Never Before Scene

New show combines playful improv and serious fiddle

Laurie Murphy

Musician and funny guy Albert Arsenault of Barachois and Chuck & Albert, along with funny gal, improv enthusiast, and teacher Laurie Murphy, known for Annekenstein and Drill Queens Comedy, are joining forces. Their brand-new show, Never Before Scene, combines playful improv and serious fiddle, running Thursdays from July 18 to August 29, 8–10 pm (including a 15-minute intermission) at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown.

“Last summer, I had the delight of directing Albert in June Morrow’s PEI Fringe Festival hit, Six Songs About Six Men I’ve Dated,” says Murphy. “He’s a rare talent, and I’m thrilled that he and his wife, Julie Savoie [keyboardist], said yes to this new project!”

Others saying “Yes, and…,” the improv mantra known worldwide, include an ensemble of rotating improv players, new and established theatre and music artists such as Janet Coughlin Cameron, Margie Carmichael-Scotto, Sue Flower, Patti Larsen, Adam “Honker” MacDonald, Lucas Panizz, and Graham Putnam, as well as surprise players. PEI celebrities who have good-naturedly agreed to be interviewed for an improv segment called “Get to Know a PEI Celebrity” include theatre artist Rebekah Brown, recording artist Catherine MacLellan, biologist Kate MacQuarrie, historian Ed MacDonald, quill artist Melissa Peter-Paul, amateur meteorologist Sheldon White, and recording artist Nathan Wiley.

Advance tickets are encouraged and available via e-transfer to, or online at

Patrons will be greeted by stage manager Bridget Driver. Heated PEI Handpies will be available for purchase pre-show, and bar service is available in the Taproom. Farringford House is air-conditioned and street parking is available nearby.

Info: 902-960-1735;