2023 Summer Festival

Entertainment for audiences all ages

The Guild has announced their 2023 Summer Festival, a season of programming to both engage and entertain audiences of all ages, and contribute to Charlottetown’s rich performing arts landscape.

Under the artistic direction of Christopher Wilson, the season begins with Simply Sondheim, a musical celebration of the late Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim. His musical works have become an intrinsic part of the musical theatre canon and include productions such as Into The Woods, Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Merrily We Roll Along. This musical revue will feature Sondheim’s compositions in an intimate cabaret setting. Performers include Jessica Gallant, Rebecca Guilderson, Hugh Ritchie, Braeden Woods, with accompaniment from Jennifer Cullen. The musical runs June 28–July 15.

The season continues with a family production, The Happy Prince, based upon the children’s short story by Oscar Wilde from August 10–19. This one-act Canadian musical is a timeless tale about friendship, compassion and the transforming power of selfless love. Performers include Caroline Burton, Rebecca Guilderson, Melissa MacKenzie, with accompaniment from Morgan Saulnier.

The Guild will also be presenting a Friday evening late night cabaret series entitled, Musical Mayhem. These performances will feature professional musical theatre talents, queer artists, local musicians, and will incorporate various themes within The Guild’s programming. Performances take place on select Friday at 7:30 pm from July 14–August 25.

As part of the summer season, The Guild will present the Ross Family Ceilidh, PEI’s non-traditional, traditional music show on Tuesday evenings from June 6–October 17, and Perfect Pairings, a Thursday evening music series produced by Rob Oakie that will feature a mix of emerging and well-known PEI artists, from June 29–August 31.

Finally, The Guild will be offering Broadway or Bust—a musical theatre community arts education program. Unlike other musical theatre camps in the local region, these two week-long intensives will be delivered by Artistic Director Christopher Wilson, a seasoned professional who has worked with most major post-secondary musical theatre training institutions within Canada. The two sessions will be offered from July 17–21 (ages 10–12), and August 21–25 (ages 13–16).

Visit theguildpei.com for programming and registration.