‘Searching for Abegweit’ to open in Summerside on July 11
The popular stage show, “Searching for Abegweit: Island Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant” is in final preparations for opening night on July 11 of its limited run of eight performances at Summerside’s Harbourfront Theatre this summer.
One of P.E.I.’s most renowned musical sons, Gallant’s career has spawned a string of ECMA and Juno nominations and awards, as well as the illustrious Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian Culture. Most recently, he garnered 2017 ECMA wins for Folk Recording of the Year and Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year.
Hailed as a runaway theatrical hit with a solid track record of 120 full house performances, “Searching for Abegweit” is a musical love letter to Prince Edward Island that stars the artist himself and presents his folk, roots and rock music, alongside comedic stories, Island legends, and poignant tales in a multimedia format that utilizes film, and hundreds of paintings from well-known P.E.I. visual artist and sibling, Karen Gallant. Sharing the stage with Gallant are nephews Jonathan Gallant on vocals and percussion and Jeremy on piano, fiddler Sean Kemp, and popular Acadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Patricia Richard.
Following the opening performance, “Searching for Abegweit” will play on July 12, 25, 26, Aug. 8, 9, 22 and 23.
Curtain time for all shows is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available at Harbourfront Theatre’s box office or online at www. harbourfronttheatre.com .
Cast members in “Searching for Abegweit: Island Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant” take a break from rehearsing for the show that opens July 11 at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside. From left are Sean Kemp, Jeremy Gallant, Lennie Gallant, Patricia Richard and Jonathan Gallant.