Kings County arts scene: March 25

Wendy Elliott
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Ontario author Diane Schoemperlen gave a well-attended reading earlier this month at Acadia University. She answered questions about her novel, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, from Wolfville resident Robert Wallace

Cinderella the musical

West Kings District High School has Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella going on stage April 2–5 at 7:30 p.m. The cast is also offering a matinee on April 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10/$12 at the school office in Auburn or by phone 847-4440.

Legally Blonde

Horton High School students are preparing to present the musical Legally Blonde March 27-28 and April 4-6.

All shows are at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the school or online at

There are live dogs in the show and the content may is designed for mature audience members.

Organ time

The Annapolis Valley Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists has a membership that extends from Windsor to Digby. The centre is about to hold a concert called Sacred, Secular and Silly X.

This concert is in aid of the centre’s organ scholarship fund, which encouraged talented keyboard players in this area to acquire organ-playing skills.

Spokesman Jon Montgomerie says, “our most successful winner, in 2006, was Shawn Potter of Belmont, Hants County. A graduate in music of both Mount Allison and McGill Universities, he is now employed as music director at First Baptist Church in Ottawa.”

This past August, Potter won the Godfrey Hewitt Prize of $5,000 at the Orgelfest competition held in Ottawa.

“Our 2013 winner was Chantal Peng of Wolfville. Chantal was the winner of the Acadia Rose Bowl at the Annapolis Valley Music Festival in 2011. She enjoyed a set of organ lessons from Elizabeth Harwood, one of Canada's finest organists, who now resides in Annapolis County,” Montgomerie said.

The concert will be held April 4 at Bridgetown Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken for the fund.

The program contains an interesting mix of repertoire, from Bach to Les Miz to the Beatles, by local singers and instrumentalists, as well as congregational hymns. 

Classic opera

On March 28 at 7 p.m., Carmen by the Royal Opera goes on screen in Wolfville.

One of opera's hottest tenors, Jonas Kaufmann, plays Don José in one of the world's favourite operas.  

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare and erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don José, this Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate and sumptuously exotic reading of one of the world’s favourite operas. Under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Bizet’s irresistible score drives the tragedy forward, in this powerful landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.

This is the 2009 performance, not the 2013 one, and it will be on screen at the Al Whittle Theatre. 

See Hupman art

The Wolfville Memorial Library is exhibiting the artwork of local artist Ryan Hupman for the entire month of March. Visit the library to see a selection of his newest paintings.

Basketball book

Sports reporter John DeCoste will be signing copies of his new book, Living the Dream, on March 29 at the Box of Delights bookstore in Wolfville.

He will be there from 2–4 p.m. with his comprehensive account of the Acadia University basketball team the Acadia Axemen. DeCoste looks at the last 50 years and celebrates the institution with photos and extensive research.

At the Union St. Cafe

The Kickin' Mule Blues Band is booked in Berwick for April 12 at 8 p.m. $10

The Kickin’ Mule Blues Band was formed in 2010 and currently consists of Brian Chipman, Mark Bezanson, Jason Burns, and Richard Berithiaume. The original band emerged from an informal North Mountain Jam.

Their sound is spawned from the post-war electric blues era and features the music of the heroes of the day, such as Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers. Essentially, they are a dance band that likes to infuse their audience with the same good feeling that comes from playing this great music.

David Myles in two concerts

The ever-popular David Myles has one sold out concert in Berwick in Sunday, April 13 and now the Union Street Cafe has added a second show on April 14. It takes place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Myles has truly forged his own path by embracing modern and vintage pop, folk and soul music.

In 2013, he co-hosted the East Coast Music Awards show.

With extensive touring experience across Canada and internationally, Myles has earned a reputation as a great showman.

Authors@Acadia The authors’ series at Acadia University is presenting Rawi Hage on Tuesday, April 1 at 7 p.m.

He will be reading at the Irving Centre Auditorium.  

A multi-award winning Montreal writer and visual artist Hage (Cockroach, DeNiro’s Game) will read from his 2012 work Carnival.

Rhapsody Quintet here

On March 29, the Halifax-based Rhapsody Quintet will offer a concert at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville.

For more than 20 years, the quintet has delighted audiences with its renditions of a wide range of music, including light classical, salon, musical theatre, jazz, tango, klezmer, movie music and more.

Rhapsody Quintet has appeared twice as guest artists with Symphony Nova Scotia. They performed in Ottawa as part of the National Arts Centre’s Atlantic Scene Festival, and were featured artists on Toronto’s Music Alive series.

Tickets are $20.


Distorted Realism

The Designer Café in Kentville has a new artist on display until May 4. Brian Fraser, a resident of the Annapolis Valley, has been producing a unique

brand of art.

His bright colours and unique style add a distinct take on his subject matter. His unique imagination and view of the world around him, along

with his distinctive strokes and brush work, make for some very attractive, vibrant, powerful and beautiful works.


Pirate Night at Ross Creek

Two Planks and a Passion Theatre is holding a no-dress-code community fundraising event on March 29 at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Entitled Hidden Treasures, the evening gets underway at 6 p.m. and features food provided by Cocoa Pesto Catering, live entertainment and an auction of art and activities from the community and across Canada.

