Cel­e­brat­ing leg­ends

Orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion part of 90th an­niver­sary

Cape Breton Post - - Arts / Entertainment - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

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.”

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