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Get In On the Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Presented by ACT in partnership with the Confederation Centre of the Arts

and at the Watermark Theatre

December 2020

It has been a difficult year for the performing arts, and so ACT is delighted to present live theatre in December, bringing It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry to the stage, in partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts. This is the heartwarming tale of George Bailey, a typical American dreamer, who contemplates ending his life one Christmas Eve. With the help of his guardian angel, he discovers the true value of friendship and family. The play is set on a 1940’s radio stage, complete with local advertising jingles and live sound effects. 

“We are so excited to be partnering with ACT for this production on the Mainstage this holiday season,” offers Adam Brazier, artistic director of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “One of our strategic priorities is to support local theatre initiatives and this has become more vital than ever during these challenging times for our community and the arts industry. It’s a Wonderful Life is an uplifting story of family, love, hope, and redemption–a perfect message for 2020 and the Island holiday season.”

ACT celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, and president Marti Hopson was determined to stage a production that could fit within public health guidelines after seeing the rest of the season cancelled due to the pandemic. “It’s terrific that we can take this show to multiple locations and I think the audience will enjoy seeing this classic in a new way, with 6 actors playing multiple parts,” she said, “Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Watermark Theatre and several sponsors have been very generous in helping us to make this a reality.” The cast includes Alex Arsenault, Jenna Marie Holmes, Amanda Rae Gallant, Mike Mallaley, Keir Malone, and Rob Thomson, joined by Mitchell Gallant on sound effects. 

The show opens December 3, 4, 5 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and continues on December 10, 11, 12 at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. Tickets are available at www.confederationcentre.com and www.ticketwizard.ca . This show is suitable for all ages and is sure to bring holiday cheer. The performances will all have COVID-19 protocols in place, with physically distanced limited seating. Title sponsor of the event is the Smith Team of RBC Dominion Securities.adam

For any additional information required, please email martihopson@hotmail.com or call 902-620-8289.

Theatre PEI

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The Stage is Set


The Stage Is Set For ‘Comfort & Joy’ This Holiday Season

– Confederation Centre Dec. 20 concert features Tara MacLean, Catherine MacLellan, Kinley Dowling, 

Vince the Messenger, Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors, Adam Brazier, and many more!

Islanders and patrons everywhere are invited to enjoy the holiday event of the season this December. Confederation Centre of the Arts is proud to present Comfort & Joyan old-fashioned holiday variety show featuring some of Atlantic Canada’s finest entertainers.

All three headliners will perform, a stirring performance from the Mi’kmaq Heritage ActorsGia Kierrah, and many more.

The performance will also be available to view from the comfort and joy of your couch or bedroom, as it will be live-streamed. For just $20, patrons can sip hot chocolate at home and take in a feel-good family concert featuring more than 20 artists, live from the Centre. 

Due to distancing and seating limitations, there are less than 300 tickets available for Comfort & Joy,and organizers expect the in-person seats to sell out quickly To book now, for live-stream or in-personconcert, visit confederationcentre.com, contact 902.566.1267, or visit the box office in person.

“Needless to say this has been a hard year for everyone, and we’re all due for some great live music and holiday cheer!” says Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. “It is so exciting to be hosting concerts and events again, and whether you wish to enjoy this concert at home or in the big room in person, we hope you’ll join us for a wonderful night of songs, spirit, and community.”

Additional features of this glittery variety show include a ballet performance of The Nutcracker; an all-star live band led by Music Director Natalie Williams Calhoun with Morgan Saulnier and Alan Dowling; and a live on-stage reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, featuring a VERY special Island guest.

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Theatre PEI includes The Charlottetown Festival, The Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, The Island Fringe Festival, The Kings Playhouse, The River Clyde Pageant, Victoria Playhouse, Watermark Theatre, and Young at Heart

Not in OUR Space On Tap

Confederation Centre Announces ‘Not In OUR Space’ Event 

-Adam Brazier and EQUITY to host live in-person workshop on ‘safe arts spaces’ Nov. 10-

Islanders from a range of backgrounds will have an opportunity to learn more about developing safe live performance workplaces at a special event later this month. 

