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Raffi Brings Baby Beluga to PEI

Raffi is a singer, songwriter, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children. He is best known for his work as a children’s entertainer whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings in North America includes his classic song, “Baby Beluga”.

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Once called “the most popular children’s singer in the English-speaking world” (Washington Post) and “Canada’s all time children’s champion” (Toronto Star), Raffi is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations’ Earth Achievement Award.

He has never advertised to children or made any commercial endorsements. His commitment to treating his young fans with respect changed society’s outlook on music made for children.

In 2010, Raffi founded The Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, BC. With the motto “Respecting Earth & Child,” the Centre is at the heart of a global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking societies.

Don’t miss RAFFI and his Beluga Grads Concert LIVE at the Confederation Centre for the Arts on May 15th at 2 PM! Sing along to your favourites like Baby Beluga, Down By The Bay, Bananaphone and many more !

Proceeds benefit The Centre for Child Honouring.

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Mary Poppins Lands in Charlottetown

Charlottetown Rural High School is proud to present Mary Poppins, the stage musical adapted by Cameron Mackintosh in 1993. Join us as Mary Poppins and her friend Bert lead the Banks family to break with social conventions and re-discover the real wonder of life before it’s too late!

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Mary Poppins needs almost no introduction. The Disney movie released in August of 1964 quickly set box office records as audiences fell in love with the magical arrival of Mary Poppins, complete with talking parrot umbrella and bottomless carpet bag, to take over as nanny to Jane and Michael Banks. With the help of her multi-talented friend Bert, Mary and the children set out each day on a series of adventures all over Edwardian London, circa 1910. Through many escapades, a near run on the bank where Mr. Banks works and in the midst of a dysfunctional home, Mary and Bert lead the whole Banks family to re-discover the true possibilities of life against the backdrop of social conditions, industrial capitalism and the suffragette movement of the day.

The movie’s audience appeal spread across all ages, garnered 13 Academy Nominations and Awards, a host of other film awards and was selected in 2013 for preservation in the National Film Registry for its historic and cultural relevance. A less-known fact about the movie is that it provided the huge financial backing Walt Disney used to purchase land in Florida and build Walt Disney World.

In 1993, Cameron Mackintosh acquired the rights to produce a stage adaptation of Mary Poppins from the author of the original books, P.L. Travers. In 2004, the musical opened in the West End, London and in 2006 the Broadway version opened in New York where it continued until 2013 when it closed to make room for the new production of Aladdin. In late 2014, Mary Poppins became available for amateur performance, perfect timing for Charlottetown Rural!

Mary Poppins is at the Confederation Centre on May 12, 13, and 14 at 7 PM.

A Watermark on the Coast

The artists and staff of the Watermark Theatre on the coast of North Rustico believe our province is a better place to live in and visit because it has a fine classical theatre company. Programs for students, seniors, summer residents, visitors and residents enrich and support our lives. They give us access to some of the greatest thinkers in history, thrilling art work and stories from our own rich history.

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We believe that this excellent art work should be available at a low price so that everyone who wants to enjoy it can. To provide this access, community members volunteer time and donate money, staff and management work for minimum wage or honorariums, volunteer time and donate money; professional artists from across Canada provide top class work for minimum wages.

The Watermark Theatre produces the finest professional classical theatre in P.E.I. You’ll find the greatest works of English, American, and European Literature on our intimate thrust stage in North Rustico, all at incredibly affordable prices.

Summerside Showtime

Harbourfront Theatre opened its doors in 1996, the result of more than a decade of tireless effort on the part of a group of Summerside citizens with a vision to create a state of the art, multi purpose performing arts facility in Prince County. The theatre, along with the Eptek Art & Culture Centre and the Summerside Visitor Information Centre, is housed in The Wyatt Centre, aptly named after one of the facility’s major contributors, Dr. Wanda Wyatt.

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Harbourfront Theatre is owned by Regional Cultural Events Centre Inc., a registered non-profit organization managed by a board of directors, general manager, and director of operations, and boasts a friendly, knowledgeable, professional staff and a dedicated core of over 90 volunteers.

Its mission is “to provide a continuous live entertainment service to the Prince Edward Island community and its visitors, featuring both local and touring productions, while being a significant driving force within the community to encourage and nurture the development and appreciation of the performing arts.”

The facility is ideally suited to a myriad of uses, including plays, concerts, opera, ballet, comedy & magic shows, conferences, seminars, receptions, business mixers, trade shows and public forums. Beautifully appointed and state of the art equipped, the Harbourfront Theatre represents the best of both worlds – large enough to host renowned touring acts, yet small enough so that every one of its 527 seats captures a uniquely intimate performer/audience experience.

The Little Theatre That Could, and Does.

The Victoria Playhouse Inc., located in the beautiful village of Victoria by the Sea, Prince Edward Island, was formed in 1981, when residents voted to encourage the production of live theatre in their community hall. It was recognized the presence of the theatre contributed to the quality of life and the social and economic vitality of the community.

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The Victoria Playhouse Inc. is a registered not-for-profit organization and is managed by a five-member Board of Directors, an Artistic Programming Committee and a Managing Director. The company has produced thirty-four seasons of live theatre and performance events emphasizing contemporary Canadian plays and music. On average the Playhouse presents over eighty performances a year and during the peak season (July through September) operates seven days a week.

The historic Victoria Hall, located at the exact centre of the village is home to the Victoria Playhouse Inc. The building was constructed between 1912-1915 and is widely known for its intimate interior, excellent acoustics and air conditioning! In 2007 the Hall was designated a ‘Historic Place’ on the Canadian Register of Historic Places. The Hall has been the heart of the community for nearly one hundred years and continues to bring people together, from near and far, to share in the magic of live performance.

‘Funniest Guy’ Returns to the Victoria Theatre

Rounding out the 2016 season at the Victoria Theatre, Chris Gibbs, who opened for the sold out run of Cathy Jones’ Stranger to Hard Work last summer, returns in September with his own comedy show. Like Father, Like Son?

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Sorry took the award for Patron’s Pick at the Toronto Fringe Festival and has played to sold out houses across Canada. The show playfully explores the fears, worries and surprises of being a new father, and the absolute terror of wanting to be a good one.

May Run Music Festival Country Jubilee

This popular show has presented some of PEI’s top country artists for the past 4 years. Opening the show will be 3 nominees for Music PEI’s Country Recording of the Year. Kelley Mooney, Dan Currie and Johnny Oliver will perform in a songwriters’ circle.

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The second half of the show will be a special PEI Country Legends Tribute featuring Neil Matthews, Lester MacPherson and more.

The Country Jubilee appears at the Harbourfront Theatre on May 20th at 7:30 PM.