Big city boy and small town clan in Never Shoot a Stampede Queen

Dec 19 2017, 7:31 am

Zachary Stevenson, from the Buddy Holly Story, gets ready to shine again in his new and very first solo performance in Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, starting tonight until May 25 at the Granville Island theatre.

In his new stage adventure, Stevenson is a resemblance of Mark, the writer of the story, its sole actor and storyteller. He believes, “In a one-man show, imagination can run wilder and the storyteller sort of does the same job a writer does – giving a hint and leaving it up to the audience to develop the images in their heads.”

Zach, who has long been playing the role of legendary Buddy Holly of Rock and Roll, who died at 22, takes on a different role as a 22-year-old reporter who is tackling his first job in a small town newspaper.

Much different from the role that he has been almost entwined with, Buddy Holly, this big city boy of the story creates a colorful type of challenge, Stevenson knows as the greatest in his acting career. “There is a lot of control in it, much like if it gets a bad response from the audience, all the blame is on you and vice versa.”

The play is adopted form Mark Leiren-Young’s memoir, in his book Never Shoot a Stampede Queen. The story of a young reporter from the big city who goes about his first job at a newspaper in the small town of Williams Lake, B.C. In his journey, he meets quirky and idiosyncratic characters, not expected with his presumptuous personality. Stevenson, who is from Parskville, is much familiar with small town life, “I have seen these people before; the quirky characters and the odd ones,” he says. “Audience from smaller towns would know what I’m talking about, the culture, trends and jokes all vary.”

Zachary Stevenson, who has previously starred in Urinetown, Assassins, Hair, Hanks Williams: The Show He Never Gave and The Ballad of Phil Ochs, remarks his new role to be of a challenge he has never taken on before. ‘There is more room for my creativity. No one refuses to give their opinion and me, Mark and TJ are working collaboratively,” he tells. “Except the reporter, other characters are not set. I can go about and around and generate the same grounds for imagination to run wild in, much same as a book,”

Stevenson, one of the top ten talents to watch according to the Vancouver Sun, is also a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has been nominated for Jessie Richardson and Ovation Awards in 2010 for outstanding performances. He has been told he gives a killer performance, being a knockout and being electric, by the critics. “I am super excited about this role”, Stevenson adds. “As it’s going to be different from most of my plays. I know there is always a risk when you do something totally new, yet, you reach to discoveries and grow up in the process. That’s these dynamics that make the whole experience worthwhile”.