"Students blown away by Drum!"
- Lindsay O'Reilly,
- Alan Solomon,
"A show with great vision. It caught
people’s imagination. I loved it."
- Robbie Shaw,
Vice-President, Nova Scotia Community College
"I want an encore!"
- Alex Beam,
"We came all the way from Ottawa to see
the Tall Ships,
but the real highlight was DRUM!"
Resources Development Canada
"...uplifting... remarkable... will keep
you hooked from the opening beat."
Chronicle Herald/Mail Star
"Superb, superb, superb. . . goosebump
- Diane Savoie,
Capitol Theatre, Moncton
"Spectacular, full of innovation, I was
- Peter Hayes,
International Consultant, HFX
CULTURES…FOUR RHYTHMS…ONE HEART
"Without question, the performance of DRUM! has been one of the highlights of
the year for our ship."
- David Faro, Enrichment Manager, The
tribune called it "sensational!" The Boston Globe asked for an encore! The
Halifax Chronicle Herald declared it "unreviewable - it has to be experienced"
is Nova Scotia's spectacular new musical production featuring 20 musicians,
dancers, drummers, and singers from four of the principle cultures - Black,
Acadian, Aboriginal, and Celtic - brought together in a heart-pumping fusion of
music, dance, poetry, video, rhythm, and song.
Since DRUM! first
came to the stage in 1999, the production has been received with standing
ovations and rave reviews. Originally conceived as a 45-minute tourism piece,
DRUM! was the main stage show at Tall Ships 2000, featured at a series of
international conferences, and a onehour television special broadcast last
summer on CBC TV. DRUM! made its debut as a full-length production in 2004
running for ten nights in its own specially designed theatre at the Halifax
waterfront. Tourists and locals alike received the show with accolades resulting
in a return to the waterfront for a five-week run in September 2005. Attendance
quadrupled, critics continued to proclaim the show a hit and a U.S. tour ensued.
In November, DRUM!
took the story of the rhythms of Nova Scotia across the U.S., starting in
Florida at the prestigious Van Wezel Center and finishing to a packed 1700-seat
theatre in Park City, Utah (home of the Sun Dance film festival). Audiences
reacted with standing ovations (sometimes at the end of the first act) and hall
operators were effusive with their praise: "Possibly the most moving performance
we've ever presented in our theatre," said Darrell Bryan, Hall Manager,
Greenville, Tennessee. Recently, DRUM! was nominated for two East Coast Music
DRUM! is presently
preparing for a tour of Ontario and Saskatchewan in May and will return to the
Halifax waterfront in September. Following the Halifax run, the show will tour
once again in the U.S. and Canada.
DRUM! was conceived
and created by Brookes Diamond and directed by Tim French. Music director is
multi-talented Nova Scotian, Doris Mason who also performs in the show along
with Jeremiah Sparks, Dutch Robinson, Trevor Gould, Hubert Francis, Len LeBlanc,
Shaunda Aucoin, Cathy Porter, the MacQuarrie Dancers, Squid, fiddler Anna
Ludlow, and house band members Jamie Alcorn, Brian Bourne, and Dave Burton. The
production is a partnership with the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia.
a message to the world: we can hold on to who we are and still share a song, a
stage, a country, a world.
DRUM! is produced
by Brookes Diamond Productions in association with the Music Industry
Association of Nova Scotia.
Timothy French Music Director: Doris Mason
Cultural beat goes on
Riverdance, part Stomp! And while it has components of both of these
international smash hits (fiddling and dancing from the former, percussion and
dancing from the latter) Drum! manages to establish its own identity as a
performance piece born of rich cultural traditions, driven by youthful energy,
and sustained by audiences that can't seem to get enough of this sort of thing.
performed at the quick pace this type of show requires. The tone throughout is
decidedly upbeat, if you'll pardon the expression, and while there are a few
sombre and reflective moments, the mood is mostly festive and celebratory.
word here is "variety," and it applies to everything from instruments to
costumes to the material itself, where the range extends from Aboriginal powwow
chanting, to Highland dancing, to Acadian fiddling, to Negro spirituals.
There are some
surprising and very pleasant crossovers as well. At times Drum! makes you think
of Loreena McKennitt; at other times it's positively Great Big Sea. There is
even some percussion work that sounds suspiciously like industrial music. The
only constant is the drum.
Nick Miliokas, The Leader-Post