Kings County arts scene: April 29

Wendy Elliott
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Band adjudicator Ken Foote works with a North East Kings Education Centre band at the Annapolis Valley Music Festival on April 24 in Wolfville. The festival continues through May 4 in Wolfville.

Time to audition

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir is announcing auditions for new choir members for the next school year, beginning in September. Any students in Grades 5 to 12 during next year are invited to attend.  Auditions for both junior (Grades 5 to 8) and senior (Grades 8 to 12) choirs will take place from June 2  to 6 at various locations.

Schedule and registration information can be found on the choir’s website.

Art on display in Halifax

Secord Gallery in Halifax is presenting a new exhibition of recent works by Valley artists Wayne Boucher and Terry Havlis Drahos.

Boucher, RCA, has lived in Graywood since the mid-1970s and works from his studio in Parker's Cove overlooking the Bay of Fundy. He is one of Nova Scotia's most highly regarded contemporary artists.

A Wolfville resident, Drahos has had a diverse career in the visual arts for over 25 years, as an artist, educator, graphic designer, and gallery director. She studied art and art education in Atlanta, Georgia, and at NSCAD University in Halifax.

The show runs May 2 to 30, with an opening reception May 2 at 7 p.m.

At CentreStage

Three to get Married by Kay Hill is a historic comedy set near Aylesford, in the 1830s. It describes how a resourceful clergyman sets out to marry off his three daughters. The show at Kentville’s Centrestage is directed by Beth Irvine and will appeal to audiences from teens to more historic people. Cast includes Darrell Doucette, Chantal Murphy, Hannah Gerrits, Emily Lutz, Nancy O’Halloran, Collyn Boon, Ryan Trimper, Kevin Irvine, Michael Bishop and Ryan MacNab.

Three to Get Married is playing in the  River Street theatre’s upper performance centre Fridays and Saturdays in May, with matinees May 11 and 18.  There are no wheelchair accessible washrooms on that level, but the chairlift will be operational.

Tickets: $15 adults; $12 students and seniors.  

Call 678-8040 for reservations.

Support country music

May 3, the 15th annual Country Music Special takes place at the Louis Millett Centre, New Minas. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Featuring Rob Brown, Matt Balsor, Gordie Giles, Rob Jamison/Katrina Gillis, Chet Brown/Lois Lutz, Graham Moorehead, Jim Crowell, Carl Dalrymple, Wayne Hiltz, and Paul Moulaison.

Proceeds are for the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame. Wheelchair accessible.

At Union Street

Singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan will be giving a concert on May 3 at the Berwick venue, while the Funtime Brigade is set for May 9.

Squid comes to Windsor

The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor will present Squid Precision Drumming with Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, May 3 at 2 p.m. 

East Coast Celtic super group Squid have established themselves as one of the most dynamic musical experiences in the region. Featuring Celtic drum-line, bagpipes, fiddle, Chapman stick, guitar and loads of percussion, Squid mesmerizes with stunning choreography and instrument tricks.

Special guests Cassie and Maggie MacDonald will start off the show with their perfect balance between musical chops and sheer entertainment.  

Admission: $20 for adults; $18 for students, seniors and children.  

Tickets are available online, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets.

Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens Cycling with Molière May 4 at 8 p.m., at Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre. From French director Philippe Le Guay (The Women on the Sixth Floor), comes a warm, funny and literate comedy in which two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except for their love of Molière’s Le Misanthrope.  Tickets: $8, 30 minutes before screening.

Visit the Fundy Film website for details on the next series of films. Spring/summer series runs until June 22.

Girl rising

Horton High School's Because I am a Girl club is hosting its second annual art auction and a screening of the film Girl Rising May 7. The doors open at 4 p.m. for the general public to view and bid on art created by Acadia University's art department, as well as various artists from Horton.

Girl Rising is a global movement to unite those who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. The movie was created to inspire individuals to take action and follows the stories of nine girls from nine different countries (Sierra Leone, Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Peru, Egypt, Nepal, India and Cambodia).

Each girl had her story written by an author from her country and they are voiced by renowned actors, including, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Alicia Keys. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Horton Performance Centre. 

The film is rated PG13; however, there is no nudity, scenes of sexuality or violence shown in the film. The rating is based on its mature theme. Parents are welcome to bring their children as it gives an important message about the power of education to change the future for girls, families, communities and entire nations.

See the Wizard

Students at Wolfville Elementary School are very excited to be staging the musical The Wizard of Oz soon.

Directed by Leone Stanway, the young performers are presenting the junior performer’s edition of the classic musical May 8 to 10 at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee May 10 at Wolfville School gymnasium

Tickets: $5, available at The Box of Delights, school office, or at the door.

Watch King Lear

Britain’s National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by Sam Mendes, will be on screen at the Al Whittle Theatre May 9 at 7 p.m.

King Lear is a classic example of the Elizabethan Great Chain of Being: disorder in one individual’s mind playing out in the family, the state and the whole cosmos.

Tickets: $20 available online, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and at all Ticketpro outlets.

Hear the world

Join Kings Chorale as it presents Earth, Water, and Sky, a concert celebrating the world around us.

In this program of contemporary music by living composers and arrangers, we will hear music written about our world. Selections will include composers such as John Rutter, Ola Gjeilo, and Eric William Barnum. There will be music by familiar singers/songwriters such as Connie Kaldor and Ian Tyson, arranged by people like Allister MacGillivray and Vancouver composer Larry Nickel. Internationally renowned Canadian composers such as Murray Schafer and Stephen Hatfield will be features as well. This is a concert sure to entertain, move, and thrill the audience.

The concert takes place at the Louis Millet Civic Centre in New Minas May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $12, available from choir members or at the door.

Swingology visits Berwick

The popular band Swingology will be giving a concert at the Union Street Café in Berwick on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m.

Go Fishing

The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC), Gerrish Street in Windsor, will present Fishing, a snappy romantic comedy about on-line dating. The show, written by and featuring Jeremy Webb, is on May 17 at 7 p.m. 

Tickets available online, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and at all Ticketpro outlets.

In the galleries

-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.


Organizations: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, NSCAD University, River Street theatre Al Whittle Theatre Louis Millett Centre Wolfville School Horton High School Acadia University Horton Performance Centre Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre The Box National Theatre Louis Millet Civic Centre

Geographic location: Halifax, Nova Scotia Country, Wolfville Kings Kentville Berwick Windsor Graywood Bay of Fundy New Minas Atlanta, Georgia Aylesford Country Music Special Sierra Leone Haiti Ethiopia Afghanistan Peru Egypt Nepal India Cambodia Britain Vancouver Gerrish Street Annapolis Valley

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