Kings County arts scene: Jan. 7

Wendy Elliott
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Don’t Tell Mother

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville has a new play opening this coming weekend.

On the evening  timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiancé Hobart and his mother at serene family dinner, Cinnamon comes home in shock because she has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the crook. She confides her terror to chum, Deedee Malone, not daring to tell her mother. Joe the federal agent arrives to check out a case of tax evasion and ends up checking out the case of a witness to a bank robbery. And then the fun begins. The pace is rapid fire, the dialogue hilarious and the laughter non-stop.

Written by Monk Ferris, this play will appeal to all audiences. It is directed by Wayne and Linda Marriott.

Cast includes: Mary Sponagle, Stephanie Pearce, Nina Johnsen, John Smith, Jacquelyn Burneau, Anna Gillcash, Bob Cook  and Bob Racine.

Don’t Tell Mother plays Jan. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and Feb. 1 7, 8, 14, 15. Show times are 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Jan. 26 and Feb. 9.

Tickets $15/$12. Call 678-8040 for reservations.

CentreStage Theatre is located at 61 River Street, Kentville.




New season

Fundy Film Society will present The Experimental Eskimos Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

Jan 12 at 4 and  7 p.m. watch Rock, Paper, Scissors.

On Sunday, Jan. 18 the film society will screen The Legend of Sarila.

Tickets are $8 and they go on sale 30 minutes before screening



Children’s performance

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will present Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch

for hometown audiences before the production heads off on a four-month tour of the United States and a visit to the Pittsburgh Children’s Festival. 

The hour-long performance features the innovative puppets and original music that have won international acclaim for Mermaid Theatre. Avonport resident Jim Morrow, Mermaid’s artistic director, directed the show and served as production designer. Steven Naylor, Mermaid’s artistic consultant for music and sound design, created the evocative soundscape. 

Company members include Christine Oakey, stage manager, and performers Kaitlin Morrow and Seann Murray.

The local performance will take place Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor. Suggested age range is two to eight years old. 

Admission: $14 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and children. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets.


Exhibition coming up

Mark your Calendars for the 23rd annual Acadia Art Exhibition this 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. 

Opening Reception will take place  Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The exhibition will run until Feb. 15.



Regan concert

The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents the annual Tom Regan concert on Saturday, Jan. 18. It will showcase musical talent from the Acadia campus.

Mad Hatter event 

On Jan. 18 Wolfville Baptist Church is hosting a Mad Hatter Tea Party featuring author Wanda Campbell reading from her novel The Hat Girl. The Mad Hatter himself will make an appearance. The event starts at 3 p.m.

Windsor musical

Quick as a Wink Theatre in Windsor is producing the musical, Oklahoma later this month with a large cast of all ages, professionally choreographed dance numbers, catchy tunes and a pit orchestra.

Oklahoma was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration. Set in the West just after the turn of the 20th century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful backdrop against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.  Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.   Shows are: Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 25, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 26, 2 p.m., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

At Fountain Performing Arts Centre, King’s-Edgehill School, Windsor

Tickets: $17.50/adult; $15/senior, student, QAAW member; $12/child under 12.  Tickets available at Moe’s Music Place, Windsor.

Groups of 10 or more get reserved seating. Call 472-7229 for more information.


In the galleries

Kay Lewis will be hanging her rug hooking, Painting With Yarn, up at the Designer Café in Kentville from Jan. 12 to Feb. 16 and will be rug hooking at the café Jan. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  


Organizations: CentreStage Theatre, Fundy Film Society, Al Whittle Theatre Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre Acadia University Art Gallery Acadia Performing Arts Series Wolfville Baptist Church Mad Hatter Tea Party Wink Theatre Edgehill School

Geographic location: Kentville, Kings, Wolfville Windsor 61 River Street Nova Scotia United States Pittsburgh Oklahoma Acadia

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