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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
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(902) 963-3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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

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Mothers and Daughters On Stage at the Watermark Theatre

Barefoot in the Park and Mrs. Warren’s Profession, the two plays on this summer at North Rustico’s Watermark Theatre, both feature a mother-daughter relationship at their core, and Leah Pritchard and Gracie Finley will play daughter and mother in both plays. A unique situation that has both actresses thinking of their own mother-daughter relationships in their own lives.

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Leah Pritchard: “When I think about what connects myself and the characters I will be playing this summer, I believe what we share the most is the stage at which we find ourselves in life. Vivie Warren, Corie Bratter, and I are all at an age where we are learning to establish ourselves as adult women in the world. And I think one of the most surprising and challenging aspects of that growth, is figuring out how you relate to your parents as an adult. In particular, how you relate to your mother as a woman. We’re trying to assert our independence, and prove that we are different from our mothers, all the while trying to understand who our mothers are as women. Personally, my mother is one of the most important people in my life, and I love how complex our relationship has always been. No one supports me like my mom, but I also don’t argue quite so frankly with anyone else. I am looking forward to seeing how the complexity of that mother-daughter dynamic lends itself to my understanding of my stage mama, Gracie Finley. Just like with my mother, I share such mutual respect and trust with Gracie, from our many summers playing mother and daughter on stage, that I know there will already be trust, and a loving familiarity between our characters this summer.”

Gracie Finley: “When tackling a mother-daughter relationship in a play, all those dimensions and layers from my personal life come into play and this can certainly help on many levels in establishing a believable relationship on the stage. It can also be a problem. Not all relationships are based on my own personal experience of trust and unconditional love and sometimes these instincts have to be fought if the play asks for something else. I have a very close relationship with my own daughter, though like all mother-daughter relationships we have our differences, and one of the toughest lessons for me to have learned is that my daughter is a very different person from me. I have had to learn to accept, support and ultimately respect that, unconditionally. This will be my 4th season working with Leah. We were the only two girls in the company during her first season when she played my adopted daughter in “The Lion In Winter”. We shared a dressing room and quickly found we were kindred spirits in many ways. I have seen her grow in confidence and ability as an actress, and mature and develop as a person. We have developed a trust and bond I know we can bring to the stage. She is a lovely girl and a dynamite actress. I am so proud of her on so many levels.”

Performances of “Barefoot in the Park” begin June 27th and “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” gets going on July 7th.

Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the Watermark

George Bernard Shaw‘s scathing commentary on social hypocrisy and the excesses of capitalism, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, was banned from being performed in England when it was originally written in 1893 because of its frank discussion of prostitution.

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Mrs. Kitty Warren worked her way out of the London slums and now lives abroad, having provided her daughter Vivie with the education and means to grow into a smart, independent young woman of strong convictions. When Mrs. Warren returns, mother and daughter discover that neither is the woman they thought they knew. A brilliant, provocative play by a master playwright.

Barefoot in the Park at the Watermark

The romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park ran for 1,530 performances when it first opened on Broadway in 1963making it Neil Simon’s longest running hit and one of the longest running non-musicals in Broadway history.

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A free-spirited bride and her buttoned-down groom settle down to some rocky happily-ever-aftering in a New York City walk-up, occasionally invaded by the bride’s wacky mother and the quirky bohemian who lives in the attic. Made into a movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, Barefoot in the Park is clever and hilarious, filled with snappy dialogue and witty one-liners.

Ready to Go at the Watermark

The Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce casting for the upcoming 2017 summer season, the 10th in the company’s history. A few familiar faces and a couple of actors new to the Island will perform in the company’s productions of Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon and Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw as well as taking part in the 2017 Play Reading Series. Joining previously announced actress Leah Pritchard, who tackles both lead roles this summer, will be Gracie Finley, Jordan Campbell, Ian Deakin, Jerry Getty, and PEI’s own Paul Whelan.

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Returning for her 5th season, Gracie Finley will play the oddly hilarious Ethel Banks is Barefoot in the Park and the commanding Kitty Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. 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 at the Charlottetown Festival from 1968 to 1974 and again in 1984 and 1985. For the Watermark, Gracie has performed in Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie, The Shore Field, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, and An Ideal Husband.

A veteran of Canadian Theatre, Ian Deakin has worked from coast to coast and spent 13 seasons at the Stratford Festival. Ian takes on the roles of the oddball Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park, and the nasty Sir George Crofts in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. In addition to his many years at Stratford, Ian appeared on Broadway with Christopher Plummer in King Lear at the Lincoln Centre, and Off Broadway at City Centre in Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. Most recent credits include work at Theatre Calgary, Theatre By The Bay, Drayton Festival Theatre, Globe Theatre, and the Rose Theatre. PEI audiences may recognize Ian as Inspector Closely from a 2010 production of The Last Resort at the Charlottetown Festival.

Audiences will remember Jordan Campbell from our 2015 season when he played Benvolio in Duncan McIntosh’s stellar production of Romeo & Juliet. This summer Jordan tackles the role of the uptight Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and the lovable cad Frank Gardner in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Jordan is a Graduate of the Ryerson University Acting Program and since graduating in 2013 has had the great fortune of performing with Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, Globus Theatre in Bobcaygeon and Alehouse Theatre in Toronto.

Actor Jerry Getty has appeared in theatres across the country, including The Grand Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Persephone Theatre, and Magnus Theatre, amongst others. Some of his favourite roles are the title characters in Hamlet, Ethan Claymore, Wally’s Cafe and the one-man show, MacHomer. This summer Jerry plays the very funny Telephone Man in Barefoot in the Park and the sensitive artist Mr. Praed in Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

Paul Whelan has a long history and distinguished career in theatre on the Island having worked with Theatre PEI, Kings Playhouse, The Guild, ACT, and the Confederation Centre. Paul is a producer, production stage manager, director and actor. He directed ACT’s 25th anniversary production of Our Town and this past year a very successful production of The Laramie Project. As an actor, some favourite credits are: Lend Me A Tenor, Noel Coward in Two Keys, The Tempest, and of course Matthew, in Anne of Green Gables-The Musical. Paul will play the stern Reverend Samuel Gardner in Mrs. Warren’s Profession and will make a cameo appearance in Barefoot in the Park.

Entering her fourth season with the company, Leah Pritchard will play both lead roles this summer – the perky Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and the complicated Vivie Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Last summer, Leah brought an incredible vulnerability and sense of wonder to her portrayal of Laura in The Glass Menagerie, and great comic timing to the dual roles of Edith and Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit. Her other previous credits at Watermark were in The Rainmaker, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, and An Ideal Husband.

Watermark is thrilled to have all of these fine actors in the company this summer and look forward to another busy season at the theatre in North Rustico.

For more information or to set up a phone interview with any of our actors please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com.
Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI

Working Your Way Up

Leah Pritchard returns to the Watermark Theatre this summer playing the lead role in both main stage productions and she couldn’t be more thrilled. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of playing two women who are such polar opposites,”says Leah. “I think it’ll be a summer season filled with fun and romance, as well as a healthy dose of girl power!”

Entering her fourth season with the company, Leah will play the perky Corie Bratter in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park and the complicated Vivie Warren in George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

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After three summers of incredible performances, Artistic Director Robert Tsonos thought it was time to give Leah a high profile opportunity. “Leah has stood out in every role we have given her and I thought she was ready to carry an entire season”, says Tsonos. “She’s versatile, absolutely magnetic on stage, and exudes an intelligence and warmth that audiences have really responded to.”

Last summer, Leah brought an incredible vulnerability and sense of wonder to her portrayal of Laura in The Glass Menagerie, and great comic timing to the dual roles of Edith and Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit. She first graced the stage of the Watermark 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.

Leah is a Halifax actor, originally from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. She has worked throughout the Atlantic provinces with such companies as Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and Hard Ticket Productions in Newfoundland; as well as Neptune Theatre, The Villian’s Theatre, And DMV Theatre, in Nova Scotia. In the fall of 2014, Leah sang with Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble on their debut album Here On These Branches, which was nominated for best classical recording of 2015 at the East Coast Music Awards.

When not on stage, Leah has also been a teaching assistant for Neptune Theatre’s youth theatre workshops, and has helped lead Watermark’s youth theatre acting conservatory for the past three summers.

The Watermark is delighted to have Leah back for the 2017 summer season.

For more information, or to set up a phone interview with Leah Pritchard please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

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

Watermark Adds Matinee Performances of ‘Blithe Spirit’

Watermark Theatre is pleased to announce that two more performances of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward will be added to the summer schedule.

Wed August 17th at 1:30PM
Sat August 27th at 1:30PM

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Tickets for Blithe Spirit are selling so well that the company has decided to add two matinee performances to meet the high demand for this much loved comedy.

Directed by Alan Kinsella and starring Gracie Finley, Daniel Briere, Bryde MacLean, Suzanne Roberts Smith, Leah Pritchard, and Joshua Browne, the production has received universally positive reviews since opening earlier this summer.

“‘Blithe Spirit’ best comedy on P.E.I. Come to Watermark Theatre’s production to enjoy fun, fun and more fun” – The Guardian

“(Gracie) Finley was clearly enjoying herself, and so were we—she was flat-out wonderful.” – The Buzz

“If you’re looking for some cerebral comedy with a splash of slapstick, Blithe Spirit is the show for you.” – ONRPEI.COM

Researching his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira who soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife Ruth. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – Noel Coward at his comedic best!

Photo Credit: Bryde MacLean and Gracie Finley. Photographer was Mike Viau.