December 20, 2014

Cinderella 2014 Review by PL Holden

The Homburg Theatre was in full Christmas spirit for “Cinderella: A Fairly Tall Tale” from the beautiful red & green décor on the side walls to  the closed curtains on the stage sparkling like crystals in the newly fallen snow as hostess the “Fairly Good Mother” sashays across to kick the show off with an enchanted version of “Young at Heart”.

http://www.charlottetownfestival.com/en/169-Cinderella-A-Fairly-Tall-Tale#_ga=1.4715131.955040828.1398753984With Musical Director Matthew Campbell conducting things the music had a really fun, bouncy vibe throughout the show, playing with some fresh sound textures on essential showtunes as well as many Top 40 favorites from recent years, like, for example, Michael Buble’s “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet” sung by Aaron Hastelow (as the charming Prince Edward). I also found many of the set designs & use of lighting, especially during Cinderella’s transformation before The Ball, created seemingly magical atmospheres from my point of view in the balcony.

Alicia Toner (Anne of Green Gables, Canada ROCKS!, Evangeline, Ring of Fire) as Cinderella easily found her way into the hearts of the audience from the minute she stepped on stage, astonishing with elegance in rags & owning the spotlight fancy for the ball, flawless as a lead actress & belting it out for some memorable ballads. The step-sisters were just as mean and even more funny (& repulsive) as those proponents of grace & poise I remember from the animated Disney classic.

Although I loved the way the spirit of giving was conveyed in last year’s holiday feature A Christmas Carol I was definitely won over by the comicality of this year’s offering. Laughter was the top priority in this re-telling carried mostly in the buffoonery department by the cross-dressing trio of Jody Racicot, Adam Gauthier, & William Millington, who caked on the make-up to play possibly the most obnoxious characters I’ve ever seen onstage as the Step Mother & Step Sisters.  Meghan Hoople was also full of great one-liners& bursting with energy in her Centre debut as Fairly Good Mother turning the stage into a party atmosphere with this huge 95-member cast. Fraser McCallum did a fantastic portrayal of that headliner of a host Ryan Seacrest & the young Oscar Cormier (Tiny Tim in  A Christmas Carol) brought smiles to the audience once again as a brassy little stand-up comic.

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by PL Holden

Director Adam Brazier shaped a performance to prove beyond question that PEI’s Got Talent, actualizing this classic fairy tale in an unconventional way, adding some modern twists, unapollogetic Island references, & hilarious surprises. The Fairly good Mother did a great job of directing traffic with the crowd to ensure maximum participation for the cheers & jeers of our heroes & villains. It was definitely fun for the entire family, pushing the envelope to the point of getting lots of chuckles without getting too offensive for kids, while keeping the Festive Spirit alive as another wonderful year of theatre soon comes to a close!

November 12, 2014

AUDITION CALL – for Citizens of Our Town on November 15

Our Town 4b_medium9780573701504_p0_v1_s260x420Thornton Wilder’s Our Town will play at the Carrefour in April 2015 — to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ACT’s first show. Auditions are on Saturday afternoon, November 15.  Info: Kim at 621-0645, johnstonk @hotmail.com.

   Most people who know anything about theatre know about Our Town.  It’s the Thornton Wilder classic which gets performed at least once a day somewhere in the world.  It will be performed in our Charlotte’s town on a half-a-dozen days next April.  That’s when ACT (a community theatre) will celebrate the troupe’s 20th anniversary with the play that started them going back in 1995.

Auditions for the fresh production are coming up — on November 15.

Plenty of parts are to be cast: there are approximately two dozen citizens of Our Town, in a roughly balanced mix of men and women.  Two of the major roles are for teenagers, and children of several ages are also needed.

Rehearsals will start in January, and will be held using a combination of Tuesday evenings (to be confirmed), Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The Director is Paul Whelan, and he is backed by a strong production team of ACT veterans.

To audition, a person will be asked to read from the script, but may also bring a prepared piece of their own .  To arrange an audition, contact Kim Johnston at 902-621-0645 or johnstonk@hotmail.com.  Appointments are available on Saturday afternoon, November 15th, or possibly be special arrangement.  The location is Charlottetown Rural High School.

October 15, 2014

Oct 17 & 18 #PEI Weekend Events & Movie Previews

 

Friday

Classic Albums Live—Meatloaf: Bat Out Of Hell Confederation Centre: Homburg Theatre 07:30pm

Stephen Fearing Trailside Café & Inn 08:00pm

Vintage Olde Dublin Pub

Lady Soul Baba’s Lounge

The Wrecking Crew Charlottetown Legion

Kim Albert & Faces and DJ Darcy Campbell Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall

The Woodpeckers Hunter’s Ale House

Chris Ahearn and Barry O’Brien John Brown Richmond Street Grille

Bridgette Blanchard Marc’s Lounge

Raglan Road Old Triangle Pub

Misty Water The Wing (AFAC 200 Wing)

Johnny Oliver Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club

BMO Nesbitt Burns PEI Marathon various locations Oct 17–19

Trevor Cameron Brothers Two Restaurant

Oktoberfest PEI Brewing Company 06:00am – 05:00pm

Friday Afternoon Recitals featuring UPEI Music Majors  Dr. Steel Recital Hall – UPEI 01:40pm Friday afternoons until November 7

Rodney Perry Water Street Fish & Chips 06:00pm – 08:00pm

 

Sean Mooney Dundee Arms Inn 06:30pm – 10:00pm

Locust Street Trio Sir Isaac’s Restaurant & Mr. Gabe’s Pub 07:00pm – 10:00pm

Charles Reid CD Launch Various venues Oct 16–18 and Oct 24

Ceilidh at The Irish Hall Irish Cultural Centre (BIS Hall) 08:00pm Weekly until Oct 17.

Trevor Cameron Brothers Two Restaurant 08:00pm – 11:00pm

Dance with Johnny Ross & Friends Charlottetown Legion 09:00pm

Joe MacMillan Sims Corner 09:00pm – 11:00pm

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Opening Onscreen 

Cineplex –  The Best of Me

 City Cinema –  My Old Lady

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Saturday

Oktoberfest PEI Brewing Company 06:00am – 05:00pm

Teresa Doyle + Larque Harmony House 02:30pm

Raglan Road Old Triangle Pub

Hospice PEI’s Dancing with the Stars 2014 Charlottetown Legion 07:00pm

Blues Matinee with Got Blues and guest Doc MacLean (ON) Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall 02:30pm – 04:30pm

Indie Pop Night (IPN) with Bones Baba’s Lounge

Neon Moon Charlottetown Legion

Kim Albert & Faces and DJ Darcy Campbell Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall

 

Gob + Seaway + Banner Year Hunter’s Ale House

Saul Good Band John Brown Richmond Street Grille

Dave Woodside Marc’s Lounge

Vintage Olde Dublin Pub

Old Habits The Wing (AFAC 200 Wing)

Dave & Tom Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club

The Children’s Wish Foundation Wishmaker Walk for Wishes various locations

Bark for Life Confederation Landing Park 09:30am – 12:00pm

Mitch Schurman Next Door @ Merchantman 08:00pm

Plain Dirty Blues Band with guests Sportsman’s Club 08:00pm – 11:00pm

Joe MacMillan Sims Corner 09:00pm – 11:00pm

 


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P.E.I.’s Homegrown Atlantic is a radio show dedicated to the musicians of Prince Edward Island & Atlantic Canada, hosted by East Coast Music Association Member, Blair Dewar.http://www.homegrownatlantic.com

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September 10, 2014

Sept 12 & 13 #PEI Weekend Events & Movie Previews

 

Friday

The Mack, (MacKenzie Theatre) 07:30pm Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant

Victoria Playhouse 07:30pm The Best Brothers

Old Triangle Pub 08:00pm CD Release Party—Cape Breton fiddler Dwayne Cote with Roger Stone

Trailside Café & Inn 08:00pm Scott Parsons CD Launch: The Old Stock

The Guild, 07:30pm Anne & Gilbert, The Musical

Olde Dublin Pub Gypsy Soul

Baba’s Lounge Indie Pop Night with DJ Bones

Brothers Two Restaurant Trevor Cameron

Charlottetown Legion Kim Albert

Dundee Arms Inn John MacAllar

Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall Muddy Buddy

Fishbones Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill Mike Bochoff Band