Not in OUR Space!: Creating safe and respectful spaces in the performing arts is a program for live performance professionals, family members, and others that addresses problems of harassment in the workspace.

The event will be co-hosted by Artistic Director Adam Brazier and Arden R. Rhyspan, executive director of Equity. Rhyspan will join via Zoom link and offer a 40-minute presentation about managing a situation in the moment, as well as suggestions for ways in which bystanders can assist when they are witnessing harassment of various forms. The panel will also include an Island representative with local knowledge of the subject themes

The event takes place on November 10 at 3 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre. All are welcome to participate. This discussion will be followed by a live audience Q&A.

“Great art and artists will only flourish when given a safe and supportive environment in which to create,” reflects Brazier. “It is our responsibility as an organization to create that environment and hold ourselves accountable to it. We hopthe community will join us in this important and timely discussion.”

Discussion topics include the pursuit of safe and respectful workspaces, the welfare of children in the workplace, and the condemnation and addressing of inappropriate behaviour in a work setting such as: abuse of power, bullying, discrimination, harassment or sexual harassment, reprisal, or violence.

There is no cost to attend Not in OUR Space!: Creating safe and respectful spaces in the performing arts, but registration is required. For free tickets, please visit the Confederation Centre Box Office in person, contact them at 902.566.1267, or book online.

Not in OUR Space! is a national anti-harassment and respectful workplace program working with engagers across disciplines, developed by the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Its aims are to ensure safe working conditions for all professionals working in live performance across the country

Arden R. Ryshpan has worked in the industry for over 35 years in a variety of capacities, with production credits on over 30 feature films and TV projects. Ryshpan was on the Board of Directors of the Dome Theatre of Dawson College and was a faculty member in the drama department. She has been Executive Director of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association since 2007 where she is chief negotiator, responsible for lobbying and advocacy activities as well as the day to day operations of the organization.

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Theatre PEI includes The Charlottetown Festival, The Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, The Island Fringe Festival, The Kings Playhouse, The River Clyde Pageant, Victoria Playhouse, Watermark Theatre, and Young at Heart.

Almighty Proud on Turkey Day

Gather the family after Thanksgiving dinner this season for a heartwarming celebration of Anne Shirley! Featuring up-close highlights from Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™, cameos from Canadian icons, and re-imaginings of your favourite songs from the musical, Feelin’ Mighty Proud is set to make its world premiere Sunday, October 11 at 9 p.m. on Eastlink and Confederation Centre social media.

This Island-made celebration weaves patrons’ favourite moments from the iconic Charlottetown Festival musical (taped live on the mainstage this season!) with a summertime journey across the Island, stopping at key destinations that focus on the works of L.M. Montgomery and the lore of Anne Shirley.

Feelin’ Mighty Proud! is a must-see TV event this Thanksgiving that will make every Canadian proud,” says Confederation Centre Artistic Director Adam Brazier. “It is a charming reminder of the incredible impact our heroine has made world-wide—one who has brought so many people together for generations.”

Directed by Brazier and Jason Rogerson, the one-hour special is rich with cameo appearances, including such luminaries as Megan Follows, Amybeth McNulty and R.H. Thompson (Anne with an E), Gracie Finley, and current ‘Anne’, Emma Rudy.

More than a dozen Charlottetown Festival company members also appear, including Islanders Marlane O’Brien, Glenda Landry, Catherine O’Brien, Hank Stinson, Aaron Hastelow, and Michelle Bouey, as well as the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra. Patrons are invited to enjoy a one-minute trailer for the special online through Vimeo.

Stirring new performances include original interpretations of the treasured songs of the famed musical, such as ‘Open the Window’ from I and the Village(pictured); ‘The Words’  by Lennie Gallant; and ‘Gee I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me’ from Meaghan Blanchard.

Feelin’ Mighty Proud will be broadcast October 11 on Eastlink and live on the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube feeds at 9 p.m., nation-wide It is made possible due to the generous support of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, title sponsor CIBC, and production sponsor, CAA. Patrons can follow the Centre’s social media pages and confederationcentre.com for more details. 

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Feelin’ Mighty Proud!

Confederation Centre announces broadcast special celebrating Anne across the Island; 

Guest appearances include Amybeth McNulty, Lennie Gallant, Meaghan Blanchard, Gracie Finley, Emma Rudy and more!

Confederation Centre of the Arts is set to release a one-hour broadcast special entitled Feelin’ Mighty Proud! This Island-wide celebration weaves highlights from the iconic Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ with a summertime journey across the Island, stopping at key destinations that focus on the works of L.M. Montgomery and the lore of Anne Shirley. 

Feelin’ Mighty Proud! is an homage to Montgomery, the original Anne of Green Gables novel, our famed Anne musical, and the Island as a whole,” shares Adam Brazier, artistic director with the Centre. “This project will make every Canadian proud and is a heartfelt reminder of the incredible impact our heroine has made world-wide—one who has brought so many people together for generations.”

Directed by Brazier with Jason Rogerson, this new production is rich with special appearances, including video interviews from such luminaries as Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E), RH Thompson, Gracie Finley and Glenda Landry, and current ‘Anne’, Emma Rudy. This past summer would have marked Rudy’s second straight season starring in Charlottetown. This season marked the first time in the musical’s 55-year Guinness Record-setting run that it could not be mounted, as the entire Charlottetown Festival was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Rudy is joined here by Hank Stinson and Marlane O’Brien as the Cuthberts, and Catherine O’Brien as Rachel Lynde in a selection of scenes shot on the iconic Homburg Theatre mainstage. More than a dozen Charlottetown Festival company members also appear performing the musical’s title theme, including Islanders Aaron Hastelow, Michelle Bouey, and Josée Boudreau, as well as the Festival Orchestra. 

New performances for the special include rousing original interpretations of the songs of the famed musical, such as ‘If it Hadn’t Been for Me’ by Vishten; ‘The Words’  by Lennie Gallant; ‘Gee I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me’ from Meaghan Blanchard shot in the famed ‘Anne house’ in Cavendish, ‘Kindred Spirits’ from Ava and Lilly Rashed, and more. Click here to enjoy two sneak peek audio samples from the special!

Feelin’ Mighty Proud will be broadcast in late September and is made possible due to the generous support of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, title sponsor CIBC, and production sponsor, CAA. Patrons can follow the Centre’s social media pages and confederationcentre.com for broadcast date and platform details.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,Confederation Centre for the Arts,Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

CIBC Confed Centre Presents

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The Confederation Centre of the Arts is very pleased to announce two special live performance programs coming soon to Downtown Charlottetown.

 

The first is an open-air concert series taking root in the Centre’s outdoor amphitheatre—the venue known to most as the regular home for the TD Young Company. For this new series, entitled Set in the Sun, a different Island songwriter or instrumental duo will perform a live concert on site, every Wednesday and Saturday at 5 p.m.

Presented by program sponsor Honibe, Set in the Sun is part of a slate of programming being unrolled this summer under the banner, CIBC Confed Centre Presents. Another major announcement will be coming later this month around a digital series.

Set in the Sun is a 12-part live series that highlights a thrilling cross-section of local talent, ranging from fiddle music to classical, to folk, rock, and hip-hop. Seating will be limited to 40 people per concert, with parties of up to four staggered safely throughout the venue.

“The Centre team has been thrilled to reopen to the public over the past month, and now we invite our patrons to enjoy live music with us in a safe and relaxed setting,” shares Adam Brazier, artistic director. “This diverse series presents some of finest emerging and established songwriters from across the Island.”

The July 22 concert will feature Island troubadour Scott Parsons, followed by modern traditional music group Inn Echo on July 25. In August, patrons can enjoy concerts from rising-star hip-hop performer Vince the Messenger, songwriter Rachel Beck, and more. Set in the Sun is programmed by Darcy Campbell, director of LIVE @ the Centre.

Tickets for the Scott Parsons and Inn Echo concerts are available now, online at confederationcentre.com, or by calling the box office at 902.566.1267 or toll-free 1.800.565.0278, Monday to Friday 9-5 p.m. Concerts are offered free-of-charge; however, a ticket is required to reserve a patron’s space. Patrons can book a max of four tickets per show.

