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Lucas Gets Gilbert Role

Festival Casting: Connor Lucas To Play Gilbert Blythe

Shawn Wright & Susan Henley to reprise roles in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ alongside Emma Rudy & Lucas

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Artistic Director Adam Brazier has announced select casting for the 55th consecutive season ofAnne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

Connor Lucas will return to The Charlottetown Festival this summer, making his debut as Anne’s academic rival and would-be beau, ‘Gilbert Blythe’. Lucas and his ‘Anne Shirley’ counterpart, Emma Rudy will also both appear in the Festival’s productions of Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical and Mamma Mia! this summer.

Hailing from Comox Valley B.C. Lucas first debuted at the Festival as part of the TD Confederation Centre Young Company. In 2017 he made the jump to the mainstage as ‘Moody’ in Anne™ as well as originating the role of ‘Ivan’ in the world premiere of A Misfortune at The Mack.

For his part, the Sheridan College grad can’t wait to return to P.E.I. “Having the opportunity to play Gilbert has been a dream of mine ever since first performing in the Young Company five years ago. I am so grateful to now have the chance to explore the role as part of such a fabulous company, in a terrific show, on a beautiful Island.”

Also returning to Avonlea under Brazier’s direction will be Shawn Wright and Susan Henley, who drew accolades last summer for their portrayals of Anne’s guardians, ‘Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert’. Wright also turned heads with the 2018 Festival staging of his award-winning one-man show Ghost Light. For her part, Henley will carry leading roles on opposite ends of the theatre spectrum, returning for her third season as Marilla, and also taking it up the octave as ‘Rosie’ in Mamma Mia!

Sponsored by CAA, Anne™ previews in the Homburg Theatre on June 24 and 25, opening June 29 and playing through September 28, 2019. With a company of 28 amazing Canadian talents and a 14-member live orchestra, this treasured Canadian musical is a humorous, touching, and truly athletic experience that will inspire and mesmerize patrons of all ages with both graceful and exhilarating song and dance.

This 2019 staging is led by Brazier, Music Director Bob Foster; Choreographer Robin Calvert; Associate Music Director David Theriault; Costume & Scenic Designer Cory Sincennes; Lighting Designer Michael Walton; Sound Designer Peter McBoyle; and Conductor Craig Fair.

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.  The title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival is CIBC.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse
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Ghost Light Lights Up Tonight

Ghost Light, a one-person show by Shawn Wright, opens this Friday at our new loft space. The reviews for this show have been amazing.

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Remember: Right now you can buy a ticket to one Festival Loft show and get the second show for free, for our one-person shows of Ghost Light and Métis Mutt.

(Applies to July 4, 5 & 6 performances of Ghost Light and August 20, 21 & 25 performances of Métis Mutt. Not valid with any other offer or promotion. Promo ends June 30.)

 

One-Man Shows On Slate

Festival casting and location announced for one-person shows

Casting has been announced for Ghost Light and Metis Mutt at The Charlottetown Festival. These one-person shows will be presented in a new space in the Confederation Court Mall from June to September.

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Ghost Light opens first on June 28 and plays until July 20. Written and performed by renowned New Brunswick actor Shawn Wright, Ghost Light tells the hilarious and heartwarming story of his relationship with his late mother, and how she inspired his passion for theatre and his love of life. This production is in association with Theatre New Brunswick.

“As a highly dramatic and hilarious Maritime girl, my mother idolized the character of Anne Shirley,” says Wright. “I am profoundly touched that after her death, the renowned Charlottetown Festival has chosen to tell her story alongside her beloved Anne’s. I can barely think of that without choking up.”

Opening later in the summer is Metis Mutt on August 14 and plays until September 1. Sheldon Elter’s one-person show dynamically shifts between storytelling, stand-up comedy, and multi-character vignettes. This personal tale unfolds to expose the impact of family dysfunction, internalized racism, and the significance of embracing life’s choices.

For tickets visit:

https://boxoffice.confederationcentre.com/online/GhostLight

https://boxoffice.confederationcentre.com/online/MetisMutt

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; to The Charlottetown Festival title sponsor, CIBC and Location Sponsor, Confederation Court Mall.  Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.