Taking inspiration from the legendary hidden treasures buried by pirates along Nova Scotia’s shores, the evening will celebrate these stories while also celebrating the hidden talents of community members who will also contribute original creations to the evening.

Two Planks volunteers will transform the Ross Creek Centre into a pirate lair for the evening. Funds raised will support the theatre’s 2014 season, including productions of Allen Cole and Michael O’Brien’s ‘The Miracle Man’ and a new adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc performed entirely around a fire entitled ‘Dustbowl Joan’.

Tickets for the evening are $50, or $400 for a table of eight, and include a three-course meal and partial tax receipt. As this evening regularly sells out, patrons are encouraged to book well ahead.


Laugh with Panych

The Acadia Theatre Company is presenting the Morris Panych play, 7 Stories, March 19-22 and March 26-29.

The protagonist in 7 Stories is standing on the ledge on the seventh storey of a tall building, contemplating his death. He is interrupted by the colourful residents of the seventh storey, who are too caught up in their own lives to notice the man or question his presence on the ledge of the building.

This comedy is being directed by drama prof Bob Seale. It will be on the stage at Acadia University’s Lower Denton Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Two Lenten music series

The Lenten series at Wolfville Baptist Church continues March 26 with the Acadia Vocal Ensemble.

On April 2, mezzo-soprano Melissa Wood will perform, and on April 9, flutist Rebecca Hutton is scheduled.

Freewill offering will go to the artists and to the Choral Scholars Program at the church. Lunch is served (soup and bread) from 11:30-12:10 for the 12:15—1 p.m. concerts.

The Manning Memorial Chapel at Acadia University is also running a Lent Recital Series. Oon March 31, Davina Sureswaran and Trenna Robbins will sing at 12:15 p.m. Admission is freewill offering.

Film society offerings

Fundy Film will screen Muscle Shoals on March 26 at 7 p.m.

With a magnificent soundtrack, this documentary showcases the production studio in a small town in segregationist Alabama that welcomed musicians of all stripes and was the source of some of the most important and resonant recordings of all time. 

Le Weekend will be screened on March 30 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nick and Meg, an UK academic couple married for 30 years, return to Paris for a second honeymoon and a last chance at reigniting their marriage.

The film society will screen 12 Years a Slave on April 2 at 7 p.m. 

Steve McQueen’s Best Picture Oscar brings an true story to the big screen. Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejio-for), a free black, violinist, farmer and family man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing stark, visceral and unrelenting cruelty, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles to stay alive while retaining his dignity in his fight for survival and freedom.

All screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets, $8, are available 30 minutes before screenings.

Indoor Ghost Show

A Collection of Ghosts from: Wolfville, Kentville, Windsor, & Halls Harbour on
 March 27, 7:30 p.m., at Acadia’s
 Manning Memorial Chapel.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available at, all Ticketpro locations and at the door.

Shakespeare on film

On April 4, 7 p.m., actor Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad will turn up the heat this fall as Broadway’s hottest, rule-breaking, heart-aching couple.

The film version at the Al Whittle Theatre promises jealousy, prejudice, betrayal - and the chance that true love could actually conquer all. The greatest love story of all time, for the first time in over 36 years, played live on Broadway in a stunningly modern production

Play at CentreStage

CentreStage Theatre is featuring a play called Separate Beds.

Ernie and Twink are in the autumn of their lives. In celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary, the couple’s children send them on a Caribbean cruise.

Free of chores and children, Ernie and Twink are wined, dined and introduced to exciting people. When they meet the rich, seductive Blake and Beth, who still seem to have a perfect life together after 10 years of marriage, Twink becomes infatuated with the glamour of the other couple’s lives and seeks to reignite the spark in her own marriage.

A Canadian dramedy written by award-winning playwright, M.J. Cruise and directed by Chérie Zinck, this play will appeal to adult as well as mature young adult audiences.

Cast Members include Trina Long, Mike L’Oiseau, Ross Chapman, Richard and Liz Stern.

Separate Beds plays in the Upstairs Performance Centre on March 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 and April 4-5, with 2 p.m. matiness on March 16 and 30. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 adults/$12 students and seniors.


In the galleries

-Artist Natalie Parsons will have her work at the Designer Café in Kentville until March 23.

- Acadia University Arts has a group exhibit of art work on display at Jack’s Gallery at the Acadia Cinema Co-op/Just Us Coffee in Wolfville.The exhibit will conclude on March 23.

- Acadia Art Gallery Project 35: Volume 2, March 5 – April 16.An itinerant video exhibition selected by 35 international curators.




Organizations: Royal Canadian College of Organists, Acadia University, West Kings District High School Horton High School Al Whittle Theatre Annapolis Valley Centre Royal Opera Mount Allison and McGill Universities First Baptist Church Bridgetown Baptist Church Beatles Wolfville Memorial Library Ross Creek Centre Irving Centre Auditorium Evergreen Theatre National Arts Centre Passion Theatre Acadia Theatre Company Lower Denton Theatre Wolfville Baptist Church CentreStage Theatre Acadia Cinema Co

Geographic location: Wolfville, Ottawa, Windsor Canada Kings Auburn Annapolis Valley Acadia Hants County Annapolis County Kentville Montreal East Margaretsville Toronto Ross Creek Broadway Nova Scotia Muscle Shoals UK Paris New York Halls Harbour Caribbean

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