Sudbury has been rockin’ ever since “Million Dollar Quartet” took to the stage of the Sudbury Theatre Centre on Shaunghnessy Street.
The show opened STC’s 46th season and audiences have been returning again and again to see Elvis, Johnny, Carl, and Jerry shake, rattle, and roll.
“People are so enthused about this show, it’s really very encouraging,” said STC's interim operations manager, Katherine Smith, in a press release. “It’s a great way to start the season.”
Here's what else is coming up this season.
“Make Believe, Spidey!” runs one night only on Oct. 28. You won’t believe your eyes with Spidey, an internationally renowned hypnotist, mentalist, and magician who specializes in persuasion, influence, and covert hypnosis.
From Nov. 11-12 is “Jake’s Gift,” written and performed by Julia Mackey, directed by Dirk Van Stralen. This multi award winning, captivating Canadian play will give you a new appreciation for Remembrance Day and its importance to our lives. When Jake reluctantly returns to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary of D-Day, he doesn’t expect Isabelle, the French 10-year-old who charms and challenges the troubled veteran to come to grips with his lifelong demons.
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to “The Nutcracker.” Ballet Jorgen brings this perennial classic to the stage Nov. 24-25. Tchaikovsky’s well-loved score meets a backdrop of the Group of Seven as Klara’s magical dream journey with a renowned ensemble of dancers travels through stunning northern Ontario winter landscapes and enchanting creatures of the woods.
The holiday offering at STC this year, running Dec. 7-23, is “A Christmas Story” by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark, adapted by Phillip Grecian and being directed by John McHenry.
Based upon (what has become) the classic 1983 motion picture, “A Christmas Story” tells the story of Ralphie, who wants a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. It’s all here, the pink bunny slippers, the leg lamp, and the temperamental exploding furnace. “A Christmas Story” is a fun-filled romp that’s perfect family fare that compels you to revisit your own childhood memories of Christmas.
The first show of the New Year is the charming and funny “The Invention of Romance” by Conni Massing, playing Feb. 8-25. In this perfect rom-com with a twist, 30-something Kate has a much better career than love life.
As she curates an exhibition on the history of romance her love life spirals into comic crisis just as her elderly mother rekindles a romance with a man she dated 60 years earlier. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a romantic comedy for the age of irony.
“Dean & Jerry: What Might Have Been” by Jesse Collins runs March 15-25. This fabulous live concert presents timeless hits from the most famous musical comedy team of the 1950s — Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
You’ll be swept back to a time remembered for such Dean Martin hits as Everybody Loves Somebody, You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You, Volare, That’s Amore, Standing on the Corner, Memories Are Made of This, and Jerry’s #1 hit, Rockabye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody. You’ll enjoy the classic music and comedy that made them famous — and a concert of hits that will leave you wondering “what if they had never split?”
Green Thumb Theatre’s “Still Falling” by Rachel Aberle is on stage April 17. “Still Falling” is a realistic, honest, and bitingly funny look at the difference between “teen angst” and mental illness and the ways vulnerable kids can start to find their way out of the dark.
STC’s Students on Stage will bring Lewis Carroll’s classic adventure “Alice in Wonderland” to life in a heartwarming and timeless tale from May 25-26.
Book your tickets online at sudburytheatre.ca, phone the DiBrina Box Office at 705-674-8381 or stop by in person at 170 Shaughnessy St. in Downtown Sudbury.