Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story
Created and performed by Beau Dixon
Music and Lyrics by Susan Newman and Rob Fortin
Originally dramaturged and directed by Linda Kash
Sound design by Beau Dixon
Maurice Ruddick, an African Canadian, was awarded “Citizen of the Year” for saving the lives of his fellow workers after an historic mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia, in 1958.
Actor Beau Dixon will recall the events of the seven miners trapped two miles beneath a small mining town, the effect it had on their rural Canadian community and the racial tension that surfaced as a result.
Dixon plays 10 characters: Maurice; the six miners whose lives he was credited with saving; a news reporter; Valerie, one of Ruddick’s 13 children; and Ruddick’s wife, Norma. Beneath Springhill is a story filled with tragedy, drama and comical, yet conflicting, moments of hope and bravery.
Performances: September 9 to September 19, 2020, on Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm
Venue: Backyard of a private residence at 801 Big Bay Point Rd, Barrie