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Off to the Rock

Tell Tale Harbour to tour Newfoundland and Labrador this fall

The new musical comedy Tell Tale Harbour already has its next destination after it makes its world premiere at The Charlottetown Festival. After its summer run, the show and its original cast will pack up and head to Newfoundland and Labrador for a cross-province tour. 

“Confederation Centre of the Arts is thrilled to partner with the Arts and Culture Centres to bring Tell Tale Harbour to Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Steve Bellamy, Confederation Centre’s CEO. “It’s a musical full of East Coast pride about the true meaning of home, so it couldn’t be a more fitting addition to the Come Home 2022 celebrations.”

The tour was announced by the Honourable Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, and Recreation as part of the province’s Come Home 2022 programming. 

“We are thrilled to be bringing Tell Tale Harbour to our province,” says the Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. “I want to say a very special thank you to our partners involved in making this happen, including Alan Doyle and Confederation Centre of the Arts in Prince Edward Island. We couldn’t have done this without your energy and support.” 

Several members of the musical’s cast and creative team are Newfoundlanders, including director Jillian Keiley, and co-adaptors Alan Doyle and Edward Riche

Tour dates in Newfoundland and Labrador include: 

September 27 (Concert): Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre 

September 29: Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre 

October 1, 3: Cornerbrook Arts and Culture Centre

October 5, 7, 8: Grand Falls-Windsor Arts and Culture Centre

October 12, 13, 14, 15: St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre

For all performances dates of Tell Tale Harbour in Charlottetown and Newfoundland and Labrador, visit telltaleharbour.com.

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Alan Doyle Ships Out

Look who’s making the rounds on the news circuit! 📺📰📻

Alan Doyle took some time out of his busy rehearsal schedule to speak with CTV Atlantic News about the fast-approaching premiere of Tell Tale Harbour at The Charlottetown Festival.

Tickets on sale now: https://confederationcentre.com/whats-on/tell-tale-harbour/

Enter our contest for your chance to WIN a trip for 2 to Tell Tale Harbour: https://confederationcentre.com/contest/

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Making a New Harbour

Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for Tell Tale Harbour at The Charlottetown Festival

Confederation Centre of the Arts is thrilled to announce the full cast and creative team for Tell Tale Harbour. The new musical comedy, starring music icon Alan Doyle, will have its world premiere at The Charlottetown Festival in June. 

Proudly sponsored by The Gray Group Real Estate & Development, The 2022 Charlottetown Festival includes seven productions across the Centre’s three venues – including Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™Betty’s Song, and Hey Viola!

Sponsored by Prince Edward Island Potatoes, Tell Tale Harbour is the story of a struggling Atlantic fishing village looking for a miracle. An opportunity arises to bring a state-of-the-art frozen french fry facility to town, but there’s just one major obstacle; to secure the factory, the harbour must have a full-time resident doctor. Realizing this might be their last chance to save their beloved community, the townspeople come together to charm an interim doctor into moving there permanently. Part heist and part farce with lots of music, this hilarious show celebrates the people, the trials, and the triumphs of living in a small community in Atlantic Canada.

Joining Doyle is a talented cast of performers from across Canada, including Islanders Cameron MacDuffeeCharlotte MooreMarlane O’Brien, and Kristen Pottle

Several other Festival alumni are set to make their return, including Stephen Guy-McGrathAlana HibbertJacob MacInnisLaurie Murdoch, and Jamie Murray.  

Cast members making their Festival debut include Michelle BardachJahlen BarnesJustin EddyShakeil RollockMarquita Walsh, and Alison Woolridge

The musical is directed by Jillian Keiley, a Newfoundlander who has spent a decade as the artistic director of the National Arts Centre English Theatre in Ottawa, ON. The cast and creative team of Tell Tale Harbour recently came together in Charlottetown for a three-week workshop that included a recording session for a cast album, which will be released with the musical’s premiere this summer. 

“It has been thrilling to have this talented group together in the same room,” says Keiley. “You can feel the electricity!” 

To celebrate the launch of this new musical, the Centre is holding a contest in collaboration with Prince Edward Island Potatoes and Air Canada. Three winners from across Canada will be drawn to receive a prize package that includes roundtrip flights to Charlottetown, hotel accommodations, a $300 Canada’s Food Island gift card, tickets to see Tell Tale Harbour, and a meet-and-greet with Alan Doyle. The contest runs until May 15, with winners being drawn on May 20. For contest details and entry, visit confederationcentre.com/contest.

Further casting for the Festival will be announced leading up to the season. For tickets and more information, visit confederationcentre.com or call 1-800-565-0278. 

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TELL TALE HARBOUR CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM 

CAST

Michelle Bardach                    Kathleen

Jahlen Barnes                         Dr. Chris 

Alan Doyle                              Frank

Justin Eddy                             Swing 

Stephen Guy-McGrath            Gord / Chip

Alana Hibbert                          Louise

Cameron MacDuffee               Gus

Jacob MacInnis                       Henry

Charlotte Moore                      Vera

Laurie Murdoch                       Yvon

Jamie Murray                          Swing 

Marlane O’Brien                      Gina

Kristen Pottle                          Swing 

Shakeil Rollock                       Swing 

Marquita Walsh                       Marie

Alison Woolridge                     Barbara 

CREATIVE TEAM 

Musical adaptation by Adam Brazier, Alan Doyle, Bob Foster, Edward Riche

Based on the original screenplay The Grand Seduction by Ken Scott

Jillian Keiley                            Director

Bob Foster                              Musical Director

Linda Garneau                        Choreographer

Cory Sincennes                      Set & Costume Designer

Leigh Ann Vardy                     Lighting Designer

Peter McBoyle                        Sound Designer

Rachel O’Brien                        Associate Musical Director

Krista Blackwood                    Stage Manager

Rachel Dawn Woods              Assistant Stage Manager

Samantha Bruce                     Apprentice Stage Manager

Emily McMahon (she/her/elle)

Communications Manager | Gestionnaire des communications 

Confederation Centre of the Arts | Centre des arts de la Confédération 

T: 902-628-6135

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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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