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Fresh From the Island: A New Works Festival

Kings Playhouse, Young at Heart Theatre and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre are accepting play submissions from PEI creators for Fresh from the Island – a new works festival, 2023.
What We’re Looking For:

We are looking for finished scripts and scripts in development at any stage.   We encourage all forms of stage work, including devised theatre, monologues, musical theatre, comedy sketches, and new forms of stage performance that require a script.
We encourage submissions from equity deserving writers and creators, and commit to working collaboratively to provide work environments and partnerships that are safe, inclusive and fun throughout the process.
We employ a blind submission process to avoid unintentional bias on the part of our team of qualified readers. 
A $20 submission fee supports the producing of the 2023 Fresh from the Island festival.
Fresh From The Island will present the three finalist PEI playwrights in live readings in a festival weekend October 19-22 2023 at Kings Playhouse in Georgetown PE. Each of the three selected scripts will be paired with local actors and professional dramaturgs for an intensive workshop culminating in live, concert-style readings that are open to the public. 
**Unfinished scripts will be considered**

An honorarium will be awarded to each finalist selected.
Final selections will be confirmed by:
Kings Playhouse Interim Executive Director, and Young at Heart Theatre Artistic Producer, Catherine O’Brien
Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre Artistic Director, Pamela Halstead

For more information, visit www.kingsplayhouse.com


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The second annual Fresh From the Island: New Works Festival was a great success in 2022,
with a busy four-day event at Kings Playhouse in Georgetown from October 20-23 rd . Events
included special workshops, panel discussions and staged readings.
Participants also took in the HallowQueen Murder Mystery event on October 22 nd .
Two plays were selected from a blind jury of peers, and the plays were workshopped with
professional dramaturgs and actors.
The selected plays were: The Conversation, by Marlene Campbell, and Say You’re Sorry, by
Louise Burley.  
The Dramaturgs were Pamela Halstead and Lindsay Kyte, with apprentice Dramaturgs Rory
Starkman and Benton Hartley assisting.
An additional collaborative project with Kings Playhouse was included in the festival, offering
support for the Legacy Project ‘Sma’knis’, a new work by Julie Pellissier-Lush. 
Our workshop panelists included Pamela Halsted, AD of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre,
Adam Brazier, Artistic Director of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Robert Tsonos, Artistic
Director of Watermark Theatre and Pat Smith, former Executive Director of Victoria Playhouse.
Many thanks to actors Yvette Doucette, Marlene Handrahan, Cameron MacDuffee, Sharlene
MacLean, Melissa Mullen and Rob MacDonald.
Thanks also to our stage manager, Rory Starkman, and assistant stage manager Jessie Duarte.
Young at Heart Theatre, Kings Playhouse and Desert Island Theatre are grateful for the support
from New Horizons for Seniors, Government of Canada, Innovation PEI and Playwrights Atlantic
Resource Centre for making this event possible.
Thanks to all who attended the workshops and readings. We look forward to seeing more plays
developed in the coming year.

Fascinating Ladies Summer Tour

Young at Heart Theatre will be touring the production Fascinating Ladies across PEI this July and August. 

This show will highlight some of the great music from the 1920’s to the 1970’s, and celebrates artists like the Boswell Sisters, Andrews Sisters, Dolly Parton, Teresa Brewer, the Maguire sisters and more. The show is directed by Catherine O’Brien with music direction from Haley Zavo. Young at Heart Theatre, a charitable organization, is grateful for the support of  The Government of Canada, Innovation PEI, donors Regis and Joan Duffy, and sponsors Andrews Senior Care, Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis Chartered Accountants,  Blair Corkum Financial Planning, The City of Charlottetown, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty , The Town of Stratford and the Town of Three Rivers. They have helped to make this tour a reality.

“We have a spectacular cast for this show.” Says Artistic Producer and Director Catherine O’Brien. 

Olivia Barnes returns to the Island and to Young at Heart Theatre for this special tour. Olivia performed in the 2019 production of Sadie Off The Rails. She was granted her Graduate Performance Diploma in Singing from McGill University on scholarship and is now in the studio of Ariane Girard. Recent performance credits include, Florence Pike in Albert Herring, Nettie Fowler in Carousel, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Paquette in Candide, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance and Olga in Eugene Onegin.   Olivia currently lives in Montreal but is delighted to come “home” for the summer.

Based in Toronto for over thirty years, Marlene Handrahan is thrilled to call PEI home again, following a residency with the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown.  
As a performer, Marlene has appeared across North America.  Favourites include five seasons with the Charlottetown Festival (Hairspray, Anne of Green Gables, Johnny Belinda, Emily); Harbourfront Theatre (Nunsense, The Ballad of Stompin Tom, Affections of May, The 39 Steps); Eastern Front Theatre (Songbird: The Music of Anne Murray), as well as 52 months in spandex and platform boots in the US Tour of Mamma Mia. Marlene is proud to share this beautiful music across the Island.

