Category Archives: On Stage

In and Out of the Woods

Tickets are on sale now for Into the Woods Jr. Out the Guild’s show of the new year. This lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables, the musical centers on a baker and bus wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Friday, February 4th 7:00pm Saturday, February 5th 4:00pm and 7:00pm Sunday, February 6th 4:00pm. VaxPass and ID are required. Masks must be worn at all times. Social distancing measures are in place.

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Tiny Town Tall Tale

Tell Tale Harbour World Premiere to Headline The 2022 Charlottetown Festival

– Lineup will feature stories of resilience, community, and strength –

Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today The 2022 Charlottetown Festival lineup, which includes the world premiere of the new Canadian musical comedy Tell Tale Harbour

Proudly sponsored by The Gray Group Real Estate Development, The 2022 Charlottetown Festival includes seven productions across the Centre’s three venues and features stories and songs from Atlantic Canada. 

“This Festival will be a celebration of our region, and the people who help to define what it means to be from Atlantic Canada,” explains Adam Brazier, Artistic Director of Performing Arts at Confederation Centre. “There is a common thread of East Cost resilience and community woven throughout every show this summer.”  

Tell Tale Harbour will kick off The Charlottetown Festival in June. Sponsored by Prince Edward Island Potatoes, the musical tells the story of a struggling Atlantic fishing village. The community is looking for a miracle when an opportunity arises to bring a frozen french fry facility to town. Realizing this might be their last chance to save their beloved community, the townspeople come together to secure the factory. Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, the hilarious musical comedy celebrates the people, the trials, and the triumphs of living in a small community in Atlantic Canada. 

The musical is based on the screenplay The Grand Seduction (2013) by Ken Scott. When Brazier began drafting the musical adaptation, he sought out a collaborator who could encapsulate Atlantic Canadian storytelling through song, which led him to co-writer Alan Doyle. A Member of the Order of Canada, Doyle is one of the nation’s most treasured songwriters, revered for his solo material and the iconic band, Great Big Sea. Doyle is not only co-writing the musical but will also be starring in the lead role this summer. 

“I am so excited to be a part of this project, and to be taking my first steps into musical theatre as a creator and performer.  The whole deal is both invigorating and terrifying, as all good art should be,” says Doyle. “I’m stoked for people to know we are crafting a show to make people feel like they’ve experienced something truly special and give them a great night out. I hope its passionate message about the meaning of home, and the hilarious situations it portrays, will move people to laugh and cry and laugh again.”

The production’s music and lyrics are co-written by Doyle and Bob Foster (Music Director of Come From Away [Mirvish]). The book of the musical is co-written by Doyle alongside Brazier and award-winning writer Ed Riche. The production will be directed by Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre English Theatre in Ottawa, ON, with choreography by Linda Garneau

Tell Tale Harbour will be performed in repertory with Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™,sponsored by CAA Atlantic, which Confederation Centre previously announced will return to the mainstage for the first time since 2019. 

The Centre also plans to have two productions about pioneering women from Atlantic Canada playing at its cabaret-style venue, The Mack. Starting performances in early July will be Betty’s Song, a new play written and performed by Island singer-songwriter Ashley Condon. The show is based on the true story of her mother, who was one of the first women to captain her own lobster boat in Eastern P.E.I. The hilarious coming-of-age story takes you through the perils of raising a saucy teenager in 1990s rural P.E.I. 

Playing in August at The Mack will be Hey Viola!, a cabaret-style show about Viola Desmond, a Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at a cinema in 1946. The personal and powerful show features the dynamic and inspirational music that filled the life and home of the civil rights trailblazer, including hits like “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, “Smile”, and “A Change is Gonna Come”. 

The Charlottetown Festival will also have three shows playing in the Outdoor Amphitheatre. “The programming this year reflects what Charlottetown looks like in 2022; we wanted it to be more diverse, inclusive, and accessible,” says the Festival’s Associate Artistic Director Dawn Ward

With performances starting in July, Munschables will bring the exciting and silly world of beloved children’s author Robert Munsch to life. Starring members of the cast of Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™, the show will include stories from beloved books like Mud PuddleSmelly Socks, and Murmel, Murmel, Murmel.

The Outdoor Amphitheatre will welcome back the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors for an exclusive three-week engagement of the new show Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq Voices. The Xclusive Dance Crew will also return with the new show Island Vibe, which explores hip-hop, afro- jazz, contemporary movement, as well as break dancing and tap.

