An Epic Love Story, A World Premiere

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This summer and fall, The Charlottetown Festival presents Evangeline, a powerful love story based on Longfellow’s famed heroine, Evangeline, who spends her life searching for her lover, Gabriel, after they become separated during the expulsion of the Acadians in the 1700s. As a special Valentine’s Day promotion, to celebrate one of the greatest love stories ever, tickets to Evangeline are available at 40% off. (If you are still planning your travel dates to eastern Canada, you should know that tickets booked now can be exchanged for a handling fee of just $3; some conditions apply.) Buy Tickets.

This sweeping musical weaves villains and heroes, history and culture, and the strength of human spirit — all framed by the lively traditional music and dance of the Acadian, Maritime and Cajun cultures. Writer and director, Ted Dykstra, is probably best known for his 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, one of the most successful Canadian musicals ever, a show that toured in 175 cities worldwide.

Dykstra states, “Evangeline has been a labour of love for me ever since I read the Longfellow poem 10 years ago. To have its world premiere at The Charlottetown Festival is in every way a dream come true. There is no theatre in Canada which is a better fit, from the state-of-the-art theatre, to the company itself, to the location. I am so very grateful to Confederation Centre for having the wisdom and courage to tell this fantastic story of a Maritime woman’s fortitude and strength, and, of course, of the resilience of the Acadian people.” Click here to watch a short video of Ted Dykstra on Evangeline. The Charlottetown Festival celebrates its 49th season this year opening June 26 and continuing to September 28.

Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Charlottetown Festival is probably best known as the home of the original Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, which has drawn millions of visitors to P.E.I. since it opened in 1965. Over 70 original theatre productions have since been mounted at the Festival employing thousands of talented actors, dancers, directors and designers from across Canada.

But Confederation Centre of the Arts complex houses much more than a theatre festival. The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is the largest gallery east of Montreal, with a permanent collection of more than 16,000 works. Mavor’s is a full-service restaurant with the best outdoor dining in town. The Showcase gift shop features products from across Canada. Hundreds of young people take part in arts education programs at the Centre each year.

Confederation Centre was first opened in 1964, to commemorate the 1864 Charlottetown Conference – that historic moment when the concept of a united Canada was conceived. Today it is much more than a memorial to Sir John A. MacDonald and company; this national historic site attracts 250,000 visitors a year (in a province whose population is only 145,000!) Confederation Centre is a true embodiment of a living memorial—locals and tourists pack the seats of the four theatres, stroll Charlottetown’s streets with tour guides in historic costume, and enjoy free outdoor theatre and music. To see what’s on at the Centre visit and to book tickets by phone call 1-800-565-0278.