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Local Actors Featured in Watermark 2019 Acting Company

Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce their 2019 Acting Company, featuring two local PEI actors, two actors from Halifax, and two from Toronto. Cornwall born and Emyvale raised Jenna Marie joins the company for her first season while Jacob Hemphill, born and raised in Summerside, returns for his 2nd season. Well known to Watermark audiences, Leah Pritchard, joins the company once again for her 5th  season while Kathyrn McCormack, Warren Bain, and Alexandra Montagnese are all newcomers to the company.

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A 4th year student studying Theatre and Opera Performance at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Jacob Hemphill was seen in last summer’s Watermark productions of Dial M For Murder and A Moon For The Misbegotten. His other credits include: The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan (Confederation Centre); and My Fair Lady (The Grand Theatre).

Jenna Marie attended Holland College School of Performing Arts the first year the program became available. After completing the program, she was accepted to Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in the heart of Toronto. Since coming home, Jenna Marie has had the opportunity to play roles such as Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors (ACT Community Theatre), Jill in Skin Flick (ACT Community Theatre) and her favorite role to date, Mary in Mary’s Wedding (Sandstone Theatre Company).

Leah Pritchard is an actor from Halifax who has starred in numerous Watermark productions. From the part of Lizzie in The Rainmaker to the part of Vivie in Mrs. Warren’s Profession and other memorable roles in The Lion In Winter, An Ideal Husband, The Glass Menagerie, and Barefoot in the Park. Since gaining her BFA from Memorial University, she has worked as an actor and singer across Newfoundland (Theatre NL, Gros Morne), Nova Scotia (Neptune, Xara Choral Theatre, Villain’s Theatre), and Ontario (Tangled Arts + Disability).

Halifax based Kathryn McCormack is very familiar with the north shore of PEI as she spent her summers in Stanley Bridge. She was named Best Theatre Actor in the Coast’s “Best of Halifax” issue and has been nominated twice for the Theatre NS Merritt Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Cinderelly and Alice in Wonderland (Shakespeare by the Sea). Other credits include: This is Nowhere, Archive of Missing Things (Zuppa Theatre Co.), It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (Neptune Theatre), Othello, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare by the Sea).

Warren Bain has spent eight seasons with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival as both actor and assistant director. Other credits include: Weekend Comedy, A Christmas Carol (Orillia Opera House), The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby, Miracle on 34th Street (Upper Canada Playhouse), And Then The Lights Went Out (StageWest Calgary). He is a BFA Ryerson University graduate, Co-Artistic Director of Bain & Bernard Comedy, and an Artistic Associate with Sheatre.

Alexandra Montagnese is a founding member of the Montreal-based Jot & Tittle Puppetry Collective and a core company member of Lucid Ludic in Toronto. Alexandra has performed several one-woman shows including Suddenly, There by Michael Lake, which had its debut at the Atlantic Fringe Festival in 2014. Her own one-woman show Public Mischief won pick of the fringe at Kingston’s Storefront Fringe. Alexandra has performed with Theatre Direct, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Young People’s Theatre, Shakespeare in Action, Theatre Kingston, and Theatre Rusticle. Alexandra holds a BA from McGill and an MFA from York University.

All of these fine actors will be appearing in Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti and Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley throughout the summer months as well as taking part in the Watermark Play Reading Series. Most will also teach acting classes in the company’s Teenage Acting Conservatory.

Boeing Boeing runs from June 25th to August 31st
Crimes of the Heart runs from July 5th to August 30th
The Play Reading Series is on August 7th, 14th, and 21st
The Teenage Acting Conservatory is from July 22nd to Aug 2nd

For more information, or to set up an interview with any of the actors please contactAndrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

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

Watermark Theatre is a proud member of the Professional Theatre Network of PEI.

The Guild, Watermark Theatre, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, and Victoria Theatre.

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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

Gowdy to Helm Crimes at Watermark Theatre

Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that Charlotte Gowdy will direct “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley in their 2019 summer season.

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Born and raised on the Island, Charlotte has been performing, directing and teaching at theatres across Canada and internationally for the past 20 years. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program, the Stratford Festival’s directing program, and trained extensively as a performer at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France.

Her work includes multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival, shows at Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, The Grand Theatre, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Neptune Theatre and the Blyth Festival, among many others.

Charlotte is an Artistic Advisor for the National Arts Centre, English Theatre, she is an Associate Artist and core member of Troubadour Theatre Collective in London, and she spent two years as the Associate Artistic Director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse where she also led the TIP Young Company on two province-wide touring shows.

She is a professor of acting in the music theatre department at Sheridan College and a professor of clown for the theatre conservatory at Fanshawe College. Charlotte is also a guest instructor at schools across the globe including Queen’s University (Kingston), Wheaton College (Boston), Holland College’s SOPA program, UPEI, and at Unversidad Andres Bello (Santiago, Chile).

Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, “Crimes of the Heart” teems with humanity and humour as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the play brings you into the Mississippi household of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn’t like his looks. Meg is back in town after a failed attempt in the music business and a nervous breakdown. And poor Lenny – everyone has forgotten her 30th birthday…plus, her pet horse was just struck by lightning! Bad luck certainly runs deep among the Magrath clan. But with warm-hearted laughs and touching family moments, the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future in this contemporary American stage classic.

Last summer Charlotte had the great pleasure of directing “Myth of the Ostrich” for Victoria Playhouse, which received rave reviews and much success at the box office. Having grown up on the island, Charlotte caught the performance bug early as a dancer at Dance Umbrella in Charlottetown and playing violin for the Singing Strings.

On her upcoming directing job, Charlotte enthusiastically says, “I am absolutely thrilled to be back home again this summer, in the land that makes my heart sing”.

For more information, or to set up an interview with Ms. Gowdy please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Shine a Light

A Bright Night with Becca and Rebecca
  • Holiday songs and stories featuring Becca Griffin and Rebecca Parent
  • December 14 and 15, 7 PM at the Watermark Theatre
  • Tickets $20 all in at the door
  • Free cookies and cider
Becca Griffin and Rebecca Parent present LIGHT: A Solstice Celebration at the Watermark Theatre on December 14 and 15. LIGHT will be a magical evening of wintertime songs and stories sharing a multi-denominational theme.
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“Light is the thread we find woven through all the different celebrations of this season,” says Parent. The theme also ties into a holiday tradition in the Watermark’s community: North Rustico’s home lighting displays. “We can’t think of a better way for your family to cap off the evening than taking in the splendour of the lights.”
The two were last seen making Island audiences laugh and smile as L.M.’s quintessential kindred spirits in Anne & Gilbert. “The summer season was so easy-going, fun, and full of chemistry”, says Griffin. “It only seems natural for us to continue collaborating through the winter because, let’s face it… we’re hilarious together.” Joining them for LIGHT is fellow A&G cast-mate  and musical director, Aaron Crane.
Neither Griffin nor Parent is new to the Watermark Theatre. Parent was a company member for 6 seasons, while Griffin performed children’s theatre there over two summers with her company, Cat’s Pajamas Theatre Company.
Tickets are $20, all fees included, and sold at the door. There will be free cookies and cider, as well as a cash bar. Watermark Theatre is located at 57 Churchill Ave in North Rustico, PE.
Becca Griffin and Rebecca Parent are Island-based theatre arts professionals. In LIGHT, they combine their talents as well as their personal artistic intentions: bringing together families and involving communities through the performing arts.

Watermark Announces 2019 Summer Season

Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2019 Summer Season.

The season will include the classic farce Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti and the Pulitzer Prize winning play Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Our popular music series Classic Music Reignited returns for its 6th year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will once again focus on new plays in development by PEI Playwrights.

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Fasten your seat belt for a non-stop ride that will take you up, up and away! Boeing Boeing is a riotous farce about a successful architect named Bernard who is juggling three flight attendant fiancées – an American, an Italian and a German. Unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time. Bernard, his maid, and his visiting friend Robert must navigate the hilarious turbulence ahead. A non-stop comedy and a romp of international proportions.
“It’s deliciously, deliriously innocent. Pure pleasure and unconditional bliss!”
– The New York Times

Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, Crimes of the Heart teems with humanity and humour as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the play brings you into the Mississippi household of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn’t like his looks, Meg is back in town after a failed attempt in the music business, and everyone has forgotten poor Lenny’s 30th birthday. With warm-hearted laughs and touching family moments, the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future in this contemporary American stage classic.
“From time to time a play comes along that restores one’s faith in our theatre…”
– NY Magazine.

For the 2nd year in a row, the Play Reading Series will showcase new work in development by PEI playwrights. A selection process will begin in the next few months to choose three new, unpublished, and unproduced plays, to be read by our company of actors during the month of August. A list of plays and playwrights will be released in the Spring of 2019.

Our Classic Music Reignited series returns, curated once again by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. Stay tuned for our list of composers and Island musicians to be announced very soon.

Season Ticket Passes are now on sale at early bird rates until December 31st, 2018.
$104 for 4 tickets
$144 for 6 tickets
$220 for 10 tickets
902-963-3963 or visit http://www.watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre strives to produce the finest professional theatre on the Island. By producing and presenting theatre, music and artwork, our goal is to enrich and contribute to the community in which we work, the province in which we live, and the Canadian theatre community to which we belong. Watermark believes in the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training. Plays are chosen from the international repertoire of classic and modern classic plays that are at least 50 years old and Canadian plays at least 30 years old. In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence and a diversity of voices, while endeavouring to inform, to affect, and to engage with our audience.

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN (Professional Theatre Network of PEI).

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

Dial M Busts Out

Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce that box office revenue for the recently completed 2018 summer season was up by 10% over last year. Productions of Dial M For Murder and A Moon For The Misbegotten both exceeded expectations while season subscription passes increased as well. In fact, Dial M For Murder became the highest grossing production in the history of the company. The productions’ success is attributed to the extremely high quality of work from all the artists involved, wonderful word-of-mouth throughout the Island, a successful marketing plan, and exceptional reviews from both The Guardian and The Buzz.