Kaitlyn Post is originally from the small town of Sussex, New Brunswick. She studied theatre at Holland College and worked at a nursing home while living on PEI. After her time on the Island, she attended Sheridan College and received her Bachelor Degree in Music Theatre Performance. “I’m thrilled to be back in PEI this summer and feel beyond blessed to be part of the Young at Heart team, bringing beautiful melodies to the amazing seniors of Prince Edward Island … IN PERSON!”

The Fascinating Ladies tour begins July 3rd and runs to August 21st with a possible extension. 

Upcoming public shows include:

July 3rd @3pm – Bicentennial Park, Tignish ( PWYC)

July 15th @7pm – Star of the Sea Seniors Club, North Rustico (tickets at the door)

July 16th @ 2pm – Robert L. Cotton Park, Stratford (PWYC) (VIP seating for essential workers- just identify yourself at the tent entrance)

July 23rd @ 7:30pm – Milton Community Hall (miltoncommunityhall.ca,(902) 566-3154)

July 27th @ 2pm – Christian Reform Church, Charlottetown

July 28th @ 2pm – Souris Historical Lighthouse grounds(PWYC) (VIP seating for essential workers) Opening act: The Chaisson Trio

August 5th @ 7:30pm – Kings Playhouse, Georgetown (kingsplayhouse.com,902-652-2053/1-888-346-5666)

August 7 @ 2pm- Village Musical Acadien, Abram Village.  Opening act TBA.Donations gratefully accepted. VIP seating for essential workers.

August 9 @ 7pm – Uigg Community Centre. Tickets available by calling Faye at (902) 628-7209

August 12th @7pm -Cambridge Community Hall. Tickets $10 at the door.

August 17th @ 6:30pm – Wyatt Heritage Properties Concert in the Park, Summerside. By donation.Bring your own lawn chair.

 A special public performance and fundraiser will take place at St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown on August 18th at 7pm with special guests. Tea and treats will be served. Special guest Bonnie LeClair.

Admission is $20 or PWYC at the door.

Young at Heart Theatre understands that some flexibility is needed with the current Covid situation. They are happy to reschedule dates and work with the organizations to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. For information: info@yahtheatre.com or call (902) 569-4449.

Stage Management and Sound Technician position

March 29, 2022

We’re hiring!

Young at Heart Theatre is offering a training and paid internship for a stage management and sound technician position.

We will be training the successful candidate to work on a local touring production, and other programming. The internship includes stage management, tour coordinating, running sound, and driving the tour van. The intern will also be trained on other aspects of theatre including lighting, sound design and administration.

The successful candidate may have a background or training in music or theatre or non-profit arts organizations, is self-motivated and is very comfortable with communications.  We are also looking for good computer skills, excellent organization skills, strong decision-making skills, and adaptability.

The program runs for 26 weeks beginning June 6th 2022, with a possible extension.  Future work with Young at Heart is possible beyond this program.

 This program is run through the Skills PEI Work Experience program.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

If you are unemployed and looking for a short-term work experience you are eligible to apply. If you are unemployed and looking for full-time employment you are eligible to apply.

  • You must be legally authorized to work in Canada (Canadian citizen or permanent resident);
  • You must have a current claim for Employment Insurance benefits; or
  • You must have a previous EI claim whose benefit period ended within the previous 60 months; or
  • an unemployed person who paid, in at least 5 of the last 10 years, employee’s premiums that did not entitle the person to a refund (i.e. If the person made less than $2,000 in earnings in a year, any EI premiums that they would have paid would be reimbursed);
  • Other criteria may apply. For more information on eligibility visit Skills PEI(https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/work-experience-pei-for-job-seekers)
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for PEI.
  • Some work takes place in long-term care and hospitals.  Candidate must be fully vaccinated

Deadline for submissions: May 16, 2022

Please send resumes and a cover letter to:

Catherine O’Brien

Artistic Producer, Young at Heart Theatre



Young at Heart Theatre is hiring artists for their 2022 and 2023 seasons. We are looking for artists with a broad range of backgrounds. Qualified performers should submit without regard to age, disability, ethno-cultural identity, gender, or sexuality. We welcome artists to self-identify.📧 Please send a cover letter, photo and resume to: info@yahtheatre.com Only those selected will be asked to prepare an audition recording. We welcome Equity and Non-Equity performers to submit, and will give special consideration to performers in the Atlantic Region.Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2022. We are currently looking for performers who are versatile in a variety of music genres, including folk, country, pop and classic musical theatre. The ability to play an instrument is an asset, so please include that information in your submission. 🎵