The Charlottetown Festival’s crown jewel musical returns for its 55th consecutive summer, a testament to the global appeal of “a classic inspired by a classic”. This is the enduring story of an orphan girl who came from away and changed the Island forever.
This family musical tells the poignant and funny story of a freckle-faced, red-haired orphan named Anne Shirley who arrives at the Bright River Railway Station full of hope for a new life. Her destination is the home of brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When she arrives at Green Gables, Anne is devastated when she discovers that the elderly couple is expecting a boy from the orphanage…and then ecstatic when they decide to keep her. With her fiery temper, love of melodrama and romance, and penchant for misadventure, she brings laughter, love, and more than a little consternation to the Cuthbert’s quiet lives. In return, Anne finds the happiness and the home she has longed for all her life.
With a company of 28 amazing Canadian talents and a 14-member live orchestra, this Canadian classic has delighted more than 2.5 million people over 2,500 times at Confederation Centre. Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ is a humorous, touching, and truly athletic musical that will inspire your imagination, tickle your funny bone, and mesmerize you with both graceful and exhilarating singing and dancing.
As the play itself has been made more modern, so has the set design. The Festival is in the midst of a major three-phase refresh of the cherished musical, including new sets, costumes, and sound design. Last season included the unveiling of an 18-foot revolving centre-stage that is large enough to turn the Green Gables house 360 degrees.
Sensitivity Warning: Strobe lighting & light haze effects are used in this production
Director, Adam Brazier; Music Director, Craig Fair/Bob Foster; Choreographer, Robin Calvert; Associate Music Director, David Theriault; Costume & Scenic Designer, Cory Sincennes; Lighting Designer, Michael Walton; Sound Designer, Peter McBoyle; Production Stage Manager, Matt MacInnis.
Based upon the novel Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery; BOOK BY Don Harron; MUSIC BY Norman Campbell; LYRICS BY Don Harron & Norman Campbell; Additional lyrics by Mavor Moore & Elaine Campbell; Original music supervised and orchestrated by John Fenwick; Originally directed and choreographed by Alan Lund; Re-orchestrated by Donald Fraser.
Produced by arrangement with Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Inc. Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ are trademarks of the Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority Inc.
“Overflowing with talent…wildfire that can’t be missed.” – The Guardian
“Vibrant, exciting, heartwarming…inspired direction by Brazier. Anne is still P.E.I.’s most welcome summer visitor.” – The Buzz
“The new elements also do something that is essential to the original novel, they create a sense of the scale of time that has elapsed, so when hearts swell or break or stop, you understand the weight of it.”– The Guardian
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RAISED IN: Springvale, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, JC Superstar; choreographer for Atlantic Blue, Stories From the Red Dirt Road. PERFORMANCE: Cinderella in Cinderella (Torrent), Sunshine Sketches (Smile), Red Rock Diner (Drayton), UnCovered (Musical Stage). CHOREOGRAPHY: My Bonnie Lass (Sheridan), Anne & Gilbert (NAC/Guild), Highland Storm (COP), The Addams Family (Mainstage). OTHER: Young Innovator (Nightwood), Banks Prize recipient (Musical Stage). TRAINING: BMus (UPEI), Randolph, Physical Theatre (IUGTE). — So happy to be home for another magical summer!
Evan Taylor Benyacar
RAISED IN: Richmond Hill, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, JC Superstar, Marcellus in Kronborg:1582 (In Concert), Martin Guerre in The House of Martin Guerre (In Concert) SELECT THEATRE: Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (Stage West); Singer/Dancer (Celebrity Cruise Entertainment); Aladdin: Dubai Tour; Fame: Dubai Tour
(Creativiva). — Evan is ecstatic to be returning for a third summer on the Island! Much love and thanks to his family, and to the ever effervescent Sarah Matton.
RAISED IN: Shédiac, NB FOR THE CENTRE: Mamma Mia!, Anne™, Évangéline, The Founding Father, Canada ROCKS!, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story! THEATRE: The Sound of Music (Mirvish); A Christmas Carol, Sound of Music, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast, Three Musketeers (Citadel); Sound
of Music, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast (Capitol); The Perfect Wedding (Drayton). OTHER: The Music of Évangéline 2014 recording. — Shout-out to the Talent House gang and my three boys at home! Bon spectacle!
