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The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw ()

Produced by

Black Hammer Group

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Peter Anderson
Musical Director: John Millard
Director: Jennifer Brewin


Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace


August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013


A backwoods boy, dreaming of life and fame in the big city, makes a pact with the Devil (and his agents Mister Fleas and Hellhound) in exchange for supernatural prowess on the banjo in this comic bluegrass opera featuring death, love, betrayal, redemption, soul-stirring music and a hardscrabble kind of poetry. (


Greg Campbell Rev. Jacob Ladder
Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster Jeeva
Randi Helmers Hellhound / Helen Back
Jamie Mac Weedy Peetstraw
John Millard Scratch
Tim Posgate Foster Peetstraw
Nicole Robert Hazel Peetstraw
Christopher Stanton Mr. Fleas

Creative Team

Peter Anderson Playwright
John Millard Musical Director
Jennifer Brewin Director
Glenn Davidson Set Designer
Glenn Davidson Lighting Designer
Emily Smit-Dicks Costume Designer


Rob Clutton String Bass
John Millard Banjo
Tim Posgate Acoustic Guitar


Andrea Schurman Stage Manager
John Millard Producer
Estelle Shook Producer
Thomas Swayne Producer
Holly Meyer-Dymny Running Crew
Sonia Norris Mask Coach


Eric Read Venue Technician
Kai Masaoka Venue Technician
Raha Javanfar Festival Lighting Designer