‘Winner Takes All’ Fun Facts

Mamma Mia! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide. It has opened in more major cities faster than any other musical in theater history. So far, it has had productions in over 325 cities including Melbourne, Barcelona, Stockholm, Tokyo, Seoul and Moscow

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Mamma Mia! isn’t the first attempt at employing the ABBA catalogue for a stage musical. Abbacadabra was originally a French TV special that employed ABBA songs with altered French lyrics to tell classic fairy tales. In 1983, it was adapted to the London stage and ran for eight weeks. It’s probably most notable for being the first show that British stage star Elaine Paige did after Cats.

According to Variety, the play’s original producer Judy Craymer and writer Catherine Johnson “were broke when they first tried to put the show together and were even snubbed by the Swedish pop group whose music formed the basis for the show. They are now two of the wealthiest women in England.” Craymer met ABBA’s songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson when the two were working on the musical Chess with lyricist Tim Rice in 1983. Craymer was inspired by “The Winner Takes It All” to use the ABBA songs in a musical-theater format. The Swedish team were not initially enthusiastic about the idea, but they did not rule out the idea. In 1997, Craymer commissioned Johnson to write the book for the musical.

The 2008 film version of Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Stellan Skarsgard is the highest-grossing live-action movie musical of all time in terms of worldwide gross, taking in over $600 million.

During one particularly loving year (2005), eight female cast members of the Broadway company got engaged and three cast members got married.

The London company of Mamma Mia! supplies Lycra for the Super Trouper costumes for all the international productions. Their orders for the fabric saved an Italian mill from going out of business.

Mamma Mia! was the first Mandarin-language production of a Western musical in China when it opened at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in July 11, 2011. The production then toured to Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chongqing, Xian and back to Shanghai.

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Photo Show Opens at the Guild

The PEI Photo Club has undergone several incarnations. The first Camera Club, organized by Roland Taylor in 1937, was short-lived. With the help of Vic Runtz, Roland organized the Charlottetown Camera Club after the end of World War II and supported it for many years. The club currently presents an annual Roland Taylor Award in his honour. The club saw a new birth in 1982 as the Monday Night Club, but the name didn’t stick so the group called itself the PEI Photo Club.

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Richard Carson writes: “The ‘pros’ like Carmen Paynter of the PEI Photo Lab, Rollie Taylor of Taylor’s Jewellers who sold Minoltas, and George Wotton were a great help to the members in the early years of the new club.”

Over the years, the Club has benefited from the membership of a Who’s-Who of Island business owners, teachers and commercial photographers, and today it is proud of the diversity of its members ranging from high school students to retirees, from those using point-and-shoot cameras to those who have invested in professional gear.

The 34th Annual PEI Photo Club Print Show opens at the Guild on June 8th. The photo club is grateful to all of the sponsors and volunteers who make this show possible.

Antonine Maillet Awarded Symons Medal

Renowned Acadian novelist, playwright, broadcaster, and scholar, Antonine Maillet, C.C. is the winner of the 2016 Symons Medal, one of Canada’s most prestigious honours, Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today

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Confederation Centre – Canada’s national memorial to the founding of the country – presents the Symons Medal each year to recognize a distinguished person who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Previous recipients of this award include His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; His Excellency Governor General David Johnston; former Prime Minister Paul Martin; President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon; broadcaster and environmental leader, David Suzuki; and former Quebec Premier, Jean Charest.

Born in 1929 in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Maillet is one of the most celebrated writers in Canadian literature. Her play La Sagouine (1971), which celebrates the rich, colourful, and distinctive culture of Canada’s Acadian people, has become a classic of French-language theatre in this country. Her 1979 novel Pélagie-la-Charette was the first work by a non-European to win the Prix Goncourt, France’s greatest literary prize. This story charts the triumphant return home of the Acadian people after the 1755 Expulsion, and made Maillet an overnight success in France, where it sold over a million copies.

Since the breakthroughs of La Sagouine and Pélagie-la-Charette, Maillet has been one of the most respected figures in French-language literature in Canada, publishing over 20 novels, numerous plays, and several translations (including French translations of Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Bernard Shaw). Her remarkable body of writing, translated into numerous languages, is an immense contribution to literature in Canada and throughout the world, and makes her an unofficial but much-beloved, world-wide ambassador for the Acadian people.

In 1999, composer and lyricist Vincent de Tourdonnet brought Maillet’s Pélagie to Confederation Centre where the developing musical was workshopped. Pélagie-la-Charette became a successful musical produced in both French and English that toured several venues in Canada.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, CEO Jessie Inman, and Professor Tom Symons, for whom this lecture is named, we are elated to announce Antonine Maillet as the recipient of the 16th Symons Medal,” says Chairman of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, Wayne Hambly. “Mme Maillet is a leading creative voice for Canada, a writer of great renown, and a global champion for Acadians everywhere. We welcome her return to Confederation Centre this fall.”

