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Did You Hear Did You Hear?

While Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ is enjoying the first of a three-year revival in the Homburg Theatre, many changes are happening behind the scenes. Following the addition of new leads, sets, and costumes, a sweeping new sound design has been introduced and the harp has been returned to the orchestra for the first time in years.

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When asked to instill a new life into the musical’s score, Festival Music Director Bob Foster went right to the harp, bringing in Janice Lindskoog for a total of 14 orchestra members. “In many ways, the harp is the musical heart of the sound and is a most beautifully written part,” he says. “Just adding it back in has made a huge difference to the sound in the pit and on stage.”

 For her part, Lindskoog is thrilled to return, having played with the Festival from 2005-11, including a tour to Toronto. “Every harpist will bring their own personality and interpretation to the score, which is charming and timeless,” she offers. “I play the imaginative orchestrations by John Fenwick, which contribute special colours and allow for musical expression in the accompaniment of the voice.”

 adaThe musical world has changed a lot since Anne™ first premiered, and so has the listener’s ear. With advanced systems in every home now, a certain quality has become normalized, and a theatre can no longer rely only on its acoustic sound. Foster and Director Adam Brazier brought in Peter McBoyle, a sound design expert of great renown to help with this industry shift.

 “Alongside Kevin MacLean, Head of Audio, and the new advanced equipment at the Centre, we are on our way to bringing the sound of this musical up to date, “ says Foster. “I also give great thanks to the fine musicians in the pit who have helped breathe new life into this national treasure.”

McBoyle desired to present the score in a richer way and bring out the nuances in the strings and the woodwinds. He also wanted to clarify the actors’ mics, so that every lyric would be heard crisply. “I wanted to achieve all of this in a way that sounds natural and that doesn’t call attention to itself,” explains the designer. “Ideally the audience would never know that the sound they are hearing is coming from speakers.”

 One challenge was the large number of hats worn this year. “This can make it tricky to get a good mic position and good sound from the performer,” says McBoyle. “The sound reflects off the hat and makes a great mic sound not as sharp as it could be. Theatre is always a combination of collaboration and compromise though and we found ways to work things out.”

 “Sonically, the funeral procession in Act 2 is something I am most proud of,” he reflects. “The orchestration is really something special and the addition of a little bit of rain and a distant thunder makes it beautiful, sad, and thoughtful all at once.”

 “Of course, adding the live harp back in to the pit was a great decision for a variety of reasons and I’ve developed a mic technique that really makes the harp sound full and dynamic and so, given that it was an important part of the reinvention of this show, I am very happy with how it sounds in the mix.”

 Patrons can hear and see Anne™ in the Homburg Theatre until September 23, 2017. Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; and The Charlottetown Festival title sponsor, CIBC and production sponsor RE/MAX Charlottetown.  Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

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The New Anne Shirley

When Fake News Does Fake

With razor wit and perfect aim at all things Canadiana and public radio-y, CBC’s This is That has caught the ears of thousands of Canadians, turning the satirical news show into a national icon in its own right. Now in honour of Confederation’s 150th anniversary, the satirical comedy team is hitting the road with dates from coast to coast, hitting the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre on April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

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In this this on-stage send up of public radio Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring offer audiences an intimate look behind the studio door of CBC’s award winning production. With a healthy mix of character interviews and mockumentary stories, this news duo doesn’t just report the news, they makes it up! “This is parody mirroring the tone and feel of CBC with uncanny accuracy,” claimed a recent review in The Globe and Mail.

When they write and improvise their news segments – which feel like a mix of The Daily Show with a heavy dose of Christopher Guest mockumentary – Kelly, plays a lot of the small-town Canadian characters, while Oldring tends to specialize in more eccentric fringe-arts characters.

The live show will feature lots of the potshots at everyday Canada that the program’s regular listeners appreciate, such as the segment “Canadian entrepreneur finds international success selling firewood for $1,000 per bundle” and “Canadians react to new Hollywood movie claiming Neil Young was born in California.”

