In the year Buddy Holly would’ve turned 75, his spirit is, once again, on tour. Last night we opened the Arts Club’s touring production of the Buddy Holly at Capilano University to a rockin’ crowd. Kudos to our newest cast members Gordon Roberts, Mat Baker, Tom Pickett and Mark Burgess for learning the entire show in a mere 6 rehearsals!
Last night I was reminded just how demanding this role is physically and vocally and how much energy it takes honor the show and memory of Buddy Holly. But it is never hard to pull off when the music moves you. We have the same Crickets (band) as last year – Scott Carmichael, Jeremy Holmes and fellow Human Statue, Jeff Bryant. And together it sounds dynamite!
This tour begins in North Vancouver, and tours to Burnaby, West Van, Surrey, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission, Nelson, Kelowna, Chilliwak, Vernon, Cranbrook, Victoria, Courtenay, and closes at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on November 20th.
We have firefighters for good reason. When something is ablaze, much is destroyed. Well, it seems, performing the theatrical play- Fire can be destructive for an actor as well. Yes, emotionally speaking, the character, Cale, (based on Jerry Lee Lewis) is fairly self-destructive, but I’m actually speaking quite literally in this case.
Within the rehearsal process and short run of Fire I managed to break: Two tables, two belts, a radio, a pair of shoes, a piano string, a thumbnail, nearly a finger and on the final flourish of the closing night encore of “Great Balls of Fire”- a piano key was knocked sheer off. Mind you, I was stomping on the piano 😉
Thank you to everybody at Blue Bridge – Brian Richmond, Darcy Stoop and especially Justine Shore; a fantastic cast and to all the people who attended and came with us on our journey. Amen.
Last night we opened FIRE to a standing ovation! The role of Cale Blackwell – a character inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis has been my greatest challenge as an actor to date. Just getting my fingers in shape to handle the songs in the show would’ve have been enough to focus on in three weeks. But the acting challenge presented in FIRE takes an equal amount of commitment, demanding a journey from a 17 year old preacher’s son to a celebrity at the height of the rock and roll era to a 42 year old washed-up, alcoholic on the verge of collapse.
Jacob Richmond as Herchel
“The multi-talented Zachary Stevenson rose to the role of rocker Cale Blackwell bravely and with limitless energy […] alternating between furiously pounding the keyboard, then sliding down it and even stretching a leg atop it and jumping aboard, in Lewis’s signature style.”
– Amy Smart, Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
FIRE runs until August 14th at the McPherson Theatre in downtown Victoria.
Tickets can be purchased individually or as part of a subscription package by calling (250)-386-6121 or visiting the McPherson Box Office at #3 Centennial Square in Victoria.
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