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Down Home at the Watermark

Majority of Actors in Watermark Summer Season from PEI

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Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that 5 out of the 8 actors cast in their 2020 summer season are from PEI. Joining the already announced Gracie Finley on stage this summer will be fellow Islanders Rebecca Parent, Justin Shaw, Kassinda Bulger, and Devin MacKinnon. “I hold general auditions on the Island every December”, says Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, “every year I try to cast as many local actors as possible but this summer I was thrilled to find so many Islanders that fit the parts I was looking for”.

Joining the slate of PEI actors will be Wally MacKinnon from New Brunswick, as well as Jonathan Ho and Jonathan Widdifield, both based in Toronto. All the actors will be performing in “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie and “The Trip to Bountiful” by Horton Foote all summer long as well as participating in The Play Reading Series and teaching acting workshops in the Teenage Acting Conservatory.

Rebecca Parent (from Stratford / Charlottetown) returns for her seventh season at the Watermark. Previous credits at the theatre include: Eliza Doolittle in “Pygmalion”, Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”, Marianne Dashwood in “Sense and Sensibility”, and Laura Cheveley in “An Ideal Husband”. She was also the co-creator of “What to Wear to the Birth of a Nation”, a play commissioned for the 2014 Charlottetown Celebrations. Islanders know Rebecca well from playing Anne Shirley in the musical “Anne and Gilbert” at the Guild in Charlottetown.

Justin Shaw (from Cardigan) is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting Program, and a past performer in the University of Prince Edward Island’s Vagabond Productions. Island audiences may remember Justin from “Salt-Water Moon” (The Guild Summer Festival 2019), Lorne Elliott’s “Culture Shock” (Harmony House Theatre), “The Wrestling Play” (Island Fringe 2017-Patron’s Pick Award), and in Popalopalots Live Improv Comedy. As a comedian, Shaw has performed across Canada, has opened for Mike MacDonald, and won the 2016 Comedyworks Triple Crown Award.

Kassinda Bulger (from O’Leary) is excited to make her professional theatrical debut with the Watermark. After completing her Minor in Theatre Studies at UPEI, she spent some time at both George Brown Theatre School and Holland College’s School of Performing Arts. Past credits include: Claire from “While We’re Young”, Juliet from “Romeo and Juliet”, Jean from “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” (UPEI Vagabond Productions), “Naivety in Nutshell” (The Fantastic Space- A Theatre Company), “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged” (The King’s Playhouse), and “Meanwhile in Ward 16: A Charlottetown Soap Opera” (The Guild).

Devin MacKinnon (from Charlottetown / Hunter River) attained a BA from UPEI before he began studying acting at The National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, graduating in 2015. Select credits include: “A Christmas Carol” (Theatre Calgary), “The Tempest” (The Shakespeare Company), “Liberation Days”, “The Mary Celeste”, “Nothing Less!”, “Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Robert Merritt Award Nomination), “In This Light”, “Frankenstein”, “The Ruins” (Two Planks and A Passion) “The Comedy of Errors”, “Paradise Lost” (Stratford Festival), and “Crime Does Not Pay” (Betty Mitchell Award Nomination – Downstage)”.

Wally MacKinnon is an award-winning actor, director and teacher. In his 30+ year career, he has performed in theatre productions across Canada including the very first season of the Watermark in 2008, “Village Wooing” and “The Importance of Being Ernest”. Other credits include: “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “The Hobbit” (Theatre New Brunswick), “Ben Hur”, “Goodnight Bird” (Festival Antigonish), Merritt Award winning play “KAMP”, “Flying on Her Own” (EFT/Neptune, NS), “Jacob’s Wake”, “Miles From Home”, “The Diligent River Daughter” (Ships Company Theatre, NS), “The Foursome”, “Who’s Under Where” (CPT Alberta), “Gaslight Follies” (Palace Grand Theatre, Dawson City), and “Birds and the Bees” (Miracle Theatre, BC).

Jonathan Ho made his professional theatre debut as Mike Chang in “The New Canadian Curling Club” (Alberta Theatre Projects) last year, reprising the role in Theatre Orangeville’s production earlier this year. In the realm of
film and television, he is most known for his role as Brother Zachariah
on “Shadowhunters” (Freeform), and has also appeared on “Suits” (USA), “The Romanoffs” (Amazon), and “Murdoch Mysteries” (CBC).

This summer will be Jonathan Widdifield’s fourth season at the Watermark having appeared in “An Ideal Husband”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Rainmaker”, “The Lion in Winter”, and “The Shore Field”. Recent credits include: “Cloud” (Scapegoat Theatre Collective). Damian/TheDevil in “Chasse-Galerie” (Red One Theatre Collective & The Storefront Theatre – Dora Award for Best Ensemble). Three seasons with The Shaw Festival: “Doctor’s Dilemma”, “The Devil’s Disciple”, “John Bull’s Other Island”, and “Born Yesterday”. Five seasons with the Classical Theatre Project: Hamlet in “Hamlet”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” (Dora Nominated for Best Performance in TYA). Danny in “Danny, King of the Basement” (Roseneath Theatre), and “Haunted” (Summerworks Festival).

