Oct 04, 2013
By Andy Johnson
A funding shortfall appears to be behind a decision by the Confederation Centre of the Arts to cancel the planned staging of a musical telling the story of the historic Charlottetown conference. The Charlottetown facility had applied for $500,000 funding under the Prince Edward Island 2014 fund to stage “1864: The Musical” along with a revival of the musical “Canada Rocks”. When the centre received only $240,000 CEO Jessie Inman decided not to take the financial risk of staging “1864: The Musical”. The man who collaborated with Perry Williams to write the script and music says he’s shocked. Peter Bevan-Baker says he’s also very disappointed that the proposed show has been killed. The centre hopes to put the money received toward staging “Canada Rocks” for next year’s Charlottetown Festival.