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Josée Boudreau to star as ‘Evangeline' at The 2015 Charlottetown Festival

March 9, 2015

Acadian performer to play musical's title heroine in both P.E.I. and Edmonton (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Confederation Centre of the Arts and the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton are thrilled announce the lead for their 2015 co-production of Evangeline. Josée Boudreau will play the titular role in this sweeping love story, one of the most ambitious musicals ever conceived in Canada.

Boudreau is a veteran of both The Charlottetown Festival and the Citadel, starring there in The Sound of Music and Little Women, among others. She performed in the Festival's Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM as well as Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story as Holly's wife, Maria-Elena. She was also part of the ensemble of the original 2013 cast for Evangeline, acting as understudy for the lead role, and stepping in for a performance which drew dozens of friends and family from her nearby hometown of Shediac, New Brunswick.

Having grown up in a close-knit Acadian family, the triumph and tragedy of this historical epic is dear to Boudreau's heart. "The story of Evangeline has always been a source of hope and inspiration for the Acadian community," she says, from her new home on P.E.I. "Having the opportunity to play this amazing role will be a defining moment in my career. Words cannot express how honoured I am to be a part of this Canadian-made production."

Inspired by Longfellow's famous poem, the musical follows the quests of star-crossed lovers Gabriel and Evangeline, torn apart during the 1755 Acadian Expulsion. Critics compared the Festival's 2013 hit musical to Les Misérables for its historical breadth while The Toronto Star called it "...melodically rich, emotionally profound, and dramatically challenging..."

Evangeline was written and conceived by Ted Dykstra (2 Pianos, 4 Hands). Featuring a 33-member cast and 14-piece live orchestra, the production returns this fall with a tightened script, new sets, costumes, and visual projections and with the Citadel's Bob Baker in the director's chair.

"Josée is a shining star in Canadian theatre," offers Baker. "At the Citadel, audiences loved her luminous performances as Maria in The Sound of Music and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Her authentic Acadian spirit and incredible talent will enliven the heroic character of Evangeline."

Evangeline previews begin September 14 in Charlottetown and shows run until October 10 and then begin again on Saturday, October 31 in Edmonton. For more, please visit confederationcentre.com and citadeltheatre.com.

Confederation Centre wishes to recognize CIBC as the title sponsor of The 2015 Charlottetown Festival and thank the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Tourism and Culture; and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100 and CTV.

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Photo Cutline: Josée Boudreau will become the second actor to play the title role in Ted Dykstra's epic musical Evangeline, playing at Confederation Centre and the Citadel Theatre this September and October (Louise Vessey photo).

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