For more information, or to set up an interviews with any of our actors please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

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

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

 

Finley Back On Floorboards

Gracie Finley to star in Watermark Theatre’s 2020 Summer Season!

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Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2020 Summer Season, featuring PEI’s very ownGracie Finley in key roles.

Watermark’s 13th season will include the classic murder mystery The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and the heartwarming The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote. Our popular music series, now renamed The Watermark Music Series returns for another year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will once again focus on new plays in development by PEI Playwrights.

Agatha Christie’s legendary ‘whodunit’ The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running play, keeping audiences in suspense from the first moment to the last since 1952. Mysterious twists and thrilling turns abound when a group of strangers stranded in a guesthouse during a snowstorm discover that a murderer is in their midst. Is it one of the suspicious newlyweds or the spinster with the curious background? Perhaps it’s the architect, the retired Army major, or the strange man running from his past? Everyone is a suspect and everybody is a potential victim. Enjoy an evening of exhilarating intrigue as Agatha Christie’s greatest mystery unfolds to its surprising conclusion.

Written in 1953, Horton Foote’s moving play The Trip to Bountiful tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who longs to escape the cramped Houston apartment where she lives with her protective son and his authoritarian wife. Carrie dreams of making one final journey to Bountiful, Texas, her childhood home. With great determination and daring, Carrie makes her arduous journey back to Bountiful. This American treasure is a masterpiece of the power of childhood, memory, and the undeniable, universal yearning for the warmth of home and family. Playing the role of Carrie Watts, the part that won Geraldine Page the 1986 Academy Award for Best Actress, is PEI’s very own Gracie Finley.

This will be Gracie’s 6th season acting at the Watermark, having performed in The Shore Field, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, An Ideal Husband, Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Barefoot in the Park. Raised in Charlottetown with summers spent in Alberton, Gracie is well known to PEI audiences, having played Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical from 1968 to 1974 and again in 1984 to 1985. Gracie will also be playing the part of the querulous Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap.

For the 3rd year in a row, the Play Reading Series will showcase new work in development by PEI playwrights. A selection process will begin in the next few months to choose three new, unpublished, and unproduced plays to be read by our company of actors during the month of August. A list of plays and playwrights will be released in the Spring of 2020.

The Watermark Music Series returns, curated once again by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret iconic songwriters in a way that you have never heard before. Stay tuned for our list of songwriters and Island musicians to be announced very soon.

Season Ticket Passes are now on sale at early bird rates until December 31st, 2019.
$108 for 4 tickets
$150 for 6 tickets
902-963-3963 or visit http://www.watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre strives to produce the finest professional theatre on the Island. By producing and presenting theatre, music and artwork, our goal is to enrich and contribute to the community in which we work, the province in which we live, and the Canadian theatre community to which we belong. Watermark believes in the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training. Plays are chosen from the international repertoire of classic and modern classic plays that are at least 50 years old and Canadian plays at least 30 years old. In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence and a diversity of voices, while endeavouring to inform, to affect, and to engage with our audience.

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

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

Watermark Music Series Fires Up

Classic Music Reignited 2019 Lineup

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Returning for its 6th season, Classic Music Reignited will once again be curated by Rob Oakie and have PEI artists presenting their interpretations of classic artists from the modern era.

The season kicks off July 21st with Queens of Country featuring the music of iconic female country artists Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Their timeless classics will be interpreted by PEI songstress Teresa Doyle, Kim Albert & Faces and special guest Luis Anselmi on cuatro and keys.

Next up: August 4th is British 70’s Art Rock featuring the exciting and ground breaking music of The Moody Blues, Supertramp and Pink Floyd. This show presents two rising stars in PEI’s music scene, Calm Baretta and Jenni & the Hummingbird with special guest Claire Gallant on keys.

August 11th is a special children’s matinee that will feature readings from famed author Robert Munsch by PEI comedian and actor Dennis Trainor. The show will also feature a special presentation of fiddle and dance duo to teach the children how to step dance!

The final show of the series goes August 18th. Songs of Social Justice and Protestwill be a selection of songs about yesterday and today’s social issues, and a protest anthem or two, featuring a broad range of artists from Woody Guthrie to Crosby, Stills and Nash. The songs will be interpreted by Tara MacLean, Nick Gauthier & Tian Wigmore and Rob Oakie.

All performances are at 7:30PM except the one on August 11th which will be at 1:00PM.
All performances are $25 for adults, $15 for children and students.
Tickets can be purchased at ticketwizard.ca

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.

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

Learning the Ropes

Interns Start Work at the

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Two weeks ago the summer interns started work at the Watermark Theatre and this year’s crop are an exciting mix of young theatre professionals from Atlantic Canada and those from further afield. This is the 4th year of the Mentorship Program at Watermark, which welcomes current theatre students and recent graduates to train back stage at the theatre all summer.

This year’s interns are Virginia Iredale (stage management), Mike Grdosic (carpentry / technical), Rachel Smith (props / scenic art), Claudia Groves (wardrobe), Lokki Ma (arts administration), and Meghan Riddell (wardrobe).

