“Boudreau is a star.”

Evangeline is an old-fashioned, heart-on-sleeve affair…unafraid to sing its heart out about a way of life, a country, loyalty, love.” – Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

“an intimate love story … spread across a vast canvas…at once universal and uniquely Canadian.” – Colin MacLean, Edmonton Sun

 “Evangeline remains a moving symbol of the resilience of all displaced people…” – J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail


By Ted Dykstra

Directed by Bob Baker
A Citadel Theatre/Charlottetown Festival Co-Production

Starring Josée Boudreau as Evangeline and Jay Davis as Gabriel. Featuring Brent Carver as Father Felician.

Evangeline is the epic story of star-crossed lovers Evangeline and Gabriel, torn apart on their wedding day, a casualty of the battle between the British and the French for supremacy in the New World. The story was immortalized and achieved legendary status through the poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Edmonton native Ted Dykstra, co-creator of the world-renowned 2 Pianos 4 Hands, has given new life to this powerful drama by creating an epic new Canadian musical.



The idea of creating a musical out of the Evangeline poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was first given to actor, composer and musician Ted Dykstra over 10 years ago by his former wife and Maritime singer/songwriter Melanie Doane. What followed was a long labour of love for Dykstra, as he immersed himself in the epic tale of Evangeline’s search for her husband Gabriel after the two are separated during the Expulsion of the Acadians by the British in Atlantic Canada in 1755. Dykstra wrote the book,
Evangeline_083_cutthe lyrics and the music for Evangeline. At one point, he worked with Mirvish Productions in Toronto to try to bring the musical to the stage but the collaboration ultimately fell apart. However, the Charlottetown Festival took a keen interest in Dykstra’s new work and Evangeline made its world premiere at the Festival in July 2013 to standing ovations and critical acclaim, to that point the largest original Canadian musical ever produced.

When Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre for the Arts, which has the rights to Evangeline, wanted to take the
Evangeline_144_cutsmallmusical to the next level they approached Citadel Artistic Director Bob Baker. Baker was so moved by the music of Evangeline that he agreed to take on the role of director and work with Dykstra to develop the work further. The Citadel Theatre and Charlottetown partnered as co-producers. The Charlottetown Festival presented the new and improved Evangeline September 14th to October 10th of this year. The Citadel Theatre now presents Evangeline from October 31st to November 22nd.


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Listen to some of the beautiful recorded soundtrack from the musical Evangeline, courtesy of the Charlottetown Festival.

