In case you go to the bar scene in Toronto’s Queen Road space, do not be stunned if folks find out about Rondeau Provincial Park.

Rondeau The Musical might be carried out in Toronto on the Rivoli bar on Nov. 16-17. Pictured right here throughout a efficiency, from left are: Piper MacFadyen, Gord Cumming, Graham Duncan, Frank Nevada, and present creator Paul Emery within the again. (Handout)

In case you go to the bar scene in Toronto’s Queen Road space, don’t be stunned if folks find out about Rondeau Provincial Park.

Paul Emery, 58, who was born and raised in Wallaceburg, has created a rock present, titled: ‘Rondeau The Musical,’ which is being carried out Nov. 16-17 on the well-liked Rivoli bar on Queen Road.

A single-act model of the musical was first carried out in Could 17 within the basement of Duggans Brewery in Toronto.

“We performed it and folks simply cherished it, they went loopy,” Emery stated.

Constructing on that success, he determined to write down a second act, which was carried out with the primary act on the Rivoli final April.

Whereas Emery drew on his experiences of tenting at Rondeau Provincial Park within the 1970s, he stated the present “is fairly common to peoples’ expertise of going tenting and partying once they have been youngsters.”

Noting that is the one musical he has written, Emery stated the inspiration comes from from being a young person and escaping your mother and father to go someplace to occasion.

He stated the present isn’t a couple of weekend at Rondeau Provincial Park, including, “it’s extra of the religious dwelling of the entire thing.”

He stated it’s a comedy, however it additionally has dramatic moments surrounding the strain between a father and his teenage son over an upcoming rock live performance.

Emery stated the present is an element musical farce, a little bit of a street film and household drama.

“It’s not household leisure, there’s plenty of drug use and many swearing,” he stated. “It’s for the grown ups.”

Emery stated writing a musical “actually wasn’t in my thoughts, it simply sort of occurred.”

Noting the present options all unique music, Emery stated the band he’s been in for a very long time, The Dickens, had these “thematic songs” about wanting again and a small city.

“All of it sort of began to hyperlink up and I believed: ‘Perhaps we may make a narrative out of this?’”

Having written dialogue to go along with the music, Emery stated, “There’s a by way of story to it, you’ll be able to comply with it.”

He stated folks have requested if the characters on this musical will go on and develop up, however he added, “I don’t know if we’ll get there.”

Plans are within the works to carry Rondeau The Musical to Emery’s hometown.

John Gardiner, programmer for the Wallaceburg Trade Council for the Arts, stated a efficiency was initially deliberate for a number of weeks in the past on the Jeanne Gordon Theatre in Wallaceburg, however a solid member suffered an damage and it didn’t occur.

He stated plans are within the works to carry the musical to Wallaceburg within the spring.

Gardiner, who has seen a video of the efficiency, stated, “I believe individuals who grew up in that period and who’re conversant in what a hotspot Rondeau was for the younger folks to go on weekends, I believe they’ll actually take pleasure in it.”

For these thinking about seeing the musical earlier, tickets might be bought for the upcoming Toronto exhibits on-line at

The tickets are $20 and likewise out there on the door.

Emery stated they’re attempting to maintain the value low.

“We’re not likely it in to generate income, it’d be good if we don’t lose cash . . . we’d slightly have a full home,” he stated.

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