THE BALLAD OF STOMPIN’ TOM 2018-10-02T17:00:24+00:00

27 SEP – 13 OCT 2018

Pay What You Can Matinée Saturday 29 SEP at 2pm
Relaxed Performance Saturday 13 OCT at 2pm

story + songs by TOM C. CONNORS
script by DAVID SCOTT

What better way to open our season than with a show about legendary troubadour Stompin’ Tom Connors who immortalized Sudbury in Sudbury Saturday Night. This great Canadian icon’s fascinating life story is presented as a concert with flashbacks to his early years on the streets and to his breakout success in Timmins. His songs have become part of the Canadian cultural landscape and the show features some of Stompin’ Tom’s greatest hits including Bud the Spud, Tillsonburg, The Hockey Song and of course, Sudbury Saturday Night!

CAST

ÉRIC BÉLANGER
as Young Tom/Various

Éric is delighted to return to STC’s mainstage. He has previously appeared in Christmas Carol (2015), Hockey Dreams (2017), A Christmas Story (2017), and Alice in Wonderland (2018). He is thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase a Canadian folk music legend. With no doubt, this show will get you stomping!

SCOTT CARMICHAEL
as Tom C. Connors

With STC: Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. Elsewhere: Million Dollar Quartet (Chemainus Theatre Festival, Drayton Entertainment, Mirvish); Ring of Fire (Chemainus Theatre Festival, Western Canada Theatre) and much more! Other: Scott is an actor, musician, and director who works in film/TV as well as theatre. Scott feels fortunate and thankful to be in an industry that has introduced him to so many wonderful people and places in his life. Love to Cecily. And as always: Scott’s favourite role is Dad to his son, Jaden.

SHELDON DAVIS
as Man/Various

Recent Theatre: Angel Street (aka Gaslight) (Classic Theatre Festival); Harvest (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Birds and The Bees (Theatre Orangeville); It’s a Wonderful Life (Neptune Theatre). Upcoming: Jack and the Beanstalk: the Panto (Drayton Entertainment). Originally from Nova Scotia, now based in Hamilton, Sheldon studied theatre at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

RENÉE HACKETT
as Cora/Various

Renée is an actor, writer and producer. Her short film, Some Saturdays, screens this month at the Atlantic International Film Festival and the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. Theatre includes Myth of the Ostrich (Victoria Playhouse); Taming of the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre); Tempting Providence, Of the Fields, Lately, Leaving Home and 1949 (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador). TV includes Little Dog, Mary Kills People, Republic of Doyle (CBC). Renée was script coordinator for Frontier – Season 3 (Netflix/Discovery) and Little Dog – Season 2 (CBC)

MARTHA IRVING
as Isabel

Happy to make her debut at STC, award-winning actor and director Martha Irving has performed across Canada, most recently playing a sleuthing nun in Mary-Colin Chisholm’s Hook, Line, and Sinner (Ship’s Co.Theatre). Other acting credits include Death of a Salesman (with George Wendt, Drayton); Mary Poppins, Blithe Spirit, La Cage Aux Folles, The (Post) Mistress (Neptune Theatre); The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (Theatre Northwest, BC); Glace Bay Miner’s Museum (NAC/Neptune). Martha’s a co-founding, co-artistic director of LunaSea Theatre in Halifax. Upcoming: Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (Neptune).

MIA REICH
as Girl/Various

Mia Reich is excited to be making her STC stage debut as the girl in The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom. Born in Sudbury, Mia discovered her love of performing at the age of four. She works in television and film around the city as well. Her credits include the soon to be released Project Ithaca. Mia is currently a grade eight student at Sudbury Christian Academy. Mia is proud to be joining this very talented cast and crew for the opening of the fantastic 2018-2019 season STC has in store.

GEOFFREY TYLER
as Gaetan/Various

Geoffrey is thrilled to be back at STC for The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom where he’ll be playing Gaetan and various roles. Some of Geoffrey’s previous stage credits include Bobby in Company (Toronto Musical Concerts); Sam in Mamma Mia (Theatre St. John’s); I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Gravenhurst Opera House); Don Lockwood in Singing in the Rain (RuBarb Productions); three seasons with The Stratford Festival.

TAI WONG-CLAYTON
as Teenage Tom/Various

Tai Wong-Clayton is an Afro-Asian actor and musician hailing from Vancouver BC. He is thrilled to be making his STC debut in The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom. He is honoured to be bringing the story of one of Canada’s greatest musicians to life. Past credits include Generation Why? (Musical Director), The Balloon Tree and 9 to 5: The Musical. In addition to acting, he is a singer-songwriter and can be found performing with his band LUFAW. He would like to thank his amazing family and friends for their continued support.

