Join Juno-nominated singer-songwriter and beloved Prince Edward Islander, Tara MacLean, as she takes you on her musical journey home. A gifted vocalist, performer, and storyteller, Tara explores the deep roots of the Atlantic Canadian music scene, breathing new life and emotion into treasured songs from such East Coast legends as Gene MacLellan, Gordie Sampson, Sarah MacLachlan, Stan Rogers, The Rankin Family, Rita MacNeil, and many more.
Adam Brazier and Confederation Centre are thrilled to welcome Tara MacLean’s ode to Canada’s East Coast to The Charlottetown Festival after two successful seasons at The Guild. In this musical celebration of songwriters, Tara explores the place and people behind iconic anthems like ‘Sonny’s Dream’, ‘Put Your Hand in the Hand’, ‘Fare Thee Well Love’, and many others. The enchanting performer and her brilliant cast pay homage to those fellow musicians who found a way to create beauty from the challenging experiences in their own lives.
In concert with the Centre’s artistic team and with the new addition of company members from The Charlottetown Festival and orchestra, alongside her ace band of Island musicians, Tara’s new production will make every Atlantic Canadian proud. Join them in the intimate cabaret theatre, The Mack.
This inspiring show reveals the power of songwriting and one woman’s journey home.
Sensitivity Warning: Haze effects are used in this production.
Writer, Tara MacLean, Director, Mary Francis Moore; Music Director, Craig Fair; Associate Musical Director, David Terriault; Scenic Designer, Ken MacDonald; Lighting Designer, Jason Hand; Projection Designer, Aaron Collier; Production Stage Manager, Matt MacInnis; Costume Designer, Bonnie Deakin
OPENING FILM DIRECTED BY:
Tara Maclean and Jennifer Abbott; Video Editor, Jason Rogerson; Associate Producer, Danny Costain.
“An inspired concept, driven by passion and empathy and lord knows how many months of research. Tara is at home on the stage. She’s funny and charming and gracious.” – The Guardian
“If you’re a fan of East Coast music this show will move you. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll sing along, and you’ll definitely learn something you didn’t know about the some of the most iconic singer songwriters in Atlantic Canadian history.” – The Buzz
“There is an elegant emotionalism to the voice of Tara MacLean. Sometimes a folkie, at other times a fiery torch singer, the Canadian singer-songwriter always sings with a delicate soulfulness.” – L.A. Times
Raised in: Charlottetown, PEI Music: Tara is an award-winning singer/songwriter, who has made five solo albums and two with her band, SHAYE. Theatre: Atlantic Blue debuted at The Harmony House Theatre in 2016, and did two full summer runs at The Guild Theatre in 2017-18. Insta:@taramacleanmusic Twitter: @taramacmusic
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: 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: 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: 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: Scarborough, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Super Star, On the Road with Dutch Mason, A Misfortune, Spoon River. Selected Theatre: Paradise Square (BerkeleyRep); Of Human Bondage, Spoon River, EE Cummings in Song (Signature Theatre New York, Soulpepper); Several shows over 9 seasons at Soulpepper; Once (Mirvish, Dora Award, best ensemble); War Horse (West End production, National Theatre of Great Britain); River: Joni Mitchell (Grand Theatre). FILM/TV: Suits, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Flashpoint, Chicago, Hairspray, Boondock Saints II, Anne of Green Gables, Pianoman’s Daughter, Hollywoodland, Orphan.
RAISED IN: Charlottetown, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: 10+ years, including Late Night at The Mack/Mavors, Valentines Cabaret, Forever Plaid, Something Wonderful, Canada Rocks!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Evangeline. OTHER: 2015 Music PEI Musician of the Year, 2015 PEI Jazz and Blues featured Doug Riley Artist, original member of the Jive Kings, involved in the PEI music scene for 20+ years. Has performed with many PEI musicians over the years and has played bass on 25+ recordings. www.dbass.ca
RAISED IN: Meadowbank. PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Making his Charlottetown Festival debut. OTHER: Todd comes from a family-line of musicians, as his great grandfather, fiddler Lem Jay, was the first recipient of the ECMA Stompin’ Tom Award. Current member of 2019 ECMA-nominated Amanda Jackson Band and former member of ECMA-winning English Words, MacLean released a Music PEI nominated solo album in 2018 and was named Music PEI’s 2011 Musician of the Year.
RAISED IN: Harrington, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Atlantic Blue (2019), Spinning Yarns (2019) THEATRE: Atlantic Blue (The Guild, 2017-18) TV/FILM: Live! With Regis & Kelly (2010); CTV’s Canada AM OTHER: Cynthia ran the popular Brackley Beach Ceilidh series from 2004-13 and has also toured across Canada and the US. From 2013-16, she performed on board Norwegian Cruise Line as a member of the Cynthia MacLeod Trio. Cynthia has released five award-winning solo recordings.
RAISED IN: Sydney Mines, NS For the Centre: Atlantic Blue (2019) Come-All-Ye (guest, 2011) Theatre: Atlantic Blue (The Guild, 2018); Celtic Ladies (The Guild) TV/film: Live! With Regis and Kelly (2010); CTV’s Canada AM (multiple) Other: Featured international entertainer, Norwegian Cruise Lines Recordings: Produced and performed on numerous award-winning music recordings at his acclaimed studio, The Sound Mill, follow @thesoundmill @redmudmusic — A pure joy to be back with the Atlantic Blue family, at the Mack!
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: 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: 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: 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.