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The Charlottetown Festival Announces Return of P.E.I.'s own Aaron Hastelow

April 17, 2017

Charlottetown native slated to reprise his turn as Gilbert Blythe this June-September

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - It's School Again! for Aaron Hastelow. The Islander will return to The Charlottetown Festival this summer for his second stint as Avonlea sweetheart, Gilbert Blythe.

Last year Hastelow made history, becoming the first native Islander to play the romantic lead since Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM came to life in 1965. This summer he'll do so opposite a new Anne in AJ Bridel, a new director in Adam Brazier, and as part of a completely redesigned show.

The new look and feel for Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM is being led by Brazier, artistic director at The Charlottetown Festival, alongside Musical Director Bob Foster, and Set and Costume Designer Cory Sincennes (Evangeline, Mamma Mia)

"I couldn't be more excited," remarked Hastelow. "When I heard that Cory was redesigning the sets and costumes I was over the moon. He's one of Canada's finest and I cannot wait to see him put his mark on the show."

"AJ Bridel is going to be phenomenal as Anne," he continues. "She's a good friend and I can't wait to get into rehearsals and start teasing her."

Hastelow has spent several summers at the Centre, including roles in Mamma Mia!, Ring of Fire, and with the Young Company. He is currently performing in another staging of Mamma Mia! at Theatre Aquarius.

Known as a gifted singer of many styles of music, Hastelow is also set to release his debut album this summer, created at the Sound Mill Recording Studio. The self-titled EP will be available at The Showcase Gift Shop at the Centre and even includes an acoustic arrangement of Gilbert's signature tune from Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM, ‘Wond'rin',

For his part Hastelow is thrilled for everything that awaits in the golden summer ahead. "There's nowhere better to be in summertime than P.E.I. -- it's home. It just means the world to me, and I can't wait."

Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM opens on Canada Day, July 1, sponsored by ReMax Charlottetown. Appreciation is extended to the title sponsor for The 2017 Charlottetown Festival, CIBC. Media sponsors are Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

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Video: Watch Aaron's welcome message on Facebook!

Photo cutline: The Island's own Aaron Hastelow returns to Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM this summer as Gilbert Blythe. He will also release his first solo recording, a self-titled EP, available this summer at The Showcase Gift Shop (submitted photo).

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