Rosie Revs It Up

FRIDAY, APRIL 13th, 7:30 PM
Regular Tickets: $28.00 tax and fees included
Youth Tickets (18 yrs & under): $14.00 tax and fees included

Friday, April 13th, Harbourfront Theatre is going vintage for Rosie & the Riveters and invites you to do the same! Dress-up in your best 1940′s outfit and hit the town for a great night of music. 

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Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave – a collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world.

The band wrote over 40 songs in a cabin in Northern Saskatchewan before travelling to Toronto to collaborate with heavy-hitting Canadian songwriters like Royal Wood and Matthew Barber.  A quick read through song titles like “Gotta Get Paid”, “Let ‘em Talk” and “I Wanna be King” gives an idea of what they have to say. While their single, “Ms. Behave”, lays down a Bill Withers-inspired groove and rejects the policing of women’s behavior, “I Believe You” sprung from the outrage and sorrow they felt after hearing the recent avalanche of stories of sexual assault. Produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Sarah Slean, Rose Cousins, Great Lake Swimmers), their sophomore album echoes Aretha Franklin’s demand for R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Rosie & the Riveters believe women are the world’s greatest untapped resource which is why they invest 20% of merchandise profits in microfinance initiatives through KIVA.org. They’ve helped women like Alice in Kenya expand her horticulture farm and Maria in Ecuador purchase a sewing machine for her tailoring business. To date, they’ve contributed almost $9,000 to over 180 projects around the world.

Their debut record, Good Clean Fun!, has an impressive list of accolades from sell-out shows across Canada to performing for British royalty and multiple nominations along the way. In 2016, they took home a Saskatchewan Arts Award, a prestigious recognition for emerging artists.

Rosie & the Riveters’ unmistakable visual branding of red lipstick, pin curls, and overtly feminine costuming may be deceiving, but this is not a throwback band. Ms. Behave embraces the feminist undertone of their moniker, Rosie the Riveter, in a way they hadn’t previously; one that allows them to shed their please-all attitudes, take a purposeful stance and dare be themselves. Listen closely to hear playfully defiant lyrics and confident talk-back harmonies. Every word, note, and movement in their live show is done purposefully to empower and challenge.

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Get In On the Auction

Watermark Theatre’s 3rd Annual Online Auction – April 16th to 30th, 2018

Watermark Theatre is holding an online auction to help raise funds for our 2018 summer season. We’re auctioning off exciting items both local to PEI and further afield. Sports, theatre, travel, hotel and restaurant options are all available at incredible prices.

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Now to April 15th – Viewing Only
April 16th to 30th – Bidding

Go to:            https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=14509

– Sailboat Cruise from Souris to Bay Fortune
– Deep Sea Fishing for 4 People
– Theatre tickets to the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Charlottetown Festival, Victoria Playhouse, Guild Theatre, Blyth Festival, The Four Tellers
– Toronto Theatre Tickets to Tarragon Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille
– Tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Island Storm, Charlottetown Islanders
– Dinner at Sims Corner Steakhouse, Rodney’s Oyster Bar, Blue Mussel Café
– Hotel stays at the Barachois Inn, Delta Hotel, Hampton Inn
– Golfing at Andersons Creek, Fox Meadow, Stanhope, Eagles Glenn, Dundarave, Clyde River

……And Much Much More!

Funds are supporting our 2018 Summer Season:

Great classical theatre!  Dial “M” for Murder by Frederick Knott & A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill
The Play Reading Series is coming back to introduce new scripts written by Islanders to our audience.
The Classic Music Reignited music series celebrating the decades of music from the 1930’s to the 1980’s
Watermark Gallery celebrating Island artists
The Theatre Production Mentorship Project, training young theatre artists to become the leaders of tomorrow
The Acting Conservatory, a two week acting intensive for young students
Chinese sur-titles on a selected performance

Posting on all community events boards and broadcasting on all community service announcements would be much appreciated.

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI

For more information, please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Hands Down Great Choral

Confederation Centre hands out choral music awards

Confederation Centre of the Arts handed out its 2018 music department awards and citations at the 41stannual choral music fundraising dinner on April 5. The 17 awards recognize the Youth Chorus members for their contributions and achievements over the past year.

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“The Youth Chorus work had collectively and individually to bring great music to Islanders and to a broader audience,” says Donald Fraser, music director at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “These awards are a form of recognition for excellence within the choir.”

The Public Relations Department Award: “To a member of the Chorus who has enhanced the image of Confederation Centre of the Arts through her participation in Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus” – ZANETA AMBASSA

The Holman’s Annual Award: “For loyalty and dependability” – ABBY BATCHILDER

The Mrs. G. Elliot Full Award: “To a member of the Chorus who has demonstrated exceptional all‑round musical ability and potential” – ALLIE DURLING

The Frank J. Storey Award: “To a member of the Chorus who by dedication, sacrifice, regular attendance, deportment and general musicianship has made an out-standing contribution to the Choir” – TRISTA MACNEILL

The Catherine MacKinnon‑Crabbe Award: “To a senior girl in the Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus who has shown out‑standing ability combined with loyalty and enthusiasm” –  GRACE LEWIS

The CBC FM Award: “To a first‑year member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus showing exceptional vocal‑progress” –  KEELEY DOUCETTE

