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‘Longest running annual musical theatre production’— GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
Now in its Guinness Record-setting 54th season, the original Anne musical is a Canadian classic in every sense of the word. Based on L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel, the musical adaptation of the story of an imaginative red-haired orphan searching for belonging is guaranteed to tug at heartstrings and tickle funny bones.
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Mr. Adam Brazier takes to the director’s chair leading a company of 23 amazing triple threats from across the nation.
This simple story has touched the hearts of readers around the world, and the novel has sold more than 50 million copies. Young ladies in Japan, Polish soldiers in World War II, students in the Bronx, and scholars in Sweden have all been charmed by this impetuous orphan. The story has been translated into more than 20 languages and adapted into feature films and highly successful made-for-TV movies. And, since 1965, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ has been delighting audiences at Confederation Centre’s Charlottetown Festival. While the musical has as its solid base a character loved the world round, creators Norman and Elaine Campbell, Don Harron, and Mavor Moore have achieved a magical expression of that mischievous energy, the humour and angst present in everyday trials and tribulations, and above all, the power of human emotion that Montgomery delivered beautifully in her touching tale.
This musical has toured across Canada and to Tokyo, New York and London’s West End – quite a stretch for an 11-year old with red braids! The strength of the story only partly explains the success however; critics in major theatre cities lauded the show and perhaps Reuters defined it best in 1974: “Anne wins ten curtain calls…a refreshing breeze of charm and sentiment.” Neither Montgomery, nor the musical’s creators ever let the sweet side of the story override Anne’s zest for life, determination, and sense of humour.
The Charlottetown Festival is a celebration of Canadian performing arts, held annually in the heart of Prince Edward Island’s capital city. Actors, dancers and musicians come from across Canada to show off their talents in musical theatre productions from about June to October. There are four stages operated by Confederation Centre of the Arts: the newly renovated showpiece Homburg Theatre with 1100 seats and state-of-the-art production facilities – and the home of Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ since it opened in 1965; The Mack, a 200-seat theatre known for its intimate atmosphere and festive productions; the 100-seat Studio Theatre where newer, or smaller productions are mounted; and the outdoor amphitheatre where each year Confederation Centre’s Young Company presents a rousing, free performance celebrating Canadian culture. Canada’s top singers and dancers are attracted to PEI each season to take part in the theatre festival that celebrates the country’s stories and culture with live music, lively dancing and inspiring performances.
Book by Don Harron
Music by Norman Campbell
Lyrics by Don Harron & Norman Campbell
Additional lyrics by Mavor Moore & Elaine Campbell
Directed by Adam Brazier
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Raised in: Springvale, PEI For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Sunshine Sketches, Pride & Joy (Smile); Red Rock Diner (Drayton); UnCovered (Musical Stage Co); Diana in Anne & Gilbert (The Guild); Sally in You’re A Good Man… (Indian River Festival); recipient of Musical Stage Co’s Banks Prize. Other: Dance Instructor (British
Association Teachers of Dance). Choreographer for Anne & Gilbert (NAC/The Guild), Highland Storm (COP), The Addams Family (Mainstage). — Thrilled to be home! Huge thanks to Adam, Sandie (NLM), Nanny Freda, Mum & Dad. @brittanyybanks
Evan Taylor Benyacar
Raised in: Richmond Hill, ON For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ Theatre: Aladdin, Fame (Creativiva Worldwide-Dubai Tour); Shrek: The Musical (Rainbow Stage); Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Tunny in American Idiot, Angel in RENT, Ernst in Spring Awakening (Lower Ossington Theatre); Gabe in Next to Normal (Theatre Aurora). Other: In the winter Evan is a singer/dancer for Celebrity Cruise lines (currently: Celebrity Summit, upcoming: Celebrity Silhouette); Vocal Arranger – The Colour Blue EP by Louiz; Toronto All-Star Big Band Tenor Vocalist/Soloist; bass
– Pit band for Spring Awakening 2011 (Lower Ossington Theatre).
Raised in: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON For the Centre: Anne in Anne of Green
Gables–The Musical™ Theatre: Jane in A Christmas Carol, Rose in Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Productions); Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! (Port Hope Theatre);
Lauren (Dora Award Nominee) in Kinky Boots (Mirvish); Peter Pan in Peter Pan,
Dorothy in Wizard of Oz (Drayton); Mary in The Little Years (Stratford Festival).
— Big thank you to everyone at The Charlottetown Festival for welcoming me back for another golden summer, double thanks to Bruce and T-house and all my love
to my Lobster. @ajbridel
Raised in: Brampton, ON For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Prince in Hollywood Hits (Stage West); Richie alt in A Chorus Line, Hypochondriac (Stratford); Eddie in Mamma Mia! (Citadel); Parade (Lincoln Centre NYC). Other: Film/TV: Splinter in RocKids TV; Finalist in CBC’s Searchlight. While playing Gilbert, J.J. Gerber is also
releasing music under his artist name JonoJosh. — He so excited to make his Festival debut and have some ice cream! @jonojosh
Raised in: Kitchener, Mississauga, Ontario For the Centre: Alice Through the Looking-Glass; Mamma Mia!; Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ (2015-2017) Dutch Mason (Workshop); Kronburg 1582 (Workshop). Theatre: The Sound of Music (Mirvish); Joseph and the Amazing... (Theatre Aquarius). Other: Film/TV: The Next Step (Family Channel); Full Out (Family Channel); Anti-Social 2; Golden Boys.
— Robbie is extremely excited to return to Charlottetown for his fourth consecutive season and another amazing summer! @robsgk
Raised in: Whitby, ON For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Into The Woods, The
Cradle Will Rock (Assist. Choreographer), Crazy For You (Theatre Sheridan); Mamma Mia! (Theatre St. John’s). Other: Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan Institute — I can’t wait to spend my first summer on the Island and explore everything PEI has to offer. Thank you to Sandie (NLM), and my parents for all of their love and support
Raised in: Charlottetown, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: 9th Season, Kronborg: In Concert,
Mamma Mia!, Cinderella, Ring of Fire, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Abegweit… OTHER: Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Pygmalion, Lady Windermere’s Fan (Shaw Festival); Mary Poppins (Capitol); Joseph..., Mamma Mia! (Aquarius); Evita (Vancouver Opera); The Philadelphia Story (Theatre Calgary/Shaw); High School Musical (Neptune); RENT (Panasonic/Sheridan) — Thanks always to Bruce and The TH, Adam and the Festival, my incredible family and friends, and to this beautiful Island. Debut album available in the lobby. @hastelow
Raised in: Sedley, SK FOR THE CENTRE: Spoon River, Evangeline, Canada ROCKS!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ THEATRE: Beauty and the Beast, P.S. Cabaret #1 (Toronto); A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper); Guys and Dolls (Montreal); Hairspray
(Canadian premiere, 1st U.S. National); Cinderella (London); Closer Than Ever
(Canadian premiere, Toronto); 3 seasons Stratford Festival. FILM/TV: Channeled Lives, Crawford, Saving Hope UPCOMING: P.S. Cabaret #2 — Married to a talented actor. Mother to two talented sons. Deeply grateful.
Raised in: Calgary, AB For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Rumours and Dreams, Hollywood Hits (Stage West); Hairspray, Back To The 80’s, HAIR, Jesus Christ Superstar, Soul Sistas (Mayfield); Bittergirl–the Musical, Hadestown, Mamma Mia! (Citadel).
— Much love to Steven, my family and friends. Enjoy the show! @taraatee
Raised in: Windsor, ON For the Centre: Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Evangeline, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Ring of Fire, Canada ROCKS! Theatre: Mamma Mia! (Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Come From Away; Theory of Relativity; Spring Awakening; Oklahoma! (Theatre Sheridan). Other: Film/TV: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC) — Katie is thrilled to be returning for her eighth season. Katie spends her off-season teaching voice and drama at Holland College. She would like to thank her family and her husband for all their love and constant support.
Raised in: Comox Valley, BC For the Centre: We Are Canadian!, Voices of Canada, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, A Misfortune Selected Theatre: Yellowpoint Christmas Spectactular (Razzle Dazzle Productions); Floyd Collins, Shrek The Musical, Grand Hotel (Theatre Sheridan); Scotland Sings! (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Other: Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan Institute. — Overjoyed to be spending my fourth summer with The Festival. Thanks for supporting Canadian theatre!
Raised in: Toronto, ON For the Centre: Young Company The Talking Stick, (2011) Theatre: 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. This is for Cathy Elliott.
Raised in: Edmonton, AB For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Guys and Dolls, HMS
Pinafore, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac (Stratford); West Side Story (Citadel).
— Jordan is thrilled to be making his Festival debut! He would like to thank all the support from his family, friends and Talent House. This one is for you dad and grandpa. @DJmah5
Raised in: Quispamsis, NB For the Centre: 7th season. Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, The Full Monty, Evangeline, Canada Rocks, Alice Through The Looking- Glass Theatre: Beauty and The Beast, My Fair Lady, Robin Hood (Port Hope); The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); West Side Story, Elf: The Musical (Neptune); etc.
— Andrew couldn’t be happier to be back! He dedicates this to Scott Campbell, whom he will always love deeply and misses every single day. xo
Indigenous Affiliation: Métis Nation (Manitoba), lives in Vancouver For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Thanks For Giving (Arts Club); Evita, Only Drunks and
Children Tell the Truth (Persephone); The Velvet Devil (NAC); The Rez Sisters,
Joni Mitchell: River (PTE); Great Expectations (Gateway). Other: TV: Blackstone;
Supernatural; Moccasin Flats, Rabbit Fall. Her one-woman show The Velvet Devil
was made into a TV movie. @andreamenardmusic
Raised in: Waterloo, ON For the Centre:Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Kronborg: In Concert,Pollyanna (workshop), We Are Canadian (Young Company 2014 & 2015) Theatre:City of Angels, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ 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.
Raised in: Brantford, ON For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Kronborg: 1582 Theatre: The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Into The Woods,
Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Barber of Seville (Canadian Opera Company); Annie (YPT); Fiddler on the Roof (Stage West); unearth (Helix Dance Project). — Special thanks to DaCosta
Talent and my amazing friends and family!
Raised in: Proud I.B.C. For the Centre: Glenda’s Kitchen, Alice Through the
Looking-Glass, Evangeline, Canada ROCKS!, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, If You Could Read My Mind, Dads Theatre: Grace in
Grace and Glorie (1st annual PPTF Festival in Charlottetown); Maddie in the world
premiere of Toronto Mississippi (Tarragon Theatre); Miss Hannigan in Annie (Neptune). Film/TV: Mrs. Stuart in TV’s Emily of New Moon; Cat in Thom Fitzgerald’s feature film Cloudburst; voice of Clara in Teletoon’s Eckhart. — Thrilled to have my show, Stories From The Red Dirt Road, at The Mack this summer.
Raised in: Moose Jaw, SK For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ (Mrs. Spencer/Sloane), Belles Soeurs: The Musical, A Misfortune, Kronborg: In Concert Theatre: Belles Soeurs: The Musical (NAC), Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls, Lady
Windermere’s Fan, My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George, Mack and Mabel, The Women, Follies, The President, Hotel Peccadillo, Wonderful Town (Shaw Festival, 7 seasons); Hairspray (Mirvish); Molière (Tarragon); Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan, The Buddy Holly Story (Drayton); CATS (Stuttgart). Other: Film/TV: Degrassi, Luggage, and 15 television commercials. — Thrilled to be back on the Island!
Raised in: Sudbury, ON For the Centre: Debut Theatre: The Phantom of the Opera (Canadian national tour); Show Boat (Canadian national tour, U.S. national/Broadway tours); 42nd Street (Moscow); Man of La Mancha, The Sound of Music,
Sister Act, Legally Blonde, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Drayton Entertainment); A Star Bright Christmas; Madame Sousatszka
(Canadian premiere–Teatro Proscenium), First Wives Club (Chicago). Other: Vocal
Faculty Sheridan College Music Theatre (10 years), graduate of Western University (voice)/University of Toronto’s Opera School.
Raised in: Fredericton, NB For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Kronborg: In Concert (Ophelia), Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada ROCKS!, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty, Les Feux Follets Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish,
National tour); West Side Story (Vancouver Opera, Citadel); The Producers, Happy Days, All Shook Up, Joseph (Stage West); Red Rock Diner (Drayton); Crazy for You (Capitol Theatre). Other: Hatha yoga teacher — Wouldn’t be here today without theneverending support of my family and my husband Simon!
Raised in: Pickering, ON For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Mamma Mia! Theatre: Saturday Night Fever (North American Tour, Northcore Productions); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz (North American Tour, Mirvish and Troika); We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Mistoffelees in Cats (Rainbow); Tadzio in Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company); West Side Story (Neptune, Vancouver Opera); Spamalot (Stage West); Music Man and 9 to 5: The Musical (Drayton). Film/TV: Carrie, Harriet the Spy, Camp Rock — Adam would like to
thank you for supporting Canadian theatre!
Raised in: Niagara Falls, ON For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); Jesus Christ Superstar, TOMMY (Stratford Festival); Miss Saigon, Cats, Little Shop Of Horrors, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Les Misérables (Drayton Entertainment). Other: Film/TV: 66th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) — Lee is thrilled to make his Festival debut! Much Love to Michael, Mom, & friends. @Lee_Siegel or LeeSiegelMusic (Facebook). Debut album: Where’s The Orchestra available on iTunes & CDBaby.com
Raised in: Fredericton, NB For the Centre: Million Dollar Quartet, Spoon River (ChFest/Soulpepper), Evangeline (ChFest/Citadel), Cinderella, Ring of Fire, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ Selected Theatre: Chasse Galerie, Rose (Soulpepper); ONCE (Mirvish); Buddy Holly, Cabaret, Legally Blonde (Aquarius); Great Expectations, Assassins (TIFT/Birdland/MTC). Other: Alicia is also a singer-songwriter and was this year’s recipient of Music PEI’s SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award. Look for her debut album I Learned The Hard Way. — aliciatoner.ca @AliciaToner
Shawna Van Omme
Raised in: Charlottetown, PEI For the Centre: 12 seasons Theatre: Billy Elliot (Mirvish); Annie (YPT); Swing (GOH); Two Hit Wonders (Stage West Calgary); Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story (Magnus Theatre); There Goes the Bride (UCP). Other: Shawna is a voice and piano teacher when she is not performing. — She is thrilled to be back for her 13th season. Love to her husband James, her son Connor and her family and friends! xo shawnavanomme.com
Raised in: Saint John, NB For The Centre: Debut Theatre: Stratford Festival
(7 seasons), Shaw Festival (6 seasons), Jersey Boys (Toronto premiere); Mamma Mia!
(U.S. premiere); Lord of the Rings (World premiere); Les Misérables (Neptune);
Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (TNB); decades of leading roles across North America. Other: TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Due South. Playwriting: Ghost Light, published by Playwrights Canada Press.