With a mix of hand-picked presentations in their Harbourfront Presents series, and a string of popular touring acts renting their stage, Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside has a bit of everything on the calendar this summer.
Harbourfront Presents will feature three selections throughout July and August. On July 23, actor Melody A. Johnston will star in Person of Interest, a one-woman comedy about a good, law-abiding citizen who hopes to volunteer in her community. When she applies for a police background check, she discovers she has a record, courtesy of the neighbours. And now she is considered a Person of Interest.
Two Island musical groups, The Ellis Family Band and Fiddlers’ Sons, will return to Harbourfront August 17 with a double bill. The Ellis Family Band has three albums, over 20 singles released, and multiple JUNO and CCMA award nominations to their credit. Fiddlers’ Sons have delighted Island audiences since 1997 with their signature Celtic and traditional roots sound, garnering a string of Music PEI awards.
On August 29, Harbourfront welcomes the premiere appearance in Summerside Rhonda Vincent and her band, The Rage. Crowned as “the new queen of bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, Vincent is a seven-time Grammy nominee, winning the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2017. In 2020, she was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, where she appears regularly, performing country, gospel and bluegrass favourites to Nashville audiences.
An entertaining line-up of community and touring rentals will round out the summer schedule, beginning with A Tribute to Elvis in Concert, presented by Paquette Productions on June 5 at 7 pm. Featuring Pete Paquette and Chris Connor accompanied by a ten-piece band.
On June 18 and 19, local dance school Dance Virtuosa will present their year-end recital, No Place I’d Rather Be. The culmination of a semester of hard work in dance class, this production incorporates the skill of little ones to adults from all over PEI.
VaughnCo Entertainment returns to Summerside with two shows this summer. After being rescheduled from May 2020, ABBA Revisited finally takes the stage on June 11. On August 30 at 7:30 pm, Las Vegas headliner Jay White stars in North America’s #1 Tribute to Neil Diamond. His eight-year run headlining on the Las Vegas strip is the longest ever by a solo tribute artist.
The Elvis Summer Festival, starring Thane Dunn, will be on stage August 27 at 7:30 pm. The two-time World Champion Elvis tribute artist promises to transport the audience back five decades and recreate the magic of the August 1972 Elvis Summer Festival at the Las Vegas Hilton.