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Confederation Centre to honour Alan Lund and Lloyd Malenfant in new theatre

April 10, 2014

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - With the curtain set to soon rise on the major renovations to the Homburg Theatre, Confederation Centre is proud to announce a new campaign to honour two of its artistic alumni, Alan Lund and Lloyd Malenfant. For more than 20 years, the pair served side by side as artistic director and assistant to the artistic director at The Charlottetown Festival. Now, the Centre is honouring the two luminaries with named seats in the refurbished theatre.

"A dream of mine would be to see Alan and Lloyd sitting together again at the directors table," says long-time Festival company member, Glenda Landry, who brought forth the idea with fellow alumni, Gerry Gray. "Since that's not possible, I am comforted that we can have two seats, side by side, bearing their names."

These two named seats are an extension of the Centre's successful ‘Name a Seat' campaign, which through purchased seat plaques has thus far raised $500,000 of a $700,000 goal towards theatre renovations. The Centre is offering Lund and Malenfant's two $5000 level seats as a two-for-one promotion, and is looking to Festival alums and the theatre community for support.

Both Lund and Malenfant are celebrated pioneers of Canadian musical theatre, having helped to establish The Charlottetown Festival as one of the top theatre destinations in the country. "I like to call them ‘the duet'," continues Landry, "they were a duo who danced, directed, and smiled their way into the hearts of hundreds of Canadian artists and theatregoers."

Lund served from 1966-86, and holds the record for longest tenure of any artistic director at the Centre. Malenfant worked with Lund during this same period, holding several key roles including right-hand man to Lund and also company manager. This era is seen by many as a booming period, one that included many original musical breakthroughs, such as Les Feux Follets; Kronborg 1582; Johnny Belinda, The Road to Charlottetown; Mary, Queen of Scots and numerous tours of Anne of Green Gables-The Musical™.

The ‘Name a Seat' fundraising goal is set to be achieved by September, at which time the Confederation Centre Art Gallery will also be launching a retrospective exhibition on Alan Lund's contribution to The Charlottetown Festival. This exhibition is part of the Centre's ongoing 50th Anniversary celebrations. To make a donation, or to find out more about the Centre's ‘Name a Seat' campaign, please visit confederationcentre.com/nameaseat, or contact Wraychel Horne, foundation director, at whorne@confederationcentre.com. Charitable tax receipts are available for all gifts.

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Photo cutline: Confederation Centre has announced a new named seat campaign to honour two of its artistic alumni, former artistic director Alan Lund and assistant to the artistic director Lloyd Malenfant (photo: Confederation Centre Archives).
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