(l-r): Martha Irving, Naomi Ngebulana, and Réjean Cournoyer

Two summer productions at Watermark

Cast announced for Educating Rita and The Drawer Boy

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Watermark has announced the cast and creative teams working on Educating Rita by Willy Russell and The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, both playing at the theatre in North Rustico this summer. 

Educating Rita
July 12–30

Educating Rita is a warm, funny, intelligent play about relationships, connections, and freedom. The story  follows Rita, a married hairstylist who decides to go back to school to broaden her horizons. She enrolls in university and finds herself assigned to Frank, a jaded professor courting alcohol to navigate life and divorce. 

Directed by Martha Irving, Educating Rita will star Naomi Ngebulana as Rita and Réjean Cournoyer as Frank. Production designers are Wes Babcock (set), Dorrie Deutschendorf (lights), Vickie Marston (costumes), and Pat Caron (sound).

Director, actor, narrator and producer, Martha Irving grew up on PEI, studied at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in England, and co-founded LunaSea Theatre in Halifax, NS. Among her many credits, Martha directed Anne & Gilbert, The Musical at Harbourfront in Summerside, The Guild in Charlottetown, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. 

Naomi Ngebulana is currently based in Toronto, ON. She got her start in community shows in Calgary, AB then moved to Toronto “for the culture,” eventually ending up in England, where she graduated with an MFA from the Guildford School of Acting in 2020. The role of Rita is her professional debut.

Réjean Cournoyer grew up in Nova Scotia, PEI and Québec has worked on theatre productions locally, nationally, and internationally, including The Charlottetown Festival productions of Evangeline and Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

The Drawer Boy
August 9–September 3

The Drawer Boy depicts the story of a young actor from the big city who moves in with two farmers to gather stories about rural life. The farmers’ lives are irrevocably altered when art attempts to imitate life and the line between truth and fiction is crossed. Hilarious, surprising, and moving. 

Directed by Mary Vingoe, The Drawer Boy will star Rahul Gandhi, Wally MacKinnon and Paul Rainville. Production designers are Wes Babcock (set), Rebecca Miller (lights), Julia Kim (costumes), and Pat Caron (sound).

Mary Vingoe has directed at theatres across the country including the National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Alberta Theatre Projects and Neptune Theatre. In 2011, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contribution to Canadian theatre.

Rahul Gandhi is a bilingual actor, director, creator and producer from Montreal. Though his heart lies on stage, he wears a variety of hats in and around theatre, film, television, and arts administration. He recently appeared in Kitbag Theatre’s production of Lungs at Watermark.

Wally MacKinnon is an actor who has been performing for audiences for over 30 years, appearing in theatre, film and television productions. 

Paul Rainville has worked in theatres across the country.   

Visit ticketwizard.ca or call the box office at 963-3963 for tickets. 

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