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THANK YOU for making STAN ROGERS: A MATTER OF HEART a huge success!!!
presented by Neptune Theatre July 18 to September 3!

Multi-talented cast gearing up for Canada Day performance and summer-long run at Neptune (Halifax, NS) –Neptune Theatre’s General Manager, Lisa Bugden, and producer Geordie Brown are pleased to announce the cast for Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart. “We are so excited to be bringing this high-energy musical tribute to Neptune’s stage. From Stan’s beautiful music and stories, to the multi-talented cast, we have never hosted anything quite like this on our studio stage,” says Bugden of the acclaimed Canadian musical revue that opens a 7-week run on July 20th.

Directed by Nova Scotian Geordie Brown, who recently starred in a sold-out run of The Songs of The Rat Pack at Neptune in March, A Matter of Heart features over 25 of Stan Rogers’ songs, including hits like Barrett’s Privateers and The Mary Ellen Carter. This will be the first summer programming at Neptune Theatre in over 20 years.

The cast is dominated by East Coast performers, including: New Brunswick’s singer and multi-instrumentalist Karen Lizotte (seen most recently in Neptune’s Once), PEI’s step-dancing phenom Celia Koughan, Memramcook’s award-winning fiddler and step-dancer Adam LeBlanc, and guitarist Andrew Murray of Award-winning PEI bands Wildcat, Sorrey, and English Words. The show also stars Charlottetown’s Maria Campbell, who was recently seen in the title role of the Confederation Centre’s “Robyn Hood” in Charlottetown. Rounding out the East Coast talent is Julien Kitson, the son of Juno-nominated Rawlins Cross lead-singer Joey Kitson. Joey is no stranger to Stan’s music; he performed in the Charlottetown Festival’s production of Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart at The Mack in 2009. “It’s really cool for my dad to see me performing this music. I think he’s really proud”, says 15-year-old Kitson of his father who also released an album of Rogers’ music in 2009 titled “Stan”. Stan Rogers died of smoke inhalation at the age of 33 on board a plane in Cincinatti in 1983. The Stan Rogers Folk Festival is held annually in Canso, Nova Scotia in his honour.

“It’s so great to be exposing a new generation to Stan’s music,” says Director Geordie Brown. “But it can be daunting to pay respect and tribute to someone who was such an incredible artist, who is so highly regarded by a large fan base here in Nova Scotia.” Brown, who currently splits his time between performing and producing, feels fortunate to be working on this show for the second time. “We had such incredible feedback from audiences in PEI last summer, but it’s a dream come true to be working on this show here in Halifax. Stan’s music hits very close to home.” Brown will also sing and play keyboard in the show, which had an acclaimed run at The Guild last summer in Charlottetown.

The cast also features Saskatchewan native Lucas Popowich, and Ontario native Adrian Zeyl. Heather Lewis is the production’s stage manager. The show also features choreography by Celia Koughan, lighting design by Leigh Ann Vardy, and scenic design by Taylor Andrews, Marlee MacMillan and Geordie Brown.

The cast will also be performing at the Canada 150 festivities on the Halifax Commons on July 1st, opening for headliners Matt Mays and DeadMau5. Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart plays selected dates from July 20th – September 3rd at Neptune Theatre on Argyle Street in Downtown Halifax.

The Cast (L to R):

Adrian Zeyl, Adam LeBlanc, Julien Kitson, Karen Lizotte, Lucas Popowich, Geordie Brown, Andrew Murray, Maria Campbell, and Celia Koughan.

Photo credits:
Timothy Richard