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The Canadian Music Theatre Project presented Marathon of Hope, based on the incredible true story of Terry Fox. In the summer of 1980, Terry ran across Canada, a marathon every day to raise money for cancer research and captured the heart of the nation in the process. After 143 days, Terry was forced to end his run when his cancer returned. He passed away on June 28, 1981 at 22 years of age.

A professional cast of actors, in Sheridan’s “theatrical laboratory”, developed this exciting new folk musical about one of Canada’s enduring heroes. Marathon of Hope is presented in collaboration with the family of Terry Fox.

Music and lyrics by John Connolly. Based on the Book by Jim Betts. Orchestrations and arrangements are by Michael Mulrooney.

Director: Jim Betts

Musical Director: Michael Mulrooney

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Macdonald-Heaslip Hall, Sheridan


Betty: Lorretta Bailey
Sharon: Tess Benger
Rika: Michelle Bouey
Leslie: Paula Brancati
Darrell: Michael Cox
Doug: Alex Furber
Greg: Jayden Greig
Bill: Jordan Till
Rolly: Geoffrey Tyler
Terry: Joshua Wiles


Marathon of Hope, Theatre Sheridan, The Canadian Music Theatre Project, Terry Fox

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Original Citation

Betts, J. (Director). (2013, November 27 – December 8). Marathon of hope. [Theatre Performance]. Oakville: Theatre Sheridan.

Marathon of Hope, November 27 – December 8, 2013



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