The Best of Theatre in Central Coastal PEI

The Best of Theatre in Central Coastal PEI

Written by: Cassandra MacKay

Central Coastal PEI, the heart of the Island, is known for many things including it’s delicious food and Island flavours, scenic views, shopping – and theatres and stages of all kinds filled with talented actors, singers, performers and musicians ready to entertain you!

From larger venues like Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, to more intimate stages such as Victoria Playhouse in Victoria by the Sea, to Watermark Theatre in Rustico – Central Coastal PEI is alive with theatre and the arts!

It’s also no secret the Island is home to world class, one-of-a-kind productions like our beloved Anne of Green Gables the Musical and Anne and Gilbert – and our little Island doesn’t stop there.

From classic plays, live bands, musicals, and stand-up comedy – there’s a little something for everyone.

Central Coastal PEI Members in theatre have tons of incredible events happening throughout the season you do not want to miss!

Check out Off the Grid at Victoria Playhouse, a play features Marty, an architect anxious to learn more about self-sufficient houses so she can write a magazine article about living off the grid, or The Good Time Radio Variety Show, a modern take on the classic radio variety show complete with music, mystery, comedy, adventure, and thrilling sound effects all performed live in front of a studio audience. It’s always a good time for a good time!

Snag tickets for Cottagers and Indians at Watermark Theatre, wild rice sparks a battle royal between a native farmer and a white cottager, whose increasingly bitter dispute becomes a microcosm for reconciliation. Told with warmth and humour, and encompassing issues of community, respect and ownership, Cottagers and Indians is a tale for our times.

Enjoy the Street Fusion show at Confederation Centre of the Arts, featuring Urban and Caribbean music and dance, fused with traditional Island steps. It is a vibrant dance show celebrating how culture brings us all together. This upbeat production will have you moving in your seat and singing in your heart.

Looking for laughs? Harmony House’s The Island Summer Review featuring comedian Patrick Ledwell and musician Mark Haines aims to raise laughter and spirits, at this moment when we all need a break from heavier times.

Into musical entertainment? Look no further than the Indian River Festival where performers such as John Connolly and Catherine MacLellan take centre stage this season!

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts in Summerside have a variety of shows taking place, such as the popular Highland Storm directed by Peter Gallant – be transported the audience into Hillsborough Bay, PEI around 250 years ago, as the Annabella, the Edinburgh and the Falmouth arrive having carried families from their homeland to a new land with little more than the clothes on their backs.

Whatever style of theatre you’re into – you will surely find something at one of the many stages in Central Coastal PEI!