Lively Songs for Little People
Tuesdays and Thursdays
The Musicman’s casual drop-in shows begin in October and continue to the end of May. At a small family-friendly rate, the weekly presentations include movement, song, dance, and humour. Each Tuesday the gathering point is a new location this year, the upstairs Food Court in the Confederation Mall downtown Charlottetown. Showtime is 10:45–11:20 am. On Thursdays families come to the Stratford Gym from 10:45 am–11:20 am. The show is called Lively Songs for Little People and has been an ongoing opportunity for young children’s and family’s initial social interactions.
Drama classes for kids
Saturdays in October
Victoria Playhouse has teamed up with the Atlantic Academy of Performing Arts to offer drama classes for youth. The Charlottetown and Summerside Canadian Tire stores have come on board as sponsors of the program.
Instructor Sherri-Lee Darrach, of Atlantic Academy, has been involved in Theatre/Film/Animation and performance for over 20 years as an actor, creator, director, dancer, singer, producer, and teacher. Her teaching experience includes camps for children which were created, produced and directed by Sherri-Lee and colleagues as well as ongoing teachings with Feast Dinner Theatres. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of Feast Dinner Theatres in Atlantic Canada. Darrach will lead children and youth as they explore the world of performing arts through games, improve, movement, and voice techniques.
Victoria Playhouse Assistant Manager Emily Smith says the theatre company is pleased to be able to offer classes in the community. “There are so many benefits to getting kids involved in theatre. They build self-confidence and creativity while developing collaboration skills,” says Smith.
Cameron Beach, owner of the Charlottetown Canadian Tire store, and Claude Landry, Summerside store owner, agreed to sponsor the classes. “Both Claude and myself are in favour of supporting the community we do business in and love the fact this program gets kids off the couch, off their digital devices and they’re getting active,” says Beach.
Classes will be offered for children aged four to six, seven to ten, and eleven to fourteen each Saturday afternoons in October. The classes will take place at the Crapaud Hall at 36 Route 13 in Crapaud. For information or to register your child, contact Victoria Playhouse at 902-658-2370.
The Guild Music Theatre School
The Guild has announced The Guild Music Theatre School, beginning September 18. Led by Lori Linkletter, Artistic Director of children’s theatre and community programming at The Guild, Theatre School at The Guild will focus on training young performers in music, theatre, dance and more.
“The Guild is proud to be partnering with the talents of Lori Linkletter,” says Executive Director Alanna Jankov. “The Guild Music Theatre School is a natural next step in fulfilling our mandate in supporting Island artists.”
With a team of qualified instructors including Sarah MacPhee (theatre) and Lacey Koughan (dance), classes will be held every Monday from 5:30–8 pm. On top of music, theatre and dance, each week will feature a different element of theatre such as lighting, stage makeup and improv, with some of the best guest instructors the Island has to offer.
Students will have the opportunity to put into practice everything they’ll learn with many performance opportunities on Tthe Guild stage, including two Christmas shows — Elf and Fairytale Christmas Carol — and a spring production of Into the Woods Jr and TBA. There will also be two summer productions of Aladdin and The Lion King.
Registration can be completed online or in person at The Guild Box Office.
Swing band for kids in Georgetown and Summerside
October 13 & 14
Kings Playhouse & Harbourfront Theatre
Newfoundland’s JUNO award-winning swing band for kids, The Swinging Belles, takes to the stage at Kings Playhouse in Georgetown on October 13 at 6:30 pm and at Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside October 14 at 2 pm.
Winners of the 2016 JUNO and 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Children’s Album of the Year, the Swinging Belles feature child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist Duane Andrews. This show is all about getting kids and parents out to enjoy some swing country and jazz—kid style. Enjoy music, interactive storytelling and dancing—lots of dancing!
The Swinging Belles have developed a show that creates moments of pandemonium but also serenity. Using hand-made marionettes, hand puppets, traditional dance, hula hoops, snippets of Canadian folklore, the art of storytelling and a plethora of instruments, they keep the audience engaged.
A highlight of the Georgetown show includes The Belle Hop—a chance for kids to meet the Belles before the show, make a craft and help decorate the stage.
The Summerside show is “pay-what-you-will.”
