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Montreal Families

New play blends hockey and musical theatre

Many people say that if you want kids to read, it is important that you give them books with subject matter that is of interest to them. Recently, I decided to apply this advice when introducing my son to musical theatre. Max is obsessed with hockey; he plays it, watches it on television, and looks at video replays of the HABS’ games over and over again.

So when I heard that The Hockey Sweater: A Musical would be playing at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, I figured this was my best way to make sure his introduction to musicals would be well received. He was not initially enamored with the idea. “Do we have to go?” “How long is it?” “That means we are going to miss the first two periods of the HABS’ game?”

My son sat mesmerized throughout the whole show, which brings to life Canadian author Roch Carrier’s popular story with a modern twist, lots of humour and great messages about perseverance, hard work and hope. He smiled, laughed out loud and tapped to the tunes of the various songs about hockey. “That was fantastic,” he said as we left the theatre. “That was so much better than I thought it would be mom, thanks for taking me.”

Max and I aren’t the only ones who were impressed with this musical. Due to popular demand, it has been extended with the following dates through November.

Monday, November 13 – 1 P.M.
Tuesday, November 14 – 11 A.M.
Wednesday, November 15 – 1 P.M.
Wednesday, November 15 – 8 P.M.
Thursday, November 16 – 7 P.M.
Saturday, November 18 – 7 P.M.
Sunday, November 19 – 11 A.M.
Sunday, November 19 – 4 P.M.

Based on Carrier’s life and set amidst the tension between francophones and anglophones in Quebec in 1946, the story follows a young boy obsessed with hockey and the Montreal Canadiens. The boy sports legendary player Maurice “The Rocket” Richard’s jersey everyday, so much so that his mother is forced to throw it out and order a new one. By some mishap, the boy is sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, the Canadiens’ biggest rival and is ridiculed on the ice by his teammates.

The play incorporates original music and lyrics by Canadian theatre artist Jonathan Munro and is being directed and choreographed by Donna Feore, best known for her work at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Feore has directed productions of Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music and more.

For more information, visit segalcentre.org.

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