young audiences company created by Rebecca Griffin, a Holland College Theatre Performance alumni (2014). To this date, the company has produced three shows at The Guild theatre in Charlottetown. With the help of actors Kaitlyn Post and Jacob Durdan, and director Sarah MacPhee (all Holland College alumni as well), The Cat’s Pajamas Theatre Company is slowly, but surely moving up.

The Ugly Duckling is an adaptation of the classic tale written by Pamela Campbell and Nancy Beck. This quick production is jam-packed full of music, comedy, and a plethora of barnyard characters. Sure to be fun for all!

Kaitlyn Post is originally from Sussex, New Brunswick. You can also find her performing in Feast Dinner Theatre’s production of Scandalous at The Rodd Charlottetown.

Becca Griffin is a mainland native, but an islander at heart. She’s worked with various theatres across the Island, especially the Victoria Playhouse, appearing in a few of their Norm Foster pieces.

Hailing from Saint John, New Brunswick, Jacob Durdan has performed in many Island productions, including Cinderella: A Fairly Tale, Aladdin: Another Fairly Tall Tale, and Ladies and a Gent.

Watermark is thrilled to be able to host this classic family show and help support a local theatre company.

August 23rd at 10:00AM
August 25th at 10:00AM

At Watermark Theatre, 57 Church Hill Ave. North Rustico, PE, C0A 1X0 All tickets are $10.