– Select Festival tickets on sale for Mother’s Day –
April 27, 2023 – To celebrate the upcoming Mother’s Day, Confederation Centre of the Arts announced the cast and creative team bringing MAGGIE to the stage for The 2023 Charlottetown Festival.
Set in post-war Scotland, MAGGIE tells the inspirational tale of a fiery school cleaner living in the mining town of Lanarkshire. After suffering an unthinkable loss, she must rely on her strength, sense of humour, and fiercely loyal group of friends to raise her boys and protect them from the harsh and ever-changing world around them. The heartfelt show features a soul-stirring score by award-winning recording artist Johnny Reid, a Scot who immigrated to Canada as a teenager. The musical is based on the true story of his grandmother.
Starring in the musical’s titular role is Dharma Bizier, a Sheridan graduate who has been involved with the production since 2018. Bizier went on to travel with Reid on his 2022 national tour, where she opened the concert with three songs from the musical.
“The music comes from the heart, and you can tell that it was written with a lot of love for the characters and story,” says Bizier. “There are songs that make me laugh or cry every time I hear them, and they beautifully connect the audience to the narrative.”
Several Festival alumni are set to join Bizier, including Charlottetown native Aaron Ryder, Michelle Bardach, Nicola-Dawn Brook, Jay Davis, Jeremy Legat, Sweeney MacArthur, and Andrew McAllister.
Cast members making their Festival debut include Dharma Bizier, Aidan Burke, Liam Crober-Best, Lawrence Libor, Alyssa LeClair, William Lincoln, Clea McCaffrey, Jamie McRoberts, Kaitlyn Post, Julius Sermonia, and Adam Stevenson.
The production’s music is written by Reid, Matt Murray, and Bob Foster. It will be directed by fellow Scot Mary Francis Moore, who is the artistic director of Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Ontario where the musical premiered. Sponsored by The Gray Group – Real Estate & Development, MAGGIE will play at The Charlottetown Festival from June 21 – September 2.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, patrons can get 25% off Tier 2 and 3 tickets for performances of MAGGIE. The sale runs Thursday, May 11 – Saturday, May 13 through the Centre’s box office. Tickets can be purchased in-person, via phone at 1-800-565-0278, or online using the code ‘mother23’. This discount is valid on new purchases only and does not apply to opening night or preview performances.
For tickets and more information, visit confederationcentre.com.
Cutline: William Lincoln, Aidan Burke, Dharma Bizier, and Lawrence Libor in MAGGIE. Dahlia Katz Photography.
Emily McMahon, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
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Director/Dramaturge: Mary Francis Moore
Music Director: Bob Foster
Choreographer & Movement Director: Yasmine Lee
Set Designer: Ken MacDonald
Costume Designer: Samantha McCue
Sound Designer: Josh Liebert
Lighting Designer: Kimberly Purtell
Fight Director: Anita Nittoly
Associate Music Director: Rachel O’Brien
Stage Manager: Melissa Cameron
Assistant Stage Manager: Christine Oakey
Assistant Stage Manager: Logan McNutt
Assistant Stage Manager: Sandi Becker
Michelle Bardach: Jean
Dharma Bizier: Maggie
Nicola-Dawn Brook: Betty
Aidan Burke: Wee Jimmy
Liam Crober-Best: Ensemble
Jay Davis: Ensemble / Constable
Alyssa LeClair: Josie Cameron / Ensemble
Jeremy Legat: Uncle Charles
Lawrence Libor: Shug
Will Lincoln: Tommy
Sweeney MacArthur: Geordie Parven
Andrew McAllister: Dougie / Ensemble
Clea McCaffrey: Ensemble
Jamie McRoberts: Sadie
Kaitlyn Post: Teresa
Aaron Ryder: Ensemble
Julius Sermonia: David / Ensemble
Adam Stevenson: Tam