July 27, 2014

Expect the Unexpected with 1864: The Tall Hat Chronicles By Kimberley Johnston

It’s not often a reviewer will instruct you not to read their review but this is one of those occasions.

1864:The Tall Hat Chronicles was so incredibly not what I expected I don’t know if I would have enjoyed it as much if I knew the zaniness that was to come.

The pre-show lively music and Charlottetown Conference fun facts gave the audience hints of the oncoming entertainment. There was a Carl Sagan quote that basically said: If there is such a thing as time travel, where are all the tourists from the future?

Interesting quote, I thought, but what does that have to do with the prospective Fathers of Confederation?  Well, it turns out, quite a lot.

You see, in the future, Cows Corporation has formed a punspeak mootopia of sorts which has their citizens udderly cowtowing to it’s cowperate agenda. Re-bells for the cowse have decided to put an end to it by sending an operative back to the 1864 Charlottetown Conference when a nation was formed through quick, decisive action. The theory is the high quality of leadership is what caused the Cows Corporation’s rise to power.  And the rest, as they say, is history.  Or non-history.

In a very Canadian way, this play suggests that tentativeness and political blustering can be just as effective in preventing a nation from getting in hot water, or iced cream.  Or could there be a ring leader in this circus?

Other unexpectedness includes poetry slams and musical numbers including a 1980s power ballad, oh, and inappropriate yet  justified relationships of humans with trees and gorillas.

I really did try to warn you. 

July 25, 2014

The Dating Scheme Review by PL Holden

It’s been years since I’ve been out to St. Peter’s and the first time setting foot in The Courthouse Theatre. There is a plenty of nice scenery in this rural village, the water, the fields, and tonight, some Island talent in a quirky comedy play. The stage featured a simple setting for the opening scene presenting a fictional Game Show called “Great Date” with a Hooter’s waitress, a stuck-up CEO, & a goofy, yet charming farm girl as contestants vying for heart of a groovy hippy cat in really nice bellbottoms named Marley Mellow.

The Dating Scheme revolves around 2 sisters (Tanya MacCallum as Peggy & Veronica Powell as Sally) and their down-spirited friend Sarah (Jeana MacIsaac) who comes out all in tears with boxes of chocolates and Kleenex after losing her boyfriend. First-rate friends as they are Peggy & Sally talk Sarah into letting them set her up for a blind date with their brother.

Veronica Powell gets lots of chuckles as she entertained in a hilarious costume session before Act 2 which then gets into some wild dating humor at a restaurant  led off by a delightful monologue lamenting on the perils of dating by Matthew MacInnis who plays a blasé waiter who is in for some serious shenanigans.

Graduate of Music Theatre Performance a of St. Lawrence College, Brockville, Jonah Anderson, who is also keeping himself busy at King’s Playhouse in the newly extended “The Drowsy Chaperone” wrote and directed this piece. Shakespeare it’s not, but there are lots of genuinely funny moments delivered from this cast of four. It’s a super-happy-fun-hour of ridiculousness to take in on a date night & the price is right at $12 a ticket.

The Courthouse Theatre in beautiful St. Peter’s Bay has a great atmosphere and some fabulous artwork along the walls, the people who work there as well as the cast are very friendly too! Other than The Dating Scheme which goes every weekly until August 28th there are lots of other reasons to get out to The Courthouse this summer including The 5th Annual Frank Ledwell Storytelling & Comedy Festival July 25-27, Amanda Jackson Band Aug.2 & Alan Dowling Trio Aug. 9 to name a few.

July 24, 2014

Charlottetown Festival’s Noontime Entertainment by Cindy Lapeña

After watching the Young Company’s Charlottetown Festival performances for several years, I was more or less expecting a familiar show but hoping for some major differences—diversity, if you will. In that, I was not disappointed.
DSC05111 DSC05144 DSC05227 DSC05258In keeping with this year’s celebration of 150 years since the 1864 Charlottetown Conference and the Charlottetown Festival’s 50th year, the Young Company wows its audiences with several new numbers, costumes, and choreography. The noontime tradition staged in the Confederation Centre’s amphitheatre opened with the iconic We Are Canadian, a brand new song composed for this year’s Festival and launched with the grand re-opening of the Homburg Theatre. For this number, the Company sported snazzy new red, black, and white outfits. There were several new faces in the company as well, and it was refreshing to witness female narrators and soloists this year.
Not in the show this year was the narrative beginning with the French explorer Jacques Cartier. Instead of the extended Celtic-Gaelic-Acadian suite, this year’s spectacle introduced an extended Middle Eastern medley, as well as an extended South American medley with an African touch, with a bit of Italian thrown in. Still in the show was the crowd favourite, the Chinese Lion Dance, this time with a soloist who performed a bit of acrobatic contortions, which received much applause from the audience, despite her unsteady poses.
The performers were unmatched in energy and enthusiasm and kept the appreciative audience well entertained with their presence. However, their dance skills were uneven, especially when it came to levels and lifts. They are, indeed, a Young Company in more ways than one. Hopefully, by the end of the Festival run, they will have learned to dance as a company rather than as individuals.
Immediately following the Young Company’s performance, the audiences were drawn by the famous clown J. Birt who, this year, did  a sword-swallowing trick while a second clown juggled clubs. I must say that this year’s sound system and the actors’ projection and diction was much better than in some years past—I could actually hear all the dialogue, and very clearly. The blocking was much improved and more relaxed, and the acting was polished and almost effortless. It was an excellent excerpt of history in the making, which certainly makes education more interesting.
July 18, 2014