1. Prologue


2. If It Takes All That I Am


October 31 - November 22, 2015 - Shoctor Theatre

Cast and Creative Team

The Cast

 Josée Boudreau 2 JOSÉE BOUDREAU – Evangeline
Josée is happy to return to   the Citadel, having previously performed in A Christmas Carol, The Sound of Music, Rocky Horror   Picture Show, Little Women: The Broadway Musical, and Beauty and the Beast. Other theatre credits include: The Founding Father, Canada   ROCKS!, Evangeline, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, The Buddy Holly Story (Confederation Centre); and The Sound of Music (Mirvish). She is featured on the 2014 album The   Music of Evangeline. Shout out to Bruce and the Talent House gang. Merci à mon nouveau mari et à toute ma famille et mes amies acadiens. Vive l’acadie!
 Jay Davissmall JAY DAVIS – Gabriel
Jay is excited to be making his Edmonton debut at the Citadel. He   feels honoured to be involved in the telling of this important Canadian story   through this powerful and beautiful show. Jay has starred in several award   winning musicals, and has enjoyed a 20 year long career that has spanned the globe. Past credits include Miss Saigon (London West End); Jesus Christ  Superstar (European Tour); Assassins (Dora Award Best Musical); I Love You Because (Dora Award Best Musical); and Floyd Collins (Jessie Nomination, Special Achievement). Jay would like to thank The Talent House, as well as his family and friends for all of their support over the years. Special thanks to the Evangeline creative team, cast and crew from Charlottetown and   Edmonton. Enjoy the show!
 Carver, Brent-cropped BRENT CARVER – Father Felician
Brent’s first Citadel production ran during our 73/74 season when he played Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. Since then, he has returned to the theatre to perform in Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Robin Hood, Cyrano de Bergerac and Richard III. Selected theatre credits include: Kronborg 1582 (Confederation Centre); Don Carlos, Glenn (Soulpepper, TO); Fiddler on the   Roof and Elizabeth Rex (Stratford Festival). Film credits include: Lilies, Ararat, Tale of Teeka, The Event, Kiss of The Spider Woman (Tony Award); Parade (Tony nomination). Brent is the founding artist of Theatre 20 and the recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
 Rejean Cournoyer-small RÉJEAN COURNOYER – Captain Hampson
Réjean is happy to return to the Citadel once again, having previously performed in The Music of Jacques Brel, A Christmas Carol, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, Pride and Prejudice, Sweeney Todd, and Beauty and the Beast. Other selected theatre credits include: Evangeline, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Canada ROCKS!, The Founding Father (Confederation Centre); Peter and the   Starcatcher (WCT); A Misfortune (NSTF); L’Homme de la   Mancha (Unithéatre); Les Misérables, White Christmas (Artsclub); Tuesdays with Morrie (6X city tour); Little Shop of Horrors, Pélagie (CanStage); A Few Good Men, Oliver!, and Beauty and the Beast (Neptune). Film and television credits include: October 1970 (CBC); Rideau Hall (Topsail); The Event (E-Motion Pictures – Actra Award). @reyjey
 Julien Arnold 2015 JULIEN ARNOLD – Basil Lajeunesse
Julien’s Citadel Theatre credits include One Man, Two Guvnors, Make Mine Love, Spamalot, A   Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sterling Award), The Rocky Horror Show, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Einstein’s Gift, Servant of Two Masters, Hamlet, and Picasso at the   Lapin Agile. Other theatre credits include Sleuth, Happy Toes, The   Ambassador’s Wives (Teatro La Quindicina); King Lear, The Taming of   the Shrew, Twelfth Night (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); The End of Civilization (Punctuate Theatre); The Laws of Thermodynamics (Theatre Yes). Julien has also directed Going to St. Ives and Shipwrecked! (Atlas Theatre). Love to   Juliette!
 Hunter Cardinal-small HUNTER CARDINAL – Olivier
Hunter is a local Edmonton actor, recent graduate of the University   of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting program, and is very excited to   have had the chance to perform in Evangeline in both Charlottetown and at home. Previous selected theatre credits include: Three Penny Opera (Studio Theatre); Rent (Strathcona Alumni Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Thou Art   Here); and Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Studio Theatre). He is also a regular improvisor at Rapid Fire Theatre. Many thanks to my friends, family, and mentors!
 Mark Cassius-unofficial MARK CASSIUS – Clairborne
Selected theatre credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Ragtime, Shenandoah (Broadway Revival);  Damn Yankees, The Little Mermaid, Sweet Charity, Dance Legends (Drayton); Dreamgirls (Theatre Aquarius); The Grapes of Wrath, Jesus Christ Superstar, My One and Only, Oklahoma (Stratford); Lulu and A Connecticut Yankee (Shaw); Miss Saigon (Mirvish); CATS (Elgin Theatre). Mark is a member of the a cappella group The Nylons. He is a graduate of Sheridan College and is now an instructor at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. He also holds various credits as a composer/arranger/lyricist/musical director/adjudicator.
 Shannon Headshot STEPHEN GUY-MCGRATH – René Leblanc
Stephen’s selected theatre  credits include performing as “Billy” in the DORA Award winning production of ONCE (Mirvish); Every production of No Great Mischief (Tarragon, GCTC, Vancouver Playhouse, T.I.P. & Neptune); SwingStep (Elgin); Fire (Blue Water); Jack and the Giant Beanstalk (YPT); Power Of The Unemployed (LSPU Hall); The Edible Woman, Small Time, Raceday, Culture Shock (Director), Marry Me A Little (Theatre on the   Grand); Pelagie (Canstage & NAC); Much Ado about Nothing   (Resurgence); Perils of Persephone & Dear Santa (Theatre Orangeville); 5 seasons   (Soulpepper).
 Valerie Hawkins-small VALERIE HAWKINS – Orchard Leblanc
