Hit­ting high note

‘Stan Rogers: Mat­ter of Heart’ joins ‘Anne & Gil­bert the Mu­si­cal’, ‘An­neken­stein & Friends’, ‘Blessed As­sur­ance’ and chil­dren’s progam­ming at The Guild this sum­mer

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Wide range of pro­gram­ming to hit The Guild stage for 2016 sea­son.

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 and 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 sev­enyear 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 to 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.

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

Ge­ordie Brown, left, Aaron Crane, Ju­lian Kit­son and Celia Keoughan, per­form at the un­veil­ing of The Guild’s up­com­ing 2016 sea­son. The lineup in­cludes “Anne and Gil­bert: The Mu­si­cal”, “Stan Rogers: A Mat­ter of the Heart”, “Blessed As­sur­ance” and “An­neken­stein & Friends”.

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

Rob MacDon­ald per­forms as Moe Gor­man singing a cou­ple of songs at the un­veil­ing of The Guild’s up­com­ing 2016 sea­son.

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