Entertainment One’s Podcast Network announces the debut of This is Deadsville, their first musical podcast. This is Deadsville tells the tale of a fictional Southwest Ontario town whose once thriving factory closes, forcing the entire town out of work. It is told through spoken word with nine original songs.

The musical is written and directed by Jeffrey Case, who didn’t set out to write a musical fiction. “I started experimenting with the idea of creating a concept album for the podcast generation,” Case explains. After demoing four songs (Deadsville, Ordinary Man, Knew it Well, and Headed West) Case enlisted production duo Joel Simpson and Jennifer Ashley (Ashley & Simpson/Randomocity Records).

With the help of marketing legend Ron Tite and Emmy-nominated writer Sandy Marshall, Case assembled an amazing cast who gathered one chilly October day at Toronto’s Astrolab Studios. Rather than have the actors simply read the script, Case allowed them to breathe life into the characters through improvisation.

About the Team

About Jefferey Case, Creator of This is Deadsville
Toronto native, who now resides in Chicago, Jeffrey Case, is a creator who uses both song and spoken word to tell stories. This Is Deadsville is his first podcast. He has two others currently in development. Case is also a trained singer, marketer, speaker and an award winning innovator.

About the Stars of This is Deadsville

RON TITE was trained at Second City and has been a comedian, speaker, host and award winning advertising writer and executive creative director. He has also written for a number of television series. Named one of the Top 10 Creative Canadians by Marketing magazine, Ron is the president of The Tite Group, a content marketing agency based in Toronto. Ron speaks at over forty events every year and hosts The Art Of conferences across Canada.

RALPH MACLEOD is the co-founder of The Social Capital. Prior to this he was the co-founder, workshop director, and general manager of the Bad Dog Theatre Company. He oversaw the latter company’s growth from a fledgling group into the second-largest improv training centre in the country. He has produced, created, directed, and written several shows including Hip Waiters, Hot Doctors in Love, Macro Neato, Win Ralph’s Stein Full of Money, Hardboiled, and several others. He has been training improvisers for over a decade and several of his former students can be seen on film, TV, and television commercials. Many have gone on to work professionally at Second City in Chicago and Toronto. Ralph also works as a corporate trainer and his list of clients have included Bell, Xerox, University of Toronto, the National Advertiser Benevolent Society, and several more.

PAUL BARNES is a Dora Award nominee in 2017 for Superdude & Mr. Rude, is a graduate of
the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Second City Conservatory Program.
An actor, comedian, and puppeteer, he has spent four years as a cast member of the Second City’s Educational and Family Companies. He is also a principal cast member on the TVO/Jim Henson kid’s show Hi Opie! , and performs with various improv and sketch troupes around Toronto such as Improv Against Humanity, Dog Science, We Happy Few and Men with Mustaches. He is delighted that he gets to spend his adult working life playing with toys and making pretend. Recently he starred in a Toronto Fringe Festival favorite, The Pineapple Club.

PENELOPE CORRIN is a Canadian actress. Penelope graduated from Canterbury Arts High
School. She continued her education in Vancouver and is a graduate of the UBC BFA Acting program. She was a regular performer with the Royal Canadian Air Farce as well as its successor program Air Farce Live.