Making a New Harbour

Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for Tell Tale Harbour at The Charlottetown Festival

Confederation Centre of the Arts is thrilled to announce the full cast and creative team for Tell Tale Harbour. The new musical comedy, starring music icon Alan Doyle, will have its world premiere at The Charlottetown Festival in June. 

Proudly sponsored by The Gray Group Real Estate & Development, The 2022 Charlottetown Festival includes seven productions across the Centre’s three venues – including Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™Betty’s Song, and Hey Viola!

Sponsored by Prince Edward Island Potatoes, Tell Tale Harbour is the story of a struggling Atlantic fishing village looking for a miracle. An opportunity arises to bring a state-of-the-art frozen french fry facility to town, but there’s just one major obstacle; to secure the factory, the harbour must have a full-time resident doctor. Realizing this might be their last chance to save their beloved community, the townspeople come together to charm an interim doctor into moving there permanently. Part heist and part farce with lots of music, this hilarious show celebrates the people, the trials, and the triumphs of living in a small community in Atlantic Canada.

Joining Doyle is a talented cast of performers from across Canada, including Islanders Cameron MacDuffeeCharlotte MooreMarlane O’Brien, and Kristen Pottle

Several other Festival alumni are set to make their return, including Stephen Guy-McGrathAlana HibbertJacob MacInnisLaurie Murdoch, and Jamie Murray.  

Cast members making their Festival debut include Michelle BardachJahlen BarnesJustin EddyShakeil RollockMarquita Walsh, and Alison Woolridge

The musical is directed by Jillian Keiley, a Newfoundlander who has spent a decade as the artistic director of the National Arts Centre English Theatre in Ottawa, ON. The cast and creative team of Tell Tale Harbour recently came together in Charlottetown for a three-week workshop that included a recording session for a cast album, which will be released with the musical’s premiere this summer. 

“It has been thrilling to have this talented group together in the same room,” says Keiley. “You can feel the electricity!” 

To celebrate the launch of this new musical, the Centre is holding a contest in collaboration with Prince Edward Island Potatoes and Air Canada. Three winners from across Canada will be drawn to receive a prize package that includes roundtrip flights to Charlottetown, hotel accommodations, a $300 Canada’s Food Island gift card, tickets to see Tell Tale Harbour, and a meet-and-greet with Alan Doyle. The contest runs until May 15, with winners being drawn on May 20. For contest details and entry, visit confederationcentre.com/contest.

Further casting for the Festival will be announced leading up to the season. For tickets and more information, visit confederationcentre.com or call 1-800-565-0278. 

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TELL TALE HARBOUR CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM 

CAST

Michelle Bardach                    Kathleen

Jahlen Barnes                         Dr. Chris 

Alan Doyle                              Frank

Justin Eddy                             Swing 

Stephen Guy-McGrath            Gord / Chip

Alana Hibbert                          Louise

Cameron MacDuffee               Gus

Jacob MacInnis                       Henry

Charlotte Moore                      Vera

Laurie Murdoch                       Yvon

Jamie Murray                          Swing 

Marlane O’Brien                      Gina

Kristen Pottle                          Swing 

Shakeil Rollock                       Swing 

Marquita Walsh                       Marie

Alison Woolridge                     Barbara 

CREATIVE TEAM 

Musical adaptation by Adam Brazier, Alan Doyle, Bob Foster, Edward Riche

Based on the original screenplay The Grand Seduction by Ken Scott

Jillian Keiley                            Director

Bob Foster                              Musical Director

Linda Garneau                        Choreographer

Cory Sincennes                      Set & Costume Designer

Leigh Ann Vardy                     Lighting Designer

Peter McBoyle                        Sound Designer

Rachel O’Brien                        Associate Musical Director

Krista Blackwood                    Stage Manager

Rachel Dawn Woods              Assistant Stage Manager

Samantha Bruce                     Apprentice Stage Manager

Emily McMahon (she/her/elle)

Communications Manager | Gestionnaire des communications 

Confederation Centre of the Arts | Centre des arts de la Confédération 

T: 902-628-6135

Theatre PEI

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