Performance dates and ticketing will be made available each Wednesday throughout the series, revealing the performers’ names for the following week’s two concerts and allowing patrons to book their seats.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Charlottetown Festival 2020 is Cancelled

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For the first time in its 55-year history, The Charlottetown Festival will not entertain audiences from around the world this summer. Confederation Centre of the Arts CEO Steve Bellamy announced today the cancellation of the Festival along with changes to visual arts and heritage programming at the Centre in 2020.

“Our province has responded admirably to this unprecedented challenge, and we are grateful for the leadership they have shown to keep Islanders and visitors safe. Unfortunately, with the necessary restrictions on large gatherings and the need for social distancing remaining in place for some time, our ability is limited, not only to host audiences, but to prepare with rehearsals and construction in the months ahead of our performances”, says Bellamy.

He continues, “We are truly saddened not to be able to share in the joy of live theatre together this season and I want to express to all of our members, partners, patrons, and artists that we cannot wait to celebrate the arts as a community again when the time is right.”

Sponsored by CIBC, the Festival was slated to run from June 3 to September 26, featuring four major productions as well as the long-standing TD Confederation Centre Young Company. This marks the first time since 1965 that the Festival, and its flagship production Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™, will not be staged.

“With respect to the legacy of our crown jewel musical, we recognize the added weight of not being able to present the 56th season of this incredible production,” offers Artistic Director Adam Brazier. “Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ is a rite of passage for thousands of Islanders and visitors every year. While it is upsetting to put this legacy on hold, this is the right thing to do for the safety of all involved. Anne’s spirit, humour, and optimism are so deeply ingrained in our culture that whether she is on stage or not, her legacy lives on. Our patrons can be assured that Anne will be here in 2021.”

For those currently holding tickets please fill out the online form<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FestivalRefunds> for ticketing options. The Centre team is dealing with a high volume of bookings and greatly appreciates the patience and support of patrons in this process.

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) summer season is also being impacted, with major exhibitions A Life’s Work: Canadian Artist Robert Harris 1849-1919 and BGL: Two Thumbs Up Arts and Crafts being delayed to 2021 due to the pandemic. A revised schedule will be announced in the weeks ahead, offering alternative programming for when the Gallery reopens.

“We are looking forward to a time when we can once again welcome the community into the Art Gallery,” says Gallery Director Kevin Rice, “and in the meantime, we are continuing to work on future exhibitions and connect to our patrons through virtual projects.”

The CCAG is currently participating in FIELD TRIP<https://www.fieldtrip.art/field-trips/the-gallery-at-rest-a-tour-of-the-temporarily-darkened-confederation-centre-art-gallerynbsp>, an online national visual arts initiative, alongside more than 25 other Canadian galleries and museums, and also offering ‘Art Class from Home’ visual art activities, found here<https://confederationcentre.com/art-class-from-home/> on the Centre’s website.

In the weeks ahead, an announcement will also be made outlining summer presentations of the Confederation Players guided walking tours and the Confederation Chamber replica exhibition. The Centre is exploring options for presenting these celebrated heritage programs.

The Centre team continues to monitor the pandemic situation day-to-day and is accessing the potential for additional programming this summer. Please continue to visit the website<http://www.confederationcentre.com/> and social media for up-to-date information.

The Centre complex itself remains closed to the public based on guidance from Public Health, but many staff are working from home and are available via email and phone.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Hamlet All Around the Musical

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Longtime Centre member, Grant Honeyman, recently told us this full-circle story about his parallel journey with ‘Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical,’ and we had to share.

“I was an usher at the Centre in 1974 when ‘Kronborg’ opened. I was the front of house manager in 1975 when they were in rehearsals for Broadway (and I sat in the back a lot of mornings and afternoons watching those rehearsals).

Then came Adam [Brazier]’s brilliant concert revival at Indian River in 2017 with Mary Francis [Moore] directing, and Craig Fair’s splendid reorchestrations. I got to speak to Cliff Jones for the first time in more than 40 years. And see so many of the people who were involved with the show in 74-75. My partner Stephen (not really a musical fan) was totally enraptured with it. Then I managed to get two tickets for the restaging during the Theatre Conference a few days later in the Homburg Theatre.

