Kings County Arts Scene Dec. 5

Wendy Elliott
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Courtney Turner, left, as the Yellow Flower Attendant and Clair Newbery as the Spanish Dancer were selling tickets at the Wolfville Farmers Market recently for this weekend's production of The Nutcracker at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. - Wendy Elliott, 

Night Kitchen

This Saturday is the last Night Kitchen concert prior to New Year’s. On Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., the Al Whittle Theatre will be full of talent.

Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and are available at Just Us Café in Wolfville.








Christmas with guitars

Come hear guitar, banjo, bass and bouzouki in a Christmas recital suitable for the whole family on Dec. 14 at St. Joseph’s Church in Kentville.

Featuring special guest Eugene Cormier, guitar instructor at Acadia University, this event will also showcase the talented students of Webster's Guitar Academy, based in Canning.

Funds raised will go towards the Canning Area Music Education Fund, which helps subsidize the cost of private lessons for students. The music starts at 10:30 a.m.



Sing for Supper

Join Donna Holmes, Alan Slipp, Tim McFarland and the Funtime Brigade for an evening of Christmas music and stories entitled Singing for Our Supper. The entertainment is being held at Acadia University’s Manning Memorial Chapel on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.


Fifty per cent of proceeds will go towards the Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner (held at the Lion's Hall for all community members on Christmas Day). The other half will go to the Canadian Red Cross in support of typhoon victims in the Philippines.



See Shakespeare

The British National Theatre Live series will screen

its production of Richard II on Dec. 5 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

Captured live via satellite from Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Richard is a monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness, whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a civil war.

The film starts at 7 p.m.


Annual benefit

The Warchild benefit concert is scheduled for Dec. 6 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. The music starts at 7 p.m.

Harry Roberts is the presenter and tickets are $15.


Christmas With Friends returns

Rachel MacLean welcomes Kim Stockwood and Dave Gunning to the University Hall stage on Dec. 8 for Yuletide favourites.

Christmas With Friends takes place on Dec. 8, 7 p.m., at University Hall in Wolfville. Tickets are $25 and are available at all Valley Save Easy and Pharmasave locations, Acadia Box Office (542-5500) and Stirling Fruit Farms.


Nutcracker – a Valley tradition

Cadance Academy will be presenting its eighth annual production of The Nutcracker this weekend. Performances of the much-loved ballet classic and traditional Christmas favourite are set for Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at Festival Theatre, Wolfville. 


Fezziwig returns

Ever wonder what happened to Alice after she left Wonderland? The Fezziwig Society in Wolfville has the answer this December – Alice in Pantoland.

Moving to a new time slot at the Festival Theatre, the Fezziwig crew are busy preparing another comedic pantomime script written by the award winning Jeremy Webb.

Showtime for the Alice sequel will be 7 p.m., with a matinee Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adult seats, available at Box of Delights in Wolfville or at the door.


Forgotten Carols

St. Joseph’s Stage Prophets have a Christmas production coming up called The Forgotten Carols.

It will take place Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in University Hall, Acadia.

Tickets are $15 adults and $10 children and seniors.


Magical presentation

Al Bernard will perform his magic at CentreStage Theatre Upper Performance Centre in Kentville Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.


Benefit concert

Singer Chris Palmer and friends will hold two concerts to benefit food banks in western Kings County this month.

The first is on Dec. 8 at the Berwick Legion and the second will take place at the Kingston Lions hall on Dec. 15. Both concerts will begin at 2 p.m.


Upcoming flicks

Fundy Film will screen In the Family Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Chip has only known life with Cody and Joey, his two dads. When Cody dies suddenly, Joey and Chip struggle to regain their footing. Then, Cody's will reveals that his sister is Chip's guardian. It had never been updated since Cody's wife’s death. With infinite sympathy, it simply reveals the life of a completely original character and the nature of what it means to be in a family.