Evangeline marks   Valerie’s Citadel debut. Selected theatre credits include: Anne of   Green Gables–The Musical™,  Something   Wonderful (Confederation Centre); Ragtime (Livent/Broadway); Starmites   (Amas/Steinman off-Broadway); Fiddler On the Roof, Romeo &   Juliet (Stratford Festival); Les Misérables (Mirvish/National   Tour); and Orpheus Descending (Mirvish/MTC). Val sends her heartfelt   love and thanks for the incredible support from all friends and family… and   of course to YOU – thanks for supporting live theatre!
 Sera-Lys McArthur SERA-LYS MCARTHUR – Cornflower
Evangeline marks Sera-Lys’ Citadel debut. Previous theatre credits include: Smoke (Signature Center); Sacagawea: Bird Woman (Urban Stages); Where the Blood Mixes (WCT/Theatre Aquarius/Theatre Network); In Spirit (Native Earth/Article 11); Mistatim (Red Sky Performance). Television credits include: Arctic Air, The Englishman’s Boy and Revenge of the Land (CBC); Hard Rock Medical (TVO/APTN); Skye & Chang (APTN); and Aliens in America (CW). Selected film credits include: Hard Core Logo 2 (Foundation Features); The Lost Angel (Four Square Prod); Abysm (Isle Empire Pictures). Pinamaya to all those who’ve helped me on my journey, especially my mother Rosalyn Huck! @seralys @serahyphenlys
 Laurie Murdoch-small LAURIE MURDOCH – Colonel Winslow
Laurie is thrilled to be a part of Evangeline, having been involved   in the workshop process of this beautiful piece since 2005. Select theatre   credits include Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Canada ROCKS! (Confederation   Centre); “Da” in the DORA award-winning cast of Once (Mirvish); The   Sound of Music (Drayton Entertainment); and Hairspray (Arts Club). He starred for two seasons as “Alan Duffy” on CTV’s Dan for Mayor with recent guest appearances on Psych, Warehouse 13, Copper, Rookie Blue, and the upcoming feature film Spotlight.
 JD Nicholsen J. D. NICHOLSEN –  Benedict Bellefontaine
J.D. is thrilled to have been able to perform in both Charlottetown and Edmonton on this epic journey into L’Acadie. Selected theatre credits include: The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Confederation Centre); Dear Johnny Deere (Blyth Festival/Lighthouse/Theatre Calgary – Critics Award: Best Actor); Mending Fences, Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out (Neptune); Billy Bishop Goes to War, St. Anne’s Reel (Blyth); Legally Blonde (Drayton); Goodness (Volcano/Edinburgh/National Tour/Rwanda); No Great Mischief (Tarragon/1000 Island Playhouse). Television and film credits include: The Shape of Rex (Factoria Films); Blizzard (Independent); Copper (BBC America); and Murdoch Mysteries (CityTV/UK TV).
 Matt O'Connor MATT O’CONNOR – Baptiste Leblanc
Raised in Toronto, Matt is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Selected theatre credits include: Les Moutons, Flock of Flyers (Corpus Dance Projects – international touring); They All Do It (Odyssey Theatre); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre by the Bay). Film and television credits include: Country Crush, Carmilla, Golden Teachers, Lawmen, The Door, Ozion and   Paranormal Witness. Matt is very excited and grateful to be a part of such an amazing cast and crew!
 Kyden Seetoo KYDEN SEETOO – Young Olivier
Kyden is very excited to have the chance to perform in both Charlottetown and Edmonton in Evangeline. Previous theatre credits   include his performance as Philip Cratchit in last season’s production of A Christmas Carol, as well as studying at Robbins Academy’s Foote Theatre Session and Musical Theatre for Preforming Arts at Festival Place. Thank you, Bob Baker for believing in me. Thank you to my Dad, Mama, and sisters. Love you everywhere.
 Kevin Aichelle-small KEVIN AICHELE  – Ensemble
Most recently at the Citadel, Kevin performed in Mary Poppins, Spamalot and Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Other selected theatre credits include: Les Miserables (Rainbow Stage); Gun Metal Blues (The Globe Theatre); Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary); Jesus Christ Superstar (Stage West Calgary); Urinetown (Persephone Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Vertigo Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall); Oliver (The Stirling Festival); and My Fair Lady (MTC). Film and television credits include: Something   Beneath, Faces in The Crowd, True Crime, The Pinkertons, and Sunnyside.
 Kevin Dennis KEVIN DENNIS –  Ensemble
Kevin is a proud alumnus of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program and last appeared at the Citadel as “Touchstone” in As You Like It. Other theatre credits include:  Assassins   (RMTC/Birdland/TIFT);  Sweeney Todd,  Romeo and Juliet (Neptune Theatre); A Year With Frog and Toad (YPT); HairThe Beard of Avon (Canadian Stage); Gypsy, Floyd Collins, Happy EndThree Men on a Horse and Widowers’ Houses (Shaw Festival).   Kevin’s TV credits include: 11/22/63 (Bad Robot – 2016); The Strain; Orphan Black; Reign; Warehouse 13; Flashpoint; Mayday; Murdoch Mysteries; Queer as Folk; and Emily of New Moon. Twitter/Instagram: @GottaBeKDog. Kevin thanks his lovely wife Adrienne Merrell for her continued love and support. In loving memory of two dearly departed friends and fellow actors, Amy Wallis and James Pendarves.
 Quinn-Dooley-2015_crop_-216x300 QUINN DOOLEY  – Ensemble
Quinn is thrilled to be back at the Citadel. A member of the Citadel Young Company’s inaugural year, she appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and thefollowing year in Pippin. As a child, she also played Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol for four seasons. Quinn is a proud graduate of Sheridan’s Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program where her credits include: Brantwood 1920-2020, A Man of No Importance, Hello Dolly, Prom Queen, Parade and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Prior to heading east to Charlottetown for Evangeline, she appeared as Red Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical at the Capitol Theatre (Port Hope). Love and thanks to the entire cast and crew, the Dooley clan, CJHM, and the team at Talent House. @quinndooley
