Rudy the New Shirley

Introducing Emma Rudy: The Charlottetown Festival Announces new Anne Shirley for Flagship Musical

Stratford, ON native will star in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™, June 24-Sept 28

 

It’s official, there’s a new Anne in town. Artistic Director of Confederation Centre of the Arts, Adam Brazierannounced today that Emma Rudy will take centre stage in the treasured Island musical this summer. Following an exhaustive casting search, Miss Rudy will become the 19th actor to play Anne Shirley in the celebrated history of Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ at The Charlottetown Festival.

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Confederation Centre’s crown jewel musical returns for its 55th consecutive summer–a testament to the global appeal of “a classic inspired by a classic”. Following Anne’s search for love and belonging in her adopted home of P.E.I., the musical has been redesigned by Brazier and his team, with thrilling new choreography, all new sets and costumes, and a must-see revolving stage, showcasing the Green Gables house like never before.

“Emma Rudy is an extraordinary talent with a stunning soprano and is a very strong actress,” offers Brazier, who will again direct the storied musical. “Her approach to the material showed a maturity of thought without losing the youthful joy and optimism that carries Anne through her life.”

He continues, “What set Emma apart from the many wonderful actors that auditioned was the reverence with which she approached the role and audition. Emma understands the significance of playing Anne at The Charlottetown Festival.”

Born and raised in Stratford, Ontario, Miss Rudy is a Toronto-based performer and recent Sheridan College graduate. Currently, she is starring in nearby Moncton, New Brunswick as ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast at the Capitol Theatre. Other credits include ‘Marty’ in Grease (Wintergarden); Honour (Stratford Masonic Hall); and Rumspringa Break! (Theatre Passe Muraille).

For her part, Miss Rudy is delighted to be making her Festival debut. “I can’t wait to fall in love with Prince Edward Island the same way Anne did, and to discover the beauty the world has to offer through her eyes,” she offers. “Having the opportunity to play the imaginative, adventurous, stubborn, intelligent, and passionate Anne is truly a childhood dream manifesting itself into reality,” she beams. “I have held her story dear to my heart for my entire life, and I am overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude.”

The Charlottetown Festival’s crown jewel musical, sponsored by CAA, returns June 24 to September 28 in the Homburg Theatreat Confederation Centre. Choreography is from Robin Calvert, music direction from Craig Fair, sound design by Peter McBoyle, costume and scenic design from Cory Sincennes, and lighting design by Michel Walton.

The title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival is CIBC. Stay tuned for more Charlottetown Festival lead casting announcements in the coming months.

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Make Yourself Heard

Confederation Centre Launches the Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest

Students challenged to reflect on state of Confederation at present; $2,000 in prizes available

 

The Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest invites Prince Edward Island students in grades 11 and 12 to submit an original and creative essay or digital piece responding to the current state of Canadian Confederation.

The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours, recognizing a distinguished person who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The 2018 Symons Medal was awarded to internationally-acclaimed historian, Dr. Margaret MacMillan, C.C., on November 23 in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Dr. MacMillan’s accompanying Symons Medal Lecture was entitled ‘The Lion’s Cub: The First World War and the Evolution of the Canadian Nation.

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This year’s essay contest theme challenges students to consider pressing issues surrounding Canadian identity, such as: does Confederation look and mean the same as it did when Canada was first dreamed into being? If the national union is indeed still working, then is it working for everyone? If not, how could Canadian union be more inclusive? What could Confederation look like in 2050?

Students may reflect upon these questions or develop their own themes within the broader Canadian Confederation subject. Students may wish to draw upon ideas presented during Dr. MacMillan’s 2018 Symons Medal Lecture

Alternatively, students may develop a digital design to present their essay, such as a podcast or video form (no more than 10 minutes) or a mixed media, such as long-form blog with images and video. Winning entrants will receive prizes totaling $2,000.

