Every year at the end of the Summer Season, just before University and school start we have the Annual Fundraising event at the Confederation Centre for the arts, this year is the 41th Edition of the Maud Whitmore Scholarship Fund Variety Concert.
Who as Maud Whitmore? she was an actress born in Britain who for many decades was a large presence on the Homburg Theatre stage. She died in July 1978 and has become a legend, entered immortality you could say. She is best remembered for her role as Mrs Rachel Lynde in the play Anne of Green Gables, now running in its 53rd year, the longest running Annual Musical in the world.
Several scholarships are given in various fields of theatre, dance, voice, acting. This year 3 indigenous persons were amongst the many winners from the Dene, BlackFoot and Ojibwe, the presentation of the awards was done in part in each native language. There is a lot of solid talent amongst the winners.
The two hour variety show was very professionally done, with high standards and quality. What never stops to amaze me is at the high caliber of talent we have here on the Island, many singers and actors coming from PEI went on to National and International careers. You see the emerging talent in this annual show. It was a wonderful evening, the highlight of the end of Summer Season. As always it was sold out.