Maillet is a Companion of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the French Légion d’Honneur, a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres de France, a member of the Order of New Brunswick, and an Officer of the Order of Quebec. She has received over 20 literary awards and prizes, including the Governor General’s Award for Literature, and the Lorne Pierce Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. In 1992, she was appointed a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. From 1989 to 2001 she served as Chancellor of the Université de Moncton.

Maillet’s Symons Medal Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016 in the Homburg Theatre. Tickets to attend the recipient’s medal ceremony and lecture will be made available through the Centre’s Box Office at a later date. For more information, please visit confederationcentre.com/symonsmedallecture and follow event updates on social media @confedcentre and via #Symons2016.

Since 2004, Confederation Centre has honoured 15 distinguished Symons Medalists. Held each fall to mark the 1864 meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, the medal ceremony creates a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state and future prospects.

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

I’ve been cheated by you since I don’t know when
So I made up my mind, it must come to an end

Look at me now, will I ever learn?
I don’t know how but I suddenly lose control
There’s a fire within my soul

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Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, ohohoho

Mamma mia, here I go again
My, my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My, my, just how much I’ve missed you

Yes, I’ve been broken-hearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?

Mamma mia, now I really know
My, my, I could never let you go

I’ve been angry and sad about the things that you do
I can’t count all the times that I’ve told you we’re through

And when you go, when you slam the door
I think you know that you won’t be away too long
You know that I’m not that strong

Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, ohohoho

Mamma mia, here I go again
My, my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My, my, just how much I’ve missed you

Yes, I’ve been broken-hearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?

Mamma mia, even if I say
Bye, bye, leave me now or never
Mamma mia, it’s a game we play
Bye, bye doesn’t mean forever

Mamma mia, here I go again
My, my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My, my, just how much I’ve missed you

Yes, I’ve been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?

Mamma mia, now I really know
My, my, I could never let you go

On Your Mark, Get Set, Mamma Mia!

23 Canadian triple-threats, a world-class theatre, a mesmerizing pop-rock soundtrack, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. It all culminates Saturday night when The Charlottetown Festival launches the Atlantic Canadian premiere of Mamma Mia!

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Over 60 million people have fallen in love with the characters, story, and absorbing music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good musical. This sunny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise where on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to find her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island.

Inspired by the mega-hits of Swedish superstars, ABBA, Mamma Mia! stars Katie Kerr and Eliza-Jane Scott, with David Cotton, Jan Alexandra Smith, Nicola Dawn Brook, Réjean Cournoyer, Stephen Guy-McGrath, Cam MacDuffee, and many more. For a complete cast list, visit Confederation Centre online.

Mamma Mia! plays select dates from June 1 to September 3 in the Homburg Theatre. For show times and tickets, contact the box office or visit http://www.confederationcentre.com. Adam Brazier is directing, with Bob Foster and Kerry Gage respectively leading music direction and choreography. Cory Sincennes is set, costume, and props designer, Michael Walton is lighting designer, and Peter McBoyle is sound designer. Craig Fair is associate music director and Production Stage Manager is Matt MacInnis.

The Charlottetown Festival is presented by CIBC. The Centre wishes to recognize Tim Hortons as the title sponsor for Mamma Mia! and acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and CTV.

From Swapping Baseball Cards to Making Artist Cards

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is looking for artists of all ages and disciplines, professional and non-professional, to register for its tenth annual Artist Trading Card event. Artist trading cards (ATCs) are miniature works of art. They can be created with any material imaginable. Cards can be made from paper, wool, wood, clay and more.

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This year’s registration deadline is Monday, July 4. A week after registration, participants will be contacted to confirm the number of cards they are required to create for the event. If 50 people sign up for the program, participants will be requested to create 50 cards. Cards can be produced in editions (a limited number of the same card), series (set of cards with a unifying theme), or as singular originals.

The main requirement is the size: cards MUST be the same size as modern baseball cards or 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (6 cm x 9 cm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. ATCs must be self-produced. The artist’s name and contact information, as well as the card title and the edition or series number is to be written on the back.

Landon Mackenzie, a Vancouver-based Canadian artist with strong ties to Prince Edward Island, will be in attendance and will participate in the event. Parallel Journey, a major exhibition of Mackenzie’s works on paper is currently on view in the Art Gallery.

The tenth annual trading event will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery. Along with the card trading, there will be live music and a cash bar. More details on the evening’s program will be announced at a later date.

All ages are welcome to participate.

For more information, or to register, please contact Monique Lafontaine at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery by email at moniquel@confederationcentre.com.

Don’t Forget to Give!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here! For the entire month of June, every $1 you donate to us at the Watermark Theatre through http://www.canadahelps.org qualifies us to win $10,000! The more you give, the more chances for us to win!

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Our summer season is fast approaching with Blithe Spirit and The Glass Menagerie about to start rehearsals. Our sets are being built, costumes are being made, and the theatre is being prepped to welcome local residents and visitors to the theatre for this very exciting 2016 summer season.

If you haven’t yet donated this season, now is the perfect time! If you’ve already made a contribution recently, we are so grateful for your support.

Watermark Theatre is a not for profit charitable organization and a charitable tax receipt will be issued with all donations.

Help us make the 2016 summer season our best ever!