CREATIVE TEAM

ROB KEMPSON
Director

Rob Kempson is a theatre artist and educator, working primarily as a playwright and director. He is thrilled to be back in Sudbury after directing Million Dollar Quartet last season! Selected Writer/Director: Trigonometry (timeshare); Mockingbird (Next Stage Theatre Festival); SHANNON 10:40 (timeshare); explicit (Rhubarb Festival); #legacy (Harbourfront Centre); The HV Project (Community). Director: Box 4901 (SummerWorks); The Canadian, Maggie and Pierre, Million Dollar Quartet, Daisy Amazed Me, Violet’s the Pilot, Rose’s Clothes (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Robert (co-directed with Briana Brown, Toronto Fringe); Songs for a New World (Claude Watson). Writer/Composer: The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille/Touchstone Theatre). He was a member of the 2014 Stratford Festival Playwrights’ Retreat, and the Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse from 2014 – 2017. Upcoming: Director for 9 to 5: The Musical (Randolph College) and The Snow Queen (CCOC). More info at robkempson.com or on Twitter at @rob_kempson.

DAVID ARCHIBALD
Musical Director/Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin

David is delighted to be making his STC debut. He has written for and performed on Sesame Street in New York and CBC’s Mr. Dressup. David has recorded with RCA, and he produced the first recording of Avril Lavigne. David’s musicals have been produced across the country. He is an award-winning musical director and has many CDs to his name. Please visit davidarchibald.com.

BRANDON KLEIMAN
Set Designer

Brandon is a set and costume designer based in Toronto with work appearing on stages across Canada. Recent favourites include; Life After, a new musical (Canadian Stage, Musical Stage Company and Young Street Theatricals – Dora nominated, outstanding set design); Undercover (Tarragon, Citadel and Virtigo, directed by Rebecca Northan). Next up, Brandon will be designing the set for Mary Poppins (Young Peoples Theatre). For more information and a portfolio please visit brandonkleimandesign.com.

MIRANDA VanLOGERENBERG
Costume Designer

Miranda VanLogerenberg is a Costume Designer/ Wardrobe Manager based out of Toronto and a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre Production Program. Recent credits include; Costume Designer for Capitol Theatre’s productions of The Little Mermaid and Fiddler on the Roof, Head of Wardrobe for Sudbury Theatre Center where she also designed STC’s productions of The Invention of Romance, A Christmas Story, Armstrong’s War and more!

MICHELLE RAMSAY
Lighting Designer

Michelle is an award-winning lighting designer who works with dance, theatre and opera companies across Canada. Previously at STC: Armstrong’s War. She has designed for The Rossini Festival, Stratford Festival, Opera Atelier, Theatre New Brunswick, Soulpepper, Aluna Theatre, Modern Times, Foo Productions, New Harlem, Shaw Festival, Blue Ceiling Dance, fu-GEN, Theatre Centre, and more! She has received seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a SATAward and in 2008 she received the Pauline McGibbon Award.

AJ LAFLAMME
Stage Manager

Selected Stage Management Credits: The Overcoat, Declarations, Liv Stein, Chimerica, Julie, London Road, The Arsonists, Red, Another Africa (Canadian Stage); A&R Angels (Crow’s Theatre); Musik für das Ende (Sounstreams); Onegin (Musical Stage Co./NAC); Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story, Maggie & Pierre, You Are Here, Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera); All Shook Up (Globe Theatre). Upcoming: The Boy in the Moon (Crow’s Theatre); Next to Normal (The Musical Stage Company).

JORDAN GUETTER
Assistant Stage Manager

Jordan grew up in Guelph and is pleased to be making his debut at STC. Recent Stage Management credits include: Passing Strange (The Musical Stage Co./Obsidian); Oksana G (Tapestry Opera); A Christmas Carol, Chariots of Fire (Grand Theatre); Hosanna, The Odd Couple, The Testament of Mary (Soulpepper); Stage Fright (Lighthouse Festival Theatre); One Slight Hitch, Halfway There (Upper Canada Playhouse); Dimensions: A Cirque Experience, Toxicity, Kinet-X (Haut-Vol/Canada’s Wonderland); The Penelopiad, A Flea In Her Ear (George Brown).

MUSICIANS

JOHN NEWLANDS
Bass/Guitar

John Newlands is a recording artist, songwriter, composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist who, since 1998, has released fourteen albums and numerous singles. Teacher, record producer and engineer, John has done everything from playing in a Pink Floyd cover band to arranging for a barbershop quartet. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario. Discover his music at johnnewlands.com.

TONY JURGILAS
Drums

Tony makes a comfortably familiar return to the boards at STC. Having performed here in more than a dozen productions, he most recently occupied the drum throne in last season’s Dean&Jerry: What Might Have Been. His versatility—encompassing everything from rollicking ditties to rousing anthems—has afforded him the privilege of sharing the spotlight with artists of diverse genres; however, an habitually mirthful indulgence is his weekend warrior classic rock band. Browse his links at jurgilas.com.