Gripping and powerful, Vigilante tells the shocking story of Johannah Donnelly and her six dangerous yet devoted sons. A riveting rock musical about family, forgiveness and frontier justice.

This multi-award winning production premiered at the Citadel Theatre, then  toured to Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), The National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and has had two engagements at The Grand Theatre (London, ON). It also underwent a workshop production at Keyano Theatre in Fort McMurray.

In association with the Citadel Theatre, and in collaboration with Canada’s National Arts Centre.


“Christenson plays with conventions of musical theatre to new and startling effect.”

– Arts File, Ottawa

“a riveting production that is one of those rare theatrical gems–by any measure an artistic achievement… fuelled by a great story, passion and talent, audiences seldom get to experience.”

– London Free Press

Creative Team

Book, Music & Lyrics - Jonathan Christenson

Director - Jonathan Christenson

Choreographer - Laura Krewski

Production Dramaturg - Sarah Garton Stanley

Costume Designer - Narda McCarroll

Lighting Designer - Beth Kates

Sound Designer - Wade Staples

Music Producer & Band Director - Matthew Skopyk

Stage Manager - John Raymond

Assistant Stage Manager - Molly Pearson

Original Voice, Speech & Text Director - Betty Moulton

2019 Cast Featuring: - Jan Alexandra Smith, David Leyshon, Kris Joseph, Carson Nattrass, Eric Morin, Scott Walters, Benjamin Wardle, Eric Wigston

2019 Musicians - Taylor Cochrane, Leah Grandmont, Earl Pereira, Kurtis Schultz, Scott White


“Vigilante builds to a wrenching, violent conclusion that is powerful indeed. And it ends with a heart grabbing anthem…”

– Colin Maclean, Edmonton Sun

“Passionate and lethal…”

– Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal