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“Dear Rita” co-created by Lindsay Kyte

June 29 @ 12:00 am - August 6 @ 12:00 am EDT


Dear Rita

| Mainstage

Dear Rita created by Lindsay Kyte & Mike Ross, featuring the music of Rita MacNeil.

Orchestrations & Arrangements by | Mike Ross
Director | Mary Francis Moore
Music Director | Mike Ross
Set Designer | Patrick Clark
Costume Designer | Cory Sincennes
Lighting Designer | Leigh Ann Vardy
Sound Designer | Briand Kenny

Making its world premiere in 2021 is an inspiring new production celebrating the life and songs of the Maritimes’ most beloved singer-songwriter: Rita MacNeil.

Developed closely with the family of the late singer herself, Dear Rita is a musical love letter to a true fixture of Canadian culture, a fierce and passionate performer whose songs were international hits, reaching people around the world. Woven around a script from the Island’s own Mike Ross and Lindsay Kyte, this cabaret musical features a powerful ensemble of actors accompanied by a sizzling hot band.

Dear Rita is a musical toast celebrating the life, tenacity, and musical legacy of the late singer. The cast includes actor-musicians who both sing and play instruments, channeling MacNeil’s stories and spirit through their own identities as opposed to a literal depiction of the Canadian icon herself.

Developed closely with Rita’s son Wade Langham, Dear Rita features traditional and new, re-imagined arrangements of Rita’s songs. Director Mary Francis Moore, Kyte, and Ross will weave Rita’s lyrics and music into new perspectives, inviting her spirit into the room and letting her songs live on through the audience’s own experiences.

“Rita MacNeil’s contribution to Atlantic Canada is immeasurable. Her songs have inspired generations of Canadians and we are excited to share stories of her life and the iconic music she created,” says Adam Brazier.

Purchase Concessions
All concessions must be purchased in advance of the performance. Call the box office to pre-order concessions for you and your group, that will be delivered directly to your seat. The box office is open Monday – Friday from 12 noon – 5 pm at 1-800-565-0278.

Audience Guidelines
The health and of our patrons and employees is our top priority. Please review the below guidelines or take a few moments to watch our COVID messaging video prior to your arrival.


June 29 @ 12:00 am EDT
August 6 @ 12:00 am EDT
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Confederation Centre of the Arts
145 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J1 Canada
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