By Susan Noakes
Ruddell, a Victoria-based composer known for his choral and chamber music, heard the story of the 1957 trip to take down the poles at the abandoned settlement at Ninstints on the Queen Charlotte Islands from his friend, Haida carver Bill Reid.
The story of that journey that emerges in Beyond Eden—the new musical that opens in Vancouver on Thursday—is bigger and more spectacular than Ruddell ever dreamed.
Created by Theatre Calgary and Vancouver Playhouse and starring aboriginal actor Tom Jackson and Spirit of the West's John Mann, it is a rock musical with a strong Haida influence. Ruddell composed the score with rock musician Bill Henderson.
Below: "Tom Jackson and John Mann appear in Beyond Eden."