Kings County Arts Scene Dec. 12

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Well-known Kings County magician Al Bernard, right, performed at CentreStage Theatre in Kentville on Dec. 7, much to the delight of the children and the young at heart in attendance. Several local children were able to assist him with the performance. To watch a video of Bernard performing a few tricks or see a slideshow of additional photos, visit - Kirk Starratt,

Alice on Stage

Kings County residents can come down the rabbit hole to Wonderland this week with the Fezziwig cast, but beware the Red Queen is on the march.

Fairytale characters and Lewis Carroll favourites will hit the stage at the Festival Theatre from Dec. 12-14 in the presentation Alice in Pantoland.

Show dates are Dec. 12-14, 7 p.m. nightly, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 14.

Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adult seats, available at Box of Delights in Wolfville or at the door.



Frank Mills visits Dec. 17

Internationally known pianist Frank Mills returns to the Valley this month with his My Piano and Me – A Music Box Dancer Christmas. His 19-city tour wraps up in Wolfville on Dec. 17.   

The award-winning, million-selling composer is best known for Music Box Dancer, a recording released in the 1970s that became one of the most recognizable pieces of music ever played, reaching number one in 26 countries.  

Mills’ Christmas show takes audiences on an intimate musical journey of stories, memories and music. It showcases the magic of the season and tells the story of one song that almost never got released but would eventually skyrocket him onto the international stage.

Mills is the recipient of three Juno Awards, an international artist of the year award from Japan and the William Harold Moon Award. He has recorded 14 albums, has seven television specials to his name and is the author of the book, Frank Mills – My travels with Morley.

He will perform in Denton Hall at 7 p.m. Call 542-5500 for ticket information.


Exhibition coming up

The 23rd annual Acadia Art Exhibition will be on display again next month in Wolfville. 

The Acadia University Art Gallery's annual non-juried exhibition celebrates the visual creativity 

of alumni, students, staff, faculty and the community. 

Submit work on Jan. 3 or 4 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 

The opening reception will take place on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The exhibition will run until Feb. 15.









Christmas with guitars

Come hear guitar, banjo, bass and bouzouki in a show suitable for the whole family during the Christmas guitar recital 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, which is based in Canning.

Funds raised will go towards the Canning Area Music Education Fund, which helps subsidize the cost of private lessons for students so that more people can learn to play. 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.

Singing for Our Supper 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, which is 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 the typhoon victims in the Philippines.



Benefit concert

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

The second will take place at the Kingston Lions Hall on Dec. 15 and begins at 2 p.m.


An Evening of Christmas Fun

Bob and Bryen's Christmas Ho Ho Ho show will be held on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. in the upper performance theatre at Centrestage Theatre in Kentville.

Performers include Cherie Zinck, her elf, Ernest, Teresa Patterson and some of the Sweet Peas from How the Pea Came to Be. Valley Voices will also be lending their musical notes to the joy of the evening.

Call 678-8040 to make reservations. Cost of the evening is $20 per person and will include finger foods.



Upcoming flicks

On Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Fundy Film will screen Wadjda, the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and first feature by a female Saudi filmmaker.

Writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour's new film breaks barriers to tell the story of a feisty 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, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screening




Kings Chorale presents

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

Organist John Scott and pianist Evelyn Keddy join conductor William Perrot and the Kings Chorale for this event.

The concert will take place 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 10th anniversary with a return visit to Wolfville on Dec. 19 and 20.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience. Take a break from the holiday rush and settle in for this dramatic telling of this festive classic. Often hilarious, sometimes spooky, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been recreated for the whole family.

Tried and tested, 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.

Old Love plays on Dec. 13 and 14. Showtime is at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $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 fun 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 donation of $10.


Concert ahead

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

Freewill donations for the Wolfville and Area Food Bank.


Organizations: Festival Theatre, Music Box, Acadia University Acadia University Art Gallery Church in Kentville Guitar Academy Canning Area Music Education Fund Al Whittle Theatre Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner Canadian Red Cross Centrestage Theatre James Anglican Church Ghost of Christmas Past Wolfville Community Chorus Wolfville Baptist church Area Food Bank

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings, Wonderland Pantoland Japan Denton Hallat 7 p.m. Kentville Joseph Canning Canada Philippines Saudi Arabia New York City

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