~ My Stompin’ Grounds – A Stompin’ Tom Story Dinner Theatre ~
Seating begins at 6:30 (Assigned)
Show runs from 7:00pm-9:30pm
Cost is $43 plus tax per person. Please book online or call us at (902) 882-3214 to reserve your tickets today!
The show opens at Perry’s Campground where Stompin’ Tom’s ‘Welcome Home’ concert during Tignish’s 1999 bicentennial celebrations is winding down.
The spinster sisters, Bernadine and Eileen, have the sense that Tom once had a “thing” for one of them and they are out to jog his memory so that he will recall which one.
They invite him back to their home for a quiet drink and a little lunch, but he discovers they’ve also invited half the population of the area, PFAs and tourists.
The twins’ niece and nephew are there, too. Alyssa Harper plays Sam, a recent journalism graduate, and Brayden McGuigan is Hubie Hackett, an Irish moss fisherman and self-made cop. Harper has been in three previous Dunn-Keefe dinner theatres while McGuigan, a well-known singer and musician, is making his dinner-theatre debut.
Cheryl Richard is the show’s director.
Matthews takes it as a great responsibility to play the part of Tom well. “If I can leave them a little something of Tom in their heart,” he says of what he tries to achieve.
Shea shares how he’d watch from behind the curtain as Matthews stepped out onto the stage last year. “As soon as he hit the first chord and the voice come out, you could see them (gesturing to imitate audience members nodding, and nudging one another in approval).”
In ‘My Island Home,’ Matthews plays the role of the spirit of Stompin’ Tom while in ‘My Stompin’ Ground,’ he’s Tom.
“He had many friends and he loved Skinners Pond,” Shea suggested, is the message the playwright conveys.
“When he made friends, he kept those friends and he kept coming back,” LeClair acknowledges.
After its July 2 debut, ‘My Stompin’ Grounds’ will run every Thursday all summer long with extra shows as needed, while ‘My Island Home’ will run every Tuesday, also with extra shows as needed.
Quotes from Erin…
“For this year’s show, I really wanted to focus on the strength of Tom’s relationships with people. He really was a loyal friend to many. I talked with Karen and Floyd Keefe over the winter about Tom’s special devotion to Freda Keefe, who passed away at 104 this winter. I was also saddened to hear of the death of his dear friend John Farrington and parts of this show are a testament to that kind of friendship. If only we could all be so lucky to have a friend like Tom.”
“My Stompin’ Grounds has a slightly different feel to My Island Home. The stories are different, most of the songs are different, but the feeling, I hope, is the same. Tom had a fierce love for Canada, Canadians and especially the people of Skinners Pond. Anyone, from any part of the world, will love this show, but this show also has a special tip of the hat to Skinners Pond and its people.”
“Someone once asked me, why don’t you write a serious play about Tom? After all my research, one thing I have learned for certain: Tom loved to laugh. He had his serious moments, to be sure, and was an exceptionally deeply spiritual man, but like all deeply spiritual people, he knew the value of great and hearty laugh.”