Evangeline is a new Canadian musical by Ted Dykstra that is based on a piece of our history that many people in this country know very little about. Dykstra, an accomplished composer, singer, pianist and performer, hada big dream. To create a new Canadian musical of epic Broadway proportions that both entertained and educated.
The result is Evangeline – a story about the 1755 expulsion of 10,000 Acadians from their homes in Atlantic Canada by the British. Loosely based on Longfellow’s poem by the same name, it is an epic love story that has its roots in historical truths.
Evangeline got its start two years ago at The Charlottetown Festival in PEI, and was received well by critics. At the time The Toronto Star encouraged people to take notice and stated that “Now that the gauntlet has been thrown down, somebody should take this great story, greater score and greatest stars, then find a way to show them off in Toronto to their full advantage.”
Thankfully, people have noticed. The show was presented again this fall in Charlottetown under the watchful eyes of new Artistic Director Adam Brazier (the original Gabriel) and now stars Jay Davis and Josée Boudreau as well as Broadway veteran and Canadian theatre powerhouse Brent Carver. For its Citadel premiere it has been re-designed, re-directed and re-cast, but the story remains the same.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Citadel’s fifty years of presenting theatre than with a brand new Canadian musical, something we don’t see enough enough – especially on a scale like this. To celebrate it’s opening I’ve got an exclusive intermission time-lapse video featuring Jay Davis as “Gabriel” which showcases some of the work that goes into preparing to perform night after night.
Watch, enjoy and then grab your tickets and go support a Canadian musical!
The Citadel Theatre – Edmonton
On now until Nov 22nd (Opening Night is Nov 5th)
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit their website http://www.citadeltheatre.com/show/evangeline/