Shania Twain on P.E.I. with promise of spectacular show

Doug Gallant
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Shania Twain is in the house, or at least on Prince Edward Island.

Twain arrived on a private jet Friday evening at the Charlottetown Airport.

Her production manager, John ‘Bugzee’ Hougdahl, says fans are in for a show of a lifetime tonight on the Charlottetown waterfront.

He said the country music superstar has pulled out all the stops for this show.Twain is traveling to Charlottetown with 11 musicians, three singers and six dancers from her Las Vegas show.

She’s essentially bringing the whole cast of that show.

Originally the plan was just to bring the musicians and some of the lighting she used in Las Vegas but Twain had a change of heart early on.

“She decided that her fans deserved the whole show, with all the dancers and the whole video show from Caesar’s Palace.”

Hougdahl said the video screens they’re using here, for example, have the same aspect ratio as the screens at Caesar’s Palace.

To mount a show this large requires a very large stage area so they’ve taken a massive touring stage, one previously used by Bon Jovi, and made it even larger.

“The stage is a pre-existing architectural structure that’s been used at various festivals and shows across Canada and the U.S.,” Hougdahl said. “The difference is we’ve made this stage 15 feet wider, giving Shania a larger performance area to work with.”

Hougdahl, who’s worked for some of the biggest names in the music business, including Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi, said the Charlottetown show will have a number of similarities to Twain’s Las Vegas show, but there will most certainly be some surprises.

“The ‘startle factor’, the thing that make an audience go oooohhhh’, expect to see a lot of that.” He wouldn’t elaborate further because he didn’t want to spoil it for her fans.

But he would say there are things they are able to do in Charlottetown they are not able to do in Las Vegas because in Las Vegas they are working with a fixed set in a fixed space.

“The Las Vegas show is not a touring show. We’re in Las Vegas for two years, sharing a stage with Rod Stewart and Elton John. The show is designed to fit in a very unique theatre and because of the parameters you build a show to fit. There are pieces of that show that are just too large to travel. Here we can do other things.”

Does the Charlottetown site work for a show like this.

Hougdahl believes it will.

And he should know. He was one of the people who originally came to Charlottetown to view the site and gave it the thumbs up for the show.

Organizations: Charlottetown Airport, Bon Jovi

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Las Vegas, Prince Edward Island Canada U.S.

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Recent comments

  • Lisa
    September 01, 2014 - 16:34

    This was the MOST amazing concert. Trinity Bradshaw was really good,Corey Hart put on a great show...Shania absolutely out of this world. She is an amazing entertainer & her stageshow was out of this world !

  • Welcome to PEI
    August 30, 2014 - 09:30

    Wishing all concert goers a fun and safe night!! Welcome Shania- your fans love you!

  • The Observer from Stratford
    August 29, 2014 - 22:59

    Went past the grounds on Friday. Wonder how those people who bought the grandstand seats feel about the placement of the stands? $200 to sit in seats that are at the side of the stage rather than up front as one would expect for the best seats. General admission has a better placement and view! Think we can expect a few complaints from the expensive seats after the show.

    • mark
      August 30, 2014 - 15:07

      And you can determine that from driving by? Quite impressive.

    • Linda
      August 31, 2014 - 09:03

      I SOAgree. The grandstand seats..that I paid approx. $250 I went for the "A" we're horrid. You could not even see the whole stage. Blind spots. Plus...they were far from the stage..honestly...I was very disappointed!

    • Keefe
      August 31, 2014 - 15:53

      Never have I complained after a concert, no matter where I was seated. If you're seeing a band you like, it won't matter. Let the complainers complain.