This marks the third year in a row that box office revenues have increased for Watermark since Artistic Director Robert Tsonos and General Manager Andrea Surich took over the company in the Fall of 2015.

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Robert is of course thrilled with how audiences have responded to his programming. “We seem to have reached a tipping point where word of mouth across the Island has boosted our audience numbers. People have started to spread the word about the work we do here in North Rustico and it’s very satisfying to see so many full houses. People are driving from across the Island now to see our shows and letting tourists know how to find us. We feel like we really have the support of the whole Island behind us now. It’s a great position to be in”.

Andrea Surich says that the theatre has become an economic engine for the community. “The restaurants and shops in North Rustico and surrounding area keep getting busier and busier. We help them out by luring new visitors to the area and they help us out by allowing our patrons to have a bite to eat or do a little shopping before one of our shows. A full summer evening’s experience.”

Programming for Watermark’s 2019 summer season will be announced very soon.

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

A Family Affair

Married actors Madeleine Donohue and Geoffrey Pounsett drove from Toronto with their two small children in early June to North Rustico PEI to spend the summer performing at the Watermark Theatre. Madeleine is starring in “Dial M For Murder” as Margot Wendice, while Geoffrey tackles the roles of James Tyrone in “A Moon for the Misbegotten” and Max Halliday opposite his wife in “Dial M For Murder”.

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“In the play I have an affair with my husband’s character, Max, while my stage husband- played by Artistic Director Robert Tsonos- seethes in the background”, says Madeleine, “Despite the spooky subject matter I’m having SO much fun playing Margot, and the whole creative team’s done a terrific job”. “We’ve never worked together before”, says Geoffrey. “The opportunity has arisen a couple of times, but each time one of us was already committed to something else. In the past, one of us has usually stayed in Toronto with the kids while the other is away for work. This was the perfect opportunity to finally share the stage while also having a great summer experience together as a family.”

The two met in the summer of 2008, when they each appeared in both the Fringe and Summerworks Festivals. Madeleine had written her very first play, and Geoffrey was appearing in Erin Shield’s “If We Were Birds”, which continued on to a successful run at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre . “The Fringe/Summerworks scene is pretty social, so we bumped into each other often. Eventually we discovered that we lived a block away from each other” recalls Madeleine. “Our colleagues were pretty encouraging; we had both attended the same theatre school so we had a lot of friends in common, though we’d never met.  I’d just ended a relationship, and my girlfriends wasted no time in “suggesting” that I check out this Geoffrey guy. Thank goodness for pushy friends!”

Having performed at both the Neptune Theatre (A Few Good Men, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and the Charlottetown Festival (Fire, Anne of Green Gables), Geoffrey was eager to return to an east coast stage this summer. His work has taken him across the country, including multiple seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Calgary and the NAC, as well as a villainous turn in the Canadian production of the international hit “War Horse”.  He is also a noted director of new Canadian plays, including two Governor-General’s Award nominees, and a classical theatre instructor at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto.

Madeleine has appeared in 9 Shakespeare productions, including five tours with Ontario’s Driftwood Theatre Group. She has also performed in four shows with Theatre Gargantua, a physical theatre company in Toronto.  She has worked extensively in children’s theatre, touring North America with Roseneath Theatre and Metaphysical Theatre. With her company Down n’ Out Productions, Madeleine produced five productions at Toronto’s Campbell House Museum, including a play she wrote about the war of 1812 which went on to tour the province. Her most recent children’s plays were commissioned by the Royal Ontario Museum.

Madeleine also loves teaching theatre to kids and teens. “With both of us working in theatre, scheduling is probably the biggest challenge we face as parents, whether in Toronto or elsewhere”, says Geoffrey.  “We’re very lucky to have a reliable network of friends in the city, as well as the world’s most committed grandparents. Our kids have spent quite a few hours in audition waiting rooms and theatre greenrooms, or hanging in parks with friends while we audition. They’re pretty familiar with the transit system already” Madeleine adds “I did two shows when they were tiny babies, and both times the companies were incredibly supportive when it came to scheduling issues, or providing space for babysitters or nursing, etc. And we love that our kids are already passionate theatregoers! So far, puppets are a MAJOR hit.”

Geoffrey reports “the kids are loving the island. They just went to their first Ceilidh and have now decided that they’re step-dancers. I’d worked here twice before (at the Charlottetown festival) but it’s Madeleine’s first time on the island, so we jumped at the opportunity to drive east. The kids are at the perfect age; at 3 and 4 they don’t mind being whisked away from friends and activities for a few months.”

“I don’t think they want to go back!” adds Madeleine. “I don’t blame them. We’re living in York, and they have so much space to run around. And they’re fascinated by the fishing boats in North Rustico. It’s been a magical summer so far.”

Both plays, “Dial M For Murder” and “A Moon For The Misbegotten” run to September 1st. Tickets can be purchased via the company’s website http://www.watermarktheatre.com or by calling 902-963-3963.

For more information, or to further interview Madeleine or Geoffrey, 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)