Soldier’s bittersweet story
Original musical by Petrina Bromley recounts life and death of member of Royal Newfoundland Regiment
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.