RAISED IN: Manchester, U.K. FOR THE CENTRE: Mamma Mia!, Bittergirl–The Musical, Anne™ Theatre: Kinky Boots (Mirvish), Mamma Mia! (Aquarius), Les Belles Soeurs (Segal Centre/Theatre Calgary). Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco, Joyà. West End, London: Copacabana, Fame, Aspects of Love, Taboo, Sound of Music, Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express, Chess (U.K. Tour) TV/Film: Delovely, Sweeney Todd, The Little Matchgirl — nicoladawn.com @nicoldawn Thanks to my family and Bruce at Talent House x.
RAISED IN: Mississauga, ON FOR THE CENTRE: The Dream Catchers THEATRE: Kelly V. Kelly (CMTP/Musical Stage Co.); On The Town, Threepenny Opera, Chelsea Sunrise, Kiss Me Kate (Theatre Sheridan); Anatomy of a Dancer, The Fall (Toronto Fringe); two seasons with Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.- @rohandhupar
RAISED IN: Charlottetown, PE FOR THE CENTRE: 10th Season, Jesus in JC Superstar, Gilbert in Anne™, the Prince in Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Ring of Fire, Abegweit OTHER: The Shaw Festival (3 Seasons); Bert in Mary Poppins (Capitol); Joseph…, Mamma Mia! (Aquarius); Evita (Vancouver Opera); The Philadelphia Story (Theatre Calgary/Shaw); High School Musical (Neptune); Roger in RENT (CAA). — Endless thanks to this beautiful Island and everyone who brings it to life. Happy to be home! @hastelow
RAISED IN: Sedley, SK FOR THE CENTRE:Spoon River, Evangeline, Canada ROCKS!, Anne™, Stories From the Red Dirt Road. THEATRE:P.S. Cabaret #1 (T.O.); A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper); Guys and Dolls (Montreal); Hairspray (Canadian premiere, 1st U.S. Nat’l); Cinderella (London); Closer Than Ever (Canadian premiere, T.O.); 3 seasons at Stratford. UPCOMING:The Adventures of PinocchioFILM/TV:Channeled Lives, Saving Hope, A Sigh into My Looking Glass, Mary Kills People. — Married to a talented actor; mother to two talented sons; deeply grateful.
RAISED IN: Delta, BC FOR THE CENTRE: British Invasion II, Disco Cirque, Buddy Holly, Hairspray, Anne™. THEATRE: Mary and Max (Theatre Calgary); Carousel,The Sound of Music (Stratford); The Mountaintop, Ragtime, Guys and Dolls,
Trouble in Tahiti; and Major Barbara (Shaw); The Wizard of Oz (YPT); Once on This Island, Caroline or Change, Parade (The Musical Stage Company), Hair (Canadian Stage). @ar_hibbs
Raised in: Victoria, BC Select credits: The Wizard Of Oz (Ross Petty); The Canadian premiere of FunHome; Mary Poppins, Fantine, Sally Bowles, and Patsy Cline (Arts Club); Les Belles Souers (Segal Centre/Theatre Calgary); Into the Woods (Neptune Theatre); The Wild Party (Musical Stage). Choreo: Private Lives (Stratford); Kiss of the Spider Woman (DonJail, Eclipse); Altar Boyz (Arts Club); Slipper (ATP) Directing: Out of Order (Drayton); My Fair Lady (Bluebridge); Buddy Holly Story (CTF); Godspell, SUDS (Arts Club); 2 Seasons as Associate Director (Stratford Festival). sjhosie.com @sjhosie.
RAISED IN: Windsor, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Stories From the Red Dirt Road, Evangeline, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Ring of Fire, Canada Rocks! THEATRE: Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre, Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Elf (Theatre Aquarius); Come From Away; Theory of Relativity; Spring Awakening; Oklahoma! (Sheridan). Film/TV: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC).
RAISED IN: Delhi, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™,
Mamma Mia! THEATRE: Silence (The Guild); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre
by the Bay); The Ride Down Mount Morgan (Birdland); Seven Stories (PPWYC); The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (GBTS). OTHER: (Film/TV) Melissa has played principal roles on Falling Skies, Good Dog, Covert Affairs, Men with Brooms, Mayday, and Murdoch Mysteries. A graduate of the George Brown Theatre School, Melissa lives in Charlottetown with her husband and two boys.
