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Andrea Surich Joins Confederation Centre

General Manager Andrea Surich to leave Watermark
 
It is with both great appreciation and regret that Watermark Theatre announces the departure of General Manager Andrea Surich.  Andrea will be stepping down from her position at Watermark to assume the role of General Manager of Theatre at The Charlottetown Festival at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Effective immediately, Andrea will be sharing her time between the two organizations for the next few months, facilitating a smooth transition for both.
 
Andrea joined Artistic Director Robert Tsonos in the leadership of Watermark Theatre in 2015. Since then, the company has experienced exponential growth at the box office, launched a hugely successful Mentorship Program, and placed the theatre on solid footing for years to come, while delivering theatre productions every summer to great critical and audience acclaim.
 
“Andrea has had an incredible impact on our company and is a major reason why the theatre is in such great shape, both artistically and financially”, explains Robert, “her hard work, dedication, and infectious enthusiasm has immeasurably shaped this theatre. We are going to miss her immensely but also wish her well in her new position”.
 
Watermark Theatre Board Chair Rodney Payne added, “It would be difficult to overstate how important Andrea has been to the Watermark Theatre.  Her engagement and commitment over the past five years is greatly appreciated and she will be sorely missed.”
 
Watermark Theatre’s Board of Directors, artists, staff, and volunteers extend their deepest gratitude to Andrea for her leadership and service to the company and wish her all the best as she embarks on a new stage of her career.
 
For more information or interview requests please contact:
Robert Tsonos, Artistic Director
artisticdirector@watermarktheatre.com
or at 902-963-3963
 
Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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Songs of Protest

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Next Watermark Music Series Concert Announced

The Watermark Music Series next live streamed concert of the summer will be held this Sunday August 23rd at 7:30PM, on our Facebook page.

Songs of Protest from the repertoires of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Marvin Gaye; Bruce Cockburn; Bob Marley and many more. Performed by Catherine MacLellan, Scott Parsons, Rob Oakie, Nick Gauthier, and Dave Wigmore.

Songs of protest have always been a part of mankind’s development. Used for speaking out against oppression, unjust laws, and inequality, they give a voice to those who are socially, economically and politically challenged. Songs about social justice are particularly important today as we battle to eliminate racism and fight for equality in our society.

The show features one of PEI (and Canada’s) greatest voice and songwriter in the folk world, Catherine MacLellan. She will be supported by Scott Parsons, an icon in PEI’s music history and a founder of the Black Cultural Society of PEI. The special guest for the evening will be Rob Oakie with Nick Gauthier and Dave Wigmore. You’ll hear some classics and some songs you may not recognize from the repertoires of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Cockburn, Bob Marley and many more.

These free concerts, curated as always by Rob Oakie, can be viewed in the comfort of your homes by going to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Watermark-Theatre-93969977499

For more information, or to set up interviews with Rob Oakie, or any of the artists, 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).

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
(902) 963‐3963
http://www.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 Announces 2nd Music Series Concert

The Watermark Music Series 2nd concert of the summer will be held on August 4th at 7:30PM. Inspired by The Monterey Pop Festival, the concert will feature the music of The Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and many more. The concerts will be live streamed to our audience members while Irish Mythen, Brielle Ansems and Natalie Williams Calhoun perform these classic songs on the Watermark stage in North Rustico.

These free concerts, curated as always by Rob Oakie, can be viewed in the comfort of your homes by going to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Watermark-Theatre-93969977499

The Monterey Pop Festival was an iconic 3 day festival held in June 1967 in California. The lineup was a who’s who of pop, rock, and folk stars including The Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and so many more. Irish Mythen, Brielle Ansems and special guest Natalie Williams Calhoun will present their own interpretations of some of the music that helped shape the generation.

Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown. “This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here.” And she did just that. Her latest release, Little Bones, gained her recognition around the globe, including a 2020 JUNO nomination for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, seven Music PEI 2020 nominations and two wins — Touring Artist of the Year and Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Nomination for Solo Artist of the Year. Her previous self-titled album garnered awards and nominations from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and SOCAN. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, Rolling Stone and a plethora of other print and online media worldwide, have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of “Must-See Artists”.

Brielle Ansems, born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Montague, PEI, has grown up with music on her lips and a creativity fostered by Prince Edward Island’s artistic community. A recent graduate of Holland College School of Performing Arts Theatre Performance program, her lyric-focused music fuses folk sensibilities with pop and R&B influences to create an emotionally charged, poetic experience for her audiences.

Natalie Williams Calhoun is an accomplished concert cellist, an educator and 1/5 of the well know string ensemble Atlantic String Machine. She has toured across Canada and internationally. Since moving to PEI, she has supported countless artists on stage and in the studio both as a solo artist and with ASM. She has recorded on dozens of albums and worked with a wide range of artists including Rachel Beck, Dylan Menzie, KINLEY, Irish Mythen and many more.

For more information, or to set up interviews with Rob Oakie, or any of the artists, 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).

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

The Music Series Returns

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Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that the Watermark Music Series will go forward this summer, online. The concerts will be live streamed to our audience members while local musicians perform on the Watermark stage in North Rustico.

These free concerts, curated as always by Rob Oakie, can be viewed in the comfort of your homes by going to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Watermark-Theatre-93969977499

The first concert will be July 26th at 7:30PM and will feature R&B classic songs from Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, Michael Jackson and more…
Starring local PEI artists Logan Richard, Joce Reyome, and Tiffany Liu.

