Press Release

The Guild Announces its exciting 2017 Festival Season

The Guild (Ars Longa Inc)
March 3, 2017
Charlottetown, PE

The Guild Theatre is thrilled to announce its 2017 Festival Season, happening from May to October in downtown Charlottetown. Joining the return of Guild favourite Anne & Gilbert: The Musical, Tara MacLean will bring Canada’s East Coast to life with Atlantic Blue.

“2017 will be another amazing festival season at The Guild. We are proud to offer first class entertainment coupled with our ability to support PEI artists- The Guild is where community happens! ” Alanna Jankov -Executive Director

Playing throughout July & August, Atlantic Blue tells the story of how music arrived and thrived in the East Coast. Funny, heart-wrenching, and beautiful, this show will showcase iconic songwriters from the region, while new and upcoming guest artists will take you to the future of East Coast music. Atlantic Blue is a timeless treat that weaves through the ages, and it’s not to be missed.

“When I was dreaming about where to debut the 2017 Summer run of Atlantic Blue~ A Celebration of East Coast Songwriters, The Guild was the venue I was imagining.  This intimate, central, black box theatre, with it’s perfect sonics and sophisticated ambiance is everything I could have hoped for. Imagine my delight when Alanna Jankov, the executive director of the theatre offered me the contract! It’s going to be a great summer!” – Tara MacLean

PEI’s greatest love story is back! Anne & Gilbert: The Musical returns to The Guild. Featuring a 20-member cast and orchestra, Anne & Gilbert has become a Canadian sensation. Journey with Anne Shirley into young-adulthood, as she experiences her first job, university, and of course her tumultuous relationship with Gilbert Blythe.

“The best proof that the Guild is a great place to produce Anne & Gilbert is that the National Arts Centre of Canada saw it here first.  As a result they produced at the National Arts Centre, where it became a sold-out smash hit for nearly a month.  And it all started at The Guild!”  — Campbell Webster

June at The Guild will feature Mike Pendergast’s Kitchen Table Concert Series. Every Monday Night in June will celebrate Island roots & folk music. Shows include: Opening Night with the Pendy’s, two songwriters circles featuring amazing Island performers, and a rousing closing night with the Avonlea Show Band.

For kids, and the young at heart, The Guild is proud to announce: Dreamworks Madagascar, A Musical Adventure Jr., and Seussical Jr. An adaptation of the much loved Madagascar, this musical for kids features Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and hilarious penguins! Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore, and an upbeat score, Madagascar Jr. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”   Seussical Jr. is narrated by the beloved Cat in the Hat, and explores Horton the Elephant’s quest to save the people of Whoville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. This fantastic musical exemplifies the philosophy that “a person is a person, no matter how small”.

For our late night fans, we have two great offerings: Popalopalots: Live Improv Comedy, and Charlottetown Burlesque: Late Night At The Guild. Charlottetown Burlesque have a habit of thrilling and titillating audiences, and Popalopalots will make you laugh when then succeed, and even harder when they fail.

The Guild would like to acknowledge  the generous support of our investment partners The City of Charlottetown, and the Province of Prince Edward Island, as well as all of our sponsors; Ticketpro, The PEI Brewing Co., Moksha Yoga, Island Office Interiors, Rodd Hotels & Resorts. Kwik Kopy, John Brown Grille.

Media Contact: Alanna Jankov