City gives Anne & Gilbert grant

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Effort to bring musical to Charlottetown gets financial boost from council

Scene from 2010 Harbourfront Theatre production of Anne & Gilbert. Photo special to The Guardian by Louise Vessey

The move to bring the popular musical Anne and Gilbert to Charlottetown is getting a boost from city council.

Council gave unanimous support Tuesday night to give the production a $15,000 grant out of its 2013 budget.

The money hinges not only on bringing the theatrical production to the capital but the show completing all of its performances next summer.

Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen said it will be money well spent.

"We're helping them get started and when Anne and Gilbert are finished at the end of the season we will look at it and see where we stand then,'' MacFadyen said following council's monthly public meeting.

Producer Campbell Webster of Campbell Webster Entertainment told The Guardian earlier this month that he is close to securing a new venue to bring the musical back to the Island stage. One location under consideration is The Guild in Charlottetown.

Anne and Gilbert debuted at the Victoria Playhouse in 2005 and then had a six-year run at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside before being dropped because of financial considerations.

Webster said, depending on the venues, it costs about $400,000 to put on.

"If you do your ticket sales just right and get some corporate sponsorships, you break even or you make a little bit on it,'' Webster said in the interview. "You can do that with sponsorship and maybe a bit of civic or provincial funding.''

MacFadyen said Tuesday that bringing Anne and Gilbert to Charlottetown just gives people yet another reason to come into the city.

"It brings people to the city and (creates) economic spinoff for our residents.''

Webster said things should be worked out within the next few weeks.

Organizations: The Guild, Harbourfront Theatre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Iceland, Summerside

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  • Finally
    November 16, 2012 - 20:58

    this is chump change that will make the city lots of cash. Right friggin on. this play is way better than anything at the confed centre and i for one am happy

  • Mitch Tweel Rocks
    November 16, 2012 - 20:54

    Way to go Mitch you should your usual guts in voting for getting this out of Summerside to Charlottetown. No wonder you get voted in every time

  • FirstTimeCaller
    November 16, 2012 - 20:33

    Good for you City Council you picked a winner and this play is worth every nickel and you just watch Victoria Row and downtown charlottetown will be buzzing, buzzing, thanks to this show of support way to go

  • time to get rid
    November 15, 2012 - 21:18

    I am getting so sick of our elected "representatives" just spending our money to feather their own nests and those of their buddies.......... so many of them............ MLAs, City councillors (C'town AND S'side) ............the whole system here is top many of them with their snouts in the trough for only 140,000 on the Island (and not all of them paying taxes, some are kids).................none of them with a hot clue about how to spend money wisely..........................and don't even get me started about Ron McKinley always stuffing his face at our expense!!!!

  • ben
    November 15, 2012 - 12:22

    Thanks for the revelation, I was thinking of voting for Lantz when he runs for the Tories, --- I am ready to revise that decision, - he is obviously no smarter than the rest of the Council ,no more respectful of the taxpayers, - sorry Robbie, I thought you were better---

  • lilly
    November 15, 2012 - 12:18

    I got a word for McFayden, the spin-off meister,----- funny how this goes, money spinning right out of my pocket into somebody elses, --NEVER mine -- give me a break,- let the bank do business with businesses and you refuse these corporate welfare bums ---- You not only have my persmission as an elected person, - I BEG YOU, Council, represent us average people and never mind being cozy with certain people, - .

  • oberts
    November 15, 2012 - 12:12

    thank you for that clarification Terry, now we know they are all out of touch, - surprises at you Mitch. To all the fans who have seen this show umpteen times, -= great, pay what it costs to see it, don't ask me and all my fellow CHARLOTTOWN RESIDENTS to pay for your pleasure, --- Webster, go to the bank, and City Council, - please refer these beggars to do just that.

  • Fan
    November 15, 2012 - 06:06

    I am a huge fan of this production after seeing it a couple of years ago. Wondered then if it might be brought to Charlottetown (although the Harbourfront was a perfect venue for it). I, for one, am happy to see it return and for all those people who come to the Island as 'Anne fans', I'm sure they will be thrilled with this delightful musical.

  • corporate welfare
    November 15, 2012 - 01:38

    If that play and any other PRIVATE SECTOR venture cannot make it on its own, or through financing from a BANK, then it shouldn't. The taxpayers of this cash-strapped city with exorbitant property taxes in a cash-strapped province with exorbitant income and consumption taxes, CANNOT AFFORD to spend one red cent on subsidizing any private sector entity - whether in the cultural industry or the manufacturing industry or the retail industry, the finance industry, etc. Time to own up City Council. Cancel the cheque ASAP.

    • timothys coffee
      November 16, 2012 - 11:27

      Considering that Campbell Webster, owner of Timothy's Coffee and Anne & Gilbert Inc., received PNP units, I don't think that city taxpayers need to give any of our tax money to this enterprise.

  • Totally Fracked Off
    November 14, 2012 - 20:26

    it wrecked my summer that they didnt do Gilbert and Anne My cousin came from Saskatchewan last year and tried to see it but it wasn't on. She saw it twelve times with her daughters who sings the song Island through over and over again good for charlottetown i'm going

  • TheatreBuff
    November 14, 2012 - 19:55

    YES! I hate having to drive so far to see this playNow I can walk

  • Jennifer
    November 14, 2012 - 17:54

    PNP Units-Enough Said..... 13331 ANNE AND GILBERT INC. David Carmody 13331 ANNE AND GILBERT INC. Doug Hall 13331 ANNE AND GILBERT INC. Duncan MacIntosh 13331 ANNE AND GILBERT INC. Fred Hyndman 13331 ANNE AND GILBERT INC. Peter MacDougald 13331 ANNE AND GILBERT INC. Campbell Webster President 13331 ANNE AND GILBERT INC. David Malahoff Secretary/Treasurer

    • candrayo
      November 15, 2012 - 09:07

      Sadly Jennifer, in case you didn't hear, there is a chalk culprit out there defacing public property, and there is some serious concern over the cost of clean up. PNP...that is so last weeks news.....fraud, corruption, etc...small apples next to the damaging effect chalk can have on society. BUT I GET YA!!!! good point...but let's get back to that chalk thing for now K

  • Mack
    November 14, 2012 - 16:59

    Glad to see we can cause some confusion for the Tourists, and glad to see that we may lure a few of them into see this 'pap' production and miss the 'real thing' across the street,--- oh, what to hell something for them to remember us by, -- meanwhile, let the taxpayers dance---

  • all business
    November 14, 2012 - 16:52

    It never ceases to amaze me how politicians love to give other peoples money away. It should behoove the City to leave grants, promotions and 'spin off' propositions to the Province. We don't need gifts/grants being doled out at both levels. The buttom line: if that production, however cute, romantic and archaic, cannot make it on its own, then so be it.

  • plow the waves
    November 14, 2012 - 16:26

    These business people galls me,run to the taxpayers every time. Why should I be expected to give money to Webster Campbells business, - leach, -- and the City Council right in the bed there with you, - schoundrels all of you.

    • Beatrice
      November 14, 2012 - 19:44

      We should always be worried when money is handed out...But this is one those examples of careful spending and we should give council credit...This show is very beautiful...I think I have seen it maybe twelve times...It is so amazing...and will be make lots of tax dollars for the Island...Good for council and mayor...they see a winnner...

  • alfredd
    November 14, 2012 - 16:23

    , ---WHAT ABSOLUTE BALONEY, ---- THIS PRODUCTION HAS HAD IT'S RUN, --- EVERYBODY THAT WANTED TO HAS SEEN THIS HIGHSCHOOL PLAY, - AND NOW $ 15.000 OF MY HARD EARNED TAXES ARE GOING TO RUN THIS AGAIN, - ACROSS THE STREET FROM TEH REAL THING NO LESS, -- SMACKS OF Founders Hall all over again, ---- I want to know who voted for and against this 'gift', - shame on those who did, understand that the people of Charlottetown have hard time making ends meet, - exscept ofcourse for elected people who have manages to feather their nest at our expense, = looks like we need to replace the Council with somebody that are in tlouch with reality.

    • Terry
      November 15, 2012 - 02:12

      The second sentence of the article tells you who voted for and against this..."unanimous".