Telling the stories of 1812 through music, laughter and fun

Bicentennial-themed musical returns to museum for summer run

Jun 21, 2013
Niagara-On-The-Lake Town Crier

One can’t truly understand the delicate relationship that existed between British Major General Sir Isaac Brock and Shawnee tribal chief Tecumseh until they’ve seen the two men rap about their friendship.

Or rather, until they’ve seen two actors portraying the prominent War of 1812 figures rap about the friendship. Those who have yet to experience that distinct pleasure will still have the chance when Petticoats, Boots and Muskets returns to the Niagara Historical Museum in July. The bicentennial-themed musical tells many stories from the War of 1812, all based out of Niagara.

Set in the tent tavern The Black Swan, the tales of Brock, Tecumseh, Laura Secord and many other, local legends are told through song. Written by Monica Dufault, who also acts in the production, the play is based on life in Niagara at the time, adding some playful embellishments to the facts presented.

Dufault is joined on stage by Lauren Shepherd, Adrienne Smoke and Aaron Berger and Steven Baranyai, who worked together to compose the original music. Barbara Worthy directed the production.

The play debuted last year as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations and received Ontario Trillium Funding Foundation to mount a 2013 season. Worthy said the play was well received but they did make some changes this year to reflect the commemoration of the occupation and burning of the town taking place in 2013. Two new characters have been added as well as two new songs.

“It’s still just as much fun as last year,” she promised, adding those who have seen it before will enjoy seeing the new addition.

The performances take place under a tent outside the Niagara Historical Museum Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. The season kicks off on July 6 and runs through Aug. 25. Period snacks and refreshments will be provided during each performance.

Tickets for the show are $15 and includes admission to the museum. There will be no shows on Aug. 3-4, 10-11.

For more information call 905-468-3912 or visit

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