During Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017, the deCoste Performing Arts Centre created and staged the original musical theatre production of Pictou: Our Town, Our Story. They are pleased to bring back the popular stage show again this year, refreshed with script updates and several new songs, for four performances, as part of the Festival of Summer Sounds line-up.
“It’s an exciting project. The musical is full of great performances, lots of humour, great costumes and a bit of a tall tale to tie it all together. It is a fun tour through Pictou County’s rich history. Once again, the talent in Pictou County is astounding,” states executive director Troy Greencorn. This show is great for local audiences and visitors. The first took place on Wednesday and the next will be tonight, July 5.
The original cast, comprised of many of Pictou County’s top theatrical and musical talents, have been busy over the past couple of months with rehearsals. The script has been developed by the deCoste team and cast working with award-winning actor/producer Jeremy Webb, writer Jamie Bradley and director Laura Caswell. Musical direction is provided by Pictou County’s own Doris Mason. The production incorporates many excerpts and musical selections that have been a part of past productions at the deCoste Centre, intertwined with a comedic story of a tourist arriving in Pictou to learn about the area. He gets more of an education than perhaps he bargained for.
Rounding out the cast of characters is Cape Breton actor Ron Newcombe and locals Ashley George, Ann Holton, John Spyder Macdonald, Heather Cameron, Aran MacDonald, Robbie MacInnis and Sally O’Neill. Collectively they help bring to life the stories and historical events that have shaped Pictou County through a mixture of theatre, music, laughter, piping and highland dancing.
“The reaction we consistently saw last year was that folks were expecting a regular summer concert and were elated to realize they were going to experience a full theatrical musical with a cast of nine people on stage. This year we’ve refreshed the production and added several new songs.”
Additional performances will be held August 21 and 22. Tickets are $25 (2 for 1 for Members). All shows are at 7:30 pm.