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Port Hope: “The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom” runs June 9-July 2 at the Capitol Theatre

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

The Capitol Thetre’s summer stage series continues with The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom by David Scott, with songs and lyrics by Stompin’ Tom Connors. The show features Scott Carmichael in the title role and a supporting ensemble of talented actor-musicians – Haneul Yi, Jack Barr, Alex St. Kitts, Andy Trithardt, Donna Garner and Melissa Payne – directed by the Capitol’s Artistic Director Rob Kempson. Opening night is Saturday, June 10. Tickets for The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom are available at, in person at the Capitol box office in Port Hope, or by calling 905.885.1071.

“Stompin’ Tom loved small-town Canada, and he had a real respect for smaller communities, just like ours. His music acts as such a galvanising force, and in this show it creates a shared experience that is so much fun to perform and to watch. I am thrilled to bring this iconic Canadian story to the Capitol, with Scott and this phenomenal cast and creative team. You’re going to feel like you’re at the very best kind of kitchen party jam session.” - Director Rob Kempson

The songs and stories that celebrate a Canadian icon.

Canadian Legend Stompin’ Tom grew up in an orphanage, travelled throughout Northern Ontario playing the bar circuit, faced naysayers of all sorts, but he eventually found his success in telling the stories of our country. His captivating story is told through this unique tribute to “The Man of the Land” and a true icon in Canadian music. Featuring his greatest hits, such as Bud the Spud, Tillsonburg, Sudbury Saturday Night, and of course, The Hockey Song.


By David Scott

Songs & Lyrics by Stompin’ Tom Connors

Director - Rob Kempson

Music Director - David Archibald

Stage Manager - Tamara Protic

ASM - Wei Qing Tan

Sound Designer - Emily Porter

Set Designer - Brandon Kleiman

Costume Designer - Joyce Padua

LX Designer - Cosette Pin

Lead Supporter - Allan and Robin Dines of Ganaraska Brewing Co.

Run Time: Approximately two hours, with one intermission.

Continuing until May 28

Shirley Valentine

By Willy Russell

Starring Deborah Drakeford as Shirley

A timeless and touching story about finding yourself.

Feeling like she’s in a rut, middle-aged Shirley has taken to talking to the wall while preparing dinner for her emotionally distant husband. When her best friend wins a competition for two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door in the kitchen, and heads for a holiday that will alter the course of her life.

This classic story (known to many from the hit 1989 film), will touch your heart, tickle your funny bone, and make you think about living in the here and now.

The Capitol Theatre is dedicated to producing and presenting a balanced schedule of high-quality professional theatre, live music, film, and other special events in historic Port Hope, while also providing a home for the local arts community. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive future, where all individuals, groups, and organisations are welcome to create, collaborate, and connect. We strive to provide memorable experiences for our guests through artistic excellence, a wide variety of programming, and the historic venue itself. For more information, check out