The Bank of Montreal Award: “For loyalty, enthusiasm and musical ability in the Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus” –  DAISEY & KATE HOWE

The Liz Coady Memorial Award: To the member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Choir who best exhibits qualities of honesty, integrity, compassion, and a true love of music –  EVA LIU & TAYLOR DURLING

The Manning Award: “To a Senior member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus displaying qualities of musical ability, commitment, self‑discipline and loyalty to her fellow‑choristers and Director” –  SOPHIA GALWAY

The Music Department Award: “To a girl in the Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus who has enhanced the image of the Centre by her ability and dedication to the choir” –  LEIA MCMILLAN

The Mary Hancox Award: “To a first‑year member of Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus showing exceptional vocal progress” – KOBY-LYNN GALLANT

The MacRae Award: “To a senior member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus making an outstanding contribution to the overall work of the Music Department” – EMMA CHRISTENSEN

The Friends of Confederation Centre Award : “To a member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus given in the spirit of striving for excellence” – ELLE WHITTY

The Hon. Lloyd G. MacPhail Award: “To a senior member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus whose outstanding talents have been fully used in both Music Department and Community events” – SIOBHAN ARMSTRONG

The Hon. Gordon L. Bennett Award: “To a member of the Children’s Chorus, Confederation Centre of the Arts, showing outstanding qualities of leadership, combined with all-round musical ability” – DENAÉ LAVALLÉE

The Hon. Marion L. Reid Award: “To a member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus who has displayed a large measure of dedication, hard work, and discipline to further the musical goals of the Chorus” – JADE DOUCETTE

The Hon. Gilbert R. Clements Award: “To a member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus who through the qualities of leadership and musical ability is a source of inspiration to other chorus members” –  KATRINA GALLANT

Special thanks are extended to Maritime Electric sponsor for Choral Music.

Who You Gonna Call: Stressbusters

April 7, 2018 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at The Guild
“Getting Relief from Stress” is a series of workshops that provide innovative solutions to an old problem.
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Presenter, Louise Carota, offers her expertise on the workings of the human brain, anthropology, meditation and quantum physics.

Admission by Donation.

Robert Tsonos Returns to the Stage

Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that Artistic Director Robert Tsonos will play the lead part of Tony Wendice in Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott in the company’s 2018 summer season.

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Originally hired as an actor by Watermark in 2014, Robert has not appeared on stage with the company since taking over the role as Artistic Director almost three years ago. Audiences will remember him as Lord Goring in “An Ideal Husband”, Bill Starbuck in “The Rainmaker”, and Richard The Lionheart in “The Lion In Winter”.

“I’m thrilled to be back on stage”, says Tsonos, “it just seemed like the right time and the right role for me to act again”. “It allows me to stay connected with our audiences and reminds me what it’s like to be an actor with this company, entertaining audiences every night”.

Robert’s other acting credits include theatres across the country and internationally. He played the lead role of Macbeth at the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Hamlet with the Tokyo International Players as well as appearing in “Problem Child”, “The Domino Heart”, and “For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again” at the Canadian Embassy Theatre in Tokyo. Canadian credits include “Three Days of Rain” at Sudbury Theatre Centre and “Othello” at Persephone Theatre. Film and television credits include “Reign”, “Packed to the Rafters”, “Rake”, “Push”, and “Warehouse 13”.

Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott, written in 1952, tells the frightening story of a husband planning the murder of his adulterous wife. He arranges the perfect crime by blackmailing a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her at a time when he has the perfect alibi. Of course, things do not turn out as planned. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Full of twists, turns, and suspense, this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

“The role of Tony Wendice is a challenging one”, says Tsonos, “he’s a sly, conniving scoundrel, but is extremely smart and charming at the same time.  I can’t wait to start rehearsals”.

Watermark’s 2018 summer season runs from June 26th to September 1st, 2018.

For more information, or to set up an interview with Mr. Tsonos please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark is a proud member of the (PTN) Professional Theatre Network of PEI.

Dancing Up a Storm

He can’t tell a lie.

She can’t face the truth.

Dancing Lessons is a  humorous, touching story about finding love in unexpected places. Senga, a professional dancer with a potentially career-ending injury, is thrown for a loop when Ever, a geoscientist with Asperger’s syndrome, offers her an absurd sum of money to teach him how to dance. This is a funny, compelling and wonderfully complicated story about understanding ourselves and others.

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Dancing Lessons is so warm and fuzzy, so funny and authentic, that time seems to fly.” – Richmond Times Dispatch

“Tender, clear-eyed, and gently humorous, Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons takes the usual romantic comedy formula—throw two misfits together who initially react like oil and water—and weaves this straw into fine gold bullion.” – Ithaca Times

“Laughs abound in this new play and so do those plucked heartstrings”. – The Berkshire Edge

Dancing Lessons opens at the Victoria Playhouse on June 22nd.

See the Show

Don’t miss the final showcase of the school year for the Holland College School of Performing Arts Music Performance students!

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Confederation Centre is a proud partner of the SoPA, which offers its students training in a stimulating professional arts centre environment, supported by the services of an accredited college.

SoPA programs draw on the strengths of Confederation Centre of the Arts and Holland College to provide students with a strong foundation in their field, as well as in the business aspects of their chosen profession.

The show is April 5th at 7:30 PM at Holland College.