The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, a musical about the legendary Canadian singer, is set to open at Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside, P.E.I.

Harbourfront Theatre is putting the final touches on the musical, which opens Saturday and runs six nights a week all summer.

Cameron MacDuffee

Cameron MacDuffee plays Stompin' Tom Connors in a musical about the singer's life. (CBC)

Fiercely patriotic country-folk singer Stompin' Tom Connors died in March 2013 of natural causes at the age of 77.

Theatre officials hope Stompin' Tom's fame and his well-known songs will attract audiences.

"We have the exclusive rights for the show right now, and we're the only theatre company producing the show since his passing," said director Catherine O'Brien.

"So many people felt connected to him I think because he wrote songs about all of us, about where we all were from and about the every man and woman, and I think people are really going to be drawn in by this story."

A tribute to the man and his music

Cameron MacDuffee is one of three different actors who play Tom at various stages in his life.

Catherine O'Brien

Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside, P.E.I. has exclusive rights for The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, says Catherine O'Brien, director. (CBC)

"You get to see a balance of all the great songs that you know and love and then you get to see some parts of his life that you might not know as much about — when he grew up, when he was on the road. All the different aspects of the interesting and sometimes complicated man that he was," said MacDuffee.

MacDuffee says he doesn't want the role to be an impersonation, but rather a tribute to the man and his music.

"I've got to find the things about me that are like him and the things about him that are like me and try to bring those together and capture what I think is the essence."

The play was written by David Scott, who worked with Stompin' Tom as he was writing it. 

Stompin' Tom saw the original production in Ontario and his family is coming to P.E.I. this summer to see the musical, say theatre officials.

The Ballad of Stompin' Tom

In this scene, bar patrons are not keen on Stompin' Tom's style. (CBC)