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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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Amp Up for Song and Dance

Confederation Centre Amphitheatre to Host Two Shows This Summer

-“The Voices of Resilience” and “Street Fusion” will host free noon-time and evening performances through August 21-

The amphitheatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts will come to life this summer with two free shows intended to entertain, educate, and promote inter-cultural understanding.

“Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors has been together since their first show in 2011, this year marks 10 years together as the only Indigenous Theatre Company in Atlantic Canada,” says Julie Pellissier-Lush, one of the show’s creators. “See the beautiful sights, listen for powerful drums, learn a few traditional words in Mi’kmaq, and join us for a fun event in partnership with the Confederation Centre of the Arts and L’nuey that will make your heart happy.”

Performances of The Voices of Resilience will take place at noon from July 21-23 and again from July 26-31.

“Culture is learned in patterns; it is the values, behaviors, and connections shared by people,” says Ward. “Culture is also a way of coping with the world we live in. It resides in the hearts of everyone. It’s the way we see each other and appreciate our differences. It is also the way we find common ground. This show displays how distinct cultures can come together and create and celebrate each other.”

Performances of Street Fusion will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays at noon from August 4-21. 

“We are so blessed to be able to share these two unique and inspirational shows with audiences,” says Adam Brazier, Artistic Director of Performing Arts at the Centre. “The Centre is committed to promoting diversity, inclusiveness and inter-cultural understanding. These two shows will give audiences an opportunity to learn more about these cultures through performance and creativity.”

To reserve free tickets to these two shows, visit confederationcentre.com/whats-on/, or call the box office at 1-800-565-0278. The box office is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 8pm.

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Rise On Up

Confederation Centre Young Company Now Accepting Video Auditions for THE RISING!

-Young Company, in partnership with the TD Ready Commitment, will perform this summer at the Centre-

Young performers from across Canada are invited to submit video auditions for the 2021 season of the Confederation Centre Young Company, in partnership with the TD Ready Commitment. The season will run on-site from June to August, as a proud part of The Charlottetown Festival at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

This summer, the Young Company will present THE RISING!, exploring moments where society has come together to stand up for civil and judicial rights.  

A universal language, music transcends geographic and cultural barriers and has played an essential role in protests for generations. Weaving songs from such artists as Tracey Chapman, Lady Gaga, Macklemore, CCR, and Bob MarleyThe Rising! is an inspiring, high-energy journey about striving for a better and more equitable humanity. 

“The Young Company is a fantastic growth opportunity for performing artists from across Canada,” says Adam Brazier, artistic director of performing arts. “The program is both an exercise in collaboration and creativity, and an excellent way to explore social justice through the arts, from a diverse range of voices and experiences.”

Rehearsals for the Young Company begin in mid-June and run through August 21. As it has for almost three decades, the program doubles as a summer training intensive, featured within The Charlottetown Festival.

Submissions are welcome from people of all cultures, genders, and identities, with varying degrees of experience. Applicants are reminded that if they play a musical instrument or speak languages other than English, this ability should be showcased in their video audition. Traditional songs, dances, and speeches are also welcomed and encouraged.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. Full details for applications and video submissions can be found at confederationcentre.com/auditions.

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Get In On the Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Presented by ACT in partnership with the Confederation Centre of the Arts

and at the Watermark Theatre

December 2020

It has been a difficult year for the performing arts, and so ACT is delighted to present live theatre in December, bringing It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry to the stage, in partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts. This is the heartwarming tale of George Bailey, a typical American dreamer, who contemplates ending his life one Christmas Eve. With the help of his guardian angel, he discovers the true value of friendship and family. The play is set on a 1940’s radio stage, complete with local advertising jingles and live sound effects. 

“We are so excited to be partnering with ACT for this production on the Mainstage this holiday season,” offers Adam Brazier, artistic director of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “One of our strategic priorities is to support local theatre initiatives and this has become more vital than ever during these challenging times for our community and the arts industry. It’s a Wonderful Life is an uplifting story of family, love, hope, and redemption–a perfect message for 2020 and the Island holiday season.”

ACT celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, and president Marti Hopson was determined to stage a production that could fit within public health guidelines after seeing the rest of the season cancelled due to the pandemic. “It’s terrific that we can take this show to multiple locations and I think the audience will enjoy seeing this classic in a new way, with 6 actors playing multiple parts,” she said, “Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Watermark Theatre and several sponsors have been very generous in helping us to make this a reality.” The cast includes Alex Arsenault, Jenna Marie Holmes, Amanda Rae Gallant, Mike Mallaley, Keir Malone, and Rob Thomson, joined by Mitchell Gallant on sound effects. 

