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What’s Your Story?

Often referred to as “the Island’s biggest little theatre,” we are so proud of our intimate atmosphere while still seating over 500 guests. Our friendly and dedicated team works hard to make everyone feel at home in Our Theatre, Your Theatre! We want to hear what you love about Harbourfront Theatre – submit your story on our website at www.harbourfronttheatre.com/yourtheatre#YourTheatreYourStory#HarbourfrontTheatre#OurTheatreYourTheatre#Summerside#PrinceCounty#PEI#TheArts#25Years#NotForProfit#HarbourfrontIsHere

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First Lady of Song

Remembering a Maritime legend today – Cape Breton’s First Lady of Song, Rita MacNeil. We welcomed Rita to our Harbourfront Theatre stage several times and we will forever be inspired by her music which focused on family, community and living your dreams. She still reminds us that hard work and humility are important virtues, and that real success is staying true to yourself. Watch her live performance of “It’s A Working Man, I Am” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YUw_5IYcD4#RitaMacNeil#HarbourfrontTheatre#OurTheatreYourTheatre#Summerside#WestPrince#PEI#TheArts#25Years#NotForProfit#HarbourfrontIsHere

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Throwback Thursday

#ThrowBackThursday to this 2012 production of Nunsense at Harbourfront Theatre

Did you know that the original Off-Broadway production opened on December 12, 1985, running for 3,672 performances and becoming the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history?

It ran on our stage over the summers of 2012 and 2013. Islanders and visitors loved it! Did you get to see the 5 habits of hilarity?!

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Between Breaths On Tap Next Month

Event Rescheduled to March 27th, 2021

SATURDAY, MARCH 27TH,2021 – 7:30 PM
Regular Seats: $32.00 tax & fees included
Student Seats: $22.00 tax & fees included

Previous show date was Sunday, April 19th, 2020, 7:30 pm. Ticket-holders are being contacted via email (or will be contacted by phone if no email is associated with their account) to inform them of the date change. Tickets for the original date will be honoured in every way for the new date. For more information about what happens when an event is postponed, click here.


Join us for this profoundly moving play that celebrates the wonders of the human spirit and the incredible impact one person can have. The story of Dr. Jon Lien (beloved and forever remembered in Newfoundland as the Whale Man) will touch your heart. With a focus on release and salvation, Between Breaths is an impeccably written piece of theatre, performed beautifully and backed by stirring live musical arrangements.

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland’s
BETWEEN BREATHS
Written by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Music composed and arranged by The Once

Well known in Newfoundland as the Whale Man, Dr. Jon Lien during the course of his work pioneered techniques for rescuing whales entrapped in fishing nets. Often risking his very life in the water with the formidable and frightened animals, Dr. Lien would seek to earn their trust as much as the fishermen’s. He looked for the best way to free whales while doing as little damage to the fishing gear as possible.

His efforts saved the lives of over 500 animals, and earned him the hard-won respect of the island’s fishermen. Despite his risky work, Lien’s biggest fight came at the hands of a lengthy illness, the suspected long-term result of a random highway accident. He passed away in 2010, but not before his body was slowly conquered over 8 years by a progressing immobility and dementia.

Between Breaths jumps time backwards, from the final moments of Lien’s life – in a wheelchair and dealing with brain damage – to his very first whale intervention. As his life becomes further and further confined, his mind stretches itself in memories of release and salvation.

Written by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Original Music Composed & Arranged by
The Once (Phil Churchill, Andrew Dale & Geraldine Hollett)
Additional Arrangements by Duane Andrews
Musical Direction Kellie Walsh

Cast:

Jon – Steve O’connell
Judy – Berni Stapleton
Wayne – Darryl Hopkins

Musicians:
Brianna Gosse, Steve Maloney & Kevin Woolridge

Dramaturgy………………………………………Iris Turcott
Additional Dramaturgy ……………………..Sarah Garton Stanley
Assistant Director………………………………Sharon King-Campbell
Costume Design…………………………………Shawn Kerwin
Sound Design & Technical Director……..Brian Kenny
Production Manager & Stage Manager…Mara Bredovskis
Managing Producer……………………………Patrick Foran
Production Assistant………………………….Nefren Feizo-Gas

Please be advised this performance contains occasional use of strong language.

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Downchild Blues Rescheduled

“The Legendary Downchild Blues Band – The Longest 50th Anniversary Tour Ever!” at Harbourfront Theatre has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 11, 2021. 

All tickets previously purchased will be honoured in every way for the new date. 

Visit our website for more information: www.harbourfronttheatre.com. You can also contact our Box Office via email with any inquiries: boxoffice@harbourfronttheatre.com.

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Taking a Breath


Harbourfront Theatre
Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT – 7:45 PM EDT Tickets http://www.harbourfronttheatre.com/artistic-fraud-between-breaths

Join us for this profoundly moving play that celebrates the wonders of the human spirit and the incredible impact one person can have. The story of Dr. Jon Lien (beloved and forever remembered in Newfoundland as the Whale Man) will touch your heart. With a focus on release and salvation, Between Breaths is an impeccably written piece of theatre, performed beautifully and backed by stirring live musical arrangements.