RAISED IN: Burlington, ON FOR THE CENTRE: 2014 Young Company Theatre: Michael in Mary Poppins (Young People’s Theatre); Shrek: The Musical (The Globe Theatre); Little Inez in Hairspray (Drayton); Jan in Grease (Wintergarden Theatre/Irregular Entertainment); Sousatzka (Elgin Theatre/Teatro Proscenium Ltd.); Tiff in Prom Queen (Segal Centre); Legally Blonde, In the Heights, Sweet Charity, Sunday in the Park with George (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV: Zombies (Disney Channel); American Gods (Fremantle). TRAINING: Honours graduate of Sheridan College, Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program. — Hailey would like to thank The Talent House, her friends, and most importantly her family, for continuously encouraging her to reach for the stars.
RAISED IN: Comox Valley, B.C. FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, Stories from the Red Dirt Road, A Misfortune, Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian! SELECTED THEATRE: Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre); Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular (Razzle Dazzle Productions); Scotland Sings! (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). TRAINING: Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. — Love and thanks to the Festival, Bruce and the Talent House, my teammate Bailey, and my family for all their support.
RAISED IN: Toronto, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, Anne™, (2018) The Talking Stick (2011) THEATRE: Children of God (Urban Ink Prod.); Shrek the Musical, The Addams Family Musical (Neptune Theatre); James and the Giant Peach–Toronto Theatre Critics Award/Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Seussical the Musical, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Beauty and the Beast (YPT); Buddy Holly (Magnus Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show (STC) OTHER: Graduate of Sheridan’s Music Theatre Program — Much love to Jacob’s family, friends, the TH gang, Tucker, and Nana #braverthanbrave. Remembering Cathy Elliott.
RAISED IN: Fall River, NS FOR THE CENTRE: Four seasons. SELECTED THEATRE: Matilda, The Wizard of Oz (1st National Tours, Mirvish); Peter Pan in Wonderland (Ross Petty Productions); Priscilla, Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, Rock of Ages, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver! (Drayton); Elf, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol (Aquarius); Death in Venice (COC). — Love to TH, Jam and the Fam. Follow me @armacpherson or learn more at anthonymacpherson.com
RAISED IN: Quispamsis, NB FOR THE CENTRE: 8th Season. Anne™, The Full Monty, Evangeline, Canada Rocks!, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, JC Superstar, etc. THEATRE: Beauty & The Beast (Port Hope & Capitol Theatre, NB); King Arthur, Robin Hood, and My Fair Lady (Port Hope); The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Elf! The Musical, West Side Story (Neptune); Hair (The Grand Theatre). — He is thrilled to be back in paradise! Thanks to the creative team and the TH Gang. Andrew wants to dedicate this to his dad and family; not a day goes by he doesn’t think of all of them! @mcallisa
RAISED IN: Toronto, ON FOR THE CENTRE: 2014 Young Company THEATRE: Matilda the Musical (Mirvish/U.S. National Tour), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Little Mermaid, and Holiday Inn (Drayton Entertainment). — Gray is excited to be making his debut at the Festival and wishes to thank his family for their love and support.
RAISED IN: London, U.K. For the Centre: Anne™, Mamma Mia! Theatre: Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre); Sondheim’s 85th Gala (West End);The Sleeping Princess (Royal Spa Centre); Cinderella (Riverfront Arts Centre); Bumblescratch (West End); West Side Story (Royal Shakespeare Company). TV/Film: ‘Jergen’ in VWars (Netflix). — Excited to be joining Charlottetown this year! @teddy_moynihan
RAISED IN: Waterloo, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, Mamma Mia!, Anne™ , We Are Canadian (Young Company 2014-15) THEATRE: Spring Awakening (Argyle Theatre); City of Angels, A Chorus Line, JC Superstar, A Little Night Music (Pace University); The Music Man, Oliver! (Stratford). — Jamie’s thrilled to be returning to Charlottetown this season! Huge thanks to her family for their constant love and support. @jamiemurr
RAISED IN: Brantford, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Mamma Mia!,Anne™, JC Superstar THEATRE: The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (1000 Islands Playhouse); Annie (YPT); The Barber of Seville (COC); Fiddler On The Roof (Stage West); UnEarth (Helix Dance Project).
RAISED IN: Sudbury, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, JC Superstar, The House of Martin Guerre (concert) Theatre: Cinderella (The Grand); The Phantom of the Opera, Showboat (Livent); First Wives Club (Chicago); 42nd Street (Moscow); A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, Beauty and the Beast (Drayton); What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Madame Sousatszka (Teatro Proscenium).
RAISED IN: Stratford, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Debut! THEATRE: Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre); Marty in Grease Toronto (Wintergarden Theatre);
Sophie in Honour (Stratford Masonic Hall); Babette in Beauty and the Beast (Young People’s Theatre); ‘Hannah’ in Rumspringa Break! (Theatre Passe Muraille/CMTP)
@emmawrightrudy: This is a dream come true. Big love to my entire family. For Val. xo
RAISED IN: Ottawa, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Debut THEATRE: Sweeney Todd, Every Brilliant Thing, Floyd Collins (TIFT); Mamma Mia! (Arts Club, U.S. National Tour); Bittergirl–The Musical (RMTC); The Light in the Piazza (Theatre Calgary, Acting Up); Hairspray (Mirvish); several leading roles across Canada. FILM/TV: ‘Mr. T’ in Lost and Found Music Studios (Family/Netflix) Hannibal, Reign, Conviction, Remedy.
Raised in: Prince Rupert, BC For the Centre: Les Feux Follets Selected Theatre: Miss Saigon (Broadway); The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line (Stratford Festival); Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Aladdin: The Panto, Les Miserables (Drayton Entertainment); West Side Story (Rainbow Stage) — Follow @trukimmy. All my love to my incredible family and friends.
Shawn Wright – Ensemble
Raised in: Saint John, NB For the Centre: Anne™; Ghost Light; Stories from
the Red Dirt Road Theatre: Stratford Festival-7 seasons; Shaw Festival-6 seasons; Jersey Boys ( Toronto premiere); Mamma Mia! (U.S. premiere); Lord of the Rings (world premiere); London Road (Toronto, Dora Award); decades of leading roles across North America. Other: TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Due South. Playwriting: Ghost Light (LAMBDA–international playwriting award nomination).
RAISED IN: Bluevale, ON For the Centre: 13 Seasons – Kronborg–The Hamlet Rock Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Million Dollar Quartet, Mamma Mia!, Ring of Fire, Canada ROCKS! Selected Theatre: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, It’s a Wonderful Life, Legally Blonde, Footloose, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Legends of Harmony, Legends, Forever Plaid , White Christmas, The Producers. — Much love and thanks to my family and friends. Enjoy!
For the Centre: Stories From The Red Dirt Road (MD/Arrangements) Selected Theatre: Next To Normal, Fun Home (Mirvish/Musical Stage Co.); Children of God (Urban Ink/Segal Centre); Phantom of the Opera (Sheridan College); You Are Here (Musical Stage Co./1000 Islands Playhouse); Sisters: Belles-Soeurs Musical (Theatre Calgary); Once, Million Dollar Quartet, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Fancy Nancy, Forever Plaid (Segal Centre); Spring Awakening (Centaur Theatre) Upcoming: The Adventures of Pinocchio (Young People’s Theatre).
RAISED IN: Sackville, NB FOR THE CENTRE: 22 years at the Festival: favourites include Johnny Belinda, Dracula, Ring of Fire, Evangeline. OTHER: Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN; Former Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia; recipient of Nova Scotia Established Artist Award; has performed in UK, US, France, Italy and across Canada. normanadams.ca.
RAISED IN: Stockholm, Sweden and Port Hastings, Cape Breton FOR THE CENTRE: Evangeline, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, JC Superstar. OTHER: Member of the woodwind quintet Ventus Machina, who were thrilled to win the classical artist of the year award at the most recent Music NB gala. Flute instructor at Mount Allison University. After another winter filled with flute performance, students, and skiing, Karin is delighted to be back on this most beautiful of islands!
RAISED IN: Glen Cove, New York FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, Evangeline, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty, Disco Cirque, British Invasion I & II. OTHER: Performances with the Canadian Opera Company & National Ballet of Canada; Former Member, Erie Philharmonic, Erie, PA; Duquesne University music graduate (2001).
RAISED IN: Moncton, NB FOR THE CENTRE:Evangeline, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty, British Invasion. OTHER: Studied at the Royal College of Music, London, U.K., and The Juilliard School, NYC. Principal 2nd Violin with Symphony Nova Scotia. Isabelle is so happy to be playing again with The Charlottetown Festival Orchestra!
RAISED IN: Sault Ste. Marie, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Most Charlottetown Festival shows since 1990. Anne™ tour to Japan (1991). OTHER: Member, Toronto Symphony (since 1999). Previous positions, National Ballet Orchestra, orchestras in Mexico City and Halifax. Freelance (Toronto): Esprit Orchestra, New Music Concerts, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Bach Consort. Jim is an avid road cyclist, something he learned to love over the summers in PEI!
RAISED IN: Halifax, NS FOR THE CENTRE: 20 years with the Festival, including Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Evangeline, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty, British Invasion, and Emily. OTHER: A graduate of McGill University, Karen has played for 34 years with Symphony Nova Scotia, performs regularly on both modern and baroque violin, and teaches violin both in the Annapolis Valley and Halifax. Looking forward to another wonderful season with the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra!
RAISED IN: Montréal, QC FOR THE CENTRE: So happy to be back playing with The Charlottetown Festival. OTHER: Studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (first prize recipient) and Berlin, Germany. Prize recipient, Stepping Stone Competition (Ottawa); Member of the Québec Symphony Orchestra; Teacher at Université Laval and Cégep Ste-Foy.
RAISED IN: Edmonton, AB FOR THE CENTRE: 2006-2011, and since 2017, harpist for a variety of shows including Anne™. Delighted to be returning to The Charlottetown Festival! OTHER: Enjoys a busy freelance and teaching career in Toronto. As an orchestral musician has performed coast to coast in Canada including long associations with the Toronto Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Works with Axis Music in Toronto to provide music education for at-risk youth living in community housing.
RAISED IN: Summerland, BC FOR THE CENTRE: Since 1999, including Evangeline, The Full Monty, British Invasion, Emily of New Moon; featured on The Music of Evangeline album (2014). OTHER: Principal Clarinet, Windsor Symphony Orchestra (1991-2017); Freelance musician including regular performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company; UVic Music Alumnus (1984).
RAISED IN: Victoria, BC FOR THE CENTRE: 23 years, including Evangeline, Ring of Fire, Dracula, Johnny Belinda. OTHER: Principal Viola, Symphony Nova Scotia. An avid chamber musician, Sue has participated in festivals across Canada, and has recorded for CBC and ABC (Australia). Proud designer of SMiTTEN Felted Accessories.
RAISED IN: Brackley Beach, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Debut OTHER: Currently residing in Germany, Isaac has played with numerous professional orchestras throughout Europe, most recently the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Danish Ballet, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Neubrandenburg Philharmonic, NDR
Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg and NDR Chamber Orchestra. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the HfMT Hamburg. This PEI native is thrilled to extend his annual summer visit in order to make his Charlottetown Festival debut!
RAISED IN: Charlottetown, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: 24 mainstage shows including Anne™, Anne™ tours to Japan (1991), New Haven (CT), Ottawa and Toronto. OTHER: Taught Percussion at UPEI (1977 to present) and Mount Allison University (1998-2005).
RAISED IN: Tryon, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Most mainstage shows since 1990, including Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story, Emily, Evangeline, The Full Monty, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray, Johnny Belinda. OTHER: Performances and recordings with orchestras throughout the Maritimes and Ontario. Holds a doctorate in music from the
University of Toronto. Recorded a CD of Canadian solo trombone music (available in the Gift Shop!). Incredibly proud to be back for my 30th summer at The Charlottetown Festival! islandtrombone.com.
RAISED IN: Toronto, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Alice, Emily, Ring of Fire, Evangeline, Johnny Belinda, Canada Rocks!, Disco Cirque. OTHER: Assistant Principal Bass with Symphony Nova Scotia. Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto (1978).
RAISED IN: Vancouver, BC FOR THE CENTRE: Evangeline, British Invasion, Anne™, JC Superstar, and Alice Through the Looking-Glass. OTHER: Member of Symphony Nova Scotia; Teacher at Acadia & Dalhousie Universities; Fifth Wind quintet (Halifax); M.Mus. (Indiana University).