Four Lads Who Shook The World – The Beatles Story: Part 1

October 28 - December 18, 2011

In July 1957, a young man played a gig in a church garden party and another young lad showed up to watch… and thus began the most prolific and successful musical phenomenon in history: The Beatles. The world had never seen anything like them, and, in all likelihood, never will again. Part 1 tells the story of their early beginnings in 1957 through to their last performance in America in 1966: from the cavern club in Liverpool to the seedy clubs in the red light district of Hamburg, and then on to America. Everywhere they went, pandemonium—perhaps better described by the new word of the day: Beatlemania! The Beatles re-invented the music industry both as an art form and a business. This musical revue visits the triumphs and challenges that they encountered upon their meteoric rise to fame and fortune, set to the infectious music of four lads who shook the world!

Meet The Cast

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Van Wilmott

Artistic Managing Director

Four Lads Who Shook the World. The title of this show is also the name of a sculpture that stands today outside the Cavern Club in Liverpool. I feel it best describes not only this show but also the impact that these four young men had on the world in the 1960s. There had been nothing like them in the history of pop music and culture, and it provided inspiration to that generation and every generation that followed. For those of us who were watching the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, it’s one of those landmark moments that will live with us for the rest of our lives. This evening’s show (part one of two parts) tells their story from 1957-1966 and will attempt to capture the spirit of those years, the music, and the mayhem that came to be known as Beatlemania.

 

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Kevin Dabbs

Paul McCartney

Kevin is honoured and thrilled to be part of this show! Fave Mayfield credits: Dark Star (Narrator); Nashville Outlaws (Willie Nelson); The Full Monty (Malcolm); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Andre); Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story (Jerry); Peace, Love & Rock ‘n Roll: Part 1; and The British Invasion (various rockers). Kevin graduated with honours from NAIT’s Television Arts Program and is proud to be an ongoing member of the Global Edmonton News Team. He and Christian Goutsis are Sweet B’Jesus, and their newly released debut album, Policeman’s Creek, is available now on iTunes! Kevin opened up for punk pioneers like Nomeansno and the Descendents when he played the drums in The Rhythm Disciples. He is a founding member of Twisted Nipple Improv and is proud to have been part of bringing Theatresports to the Winnipeg improv scene back in the 1980s. Kevin toured Canada with recording artist Mike Plume, and played the drums on his second album, Jump Back Kerouac. Dabbs is also chipping away at an Education Degree at the U of A and had a wonderful student teaching experience in April at Coronation Elementary School! Love to Christine, Jack, and Madison! Thanks to Van Wilmott, the world’s biggest Beatles fan, and thanks to Randy Apostle for opening a delicious sliding door twenty years ago today!

 

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Melissa MacPherson

Melissa

Melissa is thrilled to return to the Mayfield stage to play with some of her favourite lads and cohorts! Recent credits include: Little Women, Three Musketeers, Julius Caesar, and Noises Off for the Citadel Theatre; Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, and As You Like It for the FreeWill Players; and, here at the Mayfield, The Golden Age Of Rock, Pop and Doo Wop, Little Shop of Horrors, and Peace, Love and Rock and Roll. Smashing night, lovelies! Cheers!

 

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Roman Pfob

Matthew

Roman is very pleased to be involved in this production of Four Lads Who Shook the World. He most recently tread the Mayfield boards as Roy Orbison in Dark Star: The Life & Times of Roy Orbison. His other theatre credits include: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Measure For Measure, A Christmas Carol, Homeward Bound, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Sound of Music, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Robin Hood, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Beggar’s Opera, Richard III, and Oedipus for the Citadel; Young Art, Stone Angel, and Your Wildest Dreams for Theatre Network; and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and Victor/Victoria for Stage West Calgary. Roman has also rock ‘n’ rolled in various musical productions here at the Mayfield; among his favorites are Nashville Outlaws (as Johnny Cash), The British Invasion, and Forever Plaid.

