Beau Dixon stars as Maurice Ruddick [submitted]

Beneath Springhill

The story of “the singing miner” Maurice Ruddick

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Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story by Beau Dixon will be performed at North Rustico’s Watermark Theatre from September 28 to October 8. 

Beneath Springhill is the incredible story of Maurice Ruddick, “the singing miner,” an African-Canadian who survived nine days underground during the historic Springhill, Nova Scotia mining disaster of 1958. This one-man show performed by Beau Dixon recalls the events during the disaster, the effect it had on Ruddick’s family, and the racial tensions in the town of Springhill. The play is a celebration of hope, courage and community. It is directed and developed by Linda Kash, with music by Susan Newman and lyrics by Rob Fortin.

Beau Dixon is an actor, musician, playwright, music director and sound designer based in Ontario. He is the co-founder and artistic director for Firebrand Theatre, a Canadian educational theatre company, as well as an artistic associate for 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook, Ontario. Recently, Dixon became the music director for Sheridan College, Lakefield College School and Stratford Festival. Currently, he is working on a variety of projects, including acting in film and TV roles, producing and writing plays, and composing and performing music for digital distribution, public live stream events and corporate functions.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 963-3963.