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MORRISBURG – For the first time in nearly two years, the Upper Canada Playhouse stage will soon feature a live performance.

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The Johnny & June show – a tribute to the legendary Johnny Cash and his longtime partner June Carter, will take place at the theater from September 7-19.

Starring Aaron Solomon as Cash and Karen Coughlin as Carter, the show will give audience members the chance to get a glimpse into the couple’s legendary love story that inspired much of their music.

“It also follows the man in black’s journey from his days at Folsom Prison to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Directed by Chris McHarge, with musical direction from Colin Stewart, the concert is supported by a dynamite band made up of Stewart at the base, Don Reid on drums and John Kenny on guitar, ”read a statement from the theater. .

Solomon, who has played the role of Cash for several years, has received several positive reviews from theaters across the country, while Coughlin has had a varied career in several musicals, such as Beauty and the Beast and Anne of Green. Gables, among others.

Anyone wishing to attend the performance should hurry, however. Although tickets have only been on sale for two weeks, already 80% of them have already been booked. It’s not just this show that’s almost sold out. Although the fall season was released on August 26 – and by extension its tickets as well, nearly 80% of them have been sold.

Considering the performance venue has had its fair share of challenges during the pandemic, this is great news for Artistic Director / Marketing and Sponsorship Manager Donnie Bowes.

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“We were going to wait and see what would happen, but honestly for about two weeks in a row we just couldn’t answer all the phone calls,” he said on Friday.

In a single weekend, the performance hall saw 500 tickets booked. This is in addition to customers who have gone to the box office in person to purchase their tickets.

“It’s really a success,” Bowes said. “The five shows we’ve planned for this fall total 105 performances – three concerts and two plays in total – and we’re already at 79% sold out for those.

“Our main focus was to bring theater and music back live, but to do it safely and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

On Friday, the theater capacity was 82, a far cry from the usual 275. But that’s not much of a problem, according to Bowes. He fully anticipates that whenever the lights go out and all 82 patrons are seated, ready to watch the show, the experience will be like a regular show.

“Everyone is really looking forward to performing in front of a live audience,” Bowes said. “I think the musicians and the actors wanted this second element, which is the audience and its response. I think the public shares the same desire.

Everyone present at the show must wear a mask. The theater currently follows the health and safety guidelines of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and will continue to do so in the future. This means that anyone wishing to attend shows scheduled on or after September 22 will need to show full proof of vaccination.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can do so by visiting the gambling den website at uppercanadaplayhouse.com, visiting the gambling den in person, or calling 613-543-3717 or 1-877-550-3650.

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