Nothing is off limits–politics, business, culture, justice, science; if it is relevant to Canadians, This Is That finds a way to fabricate a story. If you have ever been curious how just two guys provide all the voices for this completely improvised comedy, this is the show for you.

Tickets are available at the Confederation Centre box office or online at confederatiocentre.com. For more, visit cbc.ca/radio/thisisthat.

In and Out of the Shadows

Driven by a voice that evokes raw emotion, Rose Cousins’ music bravely explores the shadowy corners of the heart. Just as her songs embrace sadness, pain, and longing for all that love offers – its simplicity as well as its complexity – these are counterbalanced in her performances by Cousins’ quick, wry wit between songs.

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A native of PEI, she lives in Halifax, deeply values being part of multiple music communities and is constantly fueled by collaboration. Her 2012 album “We Have Made A Spark” won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, and a Canadian Folk Music Award. Her 2014 EP, “Stray Birds,” among other meaningful covers, includes a moving interpretation of Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind.” Her music has found its way into several TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Rookie Blue, Heartland & Drop Dead Diva.

Rose releases a new album ‘NATURAL CONCLUSION” in February 2017 – recorded with Grammy award-winning producer Joe Henry. This appearance at the Confederation Centre will be her PEI album release show and will feature a full band.

“Some voices hit you hard from first blush and this is one of them.” Exclaim!
“Stark, impeccably written songs … elegantly understated …” NOW Toronto ★★★★★

Rose Cousins is at the Homburg Theatre April 8th at 7:30 PM.

Save Money on the Million Dollar Show

Three leads and 40% off tickets promo announced for Million Dollar Quartet 

Confederation Centre has revealed three of the leads for this summer’s mega-concert musical, Million Dollar Quartet. The Charlottetown Festival is introducing talented Centre newcomers, Greg Gale as Johnny Cash and Matthew Lawrence as Elvis Presley.

Opening June 14 in the Homburg Theatre, Million Dollar Quartet is a rock’n’roll hits musical inspired by the true story of the famed 1956 recording session where producer Sam Phillips brought together the “godfathers of rock” – Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins – for one unforgettable jam session.

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The musical has brought audiences to their feet across the country. Featured are such hallmark classics as Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, Hound Dog, Great Balls Of Fire, Walk The Line, and Folsom Prison Blues. These iconic songs and many more will be brought to life by an all-star cast with Gale as Cash; Lawrence as Elvis; Festival favourite Alicia Toner as Elvis’s flame, Dyanne; and more.

Also launching this week is a special spring ticket promo, offering patrons 40% off the new musical. The 40% off promo will run from Saturday March 25 to April 8, 2017, valid for Tier 1& 2 seating during the month of June. To access this one-time offer, patrons can use the promocode ‘million’ when contacting the box office, online at confederationcentre.com, in person, or at 1.800.565.0278. Million Dollar Quartet is sponsored by Tim Horton’s.

Set in a Memphis studio, this story-and-song production brings to light an extraordinary tale of broken promises, secrets, and a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and heartwarming. The ensemble is rounded out by “First Wildman of Rock,” Jerry Lee Lewis; rock guitar pioneer and scribe behind ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ Carl Perkins; lead character and record executive, Sam Philips; and others. Casting for these roles and additional leads in Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Gale is reprising two celebrated turns as Cash in Million Dollar Quartet (the Royal Manitoba Theatre and Citadel Theatre) and has made appearances in Kiss (CanStage), and with the Thousand Islands Playhouse and Factory Theatre. Also making his Charlottetown debut is Collingwood, Ontario’s Lawrence, who has performed as Elvis in Legends of Rock N Roll (StageWest); along with The Things We Do For Love (Odyssey Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Humber River); and on TV’s The Story of Us (CBC).

Toner is a five year veteran of #ChFest, having wowed audiences in Spoon River, Evangeline, Canada ROCKS!, and Ring of Fire, as well as performing in the Dora-winning smash, Once (Mirvish).

