Confederation Centre of the Arts was opened in 1964 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. Filling a city block in the heart of Charlottetown, the Centre is located next to Province House where the 1864 discussions led to the formation of Canada. Confederation Centre is Canada’s national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.
Over the past 50 years, Confederation Centre's mission has been to inspire Canadians, through heritage and the arts, and to celebrate the origin and evolution of Canada as a nation.
We are proud to present this cross-Canada theatrical tour, bringing to life the story of Canada's Founding Father, Sir John A. Macdonald.
How to bring an incredibly important, historic story to life using theatre - on a national tour? With a country as big as Canada, travel was the first real challenge. Trains may have built Canada, but we needed to fly. This meant the entire show and six weeks’ worth of personal life for 10 people all had to be packed into suitcases. This meant we couldn’t build any big lavish sets. Instead we needed incredibly talented artists to build the world with sound and projections.
We turned to Marie Linda Bluteau and her tremendous sand art creations. Her unique talent helped us tell the story in a dynamic, visual way. Then, award-winning projection designer Jamie Nesbitt joined our team to create the historical images and video in our production. Finally we needed a renowned Canadian composer, musical director, and sound designer to create the music for the show. We found all this and more in just one person, Samuel Sholdice.
Confederation Centre of the Arts Artistic Director Adam Brazier led the charge of creating the script, working with two leading experts in Sir John A. Macdonald history: Richard Gwyn, author of two extensive volumes on our first PM, and Arthur Milnes, Kingston-based historian and past commissioner of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission.
Once our four extraordinary performers arrived, we began the collaborative process of creating a cohesive storytelling team. Each performer became an expert on their own historical character, which meant each of them could shape the story from a unique perspective.