The essays will be reviewed by a panel of judges appointed by the Centre and winners will be announced in May 2018. Student contestants should submit their entry by April 30, 2019 via email toetheuerkauf@confederationcentre.com; or can be mailed to Ellen Theuerkauf, Confederation Centre of the Arts, 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J1. For more information, visit the Confederation Centre’s website.

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

Win Her Heart

Who in your life deserves a special something for Valentine’s Day?

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Tag a friend, family member, or loved one, make sure you both like our page…and you could win this Swarovski crystal necklace from the Confederation Centre Showcase Gift Shop and two tickets to our ‘Valentine’s Cabaret’ on February 14.

Drawing the winner at the end of the month!

Take a Tour Hear a Story

The Story of Confederation

Explore the Confederation Chamber, an accurate replica of the Province House site where Canada was born.

The Story of Confederation offers visitors the opportunity to experience Province House in Prince Edward Island National Historic Site and the Charlottetown Conference while Province House is closed for conservation work over the next three to five years.

HOURS OF OPERATION 

The Upper Foyer of the Confederation Centre of the Arts has been transformed into a stunning replica of the historic Confederation Chamber where the Fathers of Confederation met during the Charlottetown Conference. While there, watch Parks Canada’s new film, “A Building of Destiny”, which transports viewers back in time to the first eight days in September, 1864, when the discussions that took place at Province House would change the face of North America. This film also showcases related themes, including the First Nations context at the time of Confederation and the role of women in Victorian society.

To book a private tour, or more information, please contact chamber@confederationcentre.com

Rumors Rumors Rumors

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MARCH 1, 2, 8, & 9, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
MARCH 10, 2:00 PM
All Seats: $20.00 (tax & fees included)

The Harbourfront Players in:
Rumors
by Neil Simon

Directed by Marlane O’Brien

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At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just “accidentally” shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of FARCE. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer Ken and Ken’s wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

While this play is a farce, there are mature themes and occasional off-colour language. Not recommended for small children. “PG13” – parents use discretion.

Back in the 70s

A Documentary Impulse’ Now Open: 1970s Photography of Prince Edward Island Life

New photography exhibition on display until May 2019 at the CCAG

A new exhibition has opened at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) that explores the everyday P.E.I. way of life through extensive documentary photography circa the 1970s. A Documentary Impulse: 1970s Photography of Prince Edward Island Life is on display until May 19, 2019.

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In the 1970s, as P.E.I. was undergoing rapid change, many Islanders began to be concerned about losing their “Island way of life.” It is not a coincidence that around this time many institutions, such as P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation and others, were created to preserve evidence from the past, and to conserve the historic architecture and heritage of the province. Individuals and interest groups were concerned about the effects that tourism, advertising, urban development, and industrialization would have on the peaceful pastoral landscape. Members of the Island agriculture industry and energy sectors held both modernist and anti-modernist ideals and against this setting the back-to-the-land movement demonstrated a renewed interest in renewable energy and a traditional farming lifestyle.

Photographers were commissioned to document everyday life, and were sourced from a critical mass of artists doing documentary projects on P.E.I. at that time. The 1970s remain a peak moment for 35mm photography on the Island. In the 1950s there were amateur photography clubs and commercial photographers. By 1975, many significant photographers were active on the Island, including acclaimed transplanted New Yorker George Zimbel, English documentarian Lawrence McLagan, and former Canadian Photographer of the Year (1966) Lionel Stevenson.

This new exhibition revisits an important 1978 exhibition from the CCAG, Document of Our Times – Prince Edward Island, 1977, which showed a selection of documentary work commissioned as part of a Canada Works project sponsored by the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation. The idea was that photographers would document, “Life on Prince Edward Island” from May 15 to December 31, 1977. Over 250 rolls of film were shot by Lawrence McLagan, Lionel Stevenson, and Jake Werner, and the 2019 exhibition, A Documentary Impulse, will feature a selection of over 70 images from that project.

Alongside these pictures will be a selection of documentary images by some of the more prominent photographers active in P.E.I. at that time, including Zimbel, Wayne Barrett, and Richard Furlong.