The Newfoundland singer-songwriter and leader of Great Big Sea will star in Tell Tale Harbour, which will take place next summer in PEI. “I’m going to be able to make the dream of my life come true, and I’m not kidding, spending the summer in Charlottetown,” said Doyle. “I wanted to do this since I first went in the early 90s with Great Big Sea.
“It’s all like a thrill to me, you know, to have the chance, you know, to learn and collaborate with all these people in this new form, and then to spend… a lot of my time in Charlottetown. And yes, it’s gonna be a fun summer. ”
The musical, co-written by Doyle, will tell the story of a struggling fishing village in Atlantic Canada, whose residents come together to bring a frozen French fries factory to town.
“I play Frank. I play the chief conjurer of the stories told in Tell Tale Harbor, ”he said. “I’m playing the guy who convinces himself and everyone securing the doctor in a… rural town like Tell Tale Harbor is totally doable.” And this plan, which seems completely incomplete to everyone around him, as far as Frank is concerned, is bulletproof. “
The musical is based on the script The great seduction by Ken Scott. The script for the musical was co-written by Doyle, Artistic Director of the Performing Arts at Confederation Center Adam Brazier and Ed Riche.
“Every aspect of this story is relevant to living in Atlantic Canada, where there are communities that only get a doctor for a few weeks a year, there are communities that you know when a factory closes they have to move out and find. another place to live, ”said Brazier.
“These are really harsh realities of life here, and so the play talks about it. But she treats it in such a fun, light and hilarious way. “
Doyle has partnered with Come from afar music director Bob Foster to write music and lyrics.
“With Alan’s music on top of that, the thing is screaming, you know, Atlantic Canada,” Brazier said.
The Atlantic in the spotlight
The rest of the festival will also have a strong theme on the east coast, which Brazier says reflects their optimism for 2022.
“We want to welcome the world back to Atlantic Canada, and our goal is to throw the biggest party we can throw on and give everyone a very good reason to come back to this region and celebrate the people of Canada. Atlantic and our way of life. life, ”he said.
As previously announced, Anne the Green Gables House — The Musical will be back at The Confederation Center of the Arts main stage for the festival, after the pandemic ended its record for longest-running seasonal musical in 2020.
Two productions featuring pioneering women from Atlantic Canada are planned for The Mack.
Betty’s song, a new piece by singer-songwriter Ashley Condon, will debut in July. The play is based on the true story of Condon’s mother, who was the first woman to command her own lobster boat in eastern PEI.
Hey Viola! by Krystle Dos Santos and Tracey Power is a cabaret-style show on Viola Desmond, which will feature “dynamic and inspiring music”. Performances will begin in August.
Three shows will also be on view in the outdoor amphitheater.
Munschables will be the star Anne cast members bring children’s author Robert Munsch’s stories to life.
The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors will present their new show, Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq voice, for a three-week engagement. And the Xclusive Dance Crew will also present a new show called Island atmosphere, exploring hip-hop, afro-jazz and other genres of music and dance.
“I am very excited and very optimistic and I hope that if we all remain vigilant and COVID does not return or another wave does not pass, we can provide a really fun and exciting summer of entertainment here,” said Brazier.