Jersey Boys take over the Jubilee
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012 5:27PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7:12PM MDT
The Tony award winning musical Jersey Boys is performing at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary and some of the cast members were honoured with a Calgary western tradition.
The Jersey Boys made its stage debut in New York in 2005 and is based on the trials and tribulations of the 60s band Four Seasons.
The rags to riches musical opened in Calgary at the end of June and a few cast members were white hatted when they arrived in the city.
The city's traditions are already familiar to Kara Tremel, who plays Frankie Valli's wife.
Tremel has toured all over the world and for the first time she is bringing the show home to Calgary.
“I've been on the road for five years and I’m finally home, to see my mom, dad, step mom, step dad, all my grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends,” said Tremel.
Tremel's first performance job was at Calaway Park in high school and her mom Margaret Neff says her daughter was determined to make it.
“They said 85 percent of you will not make it in this profession. And I remember her coming out of the room and telling me that, and I said what are you going to do, and she said, I won't be in that 85 percent,” said Neff.
Tremel proved to be right and landed a job in the Toronto production of Beauty and the Beast before she graduated college.
Her partner is John Gardiner who plays Tommy Devito.
Since the show is now in Calgary, Tremel made plans to show off her city to her cast mates.
“The Calgary Stampede. He's a skier so we're going to go out to Banff, We're probably going to go to COP and do the zip line,” said Tremel.
Tremel advises young people who want to also make it in the biz to stick to it and work hard.
“If it's really what you want to do, stick it out. It’s a hard life, but it can happen.”
The Jersey Boys runs until July 15.