The Award-winning Musical Hit is Back!!! Again!!!

What if there was a 1960's ELVIS movie set in Newfoundland?

two Days


Saturday &

Sunday November 2 & 3


Burlington Performing Arts Centre 

Community Studio Theatre

440 Locust St. 

Burlington ON

$35 - Regular

$30 - Members

(includes tax & fees)

Saturday, November 2nd - 7:30pm 

Sunday, November 3rd - 2:30pm


Elvis goes to Newfoundland!


“Swingin’ in St. John’s” is an award-winning musical comedy featuring 18 original songs and some traditional Newfoundland favourites, with a Memphis Rock & Roll twist! Uh huh.


Our hero, Johnny King is a Rockabilly singin’, hip-swingin’ speed-boat racer washed ashore in a strange new land. There he meets Old Salty, the wise and wise-cracking father to Annette, the sweet “girl-next-door” and focus of both Johnny and his new rival Rod’s intentions. Rod is a spoiled cod liver oil baron and local speed-boat champion. Not to be left out is Squirt, a plucky tomboy sidekick with hidden talents and dreams of her own.

Who will win the big boat race? The talent competition and ultimately the heart of Annette? Find out in this all-singing, all-dancing romantic romp from Hamilton’s own Chasing Shadows Productions.





(Paintings, Props, Puppets)

- "the Lobster"/"Bar Patron" -

Susan Robinson is a visual artist living and working in downtown Hamilton. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, she creates sculpture, claymation videos, paintings and puppets. She illustrated the poster/logo and album cover for "Swingin' in St. John’s”,  painted the backdrop projections, made the codfish puppet “Gilda Finn”, and made some costume pieces and props (as well as being co-producer and assistant director, stage manager and playing 3 characters in the show).


(ARTWORD 2018)

- CAST -




-"Johnny King"-

Hi, there. Thanks for coming! I’m Singer-Songwriter Will Gillespie, originally from South Porcupine, northern Ontario, now glad to call Hamilton home. I came up with the idea to write a stage musical based on a fictional Elvis movie set in Newfoundland when I was driving back from Tennessee with Susan Robinson (the other half of Chasing Shadows Productions) and a couple of musician friends on a sort of cultural pilgrimage to Nashville and Memphis in 2013.


I’m grateful to this amazing cast, 



Chris Cracknell

-"Old Salty"-

Michelle La Haise



-"Rod Fisher"-

Leonard is pleased to be making his third appearance reprising his role as "Rod Fisher"again. 


He is most proud of his 8 year run with all original Canadian Sketch Troupe The Ugly Stiks. Len was extremely proud to play multiple roles in Make Art Theatre's Doctor Faustus, winner of Best of 2015 by The View Magazine.


Leonard is a graduate of York University and McMaster University Theatre Schools. He would like most to thank his beautiful wife Betty for all of her love and support.



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