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STC presents ‘Mining Rocks’ May 28-29, featuring student actors

Check out this production suitable for young audiences at the end of the month
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Sudbury Theatre Centre presents Mining Rocks on stage May 28 and 29, starring 16 local student actors from its Students on Stage program.

It's easy to live in Sudbury and know little about the dramatic impact mining has had on local lives, said a press release. The stories are both human and scientific. 

Who were the brave miners who kissed their families good-bye daily and journeyed to the dark, hot depths beneath? What were they searching for? How did they survive?

Nicky, a middle grade student, must complete an assignment about mining. However, it’s not until Nicky travels down into a mine with a yellow canary named Hali, that life, and the assignment, become fascinating. 

Who knew so many incredible things went on inside a mine? Mining Rocks includes comedy, drama, songs, and even a television quiz show.

This original STC musical production is suitable for young audiences and features student actors, colourful sets and original costumes. Join Sudbury Theatre Centre's Students on Stage, as they unlock a story close to the heart. 

Playwright Val MacMenemey came to Sudbury in 2001 and was impressed and a little surprised by what she found. MacMenemey remembered a time when her family visited Science North and the landscape was barren. 

By this time re-greening was well underway, and she discovered a wealth of culture. Mining Rocks is a salute to the community and the miners who made it all possible.

This show was first presented at STC during the 2006-07 season under artistic director George Pothitos. Now, it returns with a few updates but the same impact. 

“We're celebrating our miners and learning about the rich mining history that happened in our town,” said director April Perrin. “Don't miss it.” 

The production crew worked seamlessly together at times crossing over in duties to get this show ready. 

The production is directed and choreographed by April Perrin; the assistant director is Kaitlin Del Pivo; musical director is Jude Alexander; Taylor Blanchette is the technical director and coordinator of costumes, props and lighting; and Morgan Cook is the stage manager.

Public performances are Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday May 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults/seniors and $10 for students. For tickets contact the STC Box Office at 705-674-8381, in person at 170 Shaughnessy Street in Downtown Sudbury (Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday and Fri. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.), or online at sudburytheatre.com

Masks are required for all performances of Mining Rocks. The theatre centre said as it cautiously moves forward, its priority remains making patrons feel safe and comfortable in our space.

For more information on STC’s 50th Anniversary Season, visit sudburytheatre.com.