A Man of Many Firsts

Oct 30, 2014

buddy holly, buddy, the buddy holly story, showcase theatre, grande prairie production, grande prairie theatre, jackson friesenHe was a man of many firsts.

A pioneer in the early days of rock and roll, he literally set the now standard instrumentation of drums, bass, and two guitars. He was one of the first artists in the genre to write, produce and perform his own songs. He also managed along with Elvis and a few others, to bridge the almost unbridgeable racial divide that was so much a part of American culture at that time. With his signature rock & roll sound that combined rockabilly, country, blues and R&B music it was hard to tell if his band was comprised of black or white singers – something which was unheard of in those days.

Who is he? None other than Buddy Holly!

Buddy died less than two years after his big breakthrough, shocking the nation and making “meteoric” an all too apt adjective to describe his effect on the music scene and popular culture. For those of you who wish you had a chance to witness Buddy Holly’s rise to fame, you’re in luck! From November 7 – December 13, you can experience the man and the music with The Showcase Centre’s production of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is a musical retelling of Buddy Holly’s life from his marriage proposal to his receptionist after just a five hour courtship, his first big hit in 1957 with “That’ll Be the Day”, to that catastrophic February morning in 1959 when a plane crash in an Iowa blizzard took Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and him away from us. Audiences will be treated to great Buddy Holly songs such as “Peggy Sue”, and “Everyday”, as well as “La Bamba” and “Chantilly Lace” by Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper respectively.

Grande Prairie’s own Jackson Friesen as Buddy Holly, along with an amazing cast of performers is sure to deliver a high energy show that will have you singing along and dancing in your seats. Jackson’s portrayal of Buddy Holly is bang-on. It will transform you back in time to the days when rock was young.

From November 21 onward all shows will offer a wonderful Christmas dinner as an option, making your night on the town complete! Tickets can be purchased at 780-897-9200, or click here to purchase online from

To learn more about Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, check out the event listing.

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