Cape Breton Summertime Revue

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Date: Tue, Aug. 8, 2017 7:30pm

THE CAST CAME BACK – They couldn’t stay away! The 2017 Summertime Revue crew is excited to gear up again for another round of great music and side-splitting comedy. After two successful seasons, the historic 90-year old Savoy Theatre will host rehearsals and multiple shows in August for the crazy characters of the Revue, before they hit the road to perform at Strathespey Performing Arts Centre in Mabou, the deCoste Centre in Pictou
and the Rebecca Cohn in Halifax.

Savoy Theatre Manager Pam Leader says tickets are already selling, “People left last year singing and laughing in our lobby, so we’re thrilled to be able to bring it back during our 90th year at the Savoy. It really makes our summer. I hope it goes on forever!” 
Show director and Summertime Revue Alumnus Maynard Morrison will once again sit in the directors chair and says he’s anxious to get it moving again. “We’ve got a winning cast who work really well together and so we’re off again on another summer adventure; and let’s face it, some of the incidents that took place politically over this past year are pretty much comedy gold,” laughs Morrison.

Revue cast mates Peter MacInnis, Stephanie Hennessey, Margaret MacPherson, Jordan Musycsyn and Jenn Sheppard will once again make up the out front comedic and musical team and are backed by some of the best musicians in the business. Musical Directors Stephen Muise and Fred Lavery are at the helm, with Allie Bennett on bass guitar, Brian Talbot on percussion/drums, Rachel Davis on fiddle/vocals and Darren McMullen on just about
everything else! Head writer Ed MacDonald is currently burning out pencil tips as he transcribes daily happenings – political and otherwise – into hilarious scenes for the stage.

Audiences can expect to see some return characters as well as some new ones. Revue cast member Jenn Sheppard says mums the word on exactly which characters will return, “We’re sworn to secrecy, but I can say that if you enjoy hearing an opinionated, salty elderly lady shout hilarities at you, then this is your show!” Sheppard is referring jokingly to her Ellsa character, which was introduced to Summertime Revue audiences last year, but who has
long been a staple in the Christmas Shows Happy Ha Ha Holidaze and Accents on Christmas. “And I won’t sleep unless I know Dougall will make an appearance,” laughs Sheppard.  Dougall, a character created by Revue cast mate and YouTube funny guy, Peter MacInnis, first came to life on the popular Cape Breton Chats YouTube show, and features MacInnis portraying a number of everyday, albeit quirky characters. “It was pretty neat to have one of my characters make the leap from screen to stage,” says MacInnis. When asked what her favourite character to portray is Stephanie Hennessey says she can’t choose, “I was able to play so many fun characters last year, I can’t decide which ones I like the most. The whole thing was a laugh riot - even at rehearsals,” says Hennessey. Jordan Musycysn has been busy writing songs to offer up for this year’s show, after releasing two singles since last summer: Perfect Time and Christmas in Cape Breton. Audiences were treated to many fantastic musical moments last year, not the least of which featured Margaret MacPherson, who was able to wow show-goers with her rendition of Rise Again. “I loved singing it. Every time I was getting ready for it I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.” says Margaret. “I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us this year!”

Based on last year’s successful tour schedule Pam Leader says the cast and crew are excited to travel outside the CBRM again, “We had great responses from all our audiences last year, and especially from displaced Cape Bretoners. We all know there’s no better medicine for homesickness than to get a little taste of Cape Breton music and comedy,” said Leader. The Savoy Theatre is able to partner with Brookes Diamond Productions for the Halifax

Staying true to the traditions of keeping Cape Breton culture at the forefront, show-goers are treated to two hours of political parodies, original, locally-written tunes and an endless array of hilarious characters, bringing our unique island perspectives to life. You can laugh and sing and dance in the aisles if you feel the need!

Tickets: $48/ $45