Harbourfront Theatre to use government funding for performance series

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Kieran Keller, left, general manager of Harbourfront Theatre and Egmont MP Gail Shea discuss new funding for the Summerside theatre that will allow it to offer new shows including classical, folk, jazz and Acadian music, children’s theatre, and a performance by an aboriginal dance ensemble.

SUMMERSIDE –  Harbourfront Presents, a series of performances in dance, theatre, and music, which will be staged at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside, received federal funding over the weekend.

Egmont MP Gail Shea announced $60,000 in funding for the shows.

The financial support will be disbursed over two fiscal years: $30,000 in 2014–2015 and $30,000 in 2015–2016.

With this investment, the Harbourfront Theatre will present shows including classical, folk, jazz and Acadian music, children’s theatre, and a performance by an aboriginal dance ensemble.

Audiences in Prince Edward Island will have the opportunity to see artists from five different provinces, as well as the United States.

“Our mandate is to provide a continuous live entertainment service to the Prince Edward Island community and its visitors, featuring local and touring productions, and to be the driving force in the region to encourage and nurture the development and appreciation of the performing arts,” said Kieran Keller, general manager of Harbourfront Theatre.

“Our series of presentations will expose Island audiences to a variety of music, contemporary and classical dance, theatre, and storytelling, which are seldom offered elsewhere in Prince County of Prince Edward Island.”

Shea said the upcoming performances will also contribute to the local economy.

“For close to 20 years, Harbourfront Theatre has made an enormous contribution to arts and culture in Prince Edward Island.”

Organizations: Harbourfront Theatre

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, SUMMERSIDE, United States Prince

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