The show opens December 3, 4, 5 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and continues on December 10, 11, 12 at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. Tickets are available at www.confederationcentre.com and www.ticketwizard.ca . This show is suitable for all ages and is sure to bring holiday cheer. The performances will all have COVID-19 protocols in place, with physically distanced limited seating. Title sponsor of the event is the Smith Team of RBC Dominion Securities.adam

For any additional information required, please email martihopson@hotmail.com or call 902-620-8289.

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The Stage is Set

The Stage Is Set For ‘Comfort & Joy’ This Holiday Season

– Confederation Centre Dec. 20 concert features Tara MacLean, Catherine MacLellan, Kinley Dowling, 

Vince the Messenger, Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors, Adam Brazier, and many more!

Islanders and patrons everywhere are invited to enjoy the holiday event of the season this December. Confederation Centre of the Arts is proud to present Comfort & Joyan old-fashioned holiday variety show featuring some of Atlantic Canada’s finest entertainers.

All three headliners will perform, a stirring performance from the Mi’kmaq Heritage ActorsGia Kierrah, and many more.

The performance will also be available to view from the comfort and joy of your couch or bedroom, as it will be live-streamed. For just $20, patrons can sip hot chocolate at home and take in a feel-good family concert featuring more than 20 artists, live from the Centre. 

Due to distancing and seating limitations, there are less than 300 tickets available for Comfort & Joy,and organizers expect the in-person seats to sell out quickly To book now, for live-stream or in-personconcert, visit confederationcentre.com, contact 902.566.1267, or visit the box office in person.

“Needless to say this has been a hard year for everyone, and we’re all due for some great live music and holiday cheer!” says Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. “It is so exciting to be hosting concerts and events again, and whether you wish to enjoy this concert at home or in the big room in person, we hope you’ll join us for a wonderful night of songs, spirit, and community.”

Additional features of this glittery variety show include a ballet performance of The Nutcracker; an all-star live band led by Music Director Natalie Williams Calhoun with Morgan Saulnier and Alan Dowling; and a live on-stage reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, featuring a VERY special Island guest.


Theatre PEI includes The Charlottetown Festival, The Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, The Island Fringe Festival, The Kings Playhouse, The River Clyde Pageant, Victoria Playhouse, Watermark Theatre, and Young at Heart

Not in OUR Space On Tap

Confederation Centre Announces ‘Not In OUR Space’ Event 

-Adam Brazier and EQUITY to host live in-person workshop on ‘safe arts spaces’ Nov. 10-

Islanders from a range of backgrounds will have an opportunity to learn more about developing safe live performance workplaces at a special event later this month. 

Not in OUR Space!: Creating safe and respectful spaces in the performing arts is a program for live performance professionals, family members, and others that addresses problems of harassment in the workspace.

The event will be co-hosted by Artistic Director Adam Brazier and Arden R. Rhyspan, executive director of Equity. Rhyspan will join via Zoom link and offer a 40-minute presentation about managing a situation in the moment, as well as suggestions for ways in which bystanders can assist when they are witnessing harassment of various forms. The panel will also include an Island representative with local knowledge of the subject themes

The event takes place on November 10 at 3 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre. All are welcome to participate. This discussion will be followed by a live audience Q&A.

“Great art and artists will only flourish when given a safe and supportive environment in which to create,” reflects Brazier. “It is our responsibility as an organization to create that environment and hold ourselves accountable to it. We hopthe community will join us in this important and timely discussion.”

Discussion topics include the pursuit of safe and respectful workspaces, the welfare of children in the workplace, and the condemnation and addressing of inappropriate behaviour in a work setting such as: abuse of power, bullying, discrimination, harassment or sexual harassment, reprisal, or violence.

There is no cost to attend Not in OUR Space!: Creating safe and respectful spaces in the performing arts, but registration is required. For free tickets, please visit the Confederation Centre Box Office in person, contact them at 902.566.1267, or book online.

Not in OUR Space! is a national anti-harassment and respectful workplace program working with engagers across disciplines, developed by the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Its aims are to ensure safe working conditions for all professionals working in live performance across the country

Arden R. Ryshpan has worked in the industry for over 35 years in a variety of capacities, with production credits on over 30 feature films and TV projects. Ryshpan was on the Board of Directors of the Dome Theatre of Dawson College and was a faculty member in the drama department. She has been Executive Director of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association since 2007 where she is chief negotiator, responsible for lobbying and advocacy activities as well as the day to day operations of the organization.


