The terrific cast of The Time Machine takes us back to a hippy-dippy era.

Review: Happy trip back to the musical past with The Time Machine

Classic rock songs from the ’60s and ’70s are featured in this engaging local musical revue



Oh, what a feeling. What a rush!

The Time Machine, A Retro Rock & Roll Revue: A Love Story opened with electric energy Thursday night at Red Deer’s Scott Block theatre.

A talented cast of local singers and musicians — led by powerhouse vocalists Kayla Williams from The Dirrty Show and Josh Baynes from local band Oldbury — performed some fantastic rock tunes while wearing truly terrible fashions.

We’d expect nothing less, since this show — conceived and directed by Harley Hay — is rooted in nostalgic songs from 1965 to ‘75.

More than two dozen timeless tunes were performed with an infectious sense of fun by a cast of five singers and six musicians. The songs were strung around a very loose story line about a guy and a girl who meet, fall in and out of love.

There’s no dialogue, apart from narrator Ryan Marchant (from the band KlamDaggers) making such trippy pronouncements as: “Sometimes it takes a little falling-out to fall back into love, like, for real, man, like forever…”

Marchant modeled extreme hairstyles from the era while performing funky versions of Stevie Wonder’s I Wish, and Jackie Wilson’s Higher. His performance of That’s the Way I Like It was sung with synchronized moves with backup singers, Laren Steppler and Michelle Colby (choreographed by Elisa Nixon).

Colby delivered Lady Marmalade while sporting gold lamé bell-bottoms. (Did they glow, or was that reflection from the disco ball?) And Steppler managed to sing, dance — and play a honking big saxophone — without missing a beat.

Hay gave us tmorphing lava lamp designs projected onto screens, vintage video clips of the NASA moon landing, Trudeau-mania, Barbie doll commercials, and the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.

But the most memorable moments came from Baynes and Williams.

Baynes’ voice is tailor-made for rock opera, as shown in his searing versions of Foxy Lady and One is the Loneliest Number. Williams performed a haunting rendition of Sound of Silence and brought down the house with her incredible delivery of Somebody to Love.

The singers also nailed their duet of (The Jackson 5’s) I Want You Back.

My one quibble was with many voices vying for dominance on ensemble numbers, such All You Need is Love. More back-seat harmonizing would have been nice. But it’s a small point in an otherwise terrific show.

Kudos also go to the amazing band that enjoyed every moment: music director Morgan McKee (sax and keyboards), Dave Parfett on organ, Hay and Rob Goodwin on a multitude of drums (and did I hear cow bell?), Jeremy Doody on guitar, and Scott Wiber on bass. Larry Reese also lent a very cool ’60s vibe with his sitar intro.

For a groovy blast from the past, check out The Time Machine until Nov. 12. (Tickets from

Just Posted

Schizophrenia a misunderstood illness, an Alberta expert says

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta campaign kickoff features TSN’s Michael Landsberg in Central Alberta

WATCH: Collecting coats and donations from drivers in Red Deer

Central Albertans made donations to keep children warm and neighbourhoods safe from… Continue reading

PHOTO: Fall Harvest Festival in Red Deer’s West Park

The West Park Community Association hosted the Fall Harvest Festival near West… Continue reading

Man dies in Hwy 2 collision near Ponoka

A 46-year-old man is dead following a three-vehicle collision on Hwy 2… Continue reading

Canyon Ski Resort aiming to open Nov. 10

The finishing touches are being put on Canyon Ski Resort trails just… Continue reading

WATCH: Blackfalds Fire teaches families about fire safety

An open house was held Saturday in support of Fire Prevention Week

Five things about what’s legal and what’s not in Canada’s new pot law

OTTAWA — Canada’s new law legalizing recreational cannabis goes into force on… Continue reading

4 men killed in shooting at child’s birthday party in Texas

DALLAS — An argument at a toddler’s birthday party in South Texas… Continue reading

German bus crashes on Swiss highway, 1 dead and 14 injured

BERLIN — A German bus crashed into a metal post on a… Continue reading

4 days after storm, large swath of Panhandle suffering

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Crews with backhoes and other heavy equipment scooped… Continue reading

Immigrants face hurdles to prove abuse by US agents

HOUSTON — Within hours of being booked at a Border Patrol station… Continue reading

Unicorns and pipelines: Notley and enviro-activist square off on Trans Mountain

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, with her arch pipeline foe sitting… Continue reading

A year into #MeToo, survivors’ stories resonate online and off: experts

Jenny Wright remembers scrolling through her social media feed a year ago… Continue reading

Emergency buzzer had been disabled in young man’s prison death: report

HALIFAX — An emergency intercom in the jail unit of a young… Continue reading

Most Read