Scott Parsons project

Songs and stories at Kings Playhouse—Nov 10

When Scott Parsons remembers his father Benny Parsons, he remembers his love for music and his shiny black boots. These memories and Benny’s own voice will be heard in the newest Legacy Project from Kings Playhouse, And the Land Rested from War—Stories and Songs for my Father, a musical presentation by Scott Parsons premiering November 10 at 7 pm.

Ivan “Benny” Parsons was born in Lucasville, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, on February 26, 1922. He was the eldest of 10 children and worked on a local farm. His father was a sawyer at the local saw mill. After finishing basic training in Yarmouth, NS, and Camp Borden, ON, Mr. Parsons shipped to England aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. After training as a truck driver, he took part in the D-Day invasion at Normandy. During his service in Europe, his truck crew delivered ordinance to the artillery. 

Mr. Parsons returned home early in 1946. After working in the retail business for a short time, he returned to the army. He later served with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for 20 years.

And the Land Rested from War features the stories of Parsons, captured in video by the Veterans Affairs Canada project Heroes Remember, as well as story and song by his son, beloved Island musician Scott Parsons. 

Since 2019, Kings Playhouse, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada through the Community Commemorative Partnership Fund, has been working to tell the stories of local veterans through story, song and multimedia.  

“Storytelling is one of the best ways to honour the stories of the real people who served in wartime,” says Catherine O’Brien, Kings Playhouse interim executive director. “Our Legacy Projects offer a meaningful way to preserve these stories for generations to come.”