Spellbinding R&B grooves, pop hooks galore, a smooth voice that wraps you in, and tasteful blues-tinged guitar licks that make you realize why many are calling Logan Richard one of the best up-and-coming young guitarists in the country: This is what you get upon catching one of Logan Richard’s live shows, or upon a spin of his new self-titled 2020 EP. Honing his front man skills from a young age, belting blues music on stages for outdoor summer café diners on the streets of Charlottetown, PEI, Richard asserted himself on the Maritime blues music scene early on in his life. Continuing his steep career trajectory ascent since then, Richard released his successful debut EP called “The Split” in 2017, which escalated him to a headline slot at the TD Jazz/Blues Festival, and was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year at the 2019 ECMA’s.

Travelling from Boston, Joce Reyome has made this Island their home for the last four years. You can often find them singing originals at local bars, restaurants, and opening for your favourite musicians like Andrew Waite, Irish Mythen, and more. They’re now working on their first EP and are excited to share with this vibrant community.

Tiffany Liu was born in Tianjin city and grew up in Tangshan city China. She came to Canada in March 2016 and moved to PEI in September 2017. Tiffany has been playing the Pipa for 20 years, and her undergraduate major was Chinese Traditional musical instrument performance. She recently graduated from UPEI’s Master of education program.

For more information, or to set up an interviews with Rob Oakie, or any of the artists, 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).

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
(902) 963‐3963
http://www.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 Cancels Summer Season

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With the health of our audience members and our theatre company in mind, we have made the painful decision to cancel Watermark Theatre’s 2020 summer season.

We have been spending the past number of weeks trying to find new ways to present great classical theatre for our audience despite the limitations presented. Our dedicated stage crew and designers were scheduled to begin building sets, costumes and props on May 11 and rehearsals with the acting company were scheduled to begin on June 1. With current restrictions in place we can’t even get some of our team to the island! Making this decision is heart breaking for us but until it is safe to assemble in large groups again, we will have to keep the theatre’s doors closed.

That being said, we are a creative organization and we have a number of ideas on how to keep the theatre vital, vibrant and in your hearts and minds. In the months to come, we will explore opportunities to bring art to our community through our on-line presence or in partnership with other arts organizations and we will continue to share those ideas with you.

Rest assured that we will be back in the summer of 2021 with a wonderful slate of plays to entertain, delight, and provoke audiences once again. Theatre artists around the world are recharging their creative energies and reevaluating their place in the world, and will be back on stage with a new sense of purpose. Theatre has been around for 2500 years, through all kinds of world challenges, and will return again. Let us never take the act of assembly for granted ever again!

We look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre!

Robert and Andrea

Robert Tsonos, Artistic Director
Andrea Surich, General Manager

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

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

New Hurricane On the Way

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The unbelievably talented singer and actress Brielle Ansems just released her first album titled This New Hurricane. Brielle starred as Josie Hogan in the Watermark Theatre’s 2018 production of A Moon For The Misbegotten. Her album can be purchased here:
https://bansemsmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
Digital Album $7
Compact Disc $15
You can also stream it here:
https://album.link/x9gwgnsvgd6bj
Album cover art by Sarah Eddie

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Buy Out the House

ENJOY AN AFTERNOON OR EVENING OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE IN BEAUTIFUL NORTH RUSTICO! HAVE OUR 106 SEAT THEATRE, OUR BAR AND OUR BEAUTIFUL DECK AT YOUR DISPOSAL FOR STAFF PARTIES, CLIENT APPRECIATION EVENTS OR FUNDRAISERS! 

PREVIEW PRICING AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS BEFORE JULY 11th, 2020 $1,400

PRICING FOR BOOKINGS AFTER JULY 11th, 2020 $1,750

READ WHAT OUR “BUY OUT THE HOUSE” FANS HAVE TO SAY!

“… a great fundraising and social opportunity and our members really enjoyed the casual and welcoming atmosphere at the Watermark Theatre. The staff were fantastic to work with and managed all of the details for the evening. It was a seamless event that was both easy to coordinate and enjoyable to our members…many rave reviews of both the performance and the location!”   Sara Roach-Lewis, Women’s Network

“…have been “buying out the house” for the last number of summers as a unique and engaging client event.  The feedback from our clients has been amazing! Any company that is looking to provide a totally unique experience for clients or staff should definitely book an outing at the Watermark.”  Eddie Curran, Scotia Wealth Management

PURCHASE BY CONTACTING US AT 902-963-3963 OR EMAILING ADMIN@WATERMARKTHEATRE.COM

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Meet the Cast at the Watermark

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Nathan Widdifield

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Rebecca Parent

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Justin Shaw

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Kassinda Bulger

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Devin MacKinnon

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

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

 

Call for Submissions at the Watermark

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Call For Submissions – New Plays in Development by PEI Playwrights
Watermark Theatre in association with PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre) is calling for submissions of new non-musical plays from PEI playwrights to be included in Watermark’s 2020 Play Reading Series during the month of August 2020 at the theatre in North Rustico, PEI.

Plays must:
– be written by playwrights who currently reside in PEI or were born or previously lived in PEI but currently reside elsewhere
– be unpublished and must not have had a professional production (previous workshop or Fringe productions are fine)
– be non-musicals
– have a cast size of 8 or less
– 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 in previous years are ineligible.

Please send submissions of plays along with a playwright biography, short synopsis of the play, brief description of development history (how long you have been working on it, draft number, further work you think it needs), and contact information by e-mail to artisticdirector@watermarktheatre.com

Deadline for submissions is March 6th, 2020.

Playwrights of the plays selected will be notified by March 30th, 2020.

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