Original production part of 90th anniversary
The Savoy Theatre will play host May 27 and 28 to an original production as the 90-year old theatre continues its anniversary.
“The Legends: Their Music, Their Stories” promises to take people on a journey through the music and the moments of Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline and The Everly Brothers, all through the eyes and ears of a narrator, who doesn’t realize she’s a narrator.
The legend known as Buddy Holly will be portrayed by wellknown local performer, writer, director and Savoy dinner theatre crowd favourite, Colin Appleton. A graduate of Dalhousie University, Glace Bayborn Appleton, boasts a wealth of stage experience on and off island. Appleton has been in “Chicago,” “Les Miserables,” or “Are You Being Served Cape Breton” to name a few.
Another well-known local performer, from New Waterford, will take on the role of Patsy Cline. With more than 30 years of stage experience to her credit, singer/songwriter/actor Jenn Sheppard will sing all the Cline favourites. Sheppard has been in an array of musical ventures including “The Cape Breton Summertime Revue,” “The Anne Murray Tribute Show,” and regular performances with the party band High Society. She also serves as co-writer of Legends.
The duo of the Legends crew are the much-loved Everly Brothers and the Savoy team is excited to announce the return of Glace Bay native and popular performer, Jimmie Inch to take on the role of Don Everly. Inch has spent the past two decades building an impressive performance and media resumé, including his co-founding of the syndicated radio show East Coast Countdown and his hosting of Bell TV’s Sessions, with Jimmie Inch program. Don’s brother and musical partner, Phil Everly will be played by one of Cape Breton’s most sought-after leading men, Ron Newcombe. As a talented local actor, Newcombe has had the opportunity to portray a seemingly endless list of characters, both musical and not, on various stages. He can also be found as a staple in the Savoy Theatre’s dinner theatre shows. He has also been in “Chicago,” “Annie,” “Les Miserables,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Into the Woods,” and more.
As for the narrator who doesn’t know she’s a narrator, this role has been awarded to Heather Kerr-Merrill. She has performed in “Chicago,” “Les Miserables,” “Holiday On Christmas Island,” various Confidential Musical projects and her most recent work was in “Next to Normal.”
The award-winning male vocal group Quattro (consisting of members Gary Peach, Rex Dunn, John Peach, Glenn Drodge), will replicate the look and sounds of The Jordanaires, the American vocal quartet who provided background vocals for Elvis. The house band will feature Fred Lavery, Emily Dingwall, Aaron Lewis, James MacDonald and show co-writer and director Stephen Muise.
“We are so lucky to have a vast amount of talent to choose from to bring these shows to life,” said Savoy Theatre manager Pam Leader. “The cast we have secured are pros, the musicians are pros and we’re all invested in making this experience real for our audiences. We also have a highly efficient backstage crew, and that’s going to come in handy because the approach is unique. We can’t wait to present it. We’re going to make people forget where and when they are.”