Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Stephenville Theatre Festival gets top marks for "The Country Show"

   by Keith and Heather Nicol 
 We recently attended “The Country Show” at the Stephenville Theatre Festival and we give this show "two thumbs up" for its variety and quality of the performance.  There was a large band and many singers and the cast covered lots of country favourites from Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and Shania Twain. The musical director is well known Newfoundland performer, Pamela Morgan and Dave Panting keeps the music flowing on stage. The cast performed 24 songs in all and started off strongly with a toe tapping version of “Jambalaya”. In the first act we also liked their renditions of “Ring of Fire” and “Good Hearted Woman”. In the second act, Pamela Morgan did an amazing job with “Ode to Billy Joe” and new singers came on stage and wowed the audience with “Jolene” (Emily Ramsdale) and “Man, I feel like a Woman” (Erica Anderson).  Even if you are not big fans of country and western music you will enjoy this high energy performance. There are just 3 more presentations of “The Country Show” so check the box office for details (ph 709-643-4553). The show we attended was sold out so you should get your tickets ahead of time if you plan to see this show.
Dave Panting is one of the main performers in "The Country Show"
The Stephenville Theatre Festival is celebrating its 36th year this summer and runs from July 11 to August 10, 2104. It is Newfoundland’s longest running theatre festival and overall there are 5 shows being presented this summer. “Jack meets the Cat” is their family show and is performed on Sunday afternoons. They are also doing the comedy “The Birthday Party”, “Music from Home” and their flagship performance “The Nobleman’s Wedding” as well as “The Country Show”. For more information see  
The Stephenville Theatre Festival sings "Good Hearted Woman"  

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