Lifting the curtain
Mama Mia!, Kronborg, Atlantic Blue, Anne and more
Confederation Centre has announced the playbill for The Charlottetown Festival.
Sponsored by CIBC, the Festival will commence June 28 with the much anticipated return of Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical. This original Canadian work has become a favourite for Islanders who recall the 1975 production starring Brent Carver and Beverly D’Angelo. This remains the only production in the history of the Festival to be produced on Broadway.
Based on the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet, originally written by Cliff Jones, this musical production tells the story of a prince who plots revenge on his uncle for taking his beloved father’s life. Aaron Hastelow, the lead in this season’s Jesus Christ Superstar will return as Hamlet next year.
Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ will return for its 55th consecutive summer. This enduring story of an orphan girl who came from away and changed the Island forever will run June 29 to September 28.
Back to the Centre by popular demand, it’s Mamma Mia! This ABBA-driven tale follows a daughter’s quest to find her father by inviting three men from her mother’s past to her wedding. Presented as a co-production with the Grand Theatre in London, Mamma Mia! will play August 9 to September 28.
Over at The Mack, the Festival welcomes Tara MacLean’s Maritime love-letter, Atlantic Blue. This celebration of East Coast songwriters previously played at The Guild, and will show from August 2 to September 28. MacLean explores the place and people behind classic songs like “Sonny’s Dream,” “Put Your Hand in the Hand,” “Fare Thee Well Love,” and more. The Island songwriter celebrates those who found a way to create beauty from the challenging experiences in their own lives.
From July 20 through September 28, Spinning Yarns will shine a light on Newfoundland in the early ’80s: a world of raucous adventures, death defying escapades, and dubious childcare. This comedic evening of story and song stars Stephen Guy-McGrath (Evangeline, Million Dollar Quartet).
Festival casting information will be revealed later this fall, when the Centre offers a Buy-1-Get-1 sale for a limited time only, from November 17 to December 1. The Festival will also announce information on the 2019 Confederation Centre Young Company.
Tara MacLean brings Atlantic Blue to the Festival for a new production at The Mack