Complete casting has been announced for Jesus Christ Superstar at The 2018 Charlottetown Festival. The Adam Brazier-directed production will present his take on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s legendary rock opera.
The 2018 cast is anchored by Festival newcomer Lee Siegel as Judas, with PEI’s Aaron Hastelow as Jesus Christ. Joining them as Mary Magdalene is another Festival newcomer Hailey Gillis. Other leads include Greg Gale as Caiaphas, Cameron MacDuffee as King Herod, Edward Murphy as High Priest, Brendan Wall as Pontius Pilate, Jacob MacInnis as Peter, Andrew McAllister as Simon Zealotes, and Tara Jackson as Annas.
This will be Lee’s fifth time performing in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar; his past performances have included a run on Broadway where he played Simon Zealotes the 2012 revival. The Niagara Falls, ON native is excited to play Judas again, this time for The Charlottetown Festival.
“Jesus Christ Superstar has been a part of my life since I was a child and I’m thrilled to have the chance to step back into the shoes of Judas,” says Siegel. He goes on to say, “I have never been to PEI, so I’m looking forward to meeting the locals, experiencing the Island, and sharing in the excitement of the Festival. It’s an honour to be a part of such a prestigious Canadian theatre company, and I hope it’s the start of many seasons to come.”
Gillis will make her debut to the Festival as Mary Magdalene. The Grimsby, ON native is no stranger to the stage, having performed in all major theatres across Canada including several seasons with Soulpepper.
A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless rock opera set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Appreciation is extended to the title sponsor for The 2018 Charlottetown Festival, CIBC. Media sponsors are Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian. The musical is sponsored by Tim Hortons. Show opens on June 7 in the Homburg Theatre.
Mark Holy Day with The Confederation Singers
Confederation Centre’s adult choir, the Confederation Singers, present the annual Choral Music on a Holy Day on Good Friday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church.
Under the direction of Donald Fraser, the Singers will perform a stirring selection of music of the greatest French composers. The headline work is Louis Vierne’s Solemn Mass, and complimenting this epic piece will be two movements from the Gabriel Fauré Requiem. Rounding out the evening will be the Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine, the Ave Verum of Camille Saint-Saens, and the beautiful Panis Angelicus of Québec City composer, Antoine Dessane. The organ accompanist is Frances McBurnie.
This popular concert is part of Sobeys LIVE @ Centre. Book online and get the full LIVE calendar at confederationcentre.com. Tickets for all shows are available in person at the box office, by phone at (902) 566-1267, or toll free at 1-800-565-0278.
The Choral Music Programme is sponsored by Maritime Electric. Confederation Centre also thanks the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture; and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7th, 7:00 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
Regular Tickets: $20.00 fees included
Awake tells the story of a group dealing with the sudden loss of their friend, Juliette Murphy. Through songs, stories, and humour, the group face their own insecurities about their choices and reflect on the fragility of life, the awareness of time, and the importance of friendship.
(16+) Contains mature themes & hilarity!
Confederation Centre of the Arts will be celebrating World Theatre Day on March 27 with a free play reading of One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, happening in the Art Gallery at 7:00 p.m.
Since 1962, World Theatre Day has been celebrated by theatre professionals, organizations, universities and theatre lovers all over the world on the 27th of March. This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”. For more information: http://www.world-theatre-day.org/
Please join Artistic Director, Adam Brazier for:
World Theatre Day Celebration at the Centre
Free play reading: One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the ART GALLERY
A partnership with The PEI Pay-What-You-Can Theatre Festival
The runaway West End and Broadway hit, One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean is a classic ensemble slapstick farce.Join us for a romp through this hilarious and complicated world of small-potatoes gangsterism, cross-dressing, mistaken identity, and thwarted romance…
Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step- dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force. That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland.
The group comprises Gordie MacKeeman (fiddle, acoustic guitar, feet percussion, vocals), Peter Cann (guitars, banjo, vocals), Thomas Webb (guitars, bass, banjo, steel guitar, vocals), and Jason Burbine (bass, percussion, guitar, vocals). They have been together for six years, but many of the members played together in different combinations prior to that, as is audible in their aural chemistry. The fact that each member is skilled on multiple instruments gives Gordie MacKeeman and The Rhythm Boys a high-powered musical arsenal. The result is an eclectic signature sound that draws upon bluegrass, old time country, folk, rockabilly, swing, Celtic, and other styles in genre-defying fashion.
“This band is a real breath of fresh air and fun. Given the generic ‘roots’ label, there are heavy influences of bluegrass, western swing, Celtic and even Scottish country dance music in here. It all adds up to a mighty fine package.” – Maverick Magazine, UK
Gordie MacKeeman and the Rhythm Boys are at the Victoria Playhouse on July 2nd.
You’ll hear all about what you can expect from their 2-man performance of enthralling physicality and exquisite expression (ahem… see photo below)!
Still lots of great seats available, and it’s Pay-What-You-Will! Book your tickets here: https://confederationcentre.com/whats-on/pss-pss-by-baccala/
|Local actress to star in “A Moon for the Misbegotten” at Watermark Theatre
Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that local PEI actress Brielle Ansems has won the coveted lead role of Josie Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten after a national audition search.
Raised in Montague, and currently living in Charlottetown, Brielle is a student at the Holland College School of Performing Arts Theatre Program and is also immersed in a burgeoning career as a singer-songwriter here on the Island. Her theatre experience includes “The Island’s Super Duper Fantabulous Holiday Smorgasbord of Joy” at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, “The Princess and the Pea” with The Cat’s Pajamas Theatre Company, and Theatre St. Thomas’ “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”. You may also have seen her in a multitude of shows with White Rose Entertainment’s Feast Dinner Theatres.
Brielle is thrilled to be making her full-season debut at the Watermark, particularly in a role with as much to offer as Josie Hogan. “Josie’s resilience and vulnerability are so real and compelling, and it’s an honour to be able to bring her to life this summer”.
“We held auditions for this role in Charlottetown, Halifax, and in Toronto. We also received video taped auditions submitted from across the country”, says Watermark Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, “Brielle had stiff competition from many very talented actresses from across the country but she did a superb audition and we are thrilled to have her join us this summer”.
A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill is a unique blend of comedy, tragedy, autobiography, and imagination. A love story set in 1923 between a Broadway actor, Jim Tyrone, and a Connecticut farm girl named Josie Hogan. Josie and her hard drinking Irish father Phil scheme to hold on to the farm they’ve worked for 20 years. When their neighbour, an oil magnate, stakes a claim on their property they do all they can to stop the sale. Under the light of one night’s magical moon A Moon for The Misbegotten plumbs the depth of the human spirit with tremendous redemptive power.
Brielle can’t wait to start rehearsals and spend the summer in North Rustico, “I couldn’t be more excited to be cast in this production. O’Neill’s writing is an actor’s dream, and this show is no exception.”
A Moon for the Misbegotten runs from July 6th to August 31st, 2018.
For more information, or to set up an interview with Ms. Ansems please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4th, 2018, 11:00 AM
You’re invited to Harbourfront Theatre’s Summer 2018 Season Launch!
We’ve got big news. Be sure to join us April 4th at 11 AM to find out what we’ve got planned for Harbourfront Theatre this year.
When: April 4th
What Time: 11 AM
Where: Harbourfront Theatre’s Lobby on 124 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside, PEI