Rock opera to hit Truro stage

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TRURO – The Maritime’s first female-written, produced and directed rock opera is making a stop in Truro later this month.

‘Deception – A Rock Opera’ has been designed as an emotional rollercoaster with elements of comedy, drama and suspense. It will take to the Marigold Cultural Centre’s stage on May 28 at 7:30 p.m.

It’s the brainchild of Katey Day, a seasoned music veteran and radio voice in the Halifax, Saint John and Moncton communities, who began working on her dream of a full-scale rock opera 10 years ago.

Ten years later, after scraping and saving every cent of gig money, her dream is a reality.

“This show is all blood, sweat and tears,” Day said in a press release. “It has been so important to assemble an all-star team that will match the ambition of this production, and I’ve done it…we have everything from seasoned musicians to drag queens.

Day said she started with an idea and moved to work on a soundtrack to build out her concept.

“When it was done, I knew I had something incredible so I took the leap, assembled the amazing cast and set the dates. Now, it’s starting to become real,” she said.

John Dunsworth, who is known for the role of trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey in the Trailer Park Boys series, has signed on as assistant director.

“I listened to the soundtrack and was blown away,” said Dunsworth. “When you are approached with these things, you don’t know if it is going to amount to anything. But when I heard Katey’s version, I thought, ‘wow, we haven’t seen this here before. This is going to put us on the map.’

“Artistically, we have the talent, so why can’t we offer a racy Broadway-caliber production?”

Because of its adult content, the show is rated for those aged 19 and above.

Tickets are $35 for adults, and $30 for students, seniors and artists. They can be purchased at the Marigold box office on Prince Street, online at marigoldcentre.ca or by calling 897-4004.

Organizations: Marigold Cultural Centre, Trailer Park Boys

Geographic location: Halifax, Saint John, Moncton Broadway Prince Street

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