Saving Graceland

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Creative Team

Goldie Garratt

Role: Dylan
Categories: Saving Graceland

Goldie-Jack Happy Hazel Garratt lives in Bayfield, Ontario where she loves spending time reading, drawing, dancing, sewing, jumping on the trampoline, and playing the harp. She really enjoys hanging out with her siblings, Ghid, Gulliver, and Gloria, as well as being an extremely great helper on their farm. She is very excited to be making her Blyth Festival debut this season before starting Grade 3 in September! 

Goldie Garratt


Goldie-Jack Happy Hazel Garratt lives in Bayfield, Ontario where she...

Caroline Gillis

Role: Orillia
Categories: Saving Graceland

Caroline is very happy to return to the Blyth Festival where she was last seen in Cake Walk and In the Wake of Wetlaufer. Previous shows at the festival include Leaving Home, Anne and Barnboozled among others.  She was most recently seen in Queen Maeve (Here for Now Theatre) and Draw Me Close (Soulpepper Theatre/NFB). Other credits include: New Magic Valley Fun Town (Prairie Theatre Exchange/Tarragon/Neptune), Innocence Lost (Soulpepper Theatre), Alice Munro Stories (Belfry Theatre) and Liv Stein (Canadian Stage). She has appeared in theatres across Canada including the National Arts Centre and the Stratford Festival

Caroline Gillis


Caroline is very happy to return to the Blyth Festival...

Amy Keating

Role: Lauren
Categories: Saving Graceland

Amy is a settler of Irish and Scottish descent from Treaty 6 territory in the Prairies. She’s a Dora Award-winning actor, and founding member and Artistic Associate of Outside the March in Toronto. Amy is delighted to return to Blyth after playing Clair in The Chronicles of Sarnia last year. Fave theatre: Trojan Girls; The Flick; Mr. Marmalade (OtM); Cathleen in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Stratford); Laura in The Glass Menagerie (The Grand); Claudia in I, Claudia (TiFT). Fave TV credits: Ginny & Georgia (Netflix); Reacher (Prime); Murdoch Mysteries (CBC).
Thanks to Gil and the Festival for inviting her back, and love to her family, her partner Mitchell, and her cats Rosencatz and Guildenpurr.

Amy Keating


Amy is a settler of Irish and Scottish descent from...

Cameron Laurie

Cameron Laurie

Role: Ben
Categories: Saving Graceland

Cameron is thrilled to return home to Blyth for another season. His past Blyth credits include last season’s The Donnellys: A Trilogy,  as well as The Drawer Boy and Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning. Cameron is also a Founder and Artistic Leader of The Howland Company, where he has performed in a number of shows including Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Prodigal, Three Sisters, Punk Rock and Casimir & Caroline, for which he won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Ensemble. Cameron wants to thank Gil and Rachael and the whole Blyth team.


Cameron Laurie


Cameron is thrilled to return home to Blyth for another...

J.D. Nicholsen

Role: Gordon
Categories: Saving Graceland

For Blyth: 9th season; Barn Dance Live, Death of the Hired Man, Dear Johnny Deere (for which he won the Calgary Critics Award), Billy Bishop Goes to War, St. Anne’s Reel, If Truth Be Told, Our Beautiful Sons: The Matthew Dinning Story, and The Pigeon King, which also ran at The National Arts Centre;. Appeared in the title role for the Blyth Festival/Charlottetown Festival co-production of The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom. Jack made his directorial debut at Blyth Festival with Jewel in 2021. A professional actor and musician spanning 40 years, Jack has appeared on stages in every major city and countless towns in all provinces. He has 100+ stage, film, and television roles to his credit. He is a guitarist, singer and songwriter in two bands; The Cameron Family Singers and Regal Road (featuring members of The Pigeon King collective). He dreams of performing in the north. Jack is honoured to be in Blyth for the 50th season with it’s engaged theatre community, and to play in two world premieres in one of Canada’s most innovative and important theatres. 

J.D. Nicholsen


For Blyth: 9th season; Barn Dance Live, Death of the...

Gil Garratt

Gil Garratt

Role: Playwright
Categories: Saving Graceland Creative Team

Actor, director, playwright, collaborator, Gil has been with the Blyth Festival in some capacity or other since 1999. Outstanding shows over the years have included: The Donnellys: A Trilogy, Death of the Hired Man, The Drawer Boy, The Outdoor Donnellys, World Without Shadows, Pearl Gidley, The Nutalls, A Killing Snow, the Last Donnelly Standing, The Pigeon King, In the Wake of Wettlaufer. Gil has been artistic director since 2014, and lives on a little farm in Central Huron with his wife and four beautiful children.

Gil Garratt


Actor, director, playwright, collaborator, Gil has been with the Blyth...

Staci Hanley

Role: Stage Manager
Categories: Saving Graceland Creative Team

For Blyth: Debut.

Other theatre: Select credits include Chapter Two (Stage West), The Marriage of Figaro, Cinderella (Calgary Opera), Grease (Western Canada Theatre), Sound of Music (Arts Club), Halfway There, Hurry Hard (Lighthouse Festival), Hairspray, Elf: The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast and more (Theatre Aquarius), A Few Good Men, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Ghost: The Musical and more (Drayton Entertainment).

Other: Staci is an honours graduate of the Technical Production for Theatre program at Sheridan College majoring in Stage Management. Staci would like to thank her friends and family for all their support.

Staci Hanley

Stage Manager

For Blyth: Debut. Other theatre: Select credits include Chapter Two...

James MacDonald

Role: Director
Categories: Saving Graceland Creative Team

 James is a director, actor, and theatre educator who has worked at and played in many theatres across Canada. In Ontario his directing credits include Julius Caesar (Stratford Festival), The Old Ladies (Shaw Festival), The Buddy Holly Story (Thousand Islands Playhouse), and several productions at Canadian Stage. He has been involved in the development of over 50 new Canadian Plays, including GLORY, which played at Drayton in 2019 as part of a cross-Canada tour. James is the artistic director at Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, where he has directed 12 productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Drowning Girls, Grease, and Sleight of Mind. He is the former Associate AD at the Citadel Theatre, where he directed or acted in 24 productions over 10 years. He feels very privileged to work at Blyth in the 50th Anniversary season on this beautiful play by Gil Garratt.

James MacDonald


 James is a director, actor, and theatre educator who has...

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Role: Costume Design
Categories: Saving Graceland Creative Team

Blyth Credits: The Donnellys: A TrilogyThe Drawer Boy, Jewel, Huron County Christmas Carol,  Wing Night at the Boot, Kitchen Radio, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Innocence Lost, Against the Grain, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Queen Milli of Galt, Schoolhouse, The Thirteenth One, Test Drive, Overboard!, Barndance Live!

Jennifer is honoured to be working on three new productions for Blyth’s 50th season! Jennifer has been fascinated with the language of clothes since she was a teenager and the study of clothing is her passion. She is a designer, educator, creator and purveyor of costume and fashion.  Jennifer is the owner of Pick a Posie Vintage – just down the street at the corner of Wellington and Queen. Drop by for a visit!


Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Costume Design

Blyth Credits: The Donnellys: A Trilogy, The Drawer Boy, Jewel, Huron County Christmas...


Book Tickets From



Show Times:

Jun 19 - Aug 03, 2024


Approx 2h 20mins



Memorial Hall

Ticket Deals:

Youth: $20

Previews: $40

          Groups: $43 (one complimentary ticket per 20 people)    

Saving Graceland
by Gil Garratt

Memorial Hall – World Premiere

It’s 2019 in Clinton, ON. Newly retired and ready for adventure, Gord and Orillia have been Elvis fans since they were teenagers. In twenty-five years, they’ve never missed their annual pilgrimage to the Collingwood Elvis Festival. Having sold their business, they’re now ready to embrace nothing but Presley and the CPP. But when they can’t find their daughter, and their only grandchild arrives on the doorstep, everyone’s future plans are upended in ways no one dreamed.

A love-me-tender family drama about the King and kincare.

Runs from Wednesday, June 19, 2024 to Saturday, August 3, 2024
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Tickets on sale to members by phone starting February 5, 2024

Tickets on sale to general public by phone and website starting April 2, 2024

Play Showings

Saving Graceland (Preview)Wednesday19 June 20248:00 PM
Saving Graceland (Preview)Thursday20 June 20248:00 PM
Saving Graceland (Opening)Friday21 June 20248:00 PM
Saving GracelandSaturday22 June 20242:00 PM
Saving GracelandTuesday25 June 20242:00 PM
Saving GracelandWednesday26 June 20242:00 PM
Saving GracelandWednesday26 June 20248:00 PM
Saving GracelandThursday27 June 20242:00 PM
Saving GracelandFriday28 June 20242:00 PM
Saving GracelandWednesday10 July 20248:00 PM
Saving GracelandWednesday10 July 20242:00 PM
Saving GracelandThursday11 July 20242:00 PM
Saving GracelandTuesday16 July 20242:00 PM
Saving GracelandFriday19 July 20242:00 PM
Saving GracelandSaturday03 August 20248:00 PM