Virg Iredale was born and raised in Ontario and is currently based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated last year from Dalhousie University with a BA in Stage Design and Technical Theatre.  She has had the wonderful opportunity to work as an apprentice ASM at Ship’s Company, and Below the Salt. She is very excited to be in PEI for the first time ever in her life and have the wonderful opportunity to work with Melissa, our production stage manager, for the first time since high school.

Mike Grdosic lives in Toronto where he has just finished his first year at Humber College’s Theatre Production program, specializing in carpentry and scenic art. Mike’s interest in theatre production only developed recently after volunteering as a production assistant at Watermark Theatre the past two seasons. He is very happy to be back on the island working with the fine folk at Watermark.

Rachel Smith recently completed her 4th year of studies at York University majoring in Theatre Production & Design. She is currently working towards completing her degree with a minor in Visual Art. Rachel was the Set Designer for York University’s 2019 production of Orlando directed by Lindsay Bell and has previously worked as a Scenic Artist on Peter Hinton’s Dido: Queen of Carthage and David Di Giovanni’s A Dream Play. During the summer of 2018 she was the Exhibit and Outreach Coordinator/Archivist for the Arts and Heritage Centre in Warkworth, Ontario.  Additionally, Rachel was also the Curator for their exhibition titled Mary Hutchinson: Life on Main Street.
“Being able to learn and practice my craft on a beautiful island like PEI is a dream come true”, says Rachel. “I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity that Watermark Theatre has provided through the Mentorship Program.”

Claudia Groves recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre and Honours in Costume Studies. Her experience includes working at Mermaid Theatre in Windsor NS during the summer of 2017, as well as several years of theatre experience at Dalhousie. During that time, she contributed in varying ways to a number of productions, including Dante’s Purgatorio and a series of Moliere one-acts.

PEI is home for Lokki Ma, who grew up in Summerside and moved to Toronto after graduating from Dalhousie University with an Honours degree in Technical Theatre. For the past 13 years she has lived and worked in various theatres across Toronto and the Maritimes. She was the 2010 recipient of the Pauline McGibbon award, Props Coordinator for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in 2015 and will be returning for a seventh season as the Head of Props at Young Peoples Theatre this Fall.
“After more than a decade of working in the production side of the industry I was ready for another perspective. One that provides a 360 degree view of how theatre is made on Island” says Lokki. “I feel lucky that I get to gain that perspective from Andrea and Robert as the arts administration intern this summer. I hope to come away from this experience understanding how theatre serves our communities, engages its audience and shapes the culture of the Island. And if I’m lucky, a path forward, one that may lead me home to stay.”

Meghan Riddell is from Milverton, Ontario and is excited to be joining Watermark Theatre as part of her Wardrobe placement. Meghan is currently attending Fanshawe College for Costume Production and is trilled for the opportunity to be apart of this year’s season.

Watermark Theatre is a perfect training ground for aspiring theatre professionals – small enough to nurture and large enough to have processes and policies in place. All sets, costumes and props are realized on site and production standards are high. Though there are many theatre training institutions in Canada there are very few internships available. Hands-on experience and training under a good mentor is one of the best ways to learn and grow.

The program is generously sponsored by the Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation, the RBC Future Launch program, and Skills PEI. Meghan Riddell joins the company through the Fanshawe College Costume Studies Student Placement Program.

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.

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

Getting In On the Act

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Watermark Acting Conservatory 2019
July 22nd to Aug 2nd, 2019The Acting Conservatory at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico offers young actors from the ages of 12 to 18 the opportunity to train with our professional acting company members.

Previous year’s classes have included improvisation, scene study, dance, Shakespeare, voice and speech, monologues, stage combat, etc. The Acting Conservatory culminates in a public performance for family and friends at the end of the two-week session.

All classes will be taught by our team of professional actors who are in residence with the Watermark Theatre Acting Company for the 2019 summer season.

Full Day Acting Workshops Monday to Friday

One week session:  $99 plus HST
Two week session:  $198 plus HST

Sign up for your place in this remarkable experience at admin@watermarktheatre.com or call 902-963-3963

For more information please contact Andrea 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.

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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Call for Playwrights

Call For Submissions – New Plays in Development by PEI Playwrights

Watermark Theatre is calling for submissions of new non-musical plays from PEI playwrights to be included in our 2019 Play Reading Series during the month of August 2019 at the theatre in North Rustico, PEI.

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Plays must:
– be written by playwrights who currently reside in PEI or were born and raised in PEI but currently reside elsewhere
– be unpublished and unproduced at time of submission
– be non-musicals
– have a cast size of 8 or less
– have a running time between 60 minutes and 120 minutes
– be submitted in English (although portions of the play may be in another language)

Plays can be of any topic or genre the playwright chooses. Each playwright may submit no more than two scripts. Plays that were submitted last year are ineligible.

Please send submissions of plays along with a playwright biography and contact information by e-mail to artisticdirector@watermarktheatre.com

Deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2019.

Playwrights of the 3 plays selected will be notified by May 15th, 2019.

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