New founde lande trinity pageant
Conceived and written by Rick Boland & Donna Butt
Directed by Donna Butt
The anchor event of our festival, the pageant takes you on a journey through the town of Trinity. The whole summer company will entertain you and enthral you every step of the way. You will meet an array of colourful characters as our past unfolds in story and song. You will long remember Dustabella Durdle’s first winter here, Peter Easton and his band of pirates, the Minister consoling his parishioners at St. Paul’s Church, the raucous mischief of the old travelling court, the heart wrenching stories of hardship and privation, and above all the strength, courage and humour of our people. And you will surely sing the Ode to Newfoundland as you bid farewell to a great and grand recreation of our cherished past. For 26 years, the Trinity Pageant has been hailed by all who see it as a moving and joyous tribute to our beloved New Founde Lande.
Please prepare for the possibility of inclement weather. As it is an outside walkabout, proper footwear is suggested, and we cannot guarantee that walkers and wheelchairs will always have an unobstructed view. If you have special requirements, please contact our box office.
A feast of mischief, music, and merriment with a meal besides. You will be entertained by many of the magnificent musicians and singers in our company as they sing and play their way through the traditional songs of our culture. Music, recitations, and great comedy are all part of a wonderful evening of food and entertainment.
By Michael Cook
Terese’s Creed is a tribute to the women of Newfoundland and Labrador who, through hard work, humour and indomitable spirit, survived the good times and the bad in small out-ports in the early 1960s. Find Terese, played by our Artistic Director, at her old wringer washer and eavesdrop as she talks to herself about her fisherman husband, her kids and a time passed but much missed. She’ll make you laugh and she’ll make you cry — she might even make you wring out the laundry.
A Tidy Package
By Berni Stapleton and Amy House
This comedy/drama will have you laughing with glee one moment and shedding a tear the next. Set just after the cod moratorium in 1992, two sisters struggle to come to terms with a community turned upside down. This is a play about family, loss and the courage to move forward. Written by two of Newfoundland’s finest writers, it is a roller coaster of a ride where you will experience the strength of the human spirit, the resilience of our people, and our natural humour. A Tidy Package returns for another season.
By Al Pittman
This story captures all the power, laughter, joy, and stubborn resilience of those who populated the outports of yesteryear, back before they were drove from their homes by the fishing grounds to the so-called growth centres. On All Souls night every year the dead of St. Kevin’s come alive and talk to each other. They bring us back to the golden age of the Newfoundland outport. As you watch and listen, you too will yearn for a time before resettlement when these bays and coves were filled with voices of those who lived and worked and laughed and died in the glorious isolation beside the sea.
SALT WATER MOON
By David French
This delightful play returns for its 22nd season. It takes us back to a lovely summer evening in 1926 when the moon is full and young Jacob Mercer has come home from Canada to win back his sweetheart. Mary Snow is about to marry the merchant’s son but Jacob will have none of that. This funny and moving play will warm your heart and put a twinkle in your eye.
The Blue Castle
By Meghan Greeley
Commissioned by Rising Tide
In the years after WWI, an unlikely arts hub was forming in outport Newfoundland. Phebe Florence Miller, poet and postmistress, played host to some of the island’s greatest writers, artists, and thinkers; in her Parisian-style literary salon in Topsail, the island’s best and brightest flocked to her beloved writing room, known to its regulars as the Blue Castle. But now, in the midst of the Great Depression, the room has sat vacant for years and its most devoted visitors have seemingly gone their separate ways. That is, until a young poet named Edwin Duder suggests a reunion in this room to make a very important announcement—one that will change Phebe’s life forever and force her to choose between literary aspirations, home, and desires of the heart.
The Birthday Balloon
By Steve Cochrane
Commissioned by Rising Tide
It’s 5 am in the cove and David and Millie Brake are on the brink of divorce. David is a pipe fitter working in Fort McMurray, gone for weeks at a time. Millie is his “oil widow” trying to make sense of her life in a changing rural landscape as she deals with a family tragedy. She is a spitfire with a sharp tongue, laced with generations of black Newfoundland wit and when she finds out Dave is having an affair it is all she can do not to cleave him in two. An examination of the “new” Newfoundland identity the play still poses the question- what is it that keeps us in love with this place we call home.
The Naming Of Port Rexton
By Grant Tilly, Directed by Kevin Woolridge
Developed with Rising Tide Theatre
It’s 1910 and the town of Ship Cove NL needs a new name. When it’s decided that the name will be derived based on the first child born to either the Randell or Rex families, a baby race ensues as each family vies to have the town named either “Port Randell” or “Port Rexton”. Based (loosely!) on true events, this new musical comedy features an all original score with soaring melodies. It’s a family musical about getting in the “family way”! This summer is the perfect time for this delightful musical as Port Rexton celebrates its Come Home Year!
Friday Night Bite - A Comedy Cabaret
Lead Writers: Stuart Simpson, Evan Mercer, Allison Kelly, Elizabeth Hicks and Step Taylor
Friday Night Bite is the side-splitting, gut busting, knee-slapping good time you’ve been dyin’ for. Grab your friends, family, and a drink or two from the bar and settle in for a night of raucous, reckless, and risque sketch comedy and music. Facetious foolishness, witty rhymes, and uproarious laughter guaranteed. A great cast from Rising Tide company, wit some special appearances.
HARRY HIBBS RETURNS
By Ben Pittman
Commissioned By Rising Tide
Song Selections by Rising Tide
He was known as Newfoundland’s favourite son, a shy fellow who became a musical hero to the thousands of Newfoundlander’s who migrated to Ontario in the 60’s and 70’s looking for work. With his button accordion and a great band, Harry brought the audiences to their feet dancing and singing along to the old tunes that reminded them of home. Newfoundland clubs were a feature of Ontario then and Harry filled them. His popularity soared, he hosted a TV show from the Caribou Club, he sold gold records and he brought joy to thousands. Along the way there were great highs and sad lows but always there was that smile, that wink, that celebrity who was just one of the folks. With this show, his times and his music live again.