February 25, 2015

Feb 27 & 28 #PEI Weekend Events & Movie Previews

The 2015 PEI Community Theatre Festival happens on Saturday afternoon, March 7th, at the Carrefour in Charlottetown.  5 or 6 short plays will run in turn — a variety of edgy drama, cultural legends, light and dark comedies.  Drop in for one or two or the whole afternoon.  Refreshments available.  Pay-what-you-will admission.  Doors open at 12:30, and the plays will run till about 5:00 o’clock.

Information: robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca. 628-6778.

Friday

Fortunate Ones and Del Barber Harmony House 08:00pm

Wild Child Fun-draiser Charlottetown Farm Centre 05:00pm

Popalopalots The Guild, 08:00pm

Theresa Malenfant and Katie Day Old Triangle Pub 08:00pm

More Soul Hunter’s Ale House

Bridgette Blanchard Marc’s Lounge

Jon Matthews Next Door @ Merchantman

Harmony House 2014

Harmony House 2014

Les Hôtesses D’Hilaire (NB) + Danger Cat (NB) Baba’s Lounge

Boys In The Kitchen Olde Dublin Pub

Rave On–The Buddy Holly Experience with Billy McGuigan and his band Confederation Centre: Homburg Theatre

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Opening Onscreen 

Cineplex –  Jupiter Ascending

 City Cinema –  Still Alice

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Saturday

George Harrison / Eric Clapton Tribute Sportsman’s Club 10:00pm

Mike Super—Phenomenon Confederation Centre: Homburg Theatre 07:30pm

Theresa Malenfant and Katie Day Old Triangle Pub 08:00pm

What’s Up Tonight with Ben Hartley The Guild, 08:00pm

Wrecking Crew Charlottetown Legion

Kim Albert and Faces Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall

Taylor Buote Marc’s Lounge

Dave Woodside Next Door @ Merchantman

Disney Junior Imagination Movers Eastlink Centre  1 pm and 6 pm (Feb 28), 1 pm (Mar 1)

Morgan Hill Smuggler’s Jug Restaurant & Pub 09:00pm – 11:00pm

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The Count and the Cuban Cocktail Baba’s Lounge

Definitely Not The Symphony Andrews of Stratford 10:00am – 11:15am

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party Stratford Public Library 11:30am

MusicMan Children Show The Guild, 01:00pm

Open Mic at Back Alley Hosted by Nick Doneff. Back Alley Music 01:00pm – 04:00pm

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

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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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February 5, 2015

Here We Are in Arcadia: Confessions of a First-Time Producer By Kimberley Johnston

Lady Baker's Tea Trolley, Inc will be providing tea for the matinee shows of ACT - A Community Theatre's Arcadia on February 7th and 8th. Taste the infusion at The Haviland Club before the doors open at 1:30 pm and sneak a peek at the art pieces created by Warren Christopher Reeson being sold for silent auction throughout the event February 5th to 8th! Bidding on the art pieces closes after the show on February 8th.

Lady Baker’s Tea Trolley, Inc will be providing tea for the matinee shows of ACT – A Community Theatre’s Arcadia on February 7th and 8th. Taste the infusion at The Haviland Club before the doors open at 1:30 pm and sneak a peek at the art pieces created by Warren Christopher Reeson being sold for silent auction throughout the event February 5th to 8th! Bidding on the art pieces closes after the show on February 8th.

When I started my journey as the producer for Arcadia, I heard the real drama in any performance unfolds behind the scenes.

That has definitely been the case for this play, written by Tom Stoppard and presented by ACT (A Community Theatre) this weekend at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown.   Our Opening Night show on Thursday was cancelled due to impending weather atop all the other snow we’ve accumulated.  This latest chapter in Arcadia’s renaissance has just been the tip of a not-so-very-smoothly flowing iceberg.

A couple such setbacks occurred over Christmas when one of our lead actresses quit the production due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control and then our director lost her sight.  Not her vision as a director;  she literally could not see through her eyes.   The upshot of these snags were that I, as producer, would jump into the vacated lead role with little time left for preparation and certain duties would have to be delegated throughout our production team.

Through all the darkness, there have been magnificent points of light.   Our cast and crew gets on very well;  I think the fact that we’ve hit so many snags has brought us closer together.   They’ve been incredibly adaptable through each stage of this process.  They’ve worked hard and have gone above and beyond what was expected or asked.  I hope that I can fill every seat at the Haviland Club to make all their efforts worthwhile.

Families, friends and Charlottetown residents have also been amazing in helping out with every aspect of this production, including sponsorships, publicity and lending a hand when needed.   As a first-time producer, I don’t know a lot about theatre but I do know that experiences like this are what community theatre is all about.

Here we are in Arcadia.  I hope you enjoy the view!

Show times are February 6th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.  Doors open a half hour prior to show times.  Please arrive early as seating is limited!
*Tickets for Arcadia by Tom Stoppard  can be purchased at brownpapertickets.comhttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/985864
January 29, 2015

Jan 30 & 31 #PEI Weekend Events & Movie Preview

 

Friday

Let It Be: A Celebration of the music of The Beatles Confederation Centre: Homburg Theatre 07:30pm

Boxcar Dan and the Vagabond Strangers + Mother Juggs (NB) + Speed and Chris Carson Baba’s Lounge

Popalopalots The Guild, 08:00pm

Richie Bulger and the Wannabeez Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall

Taylor Buote Marc’s Lounge

Jocelyn Fraser Next Door @ Merchantman

Friday Afternoon Recitals with UPEI Music Majors Dr. Steel Recital Hall – UPEI 01:40pm

Confederation Centre of the Arts 2014

Confederation Centre of the Arts 2014

Adam MacGregor Water’s Edge Restaurant 05:30pm – 08:00pm

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

Theresa Malenfant and Katie Day Old Triangle Pub 08:00pm

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Opening Onscreen 

Cineplex –  Paddington 

 City Cinema –  Whiplash

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Saturday

Hey Rosetta! Confederation Centre: Homburg Theatre 07:30pm

James Mullinger (live tv taping) + Glen K. Amo + Scott Campagna + Neal Mundle + Eric Payne (host) The Big Mug 07:00pm

Adam MacGregor and The Foes Old Triangle Pub 09:00pm

Folly Fest presents Gordon Gets Lost (NB) + Foggyswoggle + art Baba’s Lounge

Richie Bulger and the Wannabeez Factory Cookhouse & Dancehall

Chris Ahern Hunter’s Ale House

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

Dave Woodside (matinee) Old Triangle Pub 05:00pm – 08:00pm

Ryan Merry Smuggler’s Jug Restaurant & Pub 09:00pm – 11:00pm

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Granddaddies of Rock ‘n’ Roll Kaylee Hall

Nick Doneff Marc’s Lounge

Nathan Carragher Next Door @ Merchantman

Definitely Not The Symphony Andrews of Stratford 10:00am – 11:15am

MusicMan Children Show The Guild, 01:00pm

 

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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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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!

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