Eyeballing at the Guild

Pascal Dufaux, visiting artist from Montreal, and local artist Sarah Wendt will be hosting an open studio event in the Guild Gallery and conjoining Guild art studio.

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They will show some of the work they have been making in the past 6 months, including sculpture, video, photography, music, dance etc.

The event will take place between 6 and 8pm on Sunday April 10th.

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Super Troupers Come Trooping

Additional casting has been revealed at The Charlottetown Festival for the international smash, Mamma Mia! Inspired by ABBA’s unforgettable collection of hits, the musical is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and newfound family. The Festival recently announced Katie Kerr as Sophie and co-starring as her free-spirited mother is Dora-Award nominee Eliza-Jane Scott.

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Audiences will remember Scott for her 100-megawatt smile and delight as the White Queen in last year’s Alice Through The Looking-Glass and roles in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™. The Kingston, Ontario native has performed with Soulpepper Theatre Company, the First National and Canadian Tours of The Producers, and for Theatre 20, Stratford Festival, and more.

Donna owns a small hotel on a beautiful Greek island, and she is about to let go of the spirited daughter she has raised alone. For the wedding, Donna invites her two lifelong best girlfriends – practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. Sophie has secretly invited guests of her own however, bringing back three men from Donna’s past to the paradise they visited 20 years ago. Over 24 magical hours, new love blooms on this lush island full of possibilities.

“I am so excited to be back to play Donna,” exclaims Scott. “It’s so meta! This summer I am playing a woman who escapes to a beautiful island to make a living and support her family and here I am, a woman coming to beautiful P.E.I. to make a living and support my family! What? Am I the winner and did I just take it all? Yes Rose!”

Joining her as the Dynamos are Nicola Dawn Brook (Rosie) and Jan Alexandra Smith (Tanya). Smith co-starred in Alice last year as the Red Queen and has appeared in Anne™ in Charlottetown over multiple seasons as Miss Stacey, Mrs. Sloane, and Mrs. Spencer. The Toronto native has performed across Canada, including with the Shaw Festival, Theatre Calgary, Stage West, Theatre 20, and more. This marks Brook’s debut with the Festival, having recently played ‘Trish’ in Mirvish’s blockbuster Kinky Boots. She has also performed in her native U.K. on London’s West End and others with Prince of Wales, Victoria Palace, and Theatre Cymru, as well as film and TV roles in Sweeney Todd and The X-Factor.

Supported by production sponsor, Tim Horton’s, Mamma Mia! plays from June 1 to September 3, 2016 in the Homburg Theatre. Confederation Centre wishes to recognize CIBC as the returning title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival. The Centre also acknowledges the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture, and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and CTV.

Ian Sherwood Makes the Mack

Pop and folk songwriter Ian Sherwood is in a constant state of creative motion. When not touring his high-energy act across the country, he’s often penning tunes for other artists and writing music for theatre, film, and TV.

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A masterful storyteller and charming performer, Sherwood was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2013, and comes to The Mack on April 8. The venue is a regional favourite for the Halifax-based tunesmith, who hit the stage many times as part of the hit group, The Jive Kings.

All New ‘All New People’

It’s the dead of winter, and the summer vacation getaway of Long Beach Island, New Jersey is desolate and blanketed in snow. Charlie is heartbroken, and just wants some time away from the rest of the world. The island ghost-town seems to be the perfect escape until his solitude is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans12802717_947043738736488_640855860561249751_n

A hired beauty, the town fireman, and an eccentric real-estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny.

Written by Zach Braff and directed by Keir Malone.

All New People features Cameron MacDonald, Emily Anne Fullerton, Tim Wartman, Ashley Clark, Ben Hartley, Paul Whelan, and Tim Gormley

A Whimsical World at the Guild

Artist Tricia MacNeil Baldwin has created “A Whimsical World”, a quirky, colourful world of imaginary places, inspired by the world around us. This series of paintings is inspired by a friend who had terminal cancer but chose to live every day to the fullest. She was full of life, love, laughter and friendship.

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Tricia explains “One evening I started to paint as I was thinking of her and out came the first painting of the series ‘Happy Town’ full of bright colours, simple but fun structures created to make one happy. I gave her this piece, she loved it and so the series was born.”

Tricia’s hope with this whimsical series, is that everyone who sees it, enjoys the fun, the colours and the simplicity of this world. A world simply created to make one smile and to appreciate the simple things in life, especially when the world around you can get confusing and overwhelming.

“A Whimsical World” is at the Guild in Charlottetown through April 9.

Leah Goes Laura, and More

Leah Pritchard who first graced the stage of the Watermark Theatre as the plain spinster, Lizzie, in “The Rainmaker”, and then demonstrated her considerable acting range as the elegant Alais in “The Lion in Winter”, Peter and Balthazar in “Romeo and Juliet”, and the vibrant and witty Mabel Chiltern in “An Ideal Husband”, is returning for her third season with the Watermark Theatre. This summer, Leah will play one of the great roles of the 20th century theatre, Laura in “The Glass Menagerie”, along with the dual roles of Edith and Mrs. Bradman in “Blithe Spirit”.

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Leah is an actor rooted in the Atlantic region. Born in Nova Scotia and educated in Newfoundland, Leah earned her BFA in acting at Memorial University. Her acting credits include stints with the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and Hard Ticket Productions in Newfoundland; Neptune Theatre, The Villain’s Theatre, Us vs. Them Theatre Collective in Nova Scotia; and of course the Watermark, where critics have said of her: “Leah Pritchard is really great at tuning in to the right emotional channel…” (The Rainmaker–The Buzz); “Oscar Wilde could not have hoped for a more expressive face or better comedic instincts than Pritchard’s” (An Ideal Husband–The Buzz).

Leah is a member of the award-winning Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble of Halifax, and sang on their debut album, “Here On These Branches”. She is also a teaching assistant for Neptune Theatre’s youth theatre workshops, and has helped lead Watermark Theatre’s youth Acting Conservatory the past two years. Next month, Leah will be appearing as Bessie in DMV Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Drowning Girls”, at Neptune Theatre.

The Watermark is delighted to have Leah back for the 2016 summer season.

Showcase is Showcased

The Showcase Gift Shop at Confederation Centre was recently celebrated with a major award. Craft producers at the 2016 Atlantic Canada Trade Show selected the shop as a Top 5 Craft Retailer across the four provinces and Sandra Jeffery, manager, attended the ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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“We are delighted to be selected by craft producers across the region,” says Jeffery. “The award recognizes The Showcase’s contribution to the craft industry in Atlantic Canada and our commitment to selling a high variety of professional crafts. A big thank-you goes out to our staff and volunteers for all their efforts and our patrons who support us year-round.”

This is the second time The Showcase has won this award in the last three years. The popular shop specializes in quality handcrafted items, jewellery, pottery, women’s fashion, memorabilia from the famed Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ and more.

The Showcase is located in Confederation Centre’s theatre lobby, adjacent to the box office.