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The Man Who Educated Rita

Playwright Profile – Willy Russell – Educating Rita

Willy Russell’s career spans more than four decades; born in Liverpool in 1947, he left school at 15, became a women’s hairdresser, part-time singer/songwriter before returning to education and becoming a teacher. Two of Willy’s best-known plays have female protagonists, Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. Both became successful films – Julie Walters and Pauline Collins who played the roles on stage received Oscar nominations as did Willy for the screenplay of Educating Rita.

His musical Blood Brothers played for 24 years becoming the 3rd longest running West End musical. Major foreign productions include a 2 year run on Broadway.

Willy continues to be one of the most celebrated and widely produced writers of his generation with works regularly being produced throughout the world.

Buy Your Tickets to Educating Rita Here: https://www.ticketwizard.ca/show/3217

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Opening the Drawer

Cast and Creative Team Announced for The Drawer Boy

Watermark is thrilled to announce the cast and creative team working on The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey playing at the theatre in North Rustico from August 9th to September 3rd, 2022. The production will be directed by Mary Vingoe and the actors will be Rahul Gandhi, Wally MacKinnon, and Paul Rainville. The designers for the production are Wes Babcock (set), Rebecca Miller (lights), Julia Kim (costumes), and Pat Caron (sound).

The Drawer Boy, one of the most successful plays in Canadian theatre history, depicts the story of a young actor from the big city who moves in with two farmers to gather stories about rural life. The farmers’ lives are irrevocably altered when art attempts to imitate life and the line between truth and fiction is crossed. Hilarious, surprising, and infinitely moving. Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award.

Mary Vingoe has directed at theatres across the country including Canada’s National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Alberta Theatre Projects and Neptune Theatre. Mary is the founding Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa, co-founder and past Artistic Director of Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre, co-founder and past co-Artistic Director of Ship’s Co. Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia and co-founder and past Artistic Director of The Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax. In 2011, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contribution to Canadian theatre.

Rahul Gandhi is a bilingual actor, director, creator, and producer from Montreal. Though his heart lies on stage, he wears a variety of hats in and around theatre, film, television, and arts administration. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with honors), and a Graduates Diploma in Communication studies, both from Concordia University. Notable theatre credits include: Romeo in HPC’s Romeo and Juliet, and alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop AMP ensemble. Rahul recently appeared at the Watermark in Kitbag Theatre’s production of Lungs.

Wally MacKinnon is an award-winning actor who has been performing for audiences for over 30 years, appearing in numerous theatre, film and television productions. Wally’s credits include: Village Wooing, The Importance of Being Ernest (Montgomery Theatre) Anne & Gilbert (Jubilee Theatre), The Birds & The Bees, The Drawer Boy (Victoria Playhouse) KAMP (ETF/Neptune) Flying on Her Own (Neptune), and numerous plays with Festival Antigonish, Theatre New Brunswick, Ship’s Company Theatre and The Stephenville Festival.

Paul Rainville has worked in theatres across the country. He played  King Lear at Shakespeare By The Sea; The December Man, Twelfth Night, and Adventures of a Black Girl In Search of God [National Arts Centre]; No Great Mischief, The Secret Mask, Heroes, Plan B, Pauline and Turgenev (GCTC); The Children’s Republic [Belfry Theatre]; Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile [MTC, NAC]; an adaptation of Timothy Findley’s novel Not Wanted On the Voyage [MTC, Can Stage]; Cyrano [Theatre Calgary, MTC, NAC]; Wajdi Maouwad’s Scorched [MTC, Citadel Th.]; Morris Panych’s Vigil [Prairie Theatre Exchange]; and The Price [Saidye Bronfman / Sudbury Theatre Centre].

Ticket prices range from $15 to $32 and can be purchased at ticketwizard.ca or by calling 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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Pedal to the Metal

Watermark Music Series – The Gasoline Brothers – July 24th
 
The first concert in the Watermark Music Series will be The Gasoline Brothers – The Music of Tony Rice and David Grisman featuring Alan Jeffries & Ray Legere with special guest David Wigmore on stage July 24th at 7:30PM.
 
Tony Rice and David Grisman have been regarded as two of Bluegrass’s top musicians and innovators and have inspired generations of musicians. Rice was an influential acoustic guitar player in bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass and acoustic jazz.  He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2013. His flatpicking style set the gold standard for acoustic guitar playing.
 
Tony Rice and David Grisman called themselves the “Gasoline Brothers” — their way of referring to the kinetic connection they felt when playing music together, especially at “burning” tempos!
 
Grisman, born in New Jersey, first picked up the mandolin as a traditional bluegrass player but by the 70’s had started exploring jazz. He recorded with various artists including the Grateful Dead on the iconic American Beauty album in 1970. He recruited Rice in the mid/late 70’s to be part of the David Grisman Quintette. What followed was a series of groundbreaking albums including Hot Dawg in 1978. The all instrumental music was a combination of Django Reinhardt-era jazz, bluegrass, folk, Old World Mediterranean string band music, as well as modern jazz fusion that came to embody “Dawg” music.
 
Both Rice and Grisman have recorded on countless albums for other musicians and their own discography is impressive. Tony Rice passed away Christmas day 2020. Grisman is still performing and recording. 
 
Alan Jeffries and Ray Legere, both hailing form New Brunswick, will be interpreting the music of the Gasoline Brothers. This is a show not to miss for all acoustic music fans, two of the world’s best interpreted by two of Canada’s best.  
 
