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 production.
The Confederation Centre of the Arts has a sensational lineup for the 2018 Charlottetown Festival. The 2018 Festival will run June 7 to September 22 and includes the 54th season of the international sensation Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™; the phenomenal rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar; two new Festival-spawned musicals, Dutch Mason and Stories from the Red Dirt Road.
Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™
This is the show that set a Guinness World Record for longest-running annual musical! The reasons for its perennial success on stage? A classic story loved around the world; an irresistibly charming red-haired orphan with an irrepressible imagination; dynamic dance numbers in the Broadway tradition; scenes that make you laugh out loud and ballads that might draw a tear or two. Playing four times a week in the 1,100-seat Homburg Theatre. Plays four times a week, June 18 – September 22.
Jesus Christ Superstar
“What’s the buzz… tell me what’s happening…” This season the classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is coming to The Charlottetown Festival. This timeless musical tells a universal story with a modern twist, exploring the last week of Jesus’ life through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. Featuring some of Broadway’s greatest hit songs. Plays four times a week, June 7 – September 22.
On the Road with Dutch Mason
Canada’s “Prime Minister of the Blues” spent a lot of his life on the road. The Charlottetown Festival’s world-premiere musical follows Dutch and his band on one unforgettable tour through Maritime pubs and bars, seen through the eyes of last-minute recruit Bedford who is a professor and amateur harp player. Does Dutch’s free-form, colourful performing style clash with the professor’s buttoned-down conformity – you bet! An entertaining story line, superlative blues music, a fantastic night out. Plays at Confederation Centre’s cabaret-style Mack theatre June 30 – September 22.
Stories from the Red Dirt Road
It’s a well-known fact that Islanders are masters at storytelling. It is also undeniable that our roads are red. And PEI’s wealth of innate musical talent is legendary. Merge all that and you have colourful tales, rooted in the earthy nature of Prince Edward Island characters, interwoven with a rich range of traditional musical numbers. Don’t miss it! August 2 – September 21 at The Mack.