 Sheldon Elter-small SHELDON ELTER – Ensemble
Sheldon’s previous Citadel credits include performances in: One Man, Two Guvnors, A Prairie Boy’s Winter and Vimy. Other selected theatre credits include: Bears (Pyretic Productions); Tartuffe, Sound of Music, Enron (National Arts Centre); Nevermore (Catalyst Theatre); Metis Mutt (One Little Indian Productions, two Sterling Awards). Television credits include: Delmer and Marta, Caution: May Contain Nuts, Hank Williams First Nation (APTN); and Hell on Wheels (AMC). Sheldon was a Top 14 finalist on Canadian Idol in 2006. He is also a core member of the ukulele rock band sensation The Be Arthurs.
 Susan Henley-small SUSAN HENLEY – Ensemble
Susan’s last time at the   Citadel was during the run of Sound of Music, in which she played Mother Abbess. Other selected theatre credits include: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Evangeline, Canada ROCKS! (Confederation Centre); Last Chance Romance (Drayton); Guys and Dolls (Segal Centre, Montreal), Hairspray (Canada and first US National Tour as well as the movie with John Travolta), Irma La Douce, Comedy of Errors, Kiss Me Kate, All’s Well That Ends Well, Cabaret, Othello (Stratford Festival,   three seasons). Susan lives in Toronto with her husband, actor Michael   Hanrahan, two sons and a beautiful herb garden.
 Alex Kellycrop ALEX KELLY – Ensemble
Hailing all the way from Prince Edward Island, Alex has performed in such productions as: We Are Canadian, Abegweit Soul of the Island (Confederation Centre); “Tyler/Vince” in Brantwood 1920-2020, “Usnavi” in In The Heights, Hello Dolly!, “Rolly” in Marathon of Hope, “Governor Slaton” in Parade, “Judas” in Godspell (Theatre Sheridan). Thank you to my family, The Talent House, and the Sheridan BMT program for always being so supportive! @aakelly
 Louise Lambert 2015crop LOUISE LAMBERT – Ensemble
Previously at the Citadel Louise has appeared in One Man, Two Governors and Romeo and Juliet. Other theatre credits include Category E (The Maggie Tree); The Pink Unicorn (Northern Light Theatre); Dracula, The Heart Tree (O’Leary Theatre); The Wind in The Willows (Hart House Theatre); and Second City Improv (John Candy Box Theatre). Television credits include Dragon Age Inquisition (Bioware); Train 48 (Global); Werewolves: The Dark Survivors and Mug Shot (Productions). Louise is from Toronto but now makes her home in Edmonton. She is an award winning actor and a graduate of George Brown Theatre School. Thank you for all the support from my beautiful family and my partner Teo.
 David Lightcrop DAVID LIGHT – Ensemble
David made his Citadel debut   in the 2010 production of Beauty and the   Beast. Other selected theatre credits include: “Mr. Phillips” in Anne of Green Gables– The Musical™, Canada ROCKS! (Confederation Centre); Billy Elliot–The Musical (1st National Tour/Mirvish/NETWorks National Tour); Chicago (Drayton Entertainment); Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Robin Hood (Ross Petty Productions); The Rocky Horror Show and Cabaret (LOT Productions). Television and film credits include: Triple Sensation – Season II (CBC) and In the Light (Bravo). Love to Mom and Quinn xo @Daviddelight
 Cameron MacDuffee CAMERON MacDUFFEE – Ensemble
Cameron is very happy to be making his Citadel Theatre debut with Evangeline, and sincerely hopes you enjoy this beautiful musical and important piece of Canadian history. He has worked in theatres all across Canada including several seasons at the Shaw Festival. Some favourites include: Billy Bishop Goes to War, Frank in Rocky Horror, Emcee in Cabaret (Aquarius); Assassins (Eclectic, Dora nomination); Chicago (Neptune, Merrit nomination); Floyd Collins (Shaw); Dear Johnny Deere (Charlottetown Festival); Beyond Eden (World Premiere, Theatre Calgary/Vancouver Playhouse); The Bricklin (TNB); and Grumpy Old Men (MTC). Cameron recently moved to P.E.I. and is currently building a tiny, beautiful house with his tiny, beautiful wife, Karen.
 Trevor Patt BW TREVOR PATT – Ensemble
Trevor’s selected theatre   credits include: Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, Mary   Poppins (Rainbow Stage); Made in Canada (Smile Theatre); Shrek,   The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand Theatre); Sound   of Music, 9 to 5 (Drayton); Broadway: ALW (Port Hope); Robin   Hood, Disney’s High School Musical (Theatre Aquarius). Next up, Trevor   will be performing in RMTC’s production of Billy Elliot and the   Citadel’s spring production of West Side Story. Love and thanks to TH,   Jade, and my family for their constant love and support.
 Shelley Simestercrop SHELLEY SIMESTER – Ensemble
Shelley’s last Citadel credits include: The Rocky Horror Show, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Beauty and the Best, The Wizard of Oz and Grease. Other selected theatre credits include: The Pirates of Penzance (1000   Islands); Man of La Mancha (The Globe); The Music Man (Stratford   Festival); Sweeney Todd (Neptune Theatre); Queen Marie (4th Line Theatre); [title of show] (Angelwalk); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (VPP, Stage West, TNB); The Last Resort (VPP, Drayton); and Elf (Neptune Theatre). Shelley has also been featured in the television programs Reign (The CW) and Saving Hope (CTV).
 Alicia Toner ALICIA TONER – Ensemble
Alicia is thrilled to be making her Citadel debut with such an epic   Canadian musical. Some of her recent credits include Once (Mirvish); A   Misfortune, Canada Rocks!, Evangeline, Ring of Fire, Anne of Green   Gables–The Musical™ (Charlottetown Festival), Cabaret, Legally Blonde,   Poodle Skirts to Platform Shoes, The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre   Aquarius); Assassins   (TIFT/Birdland/MTC); Great ExpectationsDear World, and Ivan VS Ivan (TIFT). When she’s not performing, Alicia can be found playing music or teaching yoga in Toronto or her more recent home, Charlottetown. Many thanks to her ever supportive family and husband, MC.

Youth Chorus

Declan Baker, Sophie Berube, Will Brisbin, Avani Carstensen-Sinha, Sage Jepson, Anthony Roppo, Aoife Rowe-Doyle, Nick van Herwaarden, Logan West, Imogen Wynters

Creative Team

Director, BOB BAKER
Music Director, BOB FOSTER
Associate Music Director/Conductor (Edm.), DON HORSBURGH
Orchestrator, RICK FOX
Choreographer, DAYNA TEKATCH
Fight Director/Assistant Choreographer, JONATHAN PURVIS
Set Designer *, CORY SINCENNES
Costume Designer, CHARLOTTE DEAN
Lighting Designer, MICHAEL WALTON
Sound Designer, PETER McBOYLE
Projection Designer, JAMIE NESBITT
Stage Manager, MATTHEW MacINNIS
Assistant Stage Manager, HEATHER LEWIS
Assistant Stage Manager, WAYNE PAQUETTE
Child Supervisors, Merran Carr-Wiggin & Peg Young

* Based on the World Premiere Production Design by Patrick Clark / Directed by Anne Allan and Ted Dykstra /Produced by The Charlottetown Festival.

Making of...

Previews and Reviews

REVIEW: VUE Weekly – Sympathy in song: epic-scope Evangeline… – Bruce Cinnamon, November 12, 2015

REVIEW: After the House Lights – Evangeline an epic story of love and community – Jenna Marynowski, November 8, 2015

REVIEW: St. Albert Gazette – Evangeline: a triumph of magnificent proportions – Anna Borowiecki, November 7, 2015

REVIEW: Edmonton Journal – , Liz Nicholls, November 6, 2015

REVIEW: Edmonton Sun – Colin MacLean: Evangeline comparable to Les Miz – 5 Suns, Colin MacLean, November 6, 2015

REVIEW: Hicks Biz Blog – … Evangeline the musical surpasses all expectations, Graham Hicks, November 6, 2015

REVIEW: Globe and Mail – …Evangeline… tells an important story, J. Kelly Nestruck, November 6, 2015

PREVIEW: VUE Weekly – Evangeline sweeps Canadian history into an epic-scale musical, November 4, 2015

PREVIEW: Edmonton Journal – Evangeline: Ted Dykstra’s epic new Canadian musical at the Citadel, October 30, 2015

PREVIEW: St. Albert Gazette – An Acadian musical epic sweeps into the Citadel Theatre, October 28, 2015


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