Our special guest for the evening is PEI acoustic guitar wizard David Wigmore. Dave, originally from Kensington, is one of the original pillars of the Bootlegger’s Ball and has been entertaining Island audiences for decades.
 
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.ticketwizard.ca or by calling 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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Cast and Crew Announced

Cast and Creative Team Announced for Educating Rita

Watermark is thrilled to announce the cast and creative team working on Educating Ritaby Willy Russell playing at the theatre in North Rustico from July 12th to 30th, 2022. The production will be directed by Martha Irving, the part of Rita will be played by Naomi Ngebulana, and the role of Frank will be played by Réjean Cournoyer. The designers for the production are Wes Babcock (set), Dorrie Deutschendorf (lights), Vickie Marston (costumes), and Pat Caron (sound).

Educating Rita by Willy Russell is a warm, funny, intelligent play about relationships, connections, and freedom. The play follows Rita, a married hairstylist, who decides to go back to school to broaden her horizons. She enrolls in university and finds herself assigned to Frank, a jaded professor courting alcohol to navigate life and divorce.

The play is quite well known due to the 1983 film version starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters in which both stars earned numerous nominations and awards.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $32 and can be purchased at http://www.ticketwizard.ca or by calling the box office at 902-963-3963.

Martha Irving is an award-winning actor, director, narrator, and producer. Martha grew up on PEI, studied at LAMDA in England, and returned to the Maritimes in 1990, settling in Halifax where she co-founded LunaSea Theatre, directing, acting in, and/or producing 20 productions. On the Island, Martha has directed Fascinating Ladies for Young at Heart and Anne and Gilbert, the Musical at the Harbourfront and The Guild theatres and eventually at the National Arts Centre. Martha has been nominated for and received numerous awards, including 14 Merritt Award nominations for acting, directing and producing, most recently for Best Performance in The December Man in 2021.

Naomi Ngebulana has lived in multiple cities, in multiple countries, and is currently based out of Toronto. She got her start in community shows in Calgary, then moved to Toronto “for the culture”, eventually ending up in England, where she graduated with an MFA from the Guildford School of Acting in 2020. She has been waiting ever so patiently for theatres to re-open and is excited to make her professional debut playing the role of Rita.

Réjean Cournoyer’s selected credits include: Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish), Evangeline, Anne of Green Gables™ (Charlottetown) Peter and the Starcatcher (WCT); A Misfortune (NSTF); The Music of Jacques Brel, A Christmas Carol, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, Pride and Prejudice, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast (Citadel); L’Homme de la Mancha, (Unithéatre); Les Misérables, White Christmas (Artsclub); Tuesdays with Morrie, (internationally) Little Shop of Horrors, Pélagie, (CanStage/Dora Award Nomination); A Few Good Men, Oliver! (Neptune). Réjean grew up in N.S., PEI, and Québec.

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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Paper Bagging It

Watermark Theatre will present the Geordie Theatre production of The Paper Bag Princess adapted by Alissa Watson from the children’s story by Robert Munsch from April 16th to 18th as part of the Watermark Children’s Theatre Festival. The production is directed by Mike Payette and stars actors Hilary Wheeler, Kaeleb Gartner, and Maria Jimenez.

Persistent and powerful, Elizabeth is a princess with a lot on her plate. But when a dragon storms her castle and flies away with her “beloved” Prince Ronald, things go from bad to worse. How does a princess rescue a prince if princes are supposed to do the rescuing? Who decided that anyway? Based on the renowned classic, The Paper Bag Princess follows our heroine Elizabeth and a cast of zany new characters on a wild, playful and puppet-filled adventure to discover that only you can determine your own path.

Geordie Theatre is a Montreal-based professional theatre company that has presented live English-language productions for young audiences in Quebec and abroad since 1980. Pushing artistic boundaries with provocative and important stories, Geordie delivers more than 200 performances each season and reaches more than 40,000 young people and their communities annually.

Mike Payette is currently the Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Prior to joining Tarragon, he was the Artistic and Executive Director of Geordie Theatre – Quebec’s largest English-language Theatre for Young Audiences company and was earlier the co-founding Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre and past Assistant Artistic Director for Black Theatre Workshop. Mike is a two-time Montreal English Theatre Award (META) recipient.

Hilary Wheeler has spent the past 3 years studying acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, performing in productions such as Indecent, Everybody, and Bonus Points if You Have Air Conditioning. In Victoria BC she performed in three seasons with The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival and recently premiered her solo work, The Media Zoo, at SKAMpede Festival in 2020.

Kaeleb Gartner is a Calgary-born, Canadian actor, singer, musician, and creator. He attended the National Theatre School, English Acting Program, and graduated in 2021. Kaeleb was first introduced to theatre and acting at a young age, performing in community theatre shows, including Jacob Two-Two meets the Hooded Fang and The Pirates of Penzance.

Maria Jimenez is an actress and musician based in Montréal currently completing her BMus at McGill University with a specialization in Composition and Jazz Performance: Voice. Representative roles include Witch in Into the Woods, Dana in Sweetest Swing in Baseball, and Fräulein Kost/Lulu in Cabaret, for which she was nominated in the Broadway World Regional Awards for Best Actress – Leading or Featured.

All Covid-19 provincial rules and regulations will be in place.

Students $8, Adults $12
Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketwizard.ca
Or by calling 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

Theatre PEI

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