Keep­ing kids in mind

The Guild creates shows, op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren in its 2016 sea­son pro­gram­ming

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - Sally Cole Sally Cole is an en­ter­tain­ment writer with The Guardian. She wel­comes com­ments about her col­umn as well as sug­ges­tions for fu­ture col­umns from read­ers. She may be reached at scole@the­guardian.pe.ca or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.

There are some won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties for kids this com­ing sea­son at The Guild in Char­lot­te­town.

The first is be­ing a part of “Anne and Gil­bert - The Mu­si­cal”. This lively show re­turns to The Guild for its fourth year from May 31-Oct. 18, un­der the di­rec­tion/chore­og­ra­phy of P.E.I.’s Brit­tany Banks.

Au­di­tions took place on P.E.I. last month and in Toronto this past week­end and it is ex­pected that the 2016 cast/young com­pany will be an­nounced shortly.

An­other op­por­tu­nity for tal­ented youth who en­joy per­form­ing is “Stan Rogers: A Mat­ter of Heart.”

Fea­tur­ing more than 20 songs by the late Cana­dian folk artist, the ceilidh-style cel­e­bra­tion plays Tues­day and Wed­nes­day nights, July through Septem­ber.

Ge­ordie Brown di­rects the show. Fa­mil­iar to P.E.I. au­di­ences for his dy­namic por­trayal of Roy Gard­ner in “Anne & Gil­bert - The Mu­si­cal”, he’s the artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Van Wart Young Artists Fund.

Brown plans to use this trust to give per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties to young Is­lan­ders.

“Is­land per­form­ers are in­vited to sub­mit their ma­te­ri­als. We are giv­ing grants to young per­form­ers as well as pro­fes­sional per­form­ers who will help me men­tor the artists. So we will have a wide range of singers and dancers from across the Is­land in the show.”

Au­di­tions will be at The Guild on Feb. 6.

“Cast­ing the show with young Is­land per­form­ers, along­side pro­fes­sional men­tor­ing artists, will help us breathe new life into this in­cred­i­ble trib­ute to the mu­sic of Stan. We’re also ex­cited that it’s hap­pen­ing at this par­tic­u­lar venue,” says Brown.

The Guild is also keep­ing young chil­dren in mind in its sum­mer pro­gram­ming, says Alanna Jankov, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

It is pre­sent­ing “Pi­rates ARRR Us” by Is­lan­ders An­drew and Sandy Zinck and Dis­ney’s “The Lit­tle Mer­maid Jr.”

“Pi­rates is a fun-filled fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment that we’ve come to ex­pect clearly from the Zinck fam­ily. Many of you are fa­mil­iar with some of the per­for­mances that they did at Bea­cons­feld (Car­riage House) last sum­mer. There will be singing, danc­ing, pup­petry and au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

With morn­ing show times to ap­peal to younger chil­dren and fam­i­lies, “Pi­rates” will play Satur­day morn­ings at 10 a.m. and “The Lit­tle Mer­maid” will play Mon­day and Thurs­day morn­ings at 11 a.m., through­out July and Au­gust.

“Dis­ney’s “The Lit­tle Mer­maid Jr.” is be­ing mounted by Top Hat Pro­duc­tions.

“It’s a clas­sic un­der­wa­ter fairy tale, spear­headed by Michelle Banks,” she says.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Di­rec­tor Ge­ordie Brown meets with ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Alanna Jankov dur­ing the 2016 Fes­ti­val Sea­son Launch at The Guild on Wed­nes­day. Brown, di­rec­tor of “Stan Rogers: A Mat­ter of Heart” is look­ing for young artists and men­tor­ing artists for his show. Au­di­tions will take place in Char­lot­te­town on Feb. 6.

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