As the summer season comes to an end and we start thinking about warmer sweaters and brisker winds, the Savoy Theatre is preparing for a busy fall, with shows designed to satisfy just about every taste and preference. A quick glance at the theatre’s September through December calendar reveals everything from old-fashioned country style shows, like Marty Haggard’s Tribute to Merle Haggard, to the high-energy, Broadway musical Annie, and just about everything in between. Rock shows, a children’s show and even a few offerings to tickle your funny bone round out the 2016 program.
Savoy Theatre Manager, Pam Leader, says she’s also pleased to note that more than a few of the shows in this season’s offering feature home-grown Cape Breton talent, who have been working away, honing their talents and navigating impressive careers.
“Cliff LeJeune sings Leonard Cohen is one of those shows,” says Leader. “Cliff is a well-known talent, originally from Sydney, who is currently the Executive Director of Dance Nova Scotia. Cliff has been successfully touring his Hallelujah show since 1996, and now he can’t wait to take it back home to share it with Cape Breton audiences. We’re happy to have him.”
Speaking of home-grown talent, the brand new Down Home Classic Concert Series is promising to deliver some unique and impressive pairings, with new and familiar faces. There was much excitement after an in-house announcement of the first two shows in the series, starting in late October with Cape Breton’s original tenor Peter Gillis, along with the Carlton Show Band’s Greg Donaghey and Aaron Lewis. With a wide range of vocal skills, styles and backgrounds, this performance will be anything but ordinary as the unlikely trio takes to the stage together.
“I’m not sure any of us really know what to expect with these three in one show, but that’s what is so great about it,” muses Leader. “Peter, Greg and Aaron are all bringing different strengths and experiences to the table. It’ll be exciting and – I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, highly entertaining too – to see them collaborate.”
The second show of the Down Home Classic Concert Series features the very much-anticipated return of the popular Three Pianos–Johnny Aucoin, Stephen Muise and Aaron Lewis–just in time for Mother’s Day. Audiences officially said goodbye to this trio back in 2012 after a successful ten-year run. The group has enthusiastically agreed to come back to the Savoy stage as part of the brand new concert series.
“We’re happy to offer these two shows at a discounted price if people want to buy both,” Leader notes. The upcoming calendar has been designed to satisfy every craving for entertainment and Leader hopes people will continue to support the venue. “We aim to please and we’re happy to be able to offer a venue where so many talented artists can come to do what they do best. We hope everyone will take a look.”
A full schedule of events, prices and discounts is available on the Savoy Theatre website and the Savoy box office will also be making their updated list of events available on paper as well. Pick up your copy today so you don’t miss out on something great, or call the staff to book tickets at 902-842-1577.