On Track to Festival 2020

Select Casting and 50% Off Sale Announced for Charlottetown Festival 2020

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Confederation Centre offering half-priced tickets from now until December 3

Artistic Director Adam Brazier has revealed select casting for The 2020 Charlottetown Festival, including the leads for Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Brazier also announced details on the biggest Festival sale of the year. From now until December 3, patrons can purchase tickets for all four summer theatre productions at 50% off. Tickets can be accessed online, by phone at 1 (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1 (800) 565-0278, or at the box office. The sale is offered for select dates and is based on availability. Members of Confederation Centre were given advance access to this sale as of November 18. For show descriptions, see addendum.

Returning as the precocious orphan who changed the Island forever is Emma Rudy, who dazzled audiences last summer. The Buzz dubbed Rudy “the Festival’s best Anne in ages”, raving about her soaring voice, sharp comic sensibility, and well-timed intensity. The Stratford, Ontario native will be back starring in the Homburg Theatre as of June 3, as the 2020 festival begins previews earlier than usual.

“It is such an honour to bring this complex and vivacious redhead back to life through new eyes,” glows Rudy. “I can’t wait to come back.”

Opening June 30 is five-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. This is the funniest musical written in the past 25 years,” states Brazier. “This show will leave our audiences happy, giddy, and sore from laughter.”

The Drowsy Chaperone will mark the return of Festival favourite Réjean Cournoyer. The Nova Scotia native had major roles here in Evangeline, A Misfortune, and Mamma Mia!, and nationally with Mirvish, Elgin, the Citadel Theatre, and Theatre Calgary. Cournoyer will star as ‘Man in Chair’, a witty theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era, narrating the entire musical comedy while listening to its record on vinyl.

Also joining The Drowsy Chaperone in the title role is Island native Catherine O’Brien, returning to the Centre after several years with other Island theatres including in Fascinating Ladies, Young At Heart, and the Victoria Playhouse. O’Brien has performed with The Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, and Manitoba Theatre Centre. Her previous credits with the Festival include Hairspray, Anne™, and The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom.

Over at The Mack, Islander Michele Bouey will make her Festival debut, performing in the musical love-letter to icon, Rita MacNeil, Dear Rita. Bouey will pay homage to MacNeil as member of a six person ensemble, similar in form to the Festival’s Atlantic Blue in 2019.

A Young Company alumna, Bouey has performed coast-to-coast, including with Soulpepper, Panasonic, and Drayton. She also writes and records her own music, with singles out now on Spotify and Apple Music.

As the Festival is repertory, each of the announced performers will also appear in other productions next summer, to be detailed at a later date.

The Festival’s 50% off sale also applies to the 2020 new production Bed and Breakfast, playing July 11 to September 26 at The Mack.

Special thanks are extended to Festival title sponsor, CIBC, and to Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ sponsor CAA Atlantic. Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

 

Around the Corner

The 2020 Charlottetown Festival Playbill

Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™  – Homburg Theatre, June 3 to September 26

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The Festival’s crown jewel will return for its 56th consecutive season next summer, a testament to enduring story of an orphan girl who came from away and changed the Island forever. The classic is a humorous, touching, and truly athletic musical that will inspire your imagination, tickle your funny bone, and mesmerize you with both graceful and exhilarating singing and dancing

The Drowsy Chaperone Homburg Theatre, June 30 to September 26

You’ve never seen a show like this! A loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. This clever parody will sweep audiences away with show-stopping song and dance numbers. The cast is complete with a tap-dancing groom, bumbling best man, wise-cracking butler, desperate producer, misguided Don Juan, two goofy gangsters in disguise, and a tipsy chaperone!

Dear Rita The Mack, June 25 through September 25

Making its world premiere in 2020 is an inspiring new production celebrating the life and songs of one of the Maritimes’ most fierce and iconic singer-songwriters, Rita MacNeil. This musical love letter features traditional and new, reimagined arrangements of Rita’s songs weaving her lyrics into new perspectives and inviting her spirit and stories into the cabaret theatre.

Bed & Breakfast – The Mack, July 11 through September 26

When Brett inherits the family home, he and Drew move out of fast-paced Toronto to set up a B&B in a picturesque tourist town. But will these big city boys face friction in their new community?  With dozens of hilarious characters, all portrayed by two actors, Bed and Breakfast is a heartwarming comedy about being out in small town Canada, family skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.\

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Opera Wax Cylinders and First Nation

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $39.50 (tax & fees included)

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Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor and composer who takes every opportunity to blend his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates, blending distinct musical aesthetics that shape-shift between classical, traditional, and pop to form something entirely new.

Dutcher’s debut release, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, involves the rearrangement of early 1900s wax cylinder field recordings from his community. “Many of the songs were lost because our musical tradition was suppressed by the Canadian government. I’m doing this work as there’s only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left. It’s crucial that we’re using our language because, if you lose the language, you’re losing an entire distinct way of experiencing the world.”

Jeremy Dutcher was awarded the Polaris Music Prize in 2018 for Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa.

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Calling All Craftspeople

Call for Proposals

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Calling all Craftspeople!
The Art Gallery and the PEI Crafts Council are collaborating on a fine craft exhibition, Creative Obsession, slated for summer 2020 in the Gallery. Interested artisans should submit their proposal on work they want considered for the exhibition to tsteele@confederationcentre.com or by mail to Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 145 Richmond St, Charlottetown, P.E., C1A 1J1.
Deadline for submisssions is Friday, November 29.

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Who’s Your Daddy?

November 19, 2019 at 7:30pm

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The Guild is pleased to announce a special concert “The Guild Presents: Christmas Daddies!” on Tuesday November 19th starting at 7:30pm.

The evening boasts an amazing lineup of talented PEI artists, set to deliver their musical performances on stage at The Guild. The audience will be treated to musical selections from critically acclaimed PEI folk artist Catherine MacLellan, award winning singer/songwriter Tara MacLean along with Dylan Menzie with his sprawling vocal range and compelling approach to composition. Maritime Comedian Jimmy the Janitor, host of the PEI portion of the Christmas Daddies Telethon, will be MC for an evening that will also include performances by folk singer/songwriter Ashley Condon, well known singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Matthews, Americana style singer/songwriter Brian J. Dunn along with phenomenal step dancers Luka Hall and Abi McCarthy.

Admission to “The Guild Presents: Christmas Daddies!” is by donation at the door. These funds will help less fortunate Island children have a better Christmas. The Guild is located at 111 Queen Street in Charlottetown.

For more than 55 years, CTV’s CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON has raised funds for Island and Maritime children facing economic hardship during the holiday season. To date, the organization has raised more than $32 million, with funds channeled toward gifts, clothing, and food for less-fortunate families and their children.

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A Fascinating Ladies Christmas

Christmas in Victoria with The Fascinating Ladies

TWO SHOWS ONLY!
Nov. 30 @ 7:30 pm and Dec. 1 @ 2pm
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Celebrate the upcoming holiday season with two special shows at the Victoria Playhouse. Gather with friends and neighbors to enjoy great music and complimentary seasonal treats.

The Fascinating Ladies, starring Catherine O’Brien, Allison Kelly and Kelley Mooney, are back exploring holiday classics in the style of your favourite female artists from the last century! They’ll share their best-loved Christmas hits made popular by such greats as the Andrews Sisters, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, The Judds, Sarah McLachlan and more!

A Fascinating Ladies Christmas is a confection of favourites like White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Silent Night, and Christmas Waltz, with beautiful three-part harmonies – all wrapped up in The Fascinating Ladies style, with wit, warmth and good cheer!

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse