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Jitterbugging Shakespeare

dance umbrella: Jitterbug Juliet

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dance umbrella Senior Musical Theatre presents:

Venice Beach is the location for this 20th century family feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. Mr. Montague and his son Ron are planning a jitterbug dance contest; meanwhile Mr. Capulet and his daughter Juliet are rehearsing “Romeo and Juliet.”  When the community centre gets double-booked for these events, it’s up to Ron and Juliet to settle the grudge between their fathers.

All of the high-flyin’ fun of the post-war 1940’s era is packed into 90 minutes with jitterbug, boogie-woogie, and jump ‘n’ jive numbers, all in the big band spirit!

SUPPORTED BY: JOHN & BRENDA STEINSKY

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

Getting Ripped with Snak

Snak the Ripper 

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| The Mack

Stepping onto the Canadian hip-hop forefront in early 2007, Snak has been kicking up dust all over the country ever since.

His debut release, self titled”The Ripper”, gained hype across the globe, building his fan base by thousands in less than a year, and went on to sell over 2000 copies digitally and hand-to-hand in that time.

With help from his crew, Snak has been littering the Internet with his reality-based lyrics, hard-hitting beats, and pure ability to tell it like it is. With over one million views on YouTube, its not hard to see that Snak The Ripper is making noise all over the world.

**This show may contain mature themes and content.

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

2 Do 40

Introducing Brett and Drew: Two Actors Will Portray 40 Characters This Summer

Rejéan Cournoyer and Jeremy Legat will star in comedic play ‘Bed and Breakfast’ at The Mack

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They say it takes a village and this summer two Charlottetown Festival actors will take on the whole town.

Artistic Director Adam Brazier has announced Rejéan Cournoyer and Jeremy Legat as the two performers bringing the hilarious and poignant comedy Bed and Breakfast to life, from July 11 to September 26 at Confederation Centre. Written by Canadian Mark Crawford, the comedic play will be directed by Associate Artistic Director Mary Francis Moore.

“We are very excited to have Rejéan and Jeremy among our company,” says Brazier. “This is a hilarious show that offers two tour-de-force performances; two actors play an entire rural community, switching from character to character at break-neck speed.”

Sponsored by Honibe, Bed and Breakfast follows big city gents Brett and Drew as they endeavour to resettle in a picturesque small town. We follow them as they inherit the family home, move from Toronto, and struggle with renovation hell and their opening weekend—all leading to their big decision: do they stay or pack it all in?

Rejéan Cournoyer is a household name in Charlottetown, following turns in Evangeline, Mamma Mia!, and others, and actually made his professional debut with the 1994 Young Company. “Everything I’ve accomplished is rooted here—my career, the best friends I’ve had, and the land I’ve bought here,” he shares. “My partner is a set and costume designer and we moved to the Island permanently in 2016; this is a very important place.”

The Nova Scotia native recently performed in the critically-acclaimedPiaf/Dietrich (Mirvish) and has performed throughout Canada. He can relate to the challenge his character faces of establishing oneself in a new community. “These two men have some naiveté when they move to the small town, being fish-out-of-water. That’s where a lot of the comedy and charm of the play come from; both the comedic and serious.”

Jeremy Legat can also speak to the feeling of being ‘from away’, having recently moved to Canada from the U.K. following appearances in London’s West End (Wicked and Oliver!). “I think everyone can empathize with that from some point in their lives,” he offers.

The London native has enjoyed exploring the country, performing live theatre in Halifax, Hamilton, and Toronto as well as TV roles on Murdoch Mysteries and Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. “It was bit of a culture shock coming to Canada, in the pursuit of new life and new adventure, but it’s been a very exciting ride so far.”

This blend of emotions is also felt by the pair as they approach Bed and Breakfast and its 40-odd characters, ranging from Torontonians Brett and Drew, to various local contractors, teenagers and nosy coffee shop baristas.

“It’s terrifying, but a good terrifying,” laughs Legat. “You’ve got to come up with all those personalities and make them different from one other and from Rejéan’s characters. Each one needs to be instantly distinct.”

Cournoyer agrees, “The writing is so good, it’s all there on the page and it’s very funny. It’s an exciting challenge.”

Both men will also appear in the Mainstage musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone, with Cournoyer playing the narrator and lead, ‘Man-in-Chair’, and Legat as the hilarious butler, ‘Underling’.

Experience it all, this summer at The Charlottetown Festival, sponsored by CIBC. 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.

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

A Fortunate Christmas

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Fortunate Ones duo Catherine Allan and Andrew O’Brien know a lot about what it takes to make a good partnership.

Their sophomore album, HOLD FAST, is a study in resilience and community and sees the duo stretching their musical muscles into new, fully realized sonic territory. Filled with the familiar and effortless harmony, boundless energy and optimism that has gained the duo thousands of fans, HOLD FAST, produced by ECMA award winning producer, Daniel Ledwell, is a collective effort that has yielded songs from a pair whose humility and quiet dignity belies a roaring artistic heart. The title track “Hold Fast” hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 Chart and remained in the Top 20 for 10 weeks. The album also took home three Music NL Awards in 2018: Pop Artist of the Year, Video of the Year for Northern Star (directed by Jason Levangie) and Album of the Year.

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Expect choice selections from across their albums, including All Will Be Well, their holiday recording that features both classic and original songs about the duo’s own joy and nostalgia for the season. For Fortunate Ones, Christmas is a time of year for reflection, appreciation, and gratitude and they hope that these sentiments come through with this intimate and heart-warming live show.

“Fortunate Ones are fully contemporary, yet when you watch them you can’t help but feel you’re watching the ‘next in line’ of great Newfoundland entertainers.”
— Tom Power, CBC Radio

“Fortunate Ones are a rare gem. Two voices singing as one.”
— Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea

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

Atlantic Blue Busts Out at the Mack

Full Company Announced for Atlantic Blue at The Charlottetown Festival

New, reimagined production of Tara MacLean’s ‘Atlantic Blue’ opens this Friday at The Mack

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Confederation Centre of the Arts is thrilled to welcome Tara MacLean’s ode to Canada’s East Coast to The Charlottetown Festival. Sponsored by Honibe, Atlantic Blue open this Friday August 2 at 7:30 p.m. and plays Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights through September 27, 2019 atThe Mack. The title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival is CIBC.

In this musical celebration of songwriters, MacLean explores the places and people behind iconic anthems like ‘Sonny’s Dream’, ‘Put Your Hand in the Hand’, ‘Fare Thee Well Love’, and many more. The JUNO-nominated performer and an all-star cast and band pay homage to those fellow musicians who found a way to create beauty from the challenging experiences in their own lives.

To say that anticipation is running hot for this new version of Atlantic Blue would be an understatement, with ticket sales flying all summer long and interested outside parties lining up to explore future touring for the new production.

After two years on offer at The Guild, some changes for the 2019 Festival version of this show include direction from Mary-Francis Moore; major visual design and structural changes; new musical orchestrations and arrangements; and the addition of four orchestra members and five back-up singers, who also provide narration. 

These performers are all Festival favourites, and include Josée Boudreau (the star of 2015’s Evangeline), Alana Hibbert (‘Gertrude’ in this season’s Kronborg), Jacob MacInnis (Kronborg, Jesus Christ Superstar),Andrew McAllister (eighth season, Marcellus in Kronborg), and Brendan Wall (Spoon River, On the Road with Dutch Mason). Each are known for their powerful and signature vocal talents, presenting a stronghold of talent for MacLean and all the musicians to collaborate with.

Like these supporting voices, four members of The Charlottetown Festival Orchestra will also cross the street from regular performance with Anne of Green Gables—The Musical and Kronborg this summer. Joining in at The Mack are: Norman Adams (cello); Isabelle Fournier (violin); Karen Langilee (violin); andSusan Sayle (viola). Craig Fair is Music Director as well as the arranger and orchestrator for Atlantic Blue.

