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Carols at the Watermark

The Holiday Classic “A Christmas Carol” at Watermark Theatre
 
Watermark Theatre will present the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens in a new adaptation by Danielle Pearson from December 9th to 19th, 2021. Thursday to Saturday nights at 7:30PM, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00PM. Starring Cameron MacDuffee and Leah Pritchard. Directed by Rebecca Parent.
 
It’s Christmas Eve, and whilst London is alive with festive cheer and seasonal goodwill, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge grows meaner by the minute. A heartless moneylender, who cares more about counting his coins than for his fellow man, Scrooge despises Christmas and everything to do with it. But will a timely visit from the haunting ghosts of Christmas past, present and future change his wicked ways before it’s too late? Two actors introduce us to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of extraordinary characters as you have never seen them before in a festive retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale.


★★★★★ ‘An exquisite piece of magical theatre’ – Musical Theatre Review
 
For over 25 years Cameron MacDuffee has worked as a professional actor, musician, playwright, producer and instructor across Canada and the United States. He has performed in most of the major regional theatres in Canada in over 70 professional productions, including four seasons at the Shaw Festival and seven seasons at the Charlottetown Festival (Kronborg, Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar, On The Road with Dutch Mason, Anne of Green Gables, Dear Johnny Deere, Evangeline, Ring of Fire).
 
Leah Pritchard is an East Coast artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has worked as a professional actor and singer across Newfoundland (TNL, Gros Morne Theatre Festival), Nova Scotia (Neptune, Xara Choral Theatre, Villain’s Theatre), Prince Edward Island (Watermark Theatre), and Ontario (Tangled Art and Disability) since gaining her BFA from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
 
Originally from Charlottetown, Rebecca Parent has 20 years of professional theatre experience. She has been seen on stages across the country as an actor, singer, and arts activist. Selected theatre credits include six seasons at Watermark Theatre; Anne Shirley, Anne & Gilbert (Guild); Alma in What a Young Wife Ought to Know, and Nora Barnacle in Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel (2b theatre). Directing credits include Tuesdays & Sundays, Johnny & June, Final Wave (Kitbag Theatre), The Hobbit (Montgomery Theatre).
 
Holiday Prices at $18 for adults and $12 for students.
 
Proudly supported by the PEI Events Innovation Fund.
 
Note:  A PEI Vaccine Passport and ID must be shown at the door to be admitted.
 
Tickets are now on sale at http://www.ticketwizard.ca
Or call the box office at 902-963-3963
 
Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.
We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.
 
For more information please contact Lara Dias at 902-963-3963 or admin@watermarktheatre.com
 
Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave                
North Rustico, PE                
C0A 1X0           
(902) 963-3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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Mixing It Up

Acadian Saturday Night – Watermark Music Series – Nov. 6th

The final concert of the Watermark Music Series for 2021 will be an Acadian Saturday Night on November 6th at 7:30PM. A typical Saturday night in the Evangeline region of PEI for the past many generations would often feature a family or community gathering at someone’s house to share stories, sing, dance and pass on traditional tunes. November 6th, the Watermark will come alive with an Acadian house party. The stellar lineup of musicians for our little party will feature some of Evangeline’s top musicians including Fayo, Remi Arsenault and Caroline Bernard, sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle Leblanc and Pascal Miousse. These 6 artists will take us on a voyage back in time with fiery fiddle tunes, songs and dance as only they can.  

Tickets are now on sale at http://www.ticketwizard.ca
Or call the box office at 902-963-3963

Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.
We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.

For more information please contact Lara Dias at 902-963-3963 or admin@watermarktheatre.com

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

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Don’t Miss Out

Buy Your Tickets Now! With a reduced capacity of only 40 seats per performance, tickets are going fast, so please book your tickets as soon as possible. Cottagers and Indians is Sold Out on these dates: September 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 18th at 7:30PM.

Performance Dates are September 8th to 25th.

Tickets: https://www.ticketwizard.ca/show/2782Or call our box office at 902-963-3963.

