Masterworks 1: The Soldier’s Tale

September 25, 2021 | Redding 
September 26, 2021 | Chico

Conductor: Scott Seaton

Shasta College Theatre | Greg Thorson, Director

STRAVINSKY - The Soldier’s Tale

Igor Stravinsky

Our return to the stage delves into Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, a work of adaptation born from an immense struggle.  It’s a work that emerged near the end of World War I and the 1918 pandemic during a time when Stravinsky’s large ballets were not able to be performed.  We partner with Shasta College Theatre in a telling of this remarkable tale of a common soldier who, on leave from the troops, trades in his scratched violin for a promise of riches.  Unknowingly making a deal with the devil, this story addresses the universal question that everyone eventually asks themselves:  what makes us really happy?

Shasta College Theatre

The Shasta College Theatre Arts Department offers academic classes and produces plays and musicals. The Theatre Arts Department offers a variety of acting, theory, theatre history and technical theatre classes. Shasta College produces a play Fall and Spring Semester and a Summer Musical. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and are open to members of the community.

The Soldier’s Tale Cast and Crew

Narrator: Jacob McDuffey
Soldier: Blake Fisher
Devil: Ashley Olson

Jeremiah Follette

Director: Gregory Thorson

Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Hannah Paluch

Costume and Make-Up Design: Mathew McDonald

Gregory Thorson

Dr. Gregory Thorson (Director) has a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Favorite credits include the New York City premieres of the original plays Superhero and Toy Land (Vital Theatre Company) and Cabaret (University of Colorado). At Shasta College Dr. Thorson has directed The Miracle Worker, As You Like It, The Producers, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Foreigner, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible, The Farnsworth Invention and The Wolves. Dr. Thorson was the dramaturg on the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s productions of All’s Well that Ends WellThe Two Gentlemen of Verona and Noises Off! Dr. Thorson is member of Lincoln Centers Directors Lab.





Blake Fisher, actor








Jacob McDuffey, actor

Jacob McDuffey is thrilled to be a part of A Soldiers Tale, with Shasta College & The North State Symphony. Jacob’s past theatre credits Include Jack Kelley in Axioms production of Newsies, David Sarnoff and Tobias Ragg in the Shasta College productions, The Farnsworth Invention and Sweeney Todd, and multiple Cascade shows. Jacob is a Real Estate Agent in Shasta County and spends his free time working and volunteering with VIVA Downtown. He would like to thank everyone for supporting the show.”

Ashley Olson, Actor