Returning at her side is MacLean’s ace band of Island musicians, known across the region for their individual careers spanning multiple genres and numerous accolades. The group includes band leader Deryl Gallant (bass); Todd MacLean (guitar, sax, piano); Cynthia MacLeod (fiddle, accordion);  and Jon Matthews (guitar/percussion).

The Creative Team for Atlantic Blue includes Fair; Scenic Designer Ken MacDonald; Lighting DesignerJason Hand; Projection Designer Aaron Collier; Costumes from Bonnie Deakin; and choreography fromBrittany Banks.

Adam Brazier is artistic director of The Charlottetown Festival.

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.

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

A Ripping Good Time

“Spinning Yarns is a ripping good time!”

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Check out the review from The Buzz – PEI’s Guide to What’s Going On on this production that JUST opened at the Mack.

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

 

Spinning Yarns Sooner Than Later

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This summer The Charlottetown Festival is thrilled to have Spinning Yarns at The Mack this summer. Set in Newfoundland in the early ‘80s, this one-man production brings to life a world of raucous adventures, death-defying escapades, and dubious childcare.

The hilarious evening of story and song is a fictionalized biography written and performed by Festival favourite, Stephen Guy-McGrath (‘Bill’ in Mamma Mia!; ‘Sam Phillips’ in Million Dollar Quartet; ‘René in Evangeline). Sponsored by Key Murray Law/Meritas, the production runs July 20 to September 28 at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Featured are traditional Newfoundland fiddle tunes and well-loved songs such as ‘The St. John’s Waltz’ by Ron Hynes, ‘Wave over Wave’ by Jim Payne (popularized by Great Big Sea), and more.

To learn a little more about this production, which Guy-McGrath has presented in multiple other theatres, Centre staff sat down with the author and performer himself for a ‘Q &A’:

Question 1.  What is the origin story for ‘Spinning Yarns’? 

Stephen: More than 20 years ago I was getting started in the industry and there were not a lot of opportunities for me, but I had lots of enthusiasm and, frankly, pre-wife and kids time! I started trying to come up with a project for a pal and myself to work on. We threw out tons of ideas and the whole time I was telling her stories about growing up in St. John’s. One day she said, “This is the show!” She was right.

Q2. What is the show about?

It is really a love letter to my family and the world I grew up in. A lot of fun is made with it all, but it’s all done with great affection. Also, small children get stuffed in large appliances…

Q3. How did this production make its way to The Charlottetown Festival?

The festival is always looking for the ‘right’ show for The Mack. It needs to be fun, have music, and be affordable to produce for a small house. (Producers) Adam (Brazier) and Dean (Constable) knew about the show and had seen snippets that I had done in The Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert. They approached me and we talked about it as a possibility; and I think it just fit this year. Tara MacLean’s Atlantic Blue (playing at The Mack August 2 to September 27) is the perfect show to share the stage with. Atlantic Blue is “a lot of song and a little story” and Spinning Yarns is “a lot of story and a little song”. We are good companions!

Q4. What can people expect from your show?

A good time! It’s very informal. I tell these stories to you as if you were sitting at my kitchen table. The bar will be open, the tunes will be rocking, the laughs will be coming. What could go wrong?

Q5. And the final, most important question. Ahem, in the battle of the best island: Newfoundland or P.E.I.?

This is like Sophie’s Choice for East Coasters. All I can say is that I love each island in its own way. It’s like having a second child: your love is not divided between the two, as your capacity to love doubles!

Spinning Yarns opens on Saturday, July 20 at the Mack, with preview shows on July 15 and 16. The production is directed by Adam Brazier and was originally produced by Strange/Momentum Theatre Projects. Tickets can be found online at confederationcentre.com, by calling our Box Office at 1(902)566-1267 or 1(800)565-0278, or by visiting our Box Office.

