A ghostly visitor with a secret; a son devastated by loss; a deadly sword duel – and the most famous question in all of drama (“To be or not to be…”) These are just some of the reasons why Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy turned musical will hold you spellbound. Add in a thrilling rock opera score, a cast of 28 stellar Canadian actors, and a full orchestra, and you have all the makings of an intoxicating musical experience.
Based on the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet, this powerhouse musical rocked the rafters in 2017 selling out a concert presentation at the Historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River, P.E.I. and later packing the Homburg Theatre. The fully realized 2019 production is an electrifying experience following Hamlet’s quest for vengeance upon his uncle Claudius. Set in Kronborg Castle in Denmark, Kronborg–The Hamlet Rock Musical revolves around the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle by the ghost of his father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother’s widow.
This original Canadian rock opera has become a cult favourite for Islanders who recall the 1974 Confederation Centre production, written by Cliff Jones, starring Brent Carver and Beverly D’Angelo. This remains the only production in the history of the Festival to be produced on Broadway.
Sensitivity Warning: Haze effects are used in this production
Recommended for ages 12 and up
Director, Mary Francis Moore; Music Director, Craig Fair; Choreographer, Robin Calvert; Associate Music Director, David Terriault; Costume Designer, Jeff Chief; Scenic Designer, Brian Smith; Lighting Designer, Kim Purtell; Sound Designer, Peter McBoyle; Production Stage Manager, Matt MacInnis.
Originally produced for the stage at The Charlottetown Festival by Confederation Centre of the Arts. BOOK, MUSIC, AND LYRICS BY Cliff Jones. ADDITIONAL MUSIC AND LYRICS BY Craig Fair.
Quotes on the 2016 concert performance:
“Deftly directed by Mary Francis Moore with musical direction by Craig Fair…Hastelow shone brightly as Hamlet.” – The Buzz
“Spectacular! The sound Friday night was rich and full and at times absolutely electrifying.” –The Buzz Pick three shows and SAVE!
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: 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: 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: Palgrave, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, On the Road with Dutch Mason, Ring Of Fire, Dear Jonny Deere, Evangeline, Mamma Mia!, Anne™, Glenda’s Kitchen THEATRE: Once, Buddy! (Neptune); Billy Bishop, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show (Aquarius); Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage Company); Beyond Eden (Vancouver Playhouse/Theatre Calgary); The Bricklin (TNB); Grumpy Old Man (MTC); Assassins (CanStage); 4 seasons at the Shaw Festival. — Cam lives out past where the sidewalk ends with the love of his life, Karen.
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
Ashley St. John
RAISED IN: Ajax, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Tillie Boulter in Anne™, Kronborg: 1582 (In Concert). THEATRE: West Side Story (Drayton Entertainment); Cats (Panasonic); Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre); Young Frankenstein (Stage West Calgary); La Traviata (COC); Touch of Psycho (Toronto Fringe Festival); Thirst for Love and Water (Cinetic Creations/Panamanian Festival); UNBXBL, 3tiqet (GADFLY). OTHER: Triple Bill Tour (Proatedanza), Jiggijump (Judy & David), Toxicity, Into the Underworld (Les Production Haut-Vol); Various Shows (Canada’s Wonderland); Rise (Shaftesbury); Mas (CBC). — Happy to return to the Island! Biggest love to my family and friends for their endless support! @abstjohn
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.
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.
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: Edmonton, AB FOR THE CENTRE: Million Dollar Quartet, JC Superstar. OTHER: I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Prom Queen The Musical, Million Dollar Quartet (Segal Centre, Montreal); Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton); Bon Cop Bad Cop 2; The Bombadils; Freelance bassist in Montreal, QC.
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: 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: Sackville, NB FOR THE CENTRE: Kronborg, JC Superstar, Mamma Mia!, Million Dollar Quartet, On the Road with Dutch Mason. OTHER: A graduate of Mount Allison University (B.Mus), Trevor migrated west to Vancouver where he performed, recorded and toured across Canada, the US and the UK with a variety of bands and artists covering a diverse range of musical styles from rock to world fusion, jazz and theatre. A busy drum teacher in Charlottetown, he also presents sound meditations with his project “SoundEscapes”.
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: 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: Tracadie Cross, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Making his Charlottetown Festival debut. OTHER: Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart (Neptune Theatre and The Guild); Cinderella (Neptune Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Neptune Theatre); Could I Have This Dance? (Geordie Brown Productions); Pippin (Mainstage Theatre Co.); The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Curtain Call Players). Also a member of ECMA and Music PEI award-winning bands Sorrey, English Words, and Wildcat.
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: 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.