(top): Kaeley Jade Wiebe, Shelley Thompson, Monique Lund, (bottom): Jessica Gallant, Marlene Handrahan and Judy Marshak star in Steel Magnolias

2022 Summer Festival

Theatre, musical theatre and music in the line-up

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The 2022 Guild Summer Festival will include a Mainstage Series, the East Coast Celebration Series, and The Guild Music Theatre School Summer Series. The Mainstage Series will feature Steel Magnolias, Dance Mix ‘95—On Stage, The Two Horsewomen, and the return of Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King.

Directed by Matt MacInnis, Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling will star Shelley Thompson as M’Lynn, Jessica Gallant as Shelby, Monique Lund as Truvy, Marlene Handrahan as Ouiser, Judy Marshak as Clairee, and Kaeley Jade Wiebe as Annelle. The show will open June 4 and run to July 10.

Party like it’s 1995. Dance Mix ‘95—On Stage will open July 2 and run to August 6. An original Guild production, Dance Mix ‘95 celebrates the compilation albums that shaped an era, and the Hot 100 hits and artists of the decade. Directed by Geordie Brown with choreography by Brittany Banks, the show will star A’mar Wharton-Matthew, Aryelle Morrison, Bri Roque, Joel Cumber, Lucas Popowich, Phoebe Rex and Stephane Hood.

Directed by Kate Lynch and starring Judy Marshak and Robin Craig, The Two Horsewomen by Robin Craig will stage its world premiere September 16. Two veteran theatre actors come to grips with the state of their careers as they share a dressing room—and the most challenging role of their lives. Laugh out loud as they put one hoof in front of the other, and gallop toward friendship and vindication.

Kate Lynch is a film, television and stage actress, drama teacher, theatre director and playwright. Her extensive film and television credits include her Genie-winning performance in Meatballs. She has directed plays for the Shaw Festival, the Blyth Festival and Theatre Passe Muraille.

The Guild’s hit production Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King returns, opening July 29 and running to September 3. Tapestry celebrates the record-shattering album of a generation, Tapestry. “I Feel The Earth Move” and “Natural Woman” are just two of the record’s timeless tracks. Starring newcomer Rebekah Brown, alongside returning cast members Brieonna Locche, Geordie Brown and Stephane Hood.

On June 21, the East Coast Celebration Series will feature Silver Wolf Band, Music Newfoundland and Labrador’s Rock Artist of the year (2018), First Light Indigenous Artist/Group of the year (2019), and Indigenous Artist of the year (2020, 2021). The show is part of The Guild’s National Indigenous People’s Day celebration and is free to attend. The Series will also feature: Keonté Beals, 2021 ECMA R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (“King”), July 31; Heather Rankin, August 13–14; and Joel Plaskett, August 20–21.

The Guild Music Theatre School Summer Series with Artistic Director of Children’s Programming Lori Linkletter, will feature four children’s productions: Honk Jr., Shrek Jr., 101 Dalmations Kids, and the all-new original show, The Tunes & Tales of P.E.I.