Then, on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., the film society will screen Wadjda, the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and first feature by a female Saudi filmmaker. Where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour's new film breaks barriers to tell the story of a young girl determined to have the right to ride a bicycle in a society where doing so is considered a danger to a girl’s virtue.

All films are screened at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. Tickets, $8, are available 30 minutes before screening




New gallery

The grand opening of Your Own Art Gallery,

sponsored by the Evangeline Artists' Co-operative and Valley Credit Union will take place on Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m.

There will be refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists Valley Credit Union, 9237 Commercial Street, New Minas.  


Two choirs in concert

The Kings Chorale Children’s Chorus and the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs will team up for their annual Christmas concert, Shine, on Dec. 13.

It will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Middleton Baptist Church.

Tickets are $10 adults/seniors and $5 for students. Purchase them ahead from the choristers or at the door.


Kings Chorale presents

Kings Chorale will celebrate Christmas in Canada on Dec. 15 by presenting a concert of music by contemporary Canadian composers.

Hear the wonders of the Christmas story created by living Canadians including Allan Bevan, Mark Sirett, Eleanor Daley, and Nova Scotian Stephen Smith.

Included will be some familiar works such as “The Huron Carol,” a number of new compositions and a few well-known carols for the audience to sing along.

The concert will take place on Dec. 15 at St. James Anglican Church in Kentville at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available from members of the choir or at the door.


Christmas Carol time

Jeremy Webb's A Christmas Carol celebrates its tenth anniversary with a return visit to Wolfville on Dec.19 and Dec. 20.


Whether read aloud with family and friends or in solitude on a chill winter evening to savor the story, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience.


Webb’s Christmas Carol has met with fantastic critical and box office success over the past decade. Show time is 7:30 p.m.


Webb plays all 30 roles in the production, from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Tiny Tim.

Tickets are $20/$15 and are on sale at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.




Old Love staged

Written by Canada’s preeminent comic playwright Norm Foster and directed by Candy O’Brien, Old Love will appeal to mature audiences. Due to language and subject matter, it is not recommended for children under 13.

Cast members include Peter Booth, Carole Ball, Ansonia Gray, Tracy Churchill and Geoff Ball.

Old Love plays on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14. Showtime is 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 8 at CentreStage Theatre.

Tickets $15/$12 (call 678-8040 for reservations).



Showcase time

On Dec. 12 at the Al Whittle Theatre, from 7-9:30 p.m., celebrate the arts during the Landmark East Fine Arts Showcase. Featuring the middle school and high school students, this evening is a chance to see what the students have been working on this year while helping to raise money for their trip to New York City in April.

Freewill donation at the door, with a suggested minimum of $10.


Concert ahead

Wolfville Community Chorus and music students of Susan Dworkin-Hachey will present a recital Dec. 13 at Wolfville Baptist church, 6:30 p.m.

Freewill donations for the Wolfville and Area Food Bank.

In the galleries

- Holly Carr has a collection of selected new works inspired by her recent Acadia exhibition on display at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.

- A show and sale of the original artwork (13 pieces in all) is up for ‘Step Outside,’ the latest book by Doretta Groenendyk.

- Through the end of the year Size Matters: the annual big show of small works by gallery artists everything in the show $200 or less. 

- Heather Alexis Porter and Jen White are the new artists who are showing their work at the Designer Café in Kentville. They call their exhibition When Two Hearts Collide.


Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, Acadia University, University Hall Church in Kentville Guitar Academy Canning Area Music Education Fund Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner Festival Theatre Canadian Red Cross National Theatre Acadia Box Office Cadance Academy Fezziwig Society Valley Credit Union CentreStage Theatre Upper Performance Centre Middleton Baptist Church James Anglican Church Ghost of Christmas Past Wolfville Community Chorus Wolfville Baptist church Area Food Bank

Geographic location: Wolfville, Canning, Kentville Philippines Stratford-upon-Avon England Acadia Pantoland Canada Kings Saudi Arabia 9237 Commercial Street Kings Chorale Children New York City

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