Kale Penny (left) and as Carl Perkins (right) in Million Dollar Quartet. Carl Perkins photo by David Cooper.
Kale Penny (left) and as Carl Perkins (right) in Million Dollar Quartet. Carl Perkins photo by David Cooper.

On December 4, 1956 Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash came together at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee for an impromptu jam session.

Inspired by this true event, the famed recording session is recreated in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Million Dollar Quartet currently playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

In on our continuing special 20 questions series we meet the actors playing these four rock and roll legends who also answer our 20 questions as their musical counterparts.

20 questions with Kale Penny (and Carl Perkins)

1Your first job.

Kale: Paper route.
Carl: We grew up as sharecroppers. That means we could farm our land and the landlord took a share of the profits.

2The job you always wanted as a child.

Kale: To paint lines on the road.
Carl: Truck driver.

3Your pet peeve.

Kale: Tangled cables.
Carl: Plagiarism.

4Your hero.

Kale: Gord Downie.
Carl: Uncle John. The man who taught me the git-tar.

5Your biggest indulgence.

Kale: Sugar.
Carl: Bourbon.

6One thing no one knows about you.

Kale: I’m allergic to cashews, pistachios, and macadamia nuts.
Carl: I wrote “Blue Suede Shoes”.

7Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

Kale: My guitar, food, and water.
Carl: Git-tar, bottle of bourbon, pack of Camel Cigarettes.

8The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

Kale: Goofy.
Carl: Awkward

9If you were not an actor (or musician), what would you be doing?

Kale: Massage therapy.
Carl: I would still be a farmer.

10Hero or villain?

Kale: Hero!
Carl: Hero.

11Your life’s motto/mantra.

Kale: As my dad says, “Seize The Day”.
Carl: Don’t step on my blue suede shoes!

12Your favourite song.

Kale: My favourite Carl Perkins song is “Boppin The Blues”.
Carl: “Natural Forces” by Mr Lyle Lovett

13Your favourite movie.

Kale: O Brother Where Art Thou.
Carl: The Great Escape.

14If you were a cartoon character which cartoon character would you be?

Kale: TJ Detweiler from Recess.
Carl: Bugs Bunny! (Big Ears)

15What will it say on your grave marker?

Kale: There will be no stone above my grave. Plant a tree. That will say a lot more about who I am.
Carl: “Here lies that guy no one remembers”

16Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Kale: Eric Clapton.
Carl: John Lennon.

17Your idea of happiness.

Kale: Laughing with loved ones.
Carl: A nice dinner with the wife and kids.

18If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?

Kale: I would tell him to focus!
Carl: I’d tell him to drive safe!

19The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Kale: My new EP “The Tracks”! Available after the show!
Carl: Knowing all the people who have been influenced by lil ol’ me.

20To be or not to be?

Kale: Well that depends on what!
Carl: To be.