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

April 6, 2022 – 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 MacDuffee, Charlotte Moore, Marlane O’Brien, and Kristen Pottle.

Several other Festival alumni are set to make their return, including Stephen Guy-McGrath, Alana Hibbert, Jacob MacInnis, Laurie Murdoch, and Jamie Murray.

Cast members making their Festival debut include Michelle Bardach, Jahlen Barnes, Justin Eddy, Shakeil Rollock, Marquita 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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Photo cutline: Top row (L-R): Michelle Bardach, Jahlen Barnes; bottom row (L-R): Alana Hibbert, Stephen Guy-McGrath

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 | Movement Director / 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

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