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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.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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

 

A Few More Days of Fascinating Ladies

September 12 – 16 → Fascinating Ladies

A Young at Heart Theatre Production
Written and directed by Catherine O’Brien

Starring Allison Kelly, Kelley Mooney and Catherine O’Brien

Fascinating Ladies is a tribute to the great girl groups of the last century, performed by three talented Island gals! This delightful musical revue takes the audience on a journey from the 1920s to the 1970s, featuring memorable songs from such legendary female ensembles as The Boswell Sisters, The Andrews Sisters, The Exciters, and The Chordettes, interwoven with stories of life on PEI from each era. Including songs like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Tell Him, Sentimental Journey, Java Jive, In His Kiss: The Shoop Shoop Song, and more, this show will transport you in a fascinating way!

Fascinating Ladies was originally conceived by Julain Molnar & Catherine O’Brien.
Musical Arrangements  are by Sean Ferris  with additional arrangements by Max Keenlyside.

From the Shangri Las to the Supremes

Victoria Playhouse

Fascinating Ladies

A Tribute to the Great Girl Groups of the 20th Century

Click on the image to see the stars of the show in rehearsal!

Fascinating Ladies

Join Kelley Mooney, Allison Kellyand Catherine O’Brien on a musical journey that will have your toes tapping and a smile on your face!

Five performances only from September 12th to September 16th.
For Tickets Click Here!
Or call our Box Office at 1-800-925-2025. 

Loving the Swing

Fall in Love with the Swinging Sounds of the Valentine’s Cabaret

With love in the air, Sobeys Live @ the Centre serves up the ever popular Valentine’s Cabaret next week, sponsored by Charm Diamond Centres.

Vocalists Catherine O’Brien and Joey Kitson come together with a trio of Don Fraser on piano, Deryl Gallant on upright bass, and Alan White on drums for this must-see February 14 tradition. The musical union sets the scene for a memorable night of romance, humour, and classic love songs.

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“The Valentine’s Cabaret is a night like no other, one accented by the swinging sounds from another era that is sure to entertain, surprise, and romance,” offers Fraser, director of the Centre’s Choral Music Programme.  “February 14 is an evening out at The Mack where you will hear a varied selection of classics from the American Songbook,”

The jazz trio will back Kitson and O’Brien across two rollicking sets of ballads, blues tunes, and pop standards, including ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘Time after Time’, ‘Skylark’, and ‘Have I told you lately that I Love you.’ Other standouts include ‘You’d be so nice to come home to’ and ‘Fly me to the Moon’

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at The Mack and tickets are moving fast! Contact the Centre’s box office at (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederationcentre.com.

Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor of Live @ the Centre, as well as media sponsors The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.

Home for the Holidays

Returning to the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm, is Home for the Holidays featuring all the best of popular Christmas and Holiday music performed by some of PEI’s finest singers :   Kendall Docherty, Catherine O’Brien and Caroline Bernard backed up by a great band, The Reindeer Express, with Deryl Gallant, bass, Alan White, drums, Don Fraser, keyboards, and Perry Williams, guitar.  The icing on this special Christmas cake will be the reading of well known Island entertainer, Marlane O’Brien featuring Island Christmas stories.

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This show, Home for the Holidays featuring classic and contemporary Christmas music and Island stories will be as warm and cozy as a good glass of egg-nog in front of a crackling fireplace on Christmas Eve.  Prepare to have your spirits lifted just as high as that bright shining star so many years ago. This year’s edition has many new songs, as well as old favourites.

Love is in the Air

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day at The Mack. Join Island serenaders Joey Kitson and Catherine O’Brien for an intimate soiree at The Mack this Valentine’s. Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre’s popular Valentine’s Cabaret returns Tuesday, February 14 featuring the sizzling jazz trio of Don Fraser on piano, Alan White on drums, and Deryl Gallant on bass.

Get a little closer to that special someone and celebrate love with an irresistible set-list of love songs, ballads, and some hearty cheer.

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Enjoy classics of the jazz canon as you sit sipping your favourite drink in the low light of The Mack. “I always enjoy the Valentines Cabaret,” says O’Brien, as she prepares for the annual performance, “It is such a treat to perform with such talented friends. The Mack is a warm, intimate space and couples can cozy up together, sip some wine, and listen to some of the great jazz standards that never get old.”

The trio will back Kitson and O’Brien across two delightful sets of ballads, jazz numbers, and blues gems, including ‘Night and Day’, ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘A Foggy Day’, ‘Fly me to the Moon’, and ‘The Way you Look Tonight.’

This annual celebration is presented by performance sponsor, Charm Diamond Centres. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at The Mack and tickets are moving fast! Contact the box office at (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at http://www.confederationcentre.com.

Home for the Holidays at The Harbourfront

Returning to Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, December 9, 7:30 pm, is Home for the Holidays featuring all the best of popular Christmas and holiday music performed by some of PEI’s finest singers : Joey Kitson, Catherine O’Brien and Caroline Bernard backed up by a great band, The Reindeer Express, featuring Deryl Gallant, bass, Alan White, drums, Don Fraser, keyboards, and Perry Williams, guitar.

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The icing on this special Christmas cake will be the reading of well-known Island entertainer, Hank Stinson sharing Island Christmas stories. Featuring classic and contemporary Christmas music and Island stories, Home for the Holidays will be as warm and cozy as a good glass of eggnog in front of a crackling fireplace on Christmas Eve.

Prepare to have your spirits lifted just as high as that bright shining star so many years ago. This year’s edition features many new songs, as well as old favourites.