Million Dollar Quartet launches previews June 14, playing the Homburg Theatre until September 23. Appreciation is extended to the title sponsor for The 2017 Charlottetown Festival, CIBC and to production sponsor Tim Horton’s. Media sponsors are Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

Not Just Naked, but Barenaked

Barenaked Ladies have announced an extensive Canada ONE-FIVE-0H Fall tour that will take the beloved band coast-to-coast. With more than 24 dates to be announced, this major tour includes one night only, LIVE @ the Centre, hitting the deck at Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre on October 16.

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Confederation Centre member tickets and concert VIP-seating will go on sale this Wednesday March 15 at 10 a.m. while Confederation Centre E-News subscribers can purchase tickets on March 16 at 10 a.m. General public tickets will go on sale Friday, March 17 at 12 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the Confederation Centre box office in person, online at confederationcentre.com/theatre, or via phone at 902.566.1267.

Barenaked Ladies (BNL) are currently putting the finishing touches on their 16th studio album Fake Nudes, expected to be released this fall. More information will be announced in the coming weeks. BNL has partnered with Plus1 to collect $1.00 from every ticket sold that will go to support MusiCounts, putting musical instruments into the hands of kids who need them most.

“Gotta see the show, ‘cause then you’ll know,” sings lead singer Ed Robertson on BNL’s chart-topping hit, ‘One Week.’ That’s as good a description as any about seeing these rock icons in concert, an experience filled with the kind of energy, precision, finesse, and celebration among its fans that is a tribute to the group’s remarkable longevity.

The band, which also includes Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, and Tyler Stewart, is still together after nearly three decades. In that time they have produced 14 studio albums, winning eight Juno Awards, multiple Grammy nominations, and owning the theme song to one of TV’s most popular shows, The Big Bang Theory.

“I still love writing songs,” insists Robertson. “And it’s such a privilege to work with these guys. They have my back, and I have theirs. It’s pretty amazing to watch the crowd light up when we play a song we recorded 25 years ago, and then hear them sing along with something brand-new.”

BNL have most recently announced a very special collaboration with the legendary ‘Kings of A Cappella’ The Persuasions, with an album entitled, Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions to be released April 14. The album features 14 tracks re-imagining BNL’s award-winning catalogue and the classic ‘Good Times’.

“Our fans have been on this journey with us, so we’ve kind of grown up together,” continues Roberston. “It’s a special relationship, within the band and between our fans. Every band says they have the best fans, but we actually do. And we know that because other bands tell us that.”

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.

 

Driving Up and Down Memory Lane

Coming soon to the Homburg Theatre is a tour de force theatre experience about the music, culture, and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation. Following the final stage of theatre restoration, Confederation Centre is pleased to reopen the mainstage just in time for BOOM, presented one night only, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

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After a run of 300 shows in 2015 and ’16, human chameleon Rick Miller is bringing his must-see Canadian-made production to Eastern Canada for the first time. BOOM! takes audiences through 25 turbulent years, 1945-1970, giving voice to over 100 influential politicians, activists, and musicians. Presented as a marathon one-man show, Miller blends clever writing, state-of-the-art visual technology, and remarkable performance into one moving experience. Featured music includes The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Steppenwolf, and many more.

BOOM chronologically documents a historical period stretching from that first ‘boom’ of the Atomic Bomb in 1945 all the way to the Apollo 11 landing the first human beings on the Moon in 1969. These two iconic moments span 25 of the most tumultuous years in modern history, fueled by a generation of children with incredible influence due to their numbers, and to the advances of technology. The various stories spiral into the ‘The Summer of Love.’ BOOM ends as it began — with a new generation born into a new world order.

Miller says BOOM comes out of his own parents’ lives. “I was particularly interested in where I came from and how it affects me and my own kids,” he offers. “I think Baby Boomers are still having a huge effect on our society and I wanted to explore this by making a story about my own DNA and our culture’s DNA.”

“History repeats itself more than we think and we become like our parents more than we think,” he continues. “If young people can place themselves in the larger picture of the world, they can have more impact in their own lives and on the world; an understanding that your small life is always part of a bigger picture. I think our show gives that perspective.”

For tickets or more information, visit the Confederation Centre box office in person, online at confederationcentre.com/theatre, or via phone at 902.566.1267. 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.