Rock ’n’ roll as we know it wouldn’t exist without Buddy Holly.
His contributions to rock music in the 1950s and his tragic death make Holly a revered and influential figure in the history of music.
His status as a 1950s rock ’n’ roll pioneer is just one reason why his legacy endures and he is still remembered today — and why his death is known as “the day the music died.”
Western Canada Theatre’s latest production is Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. It runs from Thursday, Feb. 21 to Saturday, March 2.
The play stars Nathan Carroll as Buddy Holly and Sheldon Bergstrom as J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. Supporting cast members include Meredith Zwicker, Alex Ward, Nayeli Abrego, Isaac Bell, Montgomery Bjornson, Scott Carmichael, Masae Day, Nick Fontaine and Hal Wesley Rogers.
Carroll, an established actor and musician, has stage credits that include performances in productions of Once, Marathon of Hope, The Wizard of Oz, Chasse Galerie and The Drawyer Boy. Locally, he had a role in WCT’s production of Vimy in 2018.
But Carroll’s talents go beyond acting. He has been the music director of Soulpepper Theatre Company’s production of Peter Pan for four years. He also released a short folk and cabaret album in 2013 and often performs in Toronto.
As Holly, he’ll put those musical talents to work on stage. Songs set to be featured in the play include Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Everyday, Not Fade Away, Raining in My Heart and more than a dozen others, plus Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba and The Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace.
The team behind the play includes some familiar WCT faces, including its director James MacDonald and Kraig Waye as music director.
The play is being co-produced by Thousand Islands Playhouse, a theatre company located in Gananoque, Ont., where it had a month-long run at the Springer Playhouse in June 2018.
Tickets are available at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483, online at kamloopslive.ca.