Theatre PEI includes The Charlottetown Festival, The Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, The Island Fringe Festival, The Kings Playhouse, The River Clyde Pageant, Victoria Playhouse, Watermark Theatre, and Young at Heart.

Almighty Proud on Turkey Day

Gather the family after Thanksgiving dinner this season for a heartwarming celebration of Anne Shirley! Featuring up-close highlights from Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™, cameos from Canadian icons, and re-imaginings of your favourite songs from the musical, Feelin’ Mighty Proud is set to make its world premiere Sunday, October 11 at 9 p.m. on Eastlink and Confederation Centre social media.

This Island-made celebration weaves patrons’ favourite moments from the iconic Charlottetown Festival musical (taped live on the mainstage this season!) with a summertime journey across the Island, stopping at key destinations that focus on the works of L.M. Montgomery and the lore of Anne Shirley.

Feelin’ Mighty Proud! is a must-see TV event this Thanksgiving that will make every Canadian proud,” says Confederation Centre Artistic Director Adam Brazier. “It is a charming reminder of the incredible impact our heroine has made world-wide—one who has brought so many people together for generations.”

Directed by Brazier and Jason Rogerson, the one-hour special is rich with cameo appearances, including such luminaries as Megan Follows, Amybeth McNulty and R.H. Thompson (Anne with an E), Gracie Finley, and current ‘Anne’, Emma Rudy.

More than a dozen Charlottetown Festival company members also appear, including Islanders Marlane O’Brien, Glenda Landry, Catherine O’Brien, Hank Stinson, Aaron Hastelow, and Michelle Bouey, as well as the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra. Patrons are invited to enjoy a one-minute trailer for the special online through Vimeo.

Stirring new performances include original interpretations of the treasured songs of the famed musical, such as ‘Open the Window’ from I and the Village(pictured); ‘The Words’  by Lennie Gallant; and ‘Gee I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me’ from Meaghan Blanchard.

Feelin’ Mighty Proud will be broadcast October 11 on Eastlink and live on the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube feeds at 9 p.m., nation-wide It is made possible due to the generous support of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, title sponsor CIBC, and production sponsor, CAA. Patrons can follow the Centre’s social media pages and confederationcentre.com for more details. 

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

Feelin’ Mighty Proud!

Confederation Centre announces broadcast special celebrating Anne across the Island; 

Guest appearances include Amybeth McNulty, Lennie Gallant, Meaghan Blanchard, Gracie Finley, Emma Rudy and more!

Confederation Centre of the Arts is set to release a one-hour broadcast special entitled Feelin’ Mighty Proud! This Island-wide celebration weaves highlights from the iconic Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ with a summertime journey across the Island, stopping at key destinations that focus on the works of L.M. Montgomery and the lore of Anne Shirley. 

Feelin’ Mighty Proud! is an homage to Montgomery, the original Anne of Green Gables novel, our famed Anne musical, and the Island as a whole,” shares Adam Brazier, artistic director with the Centre. “This project will make every Canadian proud and is a heartfelt reminder of the incredible impact our heroine has made world-wide—one who has brought so many people together for generations.”

Directed by Brazier with Jason Rogerson, this new production is rich with special appearances, including video interviews from such luminaries as Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E), RH Thompson, Gracie Finley and Glenda Landry, and current ‘Anne’, Emma Rudy. This past summer would have marked Rudy’s second straight season starring in Charlottetown. This season marked the first time in the musical’s 55-year Guinness Record-setting run that it could not be mounted, as the entire Charlottetown Festival was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Rudy is joined here by Hank Stinson and Marlane O’Brien as the Cuthberts, and Catherine O’Brien as Rachel Lynde in a selection of scenes shot on the iconic Homburg Theatre mainstage. More than a dozen Charlottetown Festival company members also appear performing the musical’s title theme, including Islanders Aaron Hastelow, Michelle Bouey, and Josée Boudreau, as well as the Festival Orchestra. 

New performances for the special include rousing original interpretations of the songs of the famed musical, such as ‘If it Hadn’t Been for Me’ by Vishten; ‘The Words’  by Lennie Gallant; ‘Gee I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me’ from Meaghan Blanchard shot in the famed ‘Anne house’ in Cavendish, ‘Kindred Spirits’ from Ava and Lilly Rashed, and more. Click here to enjoy two sneak peek audio samples from the special!

Feelin’ Mighty Proud will be broadcast in late September and is made possible due to the generous support of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, title sponsor CIBC, and production sponsor, CAA. Patrons can follow the Centre’s social media pages and confederationcentre.com for broadcast date and platform details.

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