Sol­dier’s bit­ter­sweet story

Orig­i­nal mu­si­cal by Pet­rina Brom­ley re­counts life and death of mem­ber of Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - WEEKEND LOCAL -

At­lantic Light Theatre is pre­sent­ing “A Call to Arms,” an orig­i­nal mu­si­cal writ­ten by “Come From Away” per­former Pet­rina Brom­ley, at Holy Heart Theatre Sept. 29 and 30.

It’s the true yet mostly un­known story of Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment sol­dier Stephen Nor­ris, a bit­ter­sweet story of fam­ily, love and sac­ri­fice.

Star­ring John Wil­liams, Michael Coady, Sarah Loveys, Alexis Koet­ting, Jeff Simms and Abra Whit­ney along with other ac­tors and mu­si­cians, the mu­si­cal is based on the life of Nor­ris, who was killed at Gueude­court, France, in 1916.

Af­ter Nor­ris died, his fa­ther re­port­edly never re­cov­ered, dy­ing eight years later, they say, of a bro­ken heart. With no heir to the fam­ily busi­ness, it too came to an end, and even­tu­ally so did their en­tire com­mu­nity, which was later re­set­tled.

“This mu­si­cal will leave a last­ing im­pres­sion on au­di­ences with its true, pow­er­ful story, lyri­cal melodies rooted in New­found­land tra­di­tion and a stage full of gen­uine, witty char­ac­ters, just like you’d still find to­day in a small, ru­ral com­mu­nity,” says At­lantic Light, which has pro­duced shows such as “Les Misérables,” “Billy El­liot” and “Sis­ter Act.”

Tick­ets for “A Call to Arms” are $40 and $45 (in­clud­ing HST and sur­charge) and are avail­able at the Holy Heart Theatre box of­fice, by call­ing 579-4424 and on­line at www.holy­heartthe­atre.com.

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