Charlottetown Festival


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Charlottetown Festival

June-October
The Charlottetown Festival is devoted entirely to musicals by Canadians. Held from mid-June through mid-October on Prince Edward Island, the festival presents three full-scale musicals every year. One of these is always Anne of Green Gables, a story about rural life on the island at the turn of the century, written by island-born novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery. In fact, Anne of Green Gables was the first musical presented at the festival when it was founded in 1965.
The festival also offers plays for children, Sunday evening pop concerts, and a series of short plays and musical events. The full-scale musicals and most of the festival's events are held at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island.
CONTACTS:
Confederation Centre
145 Richmond St.
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J1 Canada
902-628-1864; fax: 902-566-4648
www.confederationcentre.com
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 55
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 75
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A sequel to Canada's longest-running and most beloved musical, "Anne of Green Gables," which has been a mainstay of Prince Edward Island's Charlottetown Festival since 1965, "Anne and Gilbert," like its predecessor, is based on the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Expect to see the delightful "Anne and Gilbert" taking its place alongside "Anne of Green Gables" for many years to come at the Charlottetown Festival.
In an article in 1986, Elizabeth Mair commented that the work of TheatrePEI had enabled "Island theatre [...] to emerge at last from the shadow of the Charlottetown Festival, and to be finding a genuine island audience.
(3) During the 1977 Charlottetown Festival season, aside from the usually crowd-pleasing and successful production of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, the Festival premiered The Legends of the Dumbells about entertainers during WW1, and restaged By George!, a pastiche of Gershwin songs.
The Confederation Centre of the Arts it the site of the annual summer Charlottetown Festival and offers an array of live entertainment, including the much-loved loved Anne of Green Gables--The Musical[TM], which runs between June 5 and Oct.
Like Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival, the script is the same every year, even if the costumes and the decor are gradually deteriorating.
That production was adapted for the stage at the 1965 Charlottetown Festival and subsequently became an annual event.
* THE CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical[TM] and other productions at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, June through October, 1-800-565-0278 or www.confederationcentre.com.
Beginning on May 19 (opening June 2), their adaptation of "Dracula" shares the musical stage at the Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre with "West Side Story." A mere two weeks later, their adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel "Emily of New Moon" opens at Prince Edward Island's Charlottetown Festival as the first new musical in seven years.
"We are trying to find new ways to use the Winter Garden, with particular emphasis on developing new product, and we are also looking at building relationships with other theaters, such as (Prince Edward Island's) Charlottetown Festival."
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