Stephen Harper: The Musical (Updated to reflect our growing national shame)

Laughs provided by Parliament Hill? For real.

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Stephen Harper: The Musical! OR How To Survive & Thrive in the Dying Days of the Empire of Oil

James Gordon’s fourth full-length musical play, “Stephen Harper: The Musical,” returns to Vancouver Island, refreshed and ready to deliver a stern—but funny—reprimand. After numerous successful sessions across the country in the past 18 months, SHTM has kept up to date with the repeat offences and growing shame of our nation’s capital.

This new play, by Canada’s own “Pro Rogue,” examines current Canadian political climate through songs, rants, visuals, puppets… and a little bit of attitude.  A sharp-witted, scathingly satirical, and not-too-untrue one-man show, (well, two if you count the somewhat disturbing Harper Dummy!) featuring 20 original songs, spoken word, hundreds of projected images, audience participation, and an activist’s passion to show where we are and where we can go as a nation.

The timing is right for this innovative (and entertaining) work. So many Canadians are feeling that their voice is not being heard under the “Harper Government”. What can we do about this? Audiences can find out, and have a fun theatrical evening at the same time! No matter what your stripes, there are laughs to be had – and maybe just a little swearing.

Gordon’s professional credentials are stellar.  Audiences may be familiar with his work as a singer-songwriter, with 40 albums to his cred it over a thirty year international career. (His songs can be heard at jamesgordon.ca.  He is equally skilled as a playwright, using musical theatre as a vehicle for pointed social commentary. His plays include “Hardscrabble Road” (about homelessness and globalization issues), “Nastee’ Business” (about the bottled water scam), and “Tryst and Snout” (a hillbilly adaptation of  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”). Gordon is a councillor in his hometown of Guelph, Ontario, and also ran for the provincial NDP seat in his riding.

Performances on the West Coast include:

Saturna Island – May 13, 7pm at the Community Hall – Facebook info | Tickets online |
Local details:
Presented by Saturna Lighthouse Pub! Tickets $25 each
available at the General Store, Point Store and the Lighthouse Pub

Comox Valley – May 16, 730pm Cumberland United Church – Facebook info | Tickets online
Local details:
Presented by Comox Valley Council of Canadians. Tickets $25,
available at Bop City, Church St Bakery, Cumberland Village Bakery

Nanaimo – May 19, 7pm VIU Theatre – Facebook info | Tickets online
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Presented by Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP Tickets $25 each
available at Fascinating Rhythym, Arbutus Music

Mayne Island – May 20, 730pm, Agricultural Hall – Facebook info
Local Details:
Proceeds benefit Mayne School Playground Fund, Tickets $20 each
available at Home Hardware, The Trading Post and Farmgate.

Duncan – May 21, 7pm, Quamichan School Theatre – Facebook info | Tickets online
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Presented by Cowichan-Malahat-Langford NDP, Tickets $25 each
available at Gallowglass books

Saltspring Island – May 22,  7:30pm at Fulford Hall – Facebook info | Tickets online
Local details:
Presented by Saltspring Island NDP Club, Tickets $20 each ($10 for students)
available from Artspring Box Office and at the door