Watermark Box Office up 10% for 2018 Summer Season

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.
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.

Local actress to star in “A Moon for the Misbegotten”

March 19th, 2018

For Immediate Release.

Local actress to star in “A Moon for the Misbegotten” at Watermark Theatre

Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that local PEI actress Brielle Ansems has won the coveted lead role of Josie Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten after a national audition search.

Raised in Montague, and currently living in Charlottetown, Brielle is a student at the Holland College School of Performing Arts Theatre Program and is also immersed in a burgeoning career as a singer-songwriter here on the Island. Her theatre experience includes “The Island’s Super Duper Fantabulous Holiday Smorgasbord of Joy” at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, “The Princess and the Pea” with The Cat’s Pajamas Theatre Company, and Theatre St. Thomas’ “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”. You may also have seen her in a multitude of shows with White Rose Entertainment’s Feast Dinner Theatres.

Brielle is thrilled to be making her full-season debut at the Watermark, particularly in a role with as much to offer as Josie Hogan. “Josie’s resilience and vulnerability are so real and compelling, and it’s an honour to be able to bring her to life this summer”.

“We held auditions for this role in Charlottetown, Halifax, and in Toronto. We also received video taped auditions submitted from across the country”, says Watermark Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, “Brielle had stiff competition from many very talented actresses from across the country but she did a superb audition and we are thrilled to have her join us this summer”.

A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill is a unique blend of comedy, tragedy, autobiography, and imagination. A love story set in 1923 between a Broadway actor, Jim Tyrone, and a Connecticut farm girl named Josie Hogan. Josie and her hard drinking Irish father Phil scheme to hold on to the farm they’ve worked for 20 years. When their neighbour, an oil magnate, stakes a claim on their property they do all they can to stop the sale. Under the light of one night’s magical moon A Moon for The Misbegotten plumbs the depth of the human spirit with tremendous redemptive power.

“The finest love story in American dramatic literature” – New York Daily News

Brielle can’t wait to start rehearsals and spend the summer in North Rustico, “I couldn’t be more excited to be cast in this production. O’Neill’s writing is an actor’s dream, and this show is no exception.”

A Moon for the Misbegotten runs from July 6th to August 31st, 2018.


Watermark Theatre’s 2018 Summer Season Announced!

Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2018 Summer Season.

The season will include the classic thriller Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott and the powerful A Moon For The Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill. Our popular music series Classic Music Reignited returns once again, celebrating its 5th year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will focus on new plays in development by Atlantic Canadian Playwrights.

 Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott, written in 1952, tells the frightening story of a husband planning the murder of his adulterous wife. He arranges the perfect crime by blackmailing a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her at a time when he has the perfect alibi. Of course, things do not turn out as planned. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Full of twists, turns, and suspense, this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Written in 1943 by four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten is set on a Connecticut tenant farm where two lost souls find hope and redemption under a lover's moon. Josie Hogan is a boisterous woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. It's been a hard and lonely life, working the Tyrone farm with her bullying father. One night, with the man she is in love with, James Tyrone, sparks fly and hope burns anew as two "misbegotten" souls come together.

"O'Neill at the height of his powers... hauntingly poetic truths about love and self-delusion". — The Los Angeles Times

In a shift in programming to the Play Reading Series, this year’s plays will showcase new work in development by Atlantic Canadian playwrights. A selection process will begin immediately 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 2018.

Yes, it’s been 5 years since we began our Classic Music Reignited series, our popular music series curated 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 soon.

Season Ticket Passes are now on sale at early bird rates until December 31st, 2017. $99 for 4 tickets, $135 for 6 tickets, and $210 for 10 tickets.

