Cast­ing com­plete

Sum­mer sea­son at North Rustico the­atre be­gins June 26

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Water­mark’s 2018 act­ing com­pany is ready for the start of sum­mer sea­son.

Water­mark’s 2018 act­ing com­pany is a mix of pro­fes­sional ac­tors from P.E.I. and ac­tors with fam­ily and pro­fes­sional his­tory on the Is­land. Join­ing al­ready an­nounced act­ing com­pany mem­bers Brielle Ansems and Robert Tsonos will be Ge­of­frey Poun­sett, Madeleine Dono­hue, Paul Cowl­ing, Richard Beaune and Ja­cob Hem­phill. A 20-year veteran of Cana­dian the­atre, Poun­sett, a Toron­to­based ac­tor has per­formed in the­atres across the coun­try, has been a com­pany mem­ber with both the Strat­ford and Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­vals (“Fire” in 2002), and has ap­peared in sev­eral pro­duc­tions for Cana­dian Stage, Fac­tory and Tar­ragon The­atres in Toronto. Hem­phill, an Is­land ac­tor, is in his third year of study­ing the­atre and opera per­for­mance at Dal­housie Univer­sity in Hal­i­fax. His act­ing credits in­clude “The Sound of Mu­sic,” “Peter Pan,” “The Wiz­ard of Oz” (Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre); “My Fair Lady” (The Grand The­atre) and “The Magic Flute” (Dal­housie Arts Cen­tre). This will be Cowl­ing’s first time vis­it­ing P.E.I., but he has some his­tory on the Is­land – his mother’s fam­ily set­tled in Hunter River when they em­i­grated from Scot­land many years ago. Cowl­ing has ap­peared on stage through­out Western Canada in such shows as “I’ll Be Back Be­fore Mid­night,” “9 to 5 the Mu­si­cal,” “Ham­let,” “The Crip­ple of Inish­maan” and many oth­ers. Beaune re­turns to the Water­mark af­ter ap­pear­ing as Friar Lau­rence in the com­pany’s 2015 pro­duc­tion of “Romeo & Juliet.” He has per­formed in ev­ery prov­ince and ter­ri­tory across Canada in both official lan­guages over a 30-year ca­reer. His work has ranged from Shake­speare (30 pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tions and count­ing) to new works of phys­i­cal the­atre and all stops in be­tween. Don­ahue ap­peared in “Mid­night Mad­ness” and “Old Wives’ Tales” at the Port Stan­ley Fes­ti­val The­atre, pre­ceded by “De­ceit­ful Above All Things” for the Store­front The­atre in Toronto. Other re­cent work in­cludes “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream” with the Hum­ber River Shake­speare O’Neill through­out the sum­mer months. They will also be tak­ing part in the Water­mark Play Read­ing se­ries and most will teach act­ing classes in the com­pany’s Teenage Act­ing Con­ser­va­tory. Com­pany, and five sea­sons with Drift­wood The­atre Group. All of these ac­tors will be ap­pear­ing in “Dial M for Mur­der” by Fred­er­ick Knott and “A Moon for the Mis­be­got­ten” by Eu­gene Com­mu­nity Hap­pen­ings are pub­lished daily and are for non-profit groups to pub­li­cize up­com­ing events. Keep submissions to less than 30 words. Email: news­room@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com or drop submissions off at our Summerside of­fice, 316 Wa­ter St., or at the

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Ge­of­frey Poun­sett is a 20-year veteran of Cana­dian the­atre.

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