Buddy Holly reprises the Chemainus Theatre Festival

Zachary Stevenson plays the title role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story -
Zachary Stevenson plays the title role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
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Buddy Holly fever will not fade away, at least not in Chemainus.

A year after getting Chemainus Theatre Festival's rave on with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Zachary Stevenson is back for an encore performance.

Chemainus Theatre Festival opens its 2014 season Feb. 11 with a reprise of a show News Leader Pictorial reviewer Nick Bekolay said "delivers two hours of foot-tapping, hand-clapping, crowd-pleasing performance of the very songs that marked the birth of rock ā€˜nā€™ roll."

The show's director and choreographer Sara-Jeanne Hosie and most of its talent is back, including Stevenson ā€” whose performance was called an "uncanny reflection of the iconic songwriter and composer.

"Stevenson is thrilled to once again share the story of how his idol changed the face of popular music and paved the way for future rock n' rollers," a media release about the play states.

"The story touches on Holly's exciting burst onto the music scene (with his 'devil's music'), first taste of fame (with number one hit 'That'll Be the Day'), struggle for artistic control, whirlwind romance and marriage, and famous final performance."

All those energetic Holly hits like Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Maybe Baby are back on the jukebox along with the music (and faces) of Ritchie Valens' La Bamba, and the Big Bopper J.P. Richardson's Chantilly Lace.

"Music lovers from 8 to 80 can enjoy the swinging story of Holly's brief but hugely successful career."

The show runs until March 8. For ticket information, call the theatre at 250-246-9820.

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