 

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Bob Rasko

Ringo Starr

Bob is thrilled to have the opportunity to play Ringo Starr in Four Lads. A very proud Edmontonian actor/musician, he is a graduate of MacEwan’s Theatre Arts and Music programs and founding a member of Ribbit RePublic, with whom he performed in fringe festivals all across Canada, contributing to Bouncers, Be a Man, Water, and Grimmer than Grimm. Previous credits at The Mayfield include Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Oklahoma, and Singin’ in The Rain. Bob has brought together his talents as an actor and drummer into a cacophonic method of storytelling, which he has been sharing with young audiences at the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, Fringe Festival, various schools around the city, and in his backyard with his sons. He has composed and designed live soundscape for Concrete Theatre’s A Promise to the Sun and Carnival Magic, as well as Kompany Family Theatre’s Zachary and the Storytelling Stones. Bob is also a very proud member of Edmonton’s official ukulele rock cover band, The Be Arthurs.

 

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Harley Symington

George Harrison

Normally occupying the guitar chair in the back line for Mayfield musicals—with the occasional downstage excursion to join the cast—Harley is excited to join the Beatles full-time as the “quiet one.” Once the directors learned that George is his middle name (true), it was a done deal. Mayfield highlights include last season’s Dark Star: The Life & Times of Roy Orbison, The Super Groovy 70s Part 2: Keep On Truckin’, Jesus Christ Superstar (back in the 90s), and many, many more in between. He has toured extensively with artists of many different genres, including stops at events such as Lilith Fair and major jazz festivals. He plays and sings with his own group in support of his debut jazz/blues CD, entitled Don’t Talk. He also graduated with honors from the Computer Systems Technology program at NAIT in 2006.

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Chris Wynters

John Lennon

Chris was born at the Royal Free Hospital in London in May of 1968, no more than a kilometer away from Abbey Road Studios, where, at that moment, the Beatles were just getting to work on The White Album, to be released in November. He’s a huge Beatles fan and listened almost exclusively to them until he was about 12. Chris’ career has straddled the line between theatre and music since he graduated from MacEwan College’s Theatre Arts Program in 1990. He has worked as an actor in many theatres around Alberta, including the Citadel, Theatre Network, Shadow Theatre, Leave It to Jane, Stage West, and the Mayfield, where he appeared in the Lloyd Webber musical Evita. Also for the Mayfield, Chris wrote the music and lyrics for the world premiere of WedLOCKED: The Musical (Summer 2008), his fifth, and has now been the composer/lyricist of six musicals to date. His latest work, Saint Aggie’s ’84, for which he also wrote the book, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe (August 2010) and will be making its American debut at the Weaver Academy in Greenboro, North Carolina in May 2012. Chris is currently writing a musical, based on Measure for Measure by Shakespeare, which will be presented in Edinburgh next summer. Chris’ own band, Captain Tractor, now celebrating its 17th birthday (that’s nearly 100 in band years), just released its seventh album this past May. Chris is married to visual artist Maria Pace-Wynters and is the father of two beautiful young girls, Imogen, 8, and Scarlett, 5.

 

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Steve Hoy

Additional Musician

One of the most respected and in-demand drummers in Western Canada, Stephen performs and records with numerous national and international artists. Known for his versatility and keen musicianship, Stephen is looking forward to performing again at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.

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Derek Stremel

Additional Musician

Me and my mates were out gallivanting one evening and happened upon a hole in the wall called The Cavern. A couple of me chums were on the pull for birds while I, although being very cream-crackered and Hank Marvin, was there to check out the groovy sounds. Knowing you don’t get owt for nowt I paid a quid from the loose shrapnel in my back pocket, stumbled down the apples and pears, and was gobsmacked by the chaps, a cleverly dressed get-up that called themselves The Beatles. Jolly good, I tell you! I pitched a tent to the wee hours of the morn at which time the bartend told me to bugger off. The next day, being so chuffed to bits, I told all that I ran into that this band was truly the dog’s bollocks! “They were brill,” I insisted to everyone who rang me on the dog and bone. The Beatles were a blooming success. When asked if I thought they would come to Edmonton to perform, I responded, “Not bleeding likely!” I thought myself barmy when I heard that they had agreed to come and were jumping on the big bird to make their way across the pond. Alas, the Four Lads are here and their sound, as always, is the bees’ knees. The band is ace, as you will see. This show, I assure you, will go like a bomb! Ta-ta for now.