Last Festival season [when Kronborg took the Centre’s Mainstage for a three-week run], Stephen took in the show five times. It was six for me. Loved the reworking of it, the updated and improved music, the simplicity of the set and costumes, Mary Francis’ excellent direction and the outstanding performances of the cast.

When I woke up [on February 10th], Stephen said to me ”you know ‘Hamlet – The Rock Musical’ opens next week in Los Angeles.”

Soooo…Los Angeles seemed the (il)logical(?) thing to do. So off we went!”

Grant sent us these wonderful photos from their trip to LA’s El Portal Theatre last month for the 3rd evening of Hamlet – The Rock Musical’s week-long run. Truly full-circle!

Thank you, Grant & Stephen!

🎭⚔️KRONBORG HISTORY⚔️🎭

Created by Cliff Jones, Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical first debuted at The Charlottetown Festival in 1974. The rock musical went on to take the nation by storm in the 1970’s and later became the first Canadian musical to play on Broadway; with a month-long engagement as ‘Rockabye Hamlet’ (1976), and later a 14-month run in L.A. in the early ‘80s as ‘Something’s Rockin in Denmark.’

Kronborg was given a new lease on life in 2017, when it was turned into a sold-out concert performance at the Historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River, P.E.I.

In 2019, 45 years since it was first produced, Kronborg returned for a Mainstage run at Confederation Centre, reimagined and reorchestrated by Director Mary Francis Moore and Musical Director Craig Fair.

Following this run, David Carver Music acquired the world-wide touring rights to the acclaimed musical, with plans to bring it to stages throughout Canada, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Raising Up Rita

Full Cast Announced For ‘DEAR RITA’ at The Charlottetown Festival

World premiere will feature six actor-musicians channeling Rita MacNeil’s songs and spirit

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Tickets are ‘flying on their own’ for this summer’s new cabaret production,Dear Rita, playing June 25 to September 25 at The Charlottetown Festival. Sponsored by Key Murray Law, Dear Rita is a musical toast to Canadian icon and songwriter Rita MacNeil that celebrates the life, tenacity, and musical legacy of the late singer.

This week, the company and creative team are gathering together for the first time to workshop the new musical. Artistic Director Adam Brazier is pleased to reveal the full cast, including Islanders Mike Ross and Michelle Bouey; Alana Bridgewater; Quinn Dooley; and Sheldon Elter. All five are veterans of the Festival, known to patrons for a wealth of beloved shows.

This marks Ross’ first time performing at the Festival in over a decade. A Charlottetown native, he is a leading force as a performer and composer in Canada. The founding director of music at Soulpepper Theatre Company, his musical, Spoon River was a critic’s pick in the New York Times. He was an international fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and also composes for the screen, having written the theme song for CBC’s Kim’s Convenience.

Dooley and Bouey’s repertory casting were both announced earlier this winter. Dooley recently appeared in the Grand’s Ring of Fire and performed in 2015’s Evangeline. Bouey recently performed in ROSE at Soulpepper and is an alumna of the TD Confederation Centre Young Company.

“It’s the kind of theatre that gives you more of a chance to connect with your audience,” she offers during a break from the workshop in Toronto. “I grew up listening to Rita McNeil and watching her Christmas TV specials. To think that a small group of us get to honour her legacy on East Coast soil is so special”

Sheldon Elter is a versatile actor, writer, musician, and comic, known nationally for his one man show, Metis Mutt, which he performed at the Festival in 2018. He also performed there inEvangeline and Stories from the Red-Dirt Road. His TV acting and writing credits include CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, Hank Williams’ First Nation, Delmer & Marta, and Hell on Wheels.

Alana Bridgewater has appeared at the Festival in Spoon River, Hairspray, and the Christmas panto Robyn Hood. An experienced professional, she has performed throughout North America with Soulpepper, Mirvish, and The Grand; live on live with Johnny Reid and others; and in TV and film.

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Experience it all, this summer at The Charlottetown Festival, sponsored by CIBC. Dear Rita is developed in association with the Savoy Theatre in Cape Breton, and will play there from October 1-4, following its run on P.E.I.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse