Stan Rogers joins Anne & Gilbert on The Guild's stage in Charlottetown

By Sally Cole, The Guardian
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“Stan Rogers: Matter of Heart" joins Anne & Gilbert – the Musical, Annekenstein & Friends, Blessed Assurance and children's progamming at The Guild this summer

It was the last announcement of the morning.

And it turned out to be just what everyone was in the mood to hear.

When Geordie Brown stepped onto the stage at The Guild to sing an a cappella version of Barrett’s Privateers at the theatre’s 2016 festival season launch Wednesday, the audience could hardly wait to clap and sing along with him.

And the excitement continued when Alanna Jankov, executive director at The Guild, announced that the fourth show of the season would be “Stan Rogers: Matter of Heart.” Directed by Brown, the ceilidh-style celebration, featuring more than 20 songs by the late Canadian folk artist, will play Tuesday and Wednesday nights, July through September.

A wrap-up of Brown, joined by Ceilia Koughan, Aaron Crane and Julien Kitson, performing a rousing rendition of The Mary Ellen Carter brought an end to an exciting morning of announcements. This lively show joins festival mainstay “Anne & Gilbert - The Musical”, returning to The Guild for its fourth year from May 31 to Oct. 18, under the direction/choreography of P.E.I.’s Brittany Banks.

After 19 years, “Annekenstein & Friends” is back on The Guild stage to take back its crown as P.E.I.’s favourite sketch comedy show. Created by Rob MacDonald (Sketch-22, The Popalopalots), the stage show grew from cult favourite to mainstream success by poking fun at all things “Island”, during its initial seven-year run. “Annekenstein & Friends” plays Saturday nights at The Guild, July 2 to Aug. 20.

Pamela Campbell and Nancy Beck return to The Guild with “Blessed Assurance: The Story & Songs of Fanny J. Crosby”, their acclaimed one-hour celebration of the beloved hymn writer, Mondays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. from July 9-Aug. 15.

In its children’s programming, The Guild is presenting “Pirates ARRR Us” by Islanders Andrew and Sandy Zinck and “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” with morning showtimes to appeal to younger children and families, Pirates will play Saturdays at 10 a.m., and The Little Mermaid will play Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., throughout July and August.

Jankov also announced that the Gallery at The Guild will present more than 20 new exhibits and displays in 2016 from diverse Canadian artists.

Tickets are now on sale at TheGuildPEI.com and at The Guild Box Office.

It is the third time that “Stan Rogers: Matter of Heart” has been performed in Charlottetown. Previous productions have been mounted at the Homburg Theatre and The Mack.

 

Organizations: The Guild, Homburg Theatre, The Mack

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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