Erin and Laura hold Masters Degrees in Education and Folklore respectively. Guitarist Duane Andrews, a multi-award winning international artist, is thrilled to be able to bring his passion for Swing Jazz and NL traditional music to an enthusiastic young audience.
The Kings Playhouse concert is at 6:30 pm with tickets available at www.kingsplayhouse.com or call 1-888 346-5666. Tickets for the Harboufront show at 2 pm are available at the box office and online at www.harbourfronttheatre.com.
Horror at the Corner Presents: The All Hallows Academy for the Magically Gifted
October 13 & 14
We know you've fantasized about receiving that letter from a certain famous school of witchcraft and wizardry across the pond, but did you know there was a school like that right here on Prince Edward Island? The faculty at the All Hallows Academy for the Magically Gifted (or AHA for short) are getting ready for another spooktacular school year, and they want you to enroll.
Interested? Then dust off your old pointed hat and join them for the school's annual orientation evening. They promise it will be an evening of thrills, chills, whimsy, and wonderment. Discover your inner witch or warlock as you take part in a number of magical activities, including a sorting ceremony, potions class, wand testing, amulet making, a feast of enchanted treats, and a trial of either wits or nerve.
Horror at the Corner Presents: The All Hallows Academy for the Magically Gifted is suitable for all ages and, this year, they offer the option to opt out of the scariest part and enjoy an alternative activity, so you can come just for the fun and leave smiling, not screaming.
The event will be held at Orwell Corner Historic Village on Friday, October 13 or Saturday, October 14. Rain or shine. Please arrive between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Admission upon arrival. Children 4 years old and under get in free. Parking and admission are at the Agricultural Museum situated on the Historic Village site.
All proceeds go to the Orwell Corner Historic Village Board of Directors. The money will help fund ongoing programming at Orwell Corner Historic Village.
Please visit horroratthecorner.com for more information. Turn onto Macphail Park Road from Route 1 and take the first right onto Old Uigg Road to find Orwell Corner Historic Village.
PEI youth summit at Holland College
October 27 (Register by October 6)
YDAY, PEI’s youth summit, takes place October 27 at Holland College in Charlottetown. Participants will develop youth-led solutions for issues raised at last year’s summit. Youth aged 16 to 34 are encouraged to register at www.ypei.ca/yday by October 6.
Some themes raised from YDAY 2016 included: bridging the gap from education to secure employment; youth engagement and citizenship; celebrate newcomers and encourage diversity; narratives and prevalent attitudes; foundational issues and social supports to young Islanders; and Island infrastructure.
Sally Ng, CEO of The Triple Effect, will facilitate YDAY 2017. She works locally and across Canada to foster a collaborative and creative environment, specializing in startup community development, corporate innovation and technology coaching.
Ng will lead group exercises and discussion for the first half of the day. In the second half, Robyn Tingley, author of The 10 Essentials for the Motivated Millenial will speak, and Island Advance will lead an entrepreneur panel. For updates see @peiyday on Facebook and @ydaypei on Twitter.
LGBTQ+ Youth Group
LGBTQ+ Youth Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6–8 pm at Murphy’s Community Centre, Richmond St, Charlottetown. It’s open to all youth 18 and under. Allies are welcome. Come to meet peers, contribute to discussion, and participate in fun activities. Snacks and materials are provided. The group is facilitated by trained staff and volunteers.
Mental health resources at home
Mental health resources for children and youth are helping Island families from the comfort of their own homes. The online programming and telehealth services of the Strongest Families partnership have no wait times and fit families’ schedules, eliminating the need to travel, take time off work or school, or change normal routines. Over the past year, they have helped more than 130 families with children and youth ages 3 to 17 who experience behaviour, anxiety, and/or nighttime bedwetting problems. Families can be referred to the Strongest Families programs through their primary care provider or community mental health services by calling 1-866-833-5443. There are currently three programs offered: Behaviour program (for ages 3 to 12); Anxiety program (for ages 6 to 17); Nighttime bedwetting (for ages 5 to 12). Participants receive written materials and skill-demonstration videos (via handbooks or delivered by smart-website technology) as well as weekly telephone support from a coach. On PEI, the program represents an investment of $100,000 annually, funded from within Health PEI’s Mental Health and Addictions division. www.healthpei.ca/mentalhealth, www.strongestfamilies.com
Be a Big Brother/Big Sister
Visit our Library programs page for kids/youth and family events at your local library.