Tickets for The 2022 Charlottetown Festival are on sale now to Confederation Centre members, and to the public on November 18. Patrons who are not yet Confederation Centre members can sign up now to gain early access to festival tickets. For more information, contact Sarah Hastelow at 902-629-1159 or shastelow@confederationcentre.com

Tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 1-800-565-0278, or in person at the Centre’s box office.

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Person of Interest

“Person of Interest” is a highly topical tale about a good, law-abiding citizen who hoped to volunteer in her community. When she applied for a police background check, she discovered she had a record, courtesy of the neighbours. And now she is considered a Person of Interest.

Award-winning celebrated actor, writer and Second City alumna Melody A. Johnson returns to the Harbourfront Theatre with her new solo show Person of Interest. Johnson has performed across stages in Canada and the United Kingdom with her acclaimed Miss Caledonia (2014 Ontario Presents TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR, 2013 Dora award nomination for Best New Play and Outstanding Actress).

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Anne is Back

After a two-year hiatus, P.E.I.’s most iconic redhead is returning to the Confederation Centre of the Arts stage. 

Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ will be one of two mainstage productions of the 2022 Charlottetown Festival, marking the first time the show will be staged since 2019. The production ran annually since the Festival’s launch in 1965 and is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest-running annual musical. The Centre was unable to produce the show in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-related challenges but is thrilled to be bringing it back this summer. 

“We are so excited to welcome the Island’s most beloved orphan back to the stage next season,” says Adam Brazier, Artistic Director of Performing Arts. “The 2022 Festival will focus on stories from our region; stories that speak to east coast culture, resilience, and determination. No one epitomizes that more than Anne of Green Gables.”

Sponsored by CAA Atlantic, the production is a quintessential part of the Island’s summer entertainment offering, and a cornerstone of the province’s tourism product.

Premier Dennis King says Anne™ returning to the mainstage is a sure sign that there are more good things to come for Prince Edward Island’s 2022 tourism season.

“I applaud Confederation Centre of the Arts for being so creative and innovative in the ways they have adopted COVID-19 public health measures over the past couple years,” said Premier King. “I know it hasn’t been easy, but they’ve continued to persevere and deliver quality entertainment that comforted and brought joy to Islanders and visitors when we needed it the most.”

Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ starts previews June 18, with opening night slated for June 25. The production will run until September 3. Announcements about casting will be made in the coming months.

The full 2022 Charlottetown Festival lineup will be announced via a virtual launch on November 16 at noon. The launch can be streamed on the Confederation Centre’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. 

Festival tickets will go on sale to Confederation Centre members on November 16, and to the public on November 18. Visit confederationcentre.com for all the details.

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Get a Seat for the Carol

Tickets Now For Sale – A Christmas Carol
December 9th to 19th, 2021
We have returned to assigned seating so choose your seats.
www.ticketwizard.ca or call 902-963-3963
Holiday Prices at $18 for adults and $12 for students.
Thursday to Saturday nights at 7:30PM, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00PM.
Starring Cameron MacDuffee and Leah Pritchard. Directed by Rebecca Parent.
It’s Christmas Eve, and whilst London is alive with festive cheer and seasonal goodwill, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge grows meaner by the minute. A heartless moneylender, who cares more about counting his coins than for his fellow man, Scrooge despises Christmas and everything to do with it. But will a timely visit from the haunting ghosts of Christmas past, present and future change his wicked ways before it’s too late? Two actors introduce us to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of extraordinary characters as you have never seen them before in a festive retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. ★★★★★ ‘An exquisite piece of magical theatre’ – Musical Theatre Review
Note: A PEI Vaccine Passport and ID must be shown at the door to be admitted.
Note: Online bookings available by desktop, laptop and tablet. Cell phone bookings not currently available.

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A Farm Gone Haywire

#Throwbackthursday to when “A SIMPLE SPACE by Gravity & Other Myths” graced our Harbourfront Theatre stage. If contemporary circus fun is your thing, check out Cirque Alfonse: Animal, A Farm Story coming to our theatre one month from today. ANIMAL, A Farm Story is the farm gone haywire – told through the magic of circus, song, dance and theatre! Get your tickets at www.harbourfronttheatre.com or call the box office, 902-888-2500 #CirqueAlfonse#animal

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