Hunter’s Ale House All Request with Chris Ahearn and Eric Rodgerson

Marc’s Lounge James Phillips

Next Door @ Merchantman Ashley Gorman

Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar Keith Dean & DJ Savory

The Wing (AFAC 200 Wing) Misty Water

Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club Dave Doyle

PEI Fall Flavours Festival Borden-Carleton

Water’s Edge 05:30pm – 08:00pm “Girls Night Out”

St. Paul’s Church 06:30pm – 09:30pm Return to Afghanistan: An Evening in Support of Afghan Women and Girls

Sir Isaac’s Restaurant & Mr Gabe’s Pub 07:00pm – 10:00pm Locust Street Trio

Souris Show Hall 07:00pm Rising Stars Concert

Dr. Steel Recital Hall – UPEI 07:30pm Braid and Brass: David Braid, jazz pianist, with the Maritime Brass Quintet

St. Mary’s Church 07:30pm Constantinople Ensemble—”Versailles à Topkapi…Echoes of the Baroque Palaces”

Stanley Bridge Hall (Sterling Women’s Institute) 07:30pm Leon Gallant in Concert

Sims Corner 09:00pm – 11:00pm Iain McCarvill

Hunter’s Ale House 09:00pm Late Night with Chris and Barry

John Brown Richmond Street Grille 10:00pm Richie Bulger and the Wannabeez

Water Street Fish & Chips 06:00pm – 08:00pm Rodney Perry

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Opening Onscreen 

Cineplex –  Guardians of the Galaxy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHUBlv5_K8Y

 City Cinema –  Edge of Tomorrow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUmSVcttXnI

Brackley Drive-In – Guardians of the Galaxy and The November Man

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Saturday

The Guild, 09:00pm 1864: The Tall Hat Chronicles

Confederation Centre: Homburg Theatre 02:00pm Canada ROCKS!

Haviland Club 07:30pm 50 Shades of Masquerade

The Guild, 04:00pm Anne & Gilbert, The Musical

Delta Prince Edward 07:00pm – 10:00pm Stop the Stigma

The Mack, (MacKenzie Theatre) 07:30pm Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant

Victoria Playhouse 07:30pm The Best Brothers

Benevolent Irish Society (BIS) Hall 07:30pm Tribute Concert to Buddy MacMaster = Dwayne Cote & Roger Stone (CB) + Sheila FitzPatrick + PEI Uillean Pipers Guild

Olde Dublin Pub Gypsy Soul

Next Door @ Merchantman 02:00pm Dylan Menzie

Baba’s Lounge The Count and the Cuban Cocktail

Trailside Café & Inn 08:00pm Ashley Condon + War Horses

Charlottetown Legion Johnny Oliver

Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall Muddy Buddy

Fishbones Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill Larque + Lakes of Canada

Hunter’s Ale House Doc’s Corner Reunion

Kaylee Hall Old Habits w/ Eddy Quinn

Marc’s Lounge Kyle Drake

Next Door @ Merchantman Mitch Schurman

The Wing (AFAC 200 Wing) Dave Doyle

Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club Old Doctor Young

PEI Fall Flavours Festival

Back Alley Music 12:30pm – 03:30pm  Open Mic at Back Alley

Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall 02:00pm – 04:30pm Saturday Afternoons with Dave Connolly, lil’ Davey, Jerry Laird and Ellen Carol

Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall 02:30pm – 04:30pm Blues Matinee hosted by Got Blues with guest Tim MacPherson

Stanley Bridge Centre 07:30pm World Class Kitchen Party

Goose River Community Hall 09:00pm Goose River Dances

Sims Corner 09:00pm – 11:00pm Julia Kun

Hunter’s Ale House 09:00pm Late Night with Chris and Barry

Charlottetown Fireman’s Club 09:00pm Latin Night

Old Triangle Pub 09:00pm Watertown with Kelley Mooney

John Brown Richmond Street Grille 10:00pm Richie Bulger and the WannabeezSir

Isaac’s Restaurant in Montague  8-10pm Amanda Jackson

 


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P.E.I.’s Homegrown Atlantic is a radio show dedicated to the musicians of Prince Edward Island & Atlantic Canada, hosted by East Coast Music Association Member, Blair Dewar.http://www.homegrownatlantic.com

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