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland’s

Written by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Music composed and arranged by The OnceWell known in Newfoundland as the Whale Man, Dr. Jon Lien during the course of his work pioneered techniques for rescuing whales entrapped in fishing nets. Often risking his very life in the water with the formidable and frightened animals, Dr. Lien would seek to earn their trust as much as the fishermen’s. He looked for the best way to free whales while doing as little damage to the fishing gear as possible.His efforts saved the lives of over 500 animals, and earned him the hard-won respect of the island’s fishermen. Despite his risky work, Lien’s biggest fight came at the hands of a lengthy illness, the suspected long-term result of a random highway accident. He passed away in 2010, but not before his body was slowly conquered over 8 years by a progressing immobility and dementia.Between Breaths jumps time backwards, from the final moments of Lien’s life – in a wheelchair and dealing with brain damage – to his very first whale intervention. As his life becomes further and further confined, his mind stretches itself in memories of release and salvation.

Written by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Original Music Composed & Arranged by
The Once (Phil Churchill, Andrew Dale & Geraldine Hollett)
Additional Arrangements by Duane Andrews
Musical Direction Kellie WalshCast:
Jon – Steve O’connell
Judy – Berni Stapleton
Wayne – Darryl HopkinsMusicians:
Brianna Gosse, Steve Maloney & Kevin Woolridge

Dramaturgy………………………………………Iris Turcott
Additional Dramaturgy ……………………..Sarah Garton Stanley
Assistant Director………………………………Sharon King-Campbell
Costume Design…………………………………Shawn Kerwin
Sound Design & Technical Director……..Brian Kenny
Production Manager & Stage Manager…Mara Bredovskis
Managing Producer……………………………Patrick Foran
Production Assistant………………………….Nefren Feizo-Gas

Please be advised this performance contains occasional use of strong language.

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Exploring Summerside

Explore Summerside

Missing the craft fair scene this fall? Plan on visiting us in Summerside on October 25th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for our first ever Summerside Craft Trail!The Summerside Craft Trail will be a COVID friendly public event utilizing the spaces we already have in the city behind the Evermoore Brewery and Loyalist Country Inn & Conference Centre. We will use the existing two trails of the Confederation Trail and the city trail that run parallel to each other. By using the Loyalist and Evermoore parking lots we can transform these trails to create a ONE-Way, socially distanced walking craft fair with vendors lining the trail. *Please note masks are strongly recommended while attending this event. *All donations at the door will go to the Three Oaks High School.

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

Tiny Island Series

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We’ve been really enjoying the Music PEI‘s Tiny Island Concert Series, and know so many of you have too! If you haven’t checked the series out, please do and donate to help support Island artists!

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

Bill McFadden Sails Out of the Harbour

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PEI and our arts community have lost a dear friend this week. Our hearts go out to Bill McFadden’s family and friends. Bill has left a tremendous legacy here on PEI and especially in the arts.

Our staff has been sharing fond memories of Bill since we heard the sad news. We have many happy stories of him at Harbourfront and about seeing him around the Island community, and in all the stories, it’s clear that he has left an indelible mark on a lot of lives and created so many magical moments that we won’t forget.

On behalf of the whole Harbourfront family, we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

William Raymond “Bill” McFadden, Charlottetown, PEI moved on from this life to the next on May 6, 2020. Bill was born on December 13, 1947 in Heidelberg Germany, an American who came to call PEI home more than a half century ago. Bill will be lovingly remembered by family including his children: Corin McFadden (Charlottetown) and grandchildren Sebastian and Eden and Corin’s mother Susan Partridge; Eli Smyth (Charlottetown), Will McFadden (Carly Martin, Charlottetown) and grandchildren Ruby, Margo and Izzy and their mother Laurel Smyth; Elizabeth McFadden (Matt Stickland, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) and grandson Oliver, (Elizabeth’s mother Teresa Zaat Mahoney-deceased); Bryde MacLean (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and Bryde’s mother Sharlene MacLean; Ferne McFadden (Lorne Jr. Blesse, High Level, Alberta) and granddaughter Charlotte; Sarah McFadden (Montreal, Quebec), Marilyn Rose McFadden (Peter Bridgwater, Grand Cache, Alberta), Shannon McFadden (Birmingham, England), and their mother, Shirley Cole; Step daughter Tara MacLean (Charlottetown) and family with whom he has remained close over the years; as well as sisters Midge (Jim) Kelly and Barbara (Richard) Dodge and their families, all living in the US, along with cousins, and their families spread across the US. Bill was predeceased by his son Jesse McFadden (Vancouver, BC), as well as his parents Colonel Jack McFadden and Dorothy (Roberts) McFadden, both from the US. Bill will also be fondly remembered by new and old friends close by and far afield. Bill is well known in the Island Theatre community, and across the Canadian Professional Theatre circuit, having performed over many years from Victoria Playhouse on PEI, to Neptune Theatre in Halifax, to Theatres in Port Hope, Ontario to Richmond and Prince George BC. He is also remembered for roles in TV series, movies, films and local and national commercials. Along with his love of acting, Bill played an active role in the Church, notably as a Licensed Lay Reader with the Anglican Parish of New London for nearly two decades. He has continued in less formal roles which included, most recently, regularly leading Evening Prayer at St Peters Church in Charlottetown. On Bill’s request, arrangements will be made with and held at St Peter’s Church Anglican Church, Charlottetown, PEI, with internment at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Cemetery in Irishtown, PEI. In leu of flowers, Bill has requested donations be quietly and privately made to a charity of choice.

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

Give the Gift of the Harbourfront Theatre

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Did you know you can buy and send Harbourfront gift certificates online?

Gift certificates (AKA gift vouchers) can be purchased for any amount, and they never expire.

They’re a great way to show someone you’re thinking of them and to support local while you’re at it!

Learn More & Buy Now: https://www.harbourfronttheatre.com/gift-certificates/

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