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Casting Update at the Watermark

Casting Update – Cottagers and Indians
Geneviève Steele to play the part of Maureen Poole
Geneviève is thrilled to be joining the wonderful team of Cottagers and Indians and grateful for the opportunity to return to beautiful PEI/Epekwitk. Most recently she reprised the role of Sissy in Half-Cracked at Ship’s Company Theatre. Other theatre highlights include Calendar Girls, Snake in the Grass, Rabbit Hole (Neptune Theatre), Venus in Fur, Skylight, Molly’s Veil, and Educating Rita (Festival Antigonish) Uncle Vanya, Animal Farm, Pélagie (Two Planks and a Passion), The Overcoat, Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage Company) and The Birds and the Bees (Victoria Playhouse). Geneviève lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband, singer/songwriter Ian Sherwood, and their two girls. Special thanks to them, and thanks to you for supporting the theatre.

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Living the Planet

Songs For a Small Planet at the Watermark Theatre – This is the first step in creating an international project dedicated to creating visionary songs that inspire us to make the world a better place. Themes of environment, social justice, self-care, tolerance, love and more will be presented by a stunning group of PEI women. Leading the way is project creator and musician Teresa Doyle who will be joined by Island treasure Meaghan Blanchard, poet and songsmith Tanya Davis and international touring artist Emmanuelle LeBlanc of Vishtèn fame. Special guest Julie Pellissier-Lush, PEI Poet Laureate, actress, best-selling author, recipient of the Queens jubilee medal, the Meritorious Service Medal recipient, and the Senators 150 medal will join the group to offer Mi’kmaq greetings and read a selection of her poems.

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Winning at Cards

“Oh boy, cards! The paper rectangles old people think are fun!” 

—Luz Noceda, The Owl House

Often the odd man out in my extended family, I differ from much of them perhaps most markedly in my persistent indifference to card games. Cards actually rather fascinate me as objects, as iconography, as metaphor; I just seldom enjoy most card games much, despite growing up amidst an intergenerational school of card sharks. 

So Luz Noceda’s cheerfully careless remark above has some resonance for me, especially the younger me of yore. Card games were things the older folks in my life always enjoyed, though I never fully saw the appeal; but you don’t have to be old or a card player or both to appreciate Watermark Theatre’s superb production of The Gin Game, which makes about 90 minutes of old people playing cards weirdly compelling. 

A big part of that is the Pulitzer-winning, Tony-nominated script penned by Donald L. Coburn back in 1976, which spawned several successful Broadway runs. Called “virtually plotless” by the New York Times, this two-person, two-act play depicts a series of gin rummy games played by two troubled residents of a shabby seniors home, Weller Martin (portrayed here by Richard Clarkin) and Fonsia Dorsey (Gracie Finley). 

Sounds simple, and it is, but layers abound: both players are holding secrets—regrets, grudges, prejudices, delusions, ambitions, hopes and agendas—and it all comes out as their card games become increasingly combative, deeply personal and ultimately destructive. Turns out those paper rectangles were loaded. 

Director Robert Tsonos and company bring this darkly witty, impressively compact and occasionally disturbing tragicomedy to vivid life, crisply realizing all aspects of the production. This includes Pat Caron’s richly immersive light and sound design and Cory Sincennes’ lushly detailed, palpably decaying nursing home exterior set, which packs remarkable depth and levels into the small Watermark space, pretty much the perfect venue for a show this focused and intimate. 

None of that means much in a two-person play without two good actors inhabiting that space, breathing life into the story, and the Clarkin-Finley duo does that in spades. Both build distinctive, fully incarnated characters in terms of attitude, energy, physical presence and intention, such that we get a sense of who and what these characters are even when they’re not saying a word. 

They say lots of words, of course, and Finley and Clarkin adroitly navigate it all in sequences ranging from playful banter to profane shouting matches to anguished confessions; and yet some of their quieter moments are among the most indelibly memorable, like a solo-dancing Finley dreamily swaying to nearby music, or a broken Clarkin slowly hobbling away. 

It’s a short, simple play featuring a compact cast in a small space, but Watermark’s The Gin Game seems likely to loom large in this PEI theatrical summer as one of the smartest, most artfully crafted offerings of 2021.Sean McQuaidTheatreWatermark Theatre

SEAN MCQUAID

Mild-mannered Hansard reporter by day and oddball freelance writer by night, past Buzz editor Sean McQuaid has been a contributor since the ’90s and a theatre enthusiast for longer than that. He lives in Charlottetown with his wife, daughter, cats and untold thousands of comic books.

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