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It's all about roots at Kings Playhouse this summer

Some favourites, some brand-new fare and a wide range of shows highlight this summer season for the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown.

Season highlights songs, stories, food of P.E.I.

The Kings Playhouse presents a different show each night starting the first week of July, from Sunday to Friday. (kingsplayhouse.com)

The Kings Playhouse in Georgetown has a theme for its upcoming season: Our Roots Are Showing.

That takes in theatre, music, storytelling, food, and even the spiritual world, says executive director Haley Zavo.

"All of our shows are connected with the place that we're from and the people that live here," she told Mainstreet's Angela Walker.

Sunday nights, starting July 9, will feature a play by Newfoundland's Anne Chislett, The Tomorrow Box.

"It's set in rural P.E.I, and it follows the story of a farm wife as she discovers her true value," said Zavo. "It actually played at the Kings Playhouse in the late 1980s, so it's sort of a revival of the show, and tells a bit of where the Playhouse has come from in the last 30 years."

The Four Tellers sold out the entire 2016 season at the Playhouse. (Twitter)
Monday nights will feature the return of The Four Tellers, for the third year.

The popular group sold out the entire season in 2016, and will feature a brand-new show for this year.

Ceilidh on through summer

As usual, every Tuesday night will be the Georgetown Ceilidh, which happens year-round, and is always popular.

"That's always a great community event, featured local musicians, dancing, and a hot lunch, which is one of the things that sets us apart from ceilidhs on the Island," said Zavo. "Last night we had ham and scalloped potatoes."

Wednesday nights the Playhouse will partner with well-known Island entertainers Treble With Girls.

The Playhouse has helped curate a new show for the act that looks at their traditional songs, where the music comes from, and why Islanders are inspired to sing it and share it with each other.

Kings Playhouse executive director Haley Zavo says the lineup celebrates the community of Georgetown and the whole East Coast. (CBC)
Thursday follows up on last year's ghost show, which was inside the theatre, but now it's going to be a full ghost walk outdoors.

"People are really interested in the spooky history of our little town of Georgetown, so we've decided to expand on that this year," said Zavo. "From the Playhouse to the court house, to where the gallows used to be in between the two buildings. It will take you down to the waterfront to see the burning ship, and all around to hear the different ghostly stories of our community."

This year the Friday night dinner show celebrates everything that's wonderful about East Coast culture, the music and the food, and focuses on where it came from, and the people who grew it.

More information on the shows, schedule and tickets are available at the website, kingsplayhouse.com.

From the Mainstreet interview by Angela Walker

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