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A Chat With Actor Alexandra Montagnese

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Q: Tell me about the characters you’re playing this summer?

AM: I am playing Gabriella in Boeing Boeing the passionate, feisty yet forgiving, Italian flight attendant. She speaks a language of love through her actions and soon becomes protective when she starts to catch wind of the situation at hand. All Gabriella wants is calm sensual companionship in an otherwise turbulent lifestyle, hopping airport to airport without much time to lay roots.

In contrast, I play the social butterfly, Chick in Crimes of the Heart letting me dig in the deep rootedness of southern American family matters. I’m playing the cousin to the three sisters at the centre of the story. Every time we see Chick, she is coming from a meeting, or headed to another responsibility, always with an eye for scrutiny and decorum. She is sharp, ready to pounce, and will certainly fill any dead air with her extensively long sentences. She’s got this fast-talking, friendly manner of getting what she wants while tossing jabs here and there, if you catch them.

Q: Have you worked with any of the other company members?

AM: I was lucky enough to spend 2 years at York U with Hannah where we did our MFA together. And when I say together, I mean there were only 5 of us in the acting program, and we spent day and night, every single class, and rehearsals together. We even got to play sisters in Three Sisters as both of our thesis roles.

Q: Are you looking forward to spending the whole summer on the Island?

AM: This is my first time on PEI and I am just delighted to start the summer full of seafood and sandy beaches! I’ve made extensive lists of all the things I want to do while on the island but I am most excited to go on adventures and see things I’ve never seen before. I’ll be the one asking people where I should go on my days off. 

Q: How will you keep it fresh every night when you have such a long run?

AM: The wonderful thing about theatre is that it’s humans every night, and as long as I remain true and honest with where I’m at, it will be fresh and interesting and new. I really value the work my fellow actors do, and out of respect to them, I listen, and respond authentically to what they’re offering. To me, honouring the work stage management, direction, lights, sound, front of house, and all the folks working to put me there onstage keeps me motivated. I also like to dedicate each night to a new person in the audience, whether I know them or not.

Robert Tsonos Artistic Director

Watermark Theatre

 

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

Going Local

Local Actors Featured in Watermark 2019 Acting Company

Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce their 2019 Acting Company, featuring two local PEI actors, two actors from Halifax, and two from Toronto. Cornwall born and Emyvale raised Jenna Marie joins the company for her first season while Jacob Hemphill, born and raised in Summerside, returns for his 2nd season. Well known to Watermark audiences, Leah Pritchard, joins the company once again for her 5th  season while Kathyrn McCormack, Warren Bain, and Alexandra Montagnese are all newcomers to the company.

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A 4th year student studying Theatre and Opera Performance at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Jacob Hemphill was seen in last summer’s Watermark productions of Dial M For Murder and A Moon For The Misbegotten. His other credits include: The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan (Confederation Centre); and My Fair Lady (The Grand Theatre).

Jenna Marie attended Holland College School of Performing Arts the first year the program became available. After completing the program, she was accepted to Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in the heart of Toronto. Since coming home, Jenna Marie has had the opportunity to play roles such as Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors (ACT Community Theatre), Jill in Skin Flick (ACT Community Theatre) and her favorite role to date, Mary in Mary’s Wedding (Sandstone Theatre Company).

Leah Pritchard is an actor from Halifax who has starred in numerous Watermark productions. From the part of Lizzie in The Rainmaker to the part of Vivie in Mrs. Warren’s Profession and other memorable roles in The Lion In Winter, An Ideal Husband, The Glass Menagerie, and Barefoot in the Park. Since gaining her BFA from Memorial University, she has worked as an actor and singer across Newfoundland (Theatre NL, Gros Morne), Nova Scotia (Neptune, Xara Choral Theatre, Villain’s Theatre), and Ontario (Tangled Arts + Disability).

Halifax based Kathryn McCormack is very familiar with the north shore of PEI as she spent her summers in Stanley Bridge. She was named Best Theatre Actor in the Coast’s “Best of Halifax” issue and has been nominated twice for the Theatre NS Merritt Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Cinderelly and Alice in Wonderland (Shakespeare by the Sea). Other credits include: This is Nowhere, Archive of Missing Things (Zuppa Theatre Co.), It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (Neptune Theatre), Othello, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare by the Sea).

Warren Bain has spent eight seasons with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival as both actor and assistant director. Other credits include: Weekend Comedy, A Christmas Carol (Orillia Opera House), The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby, Miracle on 34th Street (Upper Canada Playhouse), And Then The Lights Went Out (StageWest Calgary). He is a BFA Ryerson University graduate, Co-Artistic Director of Bain & Bernard Comedy, and an Artistic Associate with Sheatre.

Alexandra Montagnese is a founding member of the Montreal-based Jot & Tittle Puppetry Collective and a core company member of Lucid Ludic in Toronto. Alexandra has performed several one-woman shows including Suddenly, There by Michael Lake, which had its debut at the Atlantic Fringe Festival in 2014. Her own one-woman show Public Mischief won pick of the fringe at Kingston’s Storefront Fringe. Alexandra has performed with Theatre Direct, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Young People’s Theatre, Shakespeare in Action, Theatre Kingston, and Theatre Rusticle. Alexandra holds a BA from McGill and an MFA from York University.

All of these fine actors will be appearing in Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti and Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley throughout the summer months as well as taking part in the Watermark Play Reading Series. Most will also teach acting classes in the company’s Teenage Acting Conservatory.

Boeing Boeing runs from June 25th to August 31st
Crimes of the Heart runs from July 5th to August 30th
The Play Reading Series is on August 7th, 14th, and 21st
The Teenage Acting Conservatory is from July 22nd to Aug 2nd

For more information, or to set up an interview with any of the actors please contactAndrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
(902) 963-3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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

The Guild, Watermark Theatre, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, and Victoria Theatre.

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