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The Charlottetown Festival Launches A Season For Everyone

December 8, 2011

Excitement Builds at The Confederation Centre of The Arts for The 2012 Charlottetown Festival

Today, The Charlottetown Festival announces its 2012 playbill. The Confederation Centre of the Arts, one of Canada's premier live theatre houses, brings together a colourful array of comedy, legend, and romance through stories, dance and music.
"This is such an exciting time for the Confederation Centre of the Arts," says Jessie Inman, CEO, Confederation Centre of the Arts. "For the past 47 years, The Charlottetown Festival has presented an incredible line up of theatre productions. With this being my first launch as CEO, I'm thrilled to be a part of what's going to be a sensational season! It is a reminder to me of what an important role the Centre plays in providing a place for Canadian performers and directors to showcase their talents." Inman adds, "The Charlottetown Festival is a celebration of outstanding excellence in the performing arts for both residents and visitors to Prince Edward Island."

The Charlottetown Festival runs June to September at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. One of this season's new shows pays tribute to the legendary man in black with, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.
Cashing in on the emotional, sometimes funny and always soul searching music of this Country Western legend, The Charlottetown Festival is excited to bring to the Homburg Theatre Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Sit back, relax and turn up the volume on what will be the musical concert of the season.
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash plays selected dates June 20 to September 29 in the Homburg Theatre.
After a successful initial run of the re-imaged AnneTM in 2011, theatregoers are invited to again treat their senses to Prince Edward Island's summer family tradition, Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM.

See the changes! Experience a Broadway calibre production in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. New sets and projections, choreography, and an incredible cast, will have you singing and laughing along. Experience the magic of Canada's longest running musical playing selected dates July 3 to September 26 in the Homburg Theatre. Your imagination will thank you!

Come-All-Ye, the show that celebrates the "real" PEI experience is back by popular demand! Host and comedian Patrick Ledwell with his hilarious take on Island life will have you laughing for more. Paired with some new songs and stories of the Island's best-known musicians; Come-All-Ye makes for a unique Island experience. ‘Come on in' to The Mack this summer and raise your glass to all things PEI, playing selected dates July 5 to September 1.

Stirring up laughter in Studio 1 this year is The Kitchen Witches, written by Canadian playwright, choreographer, teacher, and director Caroline Smith; an alumna of The Charlottetown Festival. A comedy about two arch rivals who do their best to upstage each other. Become a member of the studio audience in this dysfunctional cooking show playing selected dates July 14 to September 15.

Invitingly, Anne Allan, Artistic Director of The Charlottetown Festival says, "we welcome you to ‘come on in' to the 'concert event' of the season! The Man in Black's distinct style of music with storytelling at its richest: A troubled but devout man, who found love and dignity, touches each of us thru his music." Allan adds, "You won't want to miss the Island favourite Come-All-Ye. Or, delight in the breathtaking production of Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM and, if it's comedy for you - the hilarious romp The Kitchen Witches has got to be one of your choices. So ‘come on in' to the Confederation Centre of the Arts and enjoy this colourful season."

It is the contributions of our community partners that make it possible to bring our stage to life. The Charlottetown Festival's major sponsor is APM. MacLean Construction proudly supports Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM; Canada's longest running musical. Scotiabank supports the stories and songs of Come-All-Ye. Media sponsors for The Charlottetown Festival are The Guardian, CTV, K-ROCK 105.5 and Ocean 100.

Take advantage of our "Buy One ticket Get One FREE" promotion for the best seats for all the 2012 Charlottetown Festival shows. Some restrictions apply. Offer available from December 10-24, 2011. Get your tickets today by calling the box office Bell Aliant toll-free number 1-800-565-0278 or online at www.charlottetownfestival.com.

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The Shows
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
By Richard Maltby Jr.

Experience the music of the legendary Johnny Cash in this musical revue that uses 39 of the singer's best-known songs to describe the journey of a man in search of his soul. Full of love and emotion, humour and empathy, the show, like all country songs, tells it like it is. Sit back, relax and turn up the volume on what will be the musical concert of the season.

The Charlottetown Festival is excited to bring to the Homburg Theatre Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash; playing selected dates June 20 to September 29 in the Homburg Theatre.


Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM
Book by Don Harron
Music by Norman Campbell
Lyrics by Don Harron & Norman Campbell
Additional lyrics by Mavor Moore & Elaine Campbell

Islanders delighted in discovering "Anne with an E" again during the successfully re-imagined production in 2011. With new sets and projections, choreography and an incredible new cast, AnneTM wowed audiences. It's a journey for the senses. Make Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM a summer tradition for you and your family.

Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM has been capturing the imagination of audiences for 47 years. Experience the magic of Canada's longest running musical playing selected dates July 3 to September 26, 2012 in the Homburg Theatre. Your imagination will thank you!


Come-All-Ye
Co-creator Wade Lynch
Musical consultant Donald Fraser
Comedy supplied by Patrick Ledwell

This summer, Islanders and visitors alike can once again experience a genuine Island night of entertainment at The Mack as part of The 2012 Charlottetown Festival.

Back by popular demand, the show that celebrates the "real" PEI experience will bring some new songs and stories of the Island's best-known musicians paired with host Patrick Ledwell and his hilarious take on Island life.

A company of home-grown Island musicians and storytellers will be featured in a multi-media event that describes what P.E.I. is like beyond the travel brochures. The passion, musicality and unique sense of humour that distinguishes Islanders from all others will be experienced during Come-All-Ye at The Mack this summer. You're invited! Come and raise your glass to all things PEI at The Mack playing selected dates July 5 to September 1.

According to the Dictionary of Prince Edward Island English by Professor T.K. Pratt, a "Come-All-Ye" [pronounced come all ya] is a no-invitation-required party at someone's home where ballads of days gone by and tunes of recent composition are sung with ecstasy and abandon. It's where guests will be welcomed with jokes and merry witticisms.


The Kitchen Witches
By Caroline Smith

If you can't stand the laughter, stay out of the kitchen! Stirring up laughter in Studio 1 this year is The Kitchen Witches, the story of Dolly and her nemesis, Isobel.

When Dolly and Isobel are cast in the same TV cooking show, trouble starts a brewin'. It's a foolproof recipe for chaos and comedy as the two arch rivals do their best to upstage each other. These "kitchen witches" are cooking up a storm! Become a member of studio audience in this dysfunctional cooking show; playing selected dates July 14 to September 15.

Caroline Smith has been involved in most aspects of theatre since 1979, first as a performer with The Charlottetown Festival and the Canadian Opera Company, then as a choreographer, playwright, director and producer, becoming one of Canada's busiest freelance professionals.
The Venue
The Charlottetown Festival is presented annually at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Canada's only national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.
The Confederation Centre of the Arts is open year-round and showcases the best in Canadian visual and performing arts.
As one of Canada's premier live theatre houses, the Centre also features free outdoor performances, gallery exhibitions, arts education, dining and shopping.

 


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