Richie Wilcox tells his story in New Waterford Boy: A Ceilidh on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at The Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax, as part of Halifax’s Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts.
It is the debut production from Heist, a new creative platform for Wilcox and Merritt Award-winning sound designer Aaron Collier.
Wilcox, who was born and raised in New Waterford, Cape Breton, describes the personal show of songs and stories in a news release: “This is a tribute to the Cape Breton man I never was and never will be. This is a tribute to Cape Bretoners who have the songs of miners and fisherman embedded into their hearts and souls whether they have set foot in a mine, or cast a net, or not. This is a night of storytelling to pay respect to the Cape Breton of my childhood, with hope for the future. This is a tribute to the Cape Breton man I am and all the different types of Cape Breton man there can be. This is my Cape Breton ... where I can be Rita MacNeil’s nephew for a week, I can be a superhero and conquer a junior high dance and I can belt the tunes of Allister MacGillivray, the Rankin Family and more songs we all know, all night long.”
Wilcox, a former Canadian Idol contestant, recently seen in The Princess Show, is featured alongside Collier, a former keyboardist for The Jimmy Swift band on keys, Brian Talbot (Slowcoaster, The Rankin Family) on percussion, Wilcox’s childhood best friend (and prom date), Lynn MacIntyre, on vocals and guitar and Sarah Richardson on vocals. Richardson (Heathers: The Musical, Ruthless) is also music director.