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Carmon Arlett

Set Designer

I am really looking forward to this season and the great shows ahead. I am starting my 10th year since returning to Mayfield; time flies when you are having a good time. My favourite show in the last ten years was Nashville Outlaws. I’d like to thank all the crew on the show as well as all the crew at the shop that make these shows happen. Riders still rule; they are just cooler!

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Pat Burden

Costume Designer

The Beatles… WOW. I was a real Beatles fan back in the sixties. I can’t believe I’m actually trying to recapture their look. The “Four Lads” we have are doing an amazing job of being believable Beatles, and our talented hosts help with the information that made the Beatles who they were. I am also thrilled to be in our newly refurbished facility. I hope you enjoy the new space and our wonderful show. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the hotel management and staff for all their support during this time of change. I’d also like to thank the production team and the actors for making my job so much fun. This show is a great start to a wonderful season, so be sure to join us for all the great shows. ENJOY.

 

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Scott Peters

Lighting Designer

Scott is thrilled to be back at the Mayfield working on such a great show with such a wonderful team of people. Recent Lighting Design credits include: Public Speaking (Theatre Network); Hardcore Logo: Live (Theatre Network); The Tempest (Theatre Prospero); Women Who Steal (Shadow Theatre); and High Society (MacEwan University). Scott is also a freelance Designer, Writer, and Musician, and is a founding member of the Edmonton band Captain Tractor, who released a new CD, Famous Last Words, last May.

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Jane Creaser

Stage Manager

This is Jane’s first engagement with the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. Previous theatres include Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Charlottetown Festival (PEI), Stratford Festival (Ontario), Globe Theatre (Regina), Live Bait Theatre (New Brunswick), and Theatre New Brunswick. Jane has worked as a Stage Manager, Production Stage Manager and Production Manager. She is delighted to be a part of Four Lads Who Shook The World: Part 1, as she remembers The Beatles coming to town.

 

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Yvette Martens

Assistant Stage Manager

This is my 33rd production as Assistant Stage Manager; overall, this is my 46th production at the Mayfield. Some of my favorite productions are: Sexy Laundry; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The 39 Steps; Super Groovy 70s: Parts 1 & 2; Dark Star: The Life & Times of Roy Orbison; Tuesdays with Morrie; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; Dial ‘M’ for Murder; Nashville Icons; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; The Full Monty; Nashville Outlaws; Shear Madness; Rockin’ Vegas; Gypsy; The British Are Coming Again!; and Evita. Other credits include Stage Managing Return of the Tenors at the 2006 Fringe Festival. It is a great pleasure to work with such a talented cast and production team! I hope you enjoy the performance.

 

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John Kirkpatrick

Staging

John is an Edmonton-based, award-winning actor/director, former Artistic Director of The Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and the director of last year’s hit, The 39 Steps, here at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. John has had the good fortune to act for companies across Canada, including The Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, The Vancouver Playhouse, The Globe Theatre, The Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Canadian Stage Company, and The National Arts Centre. John has a BFA in Acting (1993) from the University of Alberta.

 

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Ariel Spanier

Lighting Operator

Four Lads is my eighth production at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. I am very proud to say this is my first full year operating lights and video here. It has been an amazing year full of many talented people and possibilities. With each show there is an incredible learning experience, but always an awesome team to work with. The last eight years of my life I have been completely involved with the arts. I started in Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts studying video, photography, and graphic arts, then went on working for backstage companies setting up lights, video, and sound for various events and artists around the city. A few of the shows I have operated this year include: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; Dark Star: The Life & Times of Roy Orbison; The Super Groovy 70s: Part 2; The 39 Steps; and Sexy Laundry. I would just like to thank the cast and production team for always making each show an amazing experience. I hope you enjoy the show!

 

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