902-963-3963 or visit www.watermarktheatre.com


Watermark Box Office up 22.57% for 2017 Summer Season

September 18th, 2017
Watermark Box Office up 22.57% for 2017 Summer Season
Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce that box office revenue for the recently completed 2017 summer season was up by an impressive 22.57% over last year. Productions of Barefoot in the Park and Mrs. Warren’s Profession both exceeded expectations while season subscription passes jumped significantly. A one week extension to the season was a contributing factor to the increase of sales but strong attendance throughout the summer for both productions also contributed. The productions success was generated by wonderful word-of-mouth throughout the Island, a successful marketing plan, and exceptional reviews.
 Review Quotes For Mrs. Warren’s Profession 
"...the most satisfying piece of theatre I’ve seen on Prince Edward Island...Highly recommended" - The Guardian
"...delivered with intelligence and sensitivity...I am so whole-heartedly grateful for the Watermark Theatre" - The Buzz
Review Quotes for Barefoot in the Park
"...hard work, talent, charm and honesty can help carry the day...played with genuine commitment" - The Guardian
"...a comedy about relationships, full of zingy dialogue and zany antics...a great summer evening" - The Buzz
Some may remember that last summer (2016) the company saw a 30% jump in individual ticket sales. Increasing box office by an additional 22% this summer is an impressive first two years for Artistic Director Robert Tsonos who is of course thrilled with how audiences have responded so far during his tenure. “We’ll just keep doing what we’re doing and continue to build our audiences as best we can”, says Tsonos. “There was a real sense of excitement this year about our productions and we continue to strive to the highest standards of excellence and our patrons are really responding”. General Manager Andrea Surich adds that everyone at the theatre played their part. “From our wonderful volunteers, box office and bar staff right through to our talented production team and acting company, everyone contributed to the success of the season. The local North Rusticans were also very supportive this year and we are so grateful for their continued support of our theatre”, adds Surich.
Programming for Watermark’s 2018 summer season will be announced very soon.

Casting Announced for Watermark 10th Anniversary Season

Watermark is thrilled to announce casting for the upcoming 2017 summer season, the 10th in the company's history. A few familiar faces and a couple of actors new to the Island will perform in the company's productions of Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon and Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw as well as taking part in the 2017 Play Reading Series. Joining previously announced actress Leah Pritchard, who tackles both lead roles this summer, will be Gracie FinleyJordan CampbellIan DeakinJerry Getty, and PEI's own Paul Whelan.

Returning for her 5th season, Gracie Finley will play the oddly hilarious Ethel Banks in Barefoot in the Park and the commanding Kitty Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Raised in Charlottetown with summers spent in Alberton, Gracie is well known to PEI audiences having played Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical at the Charlottetown Festival from 1968 to 1974 and again in 1984 and 1985. For the Watermark, Gracie has performed in Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie, The Shore Field, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, and An Ideal Husband.

A veteran of Canadian Theatre, Ian Deakin has worked from coast to coast and spent 13 seasons at the Stratford Festival. Ian takes on the roles of the oddball Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park, and the nasty Sir George Crofts in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. In addition to his many years at Stratford, Ian appeared on Broadway with Christopher Plummer in King Lear at the Lincoln Centre, and Off Broadway at City Centre in Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. Most recent credits include work at Theatre Calgary, Theatre By The Bay, Drayton Festival Theatre, Globe Theatre, and the Rose Theatre. PEI audiences may recognize Ian as Inspector Closely from a 2010 production of The Last Resort at the Charlottetown Festival.

Audiences will remember Jordan Campbell from our 2015 season when he played Benvolio in Duncan McIntosh's stellar production of Romeo & Juliet. This summer Jordan tackles the role of the uptight Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and the lovable cad Frank Gardner in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Jordan is a Graduate of the Ryerson University Acting Program and since graduating in 2013 has had the great fortune of performing with Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, Globus Theatre in Bobcaygeon and Alehouse Theatre in Toronto.

Actor Jerry Getty has appeared in theatres across the country, including The Grand Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Persephone Theatre, and Magnus Theatre, amongst others. Some of his favourite roles are the title characters in Hamlet, Ethan Claymore, Wally’s Cafe and the one-man show, MacHomer. This summer Jerry plays the very funny Telephone Man in Barefoot in the Park and the sensitive artist Mr. Praed in Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

Paul Whelan has a long history and distinguished career in theatre on the Island having worked with Theatre PEI, Kings Playhouse, The Guild, ACT, and the Confederation Centre. Paul is a producer, production stage manager, director and actor. He directed ACT’s 25th anniversary production of Our Town and this past year a very successful production of The Laramie Project. As an actor, some favourite credits are: Lend Me A Tenor, Noel Coward in Two Keys, The Tempest, and of course Matthew, in Anne of Green Gables-The Musical. Paul will play the stern Reverend Samuel Gardner in Mrs. Warren’s Profession and will make a cameo appearance in Barefoot in the Park.

Entering her fourth season with the company, Leah Pritchard will play both lead roles this summer - the perky Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and the complicated Vivie Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Last summer, Leah brought an incredible vulnerability and sense of wonder to her portrayal of Laura in The Glass Menagerie, and great comic timing to the dual roles of Edith and Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit. Her other previous credits at Watermark were in The RainmakerThe Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, and An Ideal Husband.

Watermark is thrilled to have all of these fine actors in the company this summer and look forward to another busy season at the theatre in North Rustico.