Hockey takes centre stage at Rainbow Stage production


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Performers gather around the net during rehearsal for The Hockey Sweater at Rainbow Stage.

The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places — the school, the church and the skating-rink — but our life was on the skating-rink.

So begins Roch Carrier’s beloved book The Hockey Sweater, which recounts his childhood memory and the furor that arose following the unintended delivery of a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey to his home in Quebec, where Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard and the Montreal Canadiens ruled.

The classic tale later became a widely popular National Film Board animated short and was adapted for the stage.

The musical production kicks off Rainbow Stage’s season.

Free Press photographer Mikaela MacKenzie had an inside look as the cast and crew prepared for opening night. The production runs from June 30 to July 17.

The boys’ dressing room backstage, well-stocked with No. 9 jerseys of Habs legend ‘Rocket’ Richard.
Lead actor Nathan Malolos gets his look just right.
Nathan Malolos poses for a portrait in the dressing room backstage.
Erik Evason, left, who plays Olivier Gélineau, and Malolos in the dressing room backstage at Rainbow Stage.
Lead choreographer Jaz Sealey.
Davison Gee practices formations.
Kaelyn Yoon-MacRae’s rollerblades were all laced up for rehearsal.
Lead Nathan Malolos (portraying a young Roch Carrier) sings the song Ten Feet Tall.
Kaelyn Yoon-MacRae (playing Marie Sirois), left, and Keara Allain (portraying Ginette Beauchamps) have a laugh while gearing up on stage for the first time during rehearsal.
Director Carson Nattrass gives Malolos direction for the song Ten Feet Tall.
Stage manager Zahra Larche.
A stage tech’s view of the rink set for The Hockey Sweater.
Kaelyn Yoon-MacRae waits in the wings to make her entrance.
Yasmine Ravandi makes a save.
They shoot, they score.
Mikaela MacKenzie

Mikaela MacKenzie

Mikaela MacKenzie loves meeting people, experiencing new things, and learning something every day. That's what drove her to pursue a career as a visual journalist — photographers get a hands-on, boots-on-the-ground look at the world.

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