Opening July 13 is a cabaret matinee that offers a taste of the Island, literally and culturally! Glenda’s Kitchen returns after a successful debut at The Charlottetown Festival last summer, and will feature a beloved and familiar name in the director’s chair.
Wade Lynch will lead a cast of Festival favourites, including Glenda Landry, Hank Stinson, Julain Molnar, Marlane O’Brien, and Cam MacDuffee. Scott Christian will strike a chord as Music Director and Karen Graves will provide accompaniment.
Since stepping down as Associate Artistic Director of the Festival in 2014, Wade has completed his Masters of Education through UPEI, which has led to opportunities at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Wade is now the Development Officer for the Senior Academy for Lifelong Living, and an instructor with Bishop’s drama department. He also directed Anne™ for the Festival from 2015 to 16, as well directing for the Drayton Festival and for the Segal Centre in Montreal. Wade’s new play, Down the Road with Dutch Mason is being workshopped at Bishop’s this spring before it returns to the Festival for its third workshop this July.
“Working on Glenda’s Kitchen feels very much like coming home,” reflects Wade. “Marlane and I started at the Festival together in 1992 with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at The Mack. That was the same summer we met and admired Glenda, Hank, and Julain, who were all performing their hearts out on the main stage. When Cam came along a few years later, this family was complete.”
For 25 years the group have all worked, played, and bonded together. “The common bond was Glenda and P.E.I. Glenda is the real thing; a genuine Islander who made a life in theatre possible, while keeping a happy home and family on the Island,” he explains. “She was the model for the rest of us, and made us believe that opportunities don’t have to be limited by geography, that a life in show business and a life on beautiful P.E.I. are not mutually exclusive. What a gift then, to be able to celebrate her good example in this engaging, intimate show.”
Glenda’s Kitchen runs four times weekly, from July 13 to September 1, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Studio 1 at Confederation Centre of the Arts. The Charlottetown Festival is sponsored by CIBC. Special thanks are extended to the PEI Fisherman’s Association, production sponsor for Glenda’s Kitchen. Kitchen products are supplied by Kitchens Unlimited