Last year, my friend Laura Caswell called me up about a show that I had written almost a decade ago, “My Side of the County”, a musical for families about Canada’s history and people. Would I be able to update the show to be performed by the youth performance company at Neptune?
Fast forward to September, and I arrived fresh from a visit to P.E.I. to meet 19 incredible young performers, aged 13-18. It was clear after a few readings, that the show did in indeed need to be updated, but the teens were so giving, and honest about the show, that I left with some great ideas. I spent the next month and a half re-writing the script and composing three new songs for the show, and was lucky enough to attend the opening at Neptune.
Well, I have to say, I don’t think I’ve had a more rewarding theatrical experience. When young people love something and get behind it, they offer everything, and we ended up with a musical that they were totally invested in, which you could feel when you sat in the audience. Thank you to Neptune Theatre, those incredible young performers, and to Laura Caswell for remembering a show that I’d put up on the shelf!
For more information on the show, please visit its dedicated page on this site here.