We are seeking participants!

Want to be a stilt-walker, a puppet builder or puppeteer, a musician, or a performer in the Pageant? Do you have an interest in the health of Island waterways? Or maybe a hidden talent that you want to share? We are looking for all kinds of people to get involved in this year's pageant - all ages, all levels of experience welcomed! 

Each year we offer a series of free workshops led by professional artists to build skills and create material the Pageant. Workshops and sign-up forms are listed below.

If you'd like to be involved but are not sure how, you can also get in touch with us via the contact page and we’ll get back to you soon.

2018 Workshops

The Singing River


A workshop for singers and musicians of all ages and experiences,  led by Kathy Randels & Sean LaRocca

Singer/Songwriter Kathy Randels returns to The River Clyde Pageant this summer with multi-instrumentalist and composer Sean LaRocca, her husband and longtime artistic partner in ArtSpot Productions. Together, they will explore vocal songwriting skills and improvisational skills, bringing in elements from their touring CRY YOU ONE project that included singing and playing music to the land, air and water. They will also share strategies for outdoor singing and playing that are unique to the needs of the River Clyde landscape.  Musicians of all ages can take part, and all kinds of instruments and vocalists are encouraged. This workshop takes place in New Glasgow.

2018 Workshop Dates

Monday July 2, 6:30-9:00pm
Tuesday July 3, 6:30-9:00pm
Thursday July 5, 6:30-9:00pm
Saturday July 7, 2:00-5:00pm
Sunday July 8, 2:00-5:00pm

Participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they can. Advanced registration is required. SIGN UP HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/isvsFZslxpz55PKA2

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Dancing with the River

A workshop in creative movement & choreography for everyone

Join theatre artist Joanna Caplan in an exploration of movement, imagination and environment. During twice-weekly sessions, participants will work outdoors and make creative movement patterns and group choreography in dialogue with the landscape, water, and weather. No previous experience in dance is necessary, and all ages, bodies and abilities are welcome! This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in storytelling that arrives not through words, but through physicality, imagery, and design.

2018 Workshop Dates

Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm: June 28, July 5, 12, 19
Sunday afternoons from 2:00-5:00pm: July 1, 8, 15, 22

When weather is good, workshops will take place outdoors on the Pageant site (Little Victory Microfarms). Meeting place is at the New Glasgow Christian Church.

Advance Registration is required. SIGN UP HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/Z5lVgYCoxM277cFR2

Joanna Caplan is a theatre artist and arts educator who has worked and trained extensively with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Her solo show, Total Verrückt! had its Canadian premiere in Charlottetown at the Island Fringe Festival in 2013, and has since toured to Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, Toronto and LA. Recently, Joanna has expanded her theatre practice to explore the martial art Kalaripayattu, as well as the performance practice Ottanthullal, both forms originating in the Indian state of Kerala.

Dreaming with Our Hands

A workshop in puppetry with Ian McFarlane

Have you ever dreamed of building a whale that flies? What about a gigantic heron that transforms into a fish? Returning puppeteer Ian McFarlane is bringing a sketchbook full of puppet ideas to New Glasgow this summer. Drop in to our Wednesday evening workshops to build your very own lantern puppet, learn basic skills in performing puppetry and take on your own projects in puppet construction and object animation. All ages welcome, no experience necessary.

Want to take on something bigger? Join our team of puppet builders on Saturday afternoons to learn specifics about large-scale and landscape puppetry and work behind-the-scenes on our larger-than-life creations.

2018 Workshop Dates:

Large-scale puppet work sessions
Wednesday evenings in July: July 4, 11, 18, 25 from 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday afternoons in July: July 7, 14, 21 from 1:00-4:00pm

To get to the workshop site: park in the upper parking lot for the Gardens of Hope and the Butterfly House. Walk down to the Gardens of Hope towards the river, and turn left. At the end of the gardens, go through/under the wooden pole fence, and follow path for a couple hundred yards and you will find the spot.

These workshops happen on a drop-in basis. To get on the puppet mailing list, sign up using the contact form here.


Cooking With Local Ingredients

A cooking workshop for newcomers to PEI led by Chef Emily Wells

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Learn to cook a series of traditional PEI, Canadian and International dishes with award-winning Chef Emily Wells at The Mill Restaurant in New Glasgow, PEI. This free workshop is being offered to newcomers to PEI.

Chef Emily will lead a group of participants in creating the dishes outlined below. Workshops will feature guests from the food and farming community and each session will conclude with a shared meal for all.

This workshop is offered  with support from the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada.

2018 Workshop Dates

Thursday, May 17th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mussel & Haddock Chowder with Biscuits - Learn to make two versions of a classic chowder recipe, and a traditional PEI biscuit recipe.

Thursday, May 31st, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Middle Eastern Lamb Stew - Learn to make a lamb stew using fresh, local ingredients and meet a local sheep farmer and vegetable farmer

Thursday June 14th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Acadian Meat Pie and Gumdrop Cake - Learn to make an Acadian Meat Pie and gumdrop cake, a traditional Maritime dessert.

This workshop is now completely full - we are not accepting waitlist submissions.

Once I Heard the River and It Whispered in my Ear

A children’s theatre workshop with Jane Wells

In this workshop we will use a blend of theatre improv games, creative movement and dramatic play to unleash our imaginations and explore the themes in this year’s River Clyde Pageant. For children who are interested in participating in this summer’s Pageant this is an opportunity to learn more about it and contribute ideas to the creation of the show. The workshop will also feature a brisk and playful introduction to the Island’s ecology. No experience is necessary for this workshop, just an interest in stories and acting! Ages 8-12, limited to 15 participants.

Workshop leader Jane Wells has been creating plays with and teaching drama to children for over 20 years in schools and community recreation programs across Toronto.

2018 Workshop Dates:

Saturdays from 1-4pm on June 9,16, 23, and from 11-2pm on June 30
New Glasgow Christian Church, 617 Route 258

This workshop is now full. We are accepting waitlist registrations, in the event that additional spaces open up. To sign up for the waitlist, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/9QRs2YQhLPV9fRBV2

The Electric Eclectic

A Playwriting Workshop with Michael Geither


Plays can start and finish in an infinite number of ways. In order to make sure the time you invest will reward both you and your audience, it pays to examine a number of approaches to stage writing that will surprise both parties. In this workshop we’ll explore scenes and plays that start from characters, structures, images, places, photos, collage, sound, transgression, and the freedom of writing without purpose.  We’ll read scenes that inform our ways of thinking and writing, spend in-class time writing and workshop our results.  For new to advanced playwrights. Workshops take place at The Mill in New Glasgow.

2018 Workshop Dates:

Saturday June 16, 3-6pm
Sunday June 17, 3-6pm
Wednesday June 20, 6-9pm
Friday June 22, 6-9pm
Saturday June 23, 1-4pm

This workshop is now full. 

Stiltwalking with Laura Astwood

Learn to walk on stilts and be part the 2018 River Clyde Pageant as a stilt performer. Open to ages 12 and above. Participants will learn the basics of stilt walking in addition to partner-work and group choreography on stilts. Participation is limited to 10 people (returning stilt walkers not included) and advanced registration is required. Workshops will occur in New Glasgow and Charlottetown, locations to be confirmed.


2018 Workshop Dates:

Saturday June 2, 1-4pm
Sunday June 3, 1-4pm
Wednesday June 6, 6-8pm
Thursday June 7, 6-8pm
Saturday June 9, 1-4pm
Sunday June 10, 1-4pm

This workshop is now full.