July 18 & 19 #PEI Weekend Events & Movie Previews

 

Friday

Watermark Theatre 07:30pm Nudie & Max Keenlyside Reignite the Beatles and the Rolling Stones with guest Adam Brazier

St. Mary’s Church 07:30pm Quartette—Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, Sylvia Tyson

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

Harbourfront Theatre 07:30pm The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom

Trailside Café & Inn 08:00pm Ennis

Harmony House 08:00pm The Island Summer Review with Patrick Ledwell and Mark Haines

St. James’ Gate 08:30pm – 11:00pm Tian Wigmore & Chris Corrigan

Old Triangle Pub 09:00pm Irish Mythen

The Guild, 11:00pm Ladies and GentlemAn

Charlottetown Yacht Club Charlottetown Race Week Dance with Adam MacGregor & The Foes

Victoria Playhouse Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun

The Pourhouse, The Ghost Experience on PEI

Baba’s Lounge Wildcat + Mindwaves + The Dwellers

Charlottetown Legion Misty Water

Fishbones Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill Racoon Bandit + Dylan Menzie

John Brown Richmond Street Grille Lady Soul

Marc’s Lounge Mitch Schurman

Olde Dublin Pub Sunday Punch

Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar Sticks

Summerside Summerside Lobster Festival

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

Confederation Centre: Homburg Theatre 07:30am Canada ROCKS!

Confederation Centre: Studio 2 12:00pm Circle Around the Centre

Confederation Centre: Amphitheatre 12:00pm The Young Company—We are Canadian!

Province House 01:00pm Confederation Players—The Magnificent Scene

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

Rodd Charlottetown Hotel 06:30pm Brothers Two Restaurant 06:30pm Feast Dinner Theatre—”Heard it Through the Grapevine”

Milton Community Hall 07:30pm 2014 Minutes of Story and Song with Margie Carmichael and Lauren Thompson

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Opening Onscreen 

Cineplex –  Planes: Fire & Rescue

 City Cinema –  Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

Brackley Drive-In – Tammy & Neighbors

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Saturday

Confederation Centre: Homburg Theatre 02:00am & 7:30am Canada ROCKS!

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

Confederation Centre: Amphitheatre 12:00pm The Young Company—We are Canadian!

Back Alley Music 12:30pm – 03:30pm Soupy Saturday

Province House 01:00pm Confederation Players—The Magnificent Scene

Next Door @ Merchantman 02:00pm Jordan Cameron

Summerside DiverseCity Summerside

Sportsman’s Club Saturday Night Blues Jam with Plain Dirty Blues Band

Confederation Landing Park Celebration Zone

Charlottetown Yacht Club Charlottetown Race Week Dance with More Soul

Baba’s Lounge Boxcar Dan and the Vagabond Strangers CD Launch + O’Leary

Rollo Bay Festival Grounds The Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival

Victoria Playhouse Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun

The Pourhouse, The Ghost Experience on PEI

Black Rafter Lounge Dance with Flip Side

Charlottetown Legion Old Stone Station

John Brown Richmond Street Grille Saul Good Band

Marc’s Lounge Adam MacGregor

Olde Dublin Pub Sunday Punch

Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar DJ Tom Fleming

Summerside Summerside Lobster Festival

 Deckhouse Pub 09:00pm Allan Sonier

Old Triangle Pub 09:00pm Irish Mythen

Haviland Club 02:00pm – 04:00pm Robbin Ward Book Launch—”Curious Perspectives”

Rodd Charlottetown Hotel 06:30pm Brothers Two Restaurant 06:30pm Feast Dinner Theatre—”Heard it Through the Grapevine”

Brakish Restaurant 07:00pm – 10:00pm Morgan Hill

Watermark Theatre 07:30pm Lion in Winter

Harbourfront Theatre 07:30pm The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom

Fortune Community Centre 07:30pm What to Wear to the Birth of a Nation

Georgetown Inn 08:00pm Amanda Jackson Band

St. Peters Courthouse Theatre 08:00pm Amy & Rachel Beck

Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar 08:00pm – 11:00pm Matt Steele

Victoria Row 08:00pm Route 21 with Chris Roumbanis

Next Door @ Merchantman 08:00pm Ryan Merry

The Mack, (MacKenzie Theatre) 08:00pm Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

Trailside Café & Inn 08:00pm Teresa Doyle & Larque

Harmony House 08:00pm The Island Summer Review with Patrick Ledwell and Mark Haines

St. James’ Gate 08:30pm – 11:00pm Chris & Eric

Sims Corner 08:30pm – 10:30pm Mike Stratton

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


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