Cast an­nounced for ‘A Mis­for­tune’

Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre host­ing world pre­miere

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val is in top gear this month, and pro­duc­ers are al­ready pre­par­ing for the next round of pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing the world pre­miere of “A Mis­for­tune”.

The bittersweet Cana­dian mu­si­cal plays Sept. 7-22 at Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre’s cabaret theatre, The Mack.

“A Mis­for­tune” fol­lows Ivan, a young lawyer (Connor Lu­cas) and So­fya, a mar­ried woman (Kelsey Fal­coner), in pre-rev­o­lu­tion­ary Rus­sia on a walk through the woods; their friend­ship has reached an im­passe.

Soon they gather with three friends (Ré­jean Cournoyer, Bren­dan Wall and Me­lanie Phillip­son) for a din­ner party in the coun­try. With each drink, more sor­did se­crets are re­vealed. Adapted from a short story by An­ton Chekhov, one of the world’s most cel­e­brated and en­dur­ing writ­ers, “A Mis­for­tune” is a ro­man­tic, darkly comedic mu­si­cal about small mo­ments and mo­men­tous de­ci­sions. Come along as the au­di­ence fol­lows So­fya’s jour­ney from in­no­cence and youth to­wards knowl­edge and self­ac­tu­al­iza­tion.

“A Mis­for­tune” is di­rected by fes­ti­val alumna El­iza-Jane Scott, who wowed au­di­ences in “Mamma Mia!” last year and re­cently landed a lead role in the mu­si­cal phe­nom­e­non, “Come From Away”, play­ing this win­ter with Mirvish.

A Sheri­dan Col­lege grad­u­ate, Lu­cas is cur­rently per­form­ing in the Adam Bra­zier-led “Anne of Green Gables-The Mu­si­cal” and ap­peared in two pre­vi­ous Young Com­pany pro­duc­tions, “The Voices of Canada” and “We Are Cana­dian”.

Fal­coner is play­ing Josie Pye in “Anne of Green Gables-The Mu­si­cal” this sum­mer and is a re­cent grad­u­ate of the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land. The Blyth, Ont., na­tive has per­formed at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe as well as in work­shops for the hit Pro­claimers mu­si­cal, “Sun­shine on Leith”.

Cournoyer starred in “Mamma Mia!” last year, as well as in “Evan­ge­line”, “Alice Through the Look­ing-Glass”, “The Found­ing Fa­ther”, and “Anne of Green Gables-The Mu­si­cal”.

Wall per­formed here last year in the Fes­ti­val/Soulpep­per mu­si­cal “Spoon River”. He is cur­rently ap­pear­ing with Soulpep­per’s Fes­ti­val in New York City, in Of Hu­man Bondage and Spoon River.

Phillip­son is also presently per­form­ing in “Anne of Green Gables-The Mu­si­cal” and made her fes­ti­val de­but in last year’s “Belles Soeurs: The Mu­si­cal”.

Scott Chris­tian is the mu­si­cal’s com­poser, or­ches­tra­tor, and mu­sic di­rec­tor with lyrics from Wade Bogert-O’Brien, and book and ad­di­tional lyrics by Kevin Michael Shea.

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Kelsey Fal­coner and Connor Lu­cas will star as So­fya and Ivan in the world pre­miere of “A Mis­for­tune” this Septem­ber at The Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val

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