Quiet on the stage is not happening at CentreStage Theatre. Major renovations in the main stage area will continue into the spring. George Henry, board chair, and Todd Davidson, carpenter, discuss the next steps in bringing improvements to all parts of the theatre. Meanwhile, Main Stage productions will continue in the Upper Performance Centre. - Submitted
Two Merritt’s awarded
Two Planks and a Passion’s As You Like It was the most-nominated production in this year’s Robert Merritt Award nominations. Actors Ryan Rogerson and Jamie Konchak picked up the two awards for best supporting actor.
The Shakespearean comedy received eight nominations, including outstanding production. The awards, which celebrate excellence in professional Nova Scotia theatre, were presented on March 24 in Halifax.
Wolfville musician Jeff Hennessy, who performs with Ian Janes April 8 in Wolfville, has entered the CBC Searchlight competition.
He says that the early rounds of the contest are based on votes.
“If you have the time and feel so inclined, please click on my CBC Artist page and hit “Vote for this Artist,” he said.
Lenten music series
The Lenten series at Wolfville Baptist Church continues April 9. Flutist Rebecca Hutton is scheduled.
The freewill offering will go to the artists and to the Choral Scholars Program at the church. A simple soup and bread lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. for the 12:15—1 p.m. concerts.
The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir is holding a Spring Sing fundraiser on April 12 in Port Williams.
The event, which takes place in the community centre in the village, starts at 2 p.m.
Featuring the talents of Cuckoo Moon, Weather Advisory and the usual slate of awesome musicians, Night Kitchen Penultimate (it's ironic) is sure to be another great night at the Al Whittle Theatre. The event will be held April 12.
At the Union St. Cafe
The Kickin' Mule Blues Band is booked in Berwick April 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $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.
Show for kids
Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor will present The Studio by the Quebec theatre company Bouge de là on April 12 at 3 p.m.
Four inventive dancers play with the tools they uncover in an overflowing art studio—frames, scarves, brooms—from which they create original multimedia pieces. Motion-capture technology projects their movements onto the stage as rainbows of colour, so that the dancers appear to move through space like a painter’s brushes on canvas. The one-hour performance offers young spectators and their families a unique introduction to the world of dance and an innovative visual spectacle.
This family show is suitable for ages five and up.
Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets.
Film society offerings
Fundy Film will screen The Lunchbox on April 13 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In a nuanced portrait of contemporary Mumbai, a misdirected lunchbox brings together a neglected young housewife and a grumpy, older solitary widower. After Ila realizes that Saajan is receiving her indifferent husband’s meals, the two begin to pass letters through the lunchbox. What starts as an innocent exchange about Ila's cooking develops into something more.
The society also screens All is Lost on April 16 at 7 p.m. Robert Redford stars in an open-water thriller of a lone sailor forced to rely on his survival skills and ingenuity when his sailboat is damaged at sea.
All screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets, $8, are available 30 minutes before screenings.
Opera time April 18
The film version of the Royal Opera Company’s Don Giovanni is being screened at the Al Whittle Theatre on April 18.
Don Giovanni involves lust, murder and vengeance.
A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is currently tenth on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. It has also proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers.
Tickets are $20 and they are available at the Box of Delights.
Hupmans will play
The Hupman Brothers will be holding a CD release concert on April 26 at the Union Street Café in Berwick.
It starts at 8 p.m. and celebrates the release of The Hupman's newest CD Black River Blues.
Neil Diamond tribute
His voice may not be what it used to be, but Neil Diamond can still sell out concerts and provoke girlish screams from the audience.
Joey Purpura has lived and breathed Neil Diamond since 2004, travelling across the country and parts of the Caribbean with his tribute show Diamond in the Rough.
"I've always been able to do voices, as long as I could remember," said the 39-year-old.
"When I found out I could do a pretty good Neil Diamond, my friends encouraged me to go on stage."
The singer wasn't on Purpura's radar growing up, so he really started from the ground up.
In 2002, the Toronto-based impersonator began researching the singer's life, studying his every move, song and story behind the music. He even found a Las Vegas-based designer able to replicate Diamond's glittery costumes of the mid-70s.
"I wanted to research his life because I not only sing his songs, I tell a story and highlight his life just to make it more interesting," said Purpura.
The tribute show, with some proceeds going to the Legion, is April 26 at 8 p.m. at the Windsor Legion, 35 Empire St. Tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the door, (902) 798-2031.
In the galleries
- Acadia Art Gallery Project 35: Volume 2 will run until April 16. This itinerant video exhibition was selected by 35 international curators.
- The Designer Café in Kentville has a new artist on display until May 4. Brian Fraser, a resident of the Annapolis Valley uses bright colours and a unique style.
- Strandlines - new fabric work by Sanna Rahola – is on display at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville. Strandlines focuses on the lines that are created by receding tidal waters and the earth's gravitational forces. The show runs through April 27.