The Gift of The Magi

New original Christmas production in North Rustico

Actor Jacob Hemphill

Watermark Theatre’s new original Christmas production, The Gift of The Magi and other festive stories to warm the heart by Alan Kinsella and Robert Tsonos, will be on stage at the theatre in North Rustico this month.  

The new play is directed by Alan Kinsella with set and costume design by Kelly Caseley, and sound and lighting design by Pat Caron. The production stars actors Jacob Hemphill and Rebecca Parent.

The Gift of the Magi, a story by O. Henry, is one of several holiday stories that will be adapted for the stage in this festive play for the whole family. The classic tale of a young husband and wife dealing with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money is just one of the many stories presented. The production is full of songs, Christmas carols, laughter and well-known tales of the season.

Kinsella returns to the Watermark Theatre where he directed Blithe Spirit in 2016. Having directed over 100 productions in Ireland, Kinsella moved to Canada in 2013, and has multiple directing credits in Toronto, ON. He has written family shows that have toured China, Jamaica, Qatar, Singapore, Oman and Sharjah, and in 2017, he directed productions of Aladdin and Fame at the Madinat Theatre Dubai. He is currently the artistic director of the discovery program at Markham Theatre. 

Actor Rebecca Parent

Jacob Hemphill made his Watermark Theatre debut in 2018. He is an actor, musician, and producer born and raised on PEI. Alongside Melissa MacKenzie and Rebecca Parent, he is a co-founder of the Island theatre company, Kitbag Theatre. Hemphill is also the creator of The Songs of Johnny & June, an energetic cabaret, which was part of The Charlottetown Festival, 2023.

PEI theatre maker Rebecca Parent is a co-founder of the PEI indie company Kitbag Theatre and bilingual coordinator of Ontario-based social arts organization Sheatre. Parent was part of the acting company for six seasons at Watermark, and the director for A Christmas Carol and The Drawer Boy (Watermark Theatre). She has many more acting and directing credits, including her role as Anne Shirley in Anne & Gilbert–The Musical and directing The Songs of Johnny & June.

Evening performances of The Gift of the Magi will run December 13–16 and December 21–23 at 7:30 pm, with matinee performances on December 16 and 23 at 1 pm. 

Tickets for can be purchased via phone at 963-3963 and online at