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

Setting the Spin Cycle

A ‘Q & A’ with Spinning Yarns’ Stephen Guy-McGrath From The Charlottetown Festival

Special Father’s Day promo offers $25 tickets for performances in early August

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This summer The Charlottetown Festival is thrilled to have Spinning Yarns at The Mack this summer. Set in Newfoundland in the early ‘80s, this one-man production brings to life a world of raucous adventures, death-defying escapes, and dubious childcare.

The hilarious evening of story and song is a fictionalized biography written and performed by Festival favourite, Stephen Guy-McGrath (‘Bill’ in Mamma Mia!; ‘Sam Phillips’ in Million Dollar Quartet; ‘René in Evangeline). Sponsored by Key Murray Law/Meritas, the production runs July 20 to September 28 at Confederation Centre of the Arts.Featured are traditional Newfoundland fiddle tunes and well-loved songs such as ‘The St. John’s Waltz’ by Ron Hynes, ‘Wave over Wave’ by Jim Payne (popularized by Great Big Sea), and more.

Just in time for Father’s Day, Confederation Centre is offering a special promo for Spinning Yarns. Until June 16, patrons can use promocode ‘SpinningDad’ to access $25 tickets for this energetic, thoughtful, and side-splitting production. There are limited quantities available and this applies to performances from August 5 to 17. To see a promo video starring Guy-McGrath and featuring his whole family, head to YouTube.

To learn a little more about this production, which Guy-McGrath has presented in multiple other theatres, Centre staff sat down with the author and performer himself for a ‘Q &A’:

Question 1.  What is the origin story for ‘Spinning Yarns’? 

Stephen: More than 20 years ago I was getting started in the industry and there were not a lot of opportunities for me, but I had lots of enthusiasm and, frankly, pre-wife and kids time! I started trying to come up with a project for a pal and myself to work on. We threw out tons of ideas and the whole time I was telling her stories about growing up in St. John’s. One day she said, “This is the show!” She was right.

Q2. What is the show about?

It is really a love letter to my family and the world I grew up in. A lot of fun is made with it all, but it’s all done with great affection. Also, small children get stuffed in large appliances…

Q3. How did this production make its way to The Charlottetown Festival?

The festival is always looking for the ‘right’ show for The Mack. It needs to be fun, have music, and be affordable to produce for a small house. (Producers) Adam (Brazier) and Dean (Constable) knew about the show and had seen snippets that I had done in The Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert. They approached me and we talked about it as a possibility; and I think it just fit this year. Tara MacLean’s Atlantic Blue (playing atThe Mack August 2 to September 27) is the perfect show to share the stage with. Atlantic Blue is “a lot of song and a little story” and Spinning Yarns is “a lot of story and a little song”. We are good companions!

Q4. What can people expect from your show?

A good time! It’s very informal. I tell these stories to you as if you were sitting at my kitchen table. The bar will be open, the tunes will be rocking, the laughs will be coming. What could go wrong?

Q5. And the final, most important question. Ahem, in the battle of the best island: Newfoundland or P.E.I.?

This is like Sophie’s Choice for East Coasters. All I can say is that I love each island in its own way. It’s like having a second child: your love is not divided between the two, as your capacity to love doubles!

 

Spinning Yarns opens on Saturday, July 20 at the Mack, with preview shows on July 15 and 16. The production is directed by Adam Brazier and was originally produced by Strange/Momentum Theatre Projects. Tickets can be found online at confederationcentre.com, by calling our Box Office at 1(902)566-1267 or 1(800)565-0278, or by visiting our Box Office.

The Charlottetown Festival would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the production sponsor Key Murray Law/Meritas and Festival sponsor, CIBC. 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

Dance Umbrella Does Rome

dance umbrella “When in Rome”

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Presented by dance umbrella’s Senior Musical Theatre class.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do… slip on a toga and charge like a lion into this dazzling musical! Audiences will love the tongue-in-cheek humour Bill Francoeur delightfully weaves into the 10 songs in this side-splitting musical comedy.

The Guild, Watermark Theatre, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, and Victoria Theatre.

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