PEI’s powerful five, backed by the actors who played their parts

To the Power of Five

Play about PEI’s 1993 Women in Politics now online

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The stage performance, To the Power of Five: 1993 PEI Women in Politics, can now be viewed online. The play, through story and song, depicts the one and only time in Canadian history all of the leadership roles of a provincial government were held by women.

In November of 2018, Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc. staged the one time production at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside to mark the 25th anniversary of this achievement. The performance was recorded and permission has been obtained from ACTRA for it to be shown online.

In 1993 Catherine Callbeck was serving as the first elected female premier of PEI and in Canada. Pat Mella was the leader of the official opposition. Nancy Guptill was Speaker of the House with Libby Hubley as Deputy Speaker. Marion Reid was serving as the Lieutenant Governor.

To The Power of Five: 1993 PEI Women in Politics was written by Marlene Campbell of Culture Summerside, and directed by Sherri-Lee Pike. Actresses Catherine O’Brien, Laura Bird, Catherine Dickson, Melissa Mullen, and Sandra Sheridan portrayed the politicians who were seated in the front row of the theatre for the performance.

Perry Neatby selected the performance music from the works of Island female singer/songwriters, Catherine MacLellan, Rachel Beck, Ashley Condon, Tara MacLean, and Meaghan Blanchard who graciously permitted their songs to empower the production. A women’s choir conducted by Christine Schultz, and accompanied by Neatby, Jim Dickson and Courtney Hogan Chandler, performed the music.

Lori Ellis of Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc. says, “It is a work that deserves a much bigger audience than the one theatre performance could give …I especially encourage young women to watch the video and start the discussion on how to repeat the 1993 experience.”

To The Power of Five: 1993 PEI Women in Politics can be viewed at on Culture Summerside’s YouTube channel.