Sam McGee sets Alberni’s Capitol stage on fire

“There are strange things done ‘neath the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold.”

These are the famous first lines of The Cremation of Sam McGee, by great Canadian poet Robert W. Service. There will be strange things done on the Capitol Theatre stage as Capitol Stages Youth Theatre Program brings to life a dramatic interpretation of this literary classic in their yearend show.

Program director Teresa Drew and the youngsters of the Stages program have been developing this script all year and are proud of the work they have done.

“This show is written by the kids,” says Drew. “I got the ball rolling and helped clean up the edges, but what you will see on stage is all from them.

“The show breaks down various pieces of the poem and delivers them in interesting, unexpected and often hilarious ways.”

In this show the audience will see an inukshuk, some sled dogs, and many gold miners, along with Michael Jackson, Hillbillies, the Canucks, and Marge Simpson.

“We looked at each stanza separately and then chose songs for inspiration for our scripts, or were just inspired by the words of the stanza to create our own original pieces,” Drew said.

The Cremation of Sam McGee plays Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the Capitol Theatre box office (open Tuesday to Friday,  1–5:30 p.m.).

For more information go on line to www.atthecapitol.org.