Charlottetown Festival

Island company members announced for 2024

Several Islanders and familiar faces will star in the shows Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ and Jersey Boys at The 2024 Charlottetown Festival. Playing at Sobey Family Theatre, the Centre’s main stage, the productions are cross-cast—meaning most company members appear in both productions. 

After performing the hit show The Songs of Johnny & June at The 2023 Charlottetown Festival, Islanders Jacob Hemphill and Melissa MacKenzie will return in main stage roles this summer. Hemphill is set to take on the part of Nick Massi in Jersey Boys, a member of the famed group The Four Seasons. 

Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ will feature Island talent Marlene Handrahan playing Marilla Cuthbert, Catherine O’Brien as Rachel Lynde, and Shawna van Omme returning for her 14th Festival season.  

Melissa MacKenzie (top) and Marlene Handrahan

Other Island-based company members include Sarah Bell, Jessica Burrett, and Kristen Pottle. 

“We are proud to continually feature Island talent on our stages alongside artists from across the country,” says Adam Brazier, the Centre’s artistic director of performing arts.

The Centre previously announced that actors Kelsey Verzotti and Laurie Murdoch, who played Anne Shirley and Matthew Cuthbert in the 2022 Festival production of Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, will reprise their roles this summer. 

They will be joined by fellow Festival alumni Alex Batycki, Lyndsey Britten, Andrew McAllister, Trevor Patt, Shakeil Rollock, Brian Ross, and Emma Rudy. 

New Festival company members Tyler Check and Aaron MacKenzie will take on the roles of Tommy DeVito and Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, with Festival alumnus Trevor Patt rounding out The Four Seasons as Bob Gaudio. 

Other company members making their Festival debut include Vinnie Alberto, Malinda Carroll, Celeste Catena, Kaleigh Gorka, Amelia Hironaka, and Ha’Keena Maneso. 

Performances of Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ run from June 19–August 31. 

Performances of Jersey Boys run from June 25–September 21. 

Tickets can be purchased online at, via phone at 1-800-565-0278, or in person at the Centre’s box office.