Stonecliff: A New Musical About The Building of the White Pass and Yukon Railway
Canada’s 150th birthday is an opportunity to celebrate some of nation’s untold stories. One of them concerns a second-generation Irishman, born on a farm in the upper Ottawa Valley, who became one of the greatest railway builders in North America, Michael Heney.
Join a theatrical performance depicting his life, at Diamond Tooth Gerties, November 25th and 26th.
Heney’s story is intrinsically theatrical: a larger-than-life hero, achievements against the odds, beating the bad guys, tragic death. And now it will be told in a grand piece of musical theatre to be premiered in the Yukon and Alaska in November of 2017. The score will be played on traditional Irish folk instruments, but incorporating the ragime and “tin pan alley” styles so intrinsic to the time and place of the WPYR’s construction.
Taking the helm of “STONECLIFF” are two artists well known in the Yukon for their creative energy and innovative approach to story-telling. CONRAD BOYCE is an actor, director, producer and playwright, currently residing in the Ottawa Valley, with an established reputation for vibrant history-based theatre in both the Yukon and Ontario. MATTHEW LIEN is an internationally recognized musician and composer, passionate about the environment and cultural history, and a master of the variety of styles, epic and intimate, required to tell this story.
2 Showtimes (Both at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall)
November 25- 7:30pm
November 26- 2:00pm
Tickets available at the door