School kids get to see Famous People Players performance in Wolfville

Wendy Elliott
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Black light theatre is the hallmark of Toronto's Famous People Players.

Five hundred school kids will get to see Toronto's Famous People Players on May 8 when the troupe gives a special performance.

The Schools Connect program will bring students from seven area schools, along with Smile program participants, into the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. Well-known children’s writer Sheree Fitch will be MC for the special school performance.

L’Arche Homefires director Ingrid Blais and core member Christina Tanner have been visiting the schools and speaking about the importance of inclusion. They have been to schools in Wolfville, Avonport, New Minas, Port Williams and Gaspereau.

Tickets are still available for a second gala performance, Celebrating Diversabilities, that evening in support of Homefires’s Building the Dream campaign.

Famous People Players, which employs people with physical and intellectual disabilities, has performed on Broadway and in Las Vegas will be a gala event, with all proceeds going to the Building Our Dream project for the local L’Arche community. 

The project to renew and repurpose the former Anglican Church Hall on Main Street, says director Blais, will create beautiful new program space for both the core members and staff of Homefires.

The community embarked upon a $1.5 million fundraising campaign, Building Our Dream, about 18 months ago.

The L’Arche Canada Foundation is enabling core members from L’Arche communities throughout Nova Scotia attend the performance.

Celebrating Diversabilities will take place on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Festival Theatre. Tickets are $100 (charitable tax receipt provided for $50) and are available at the Acadia Box Office, online ( or by phone (542-5500).  



Organizations: Festival Theatre, Homefires, Schools Connect Anglican Church Hall L’Arche Canada Foundation Acadia Box Office

Geographic location: Toronto, Wolfville, Avonport Port Williams Gaspereau Broadway Las Vegas Nova Scotia

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