Kings County Art Scene May 6

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Staff and students of Dwight Ross Elementary school had a visit from the Neptune Young Company recently. Their show was entitled Head-A-Tete, an engaging performance which focused on the importance of communication and compromise. Actors Rhys Bevan-John, left, and Glen Matthews took time after the show to answer questions and pose for a picture with student Jada LeBlanc and her sister, Kayla LeBlanc. - Submitted

Calendar artist

A Canning artist will be one of four ‘marquee artists’ for CBC Nova Scotia’s fifth and final Sharing the View Calendar.

Susan Gibson Garvey joins Katie Melanson, Peter Rankin and Jaye Oullette to take part in Information Morning's 2015 Sharing the View Calendar and Art Auction.

Eight artists from around the province will also be chosen to contribute a painting to the calendar and art auction.

This year, the theme of the calendar is Nova Scotia Realism. Gibson Garvey took part in a recent realism exhibition at Dalhousie University’s art gallery, where she was formerly curator.

The 12 paintings are photographed for the Sharing the View Calendar and are then auctioned off online in support of Feed Nova Scotia. Paintings must be delivered to CBC Halifax by early September.


Musical farewell to KCA

Kentville-born musician Chase Ross has written a farewell to the old KCA school.

It can be viewed on YouTube at

Ross is a singer/songwriter now fronting a folk band based out of Halifax. His band, The Devil's Half Acre - which is an old name for Kentville - has a new album coming out soon. The band is going to be hosting a show later this month at the St. Croix United Church to celebrate.

Die and Carry On is their third release.

“It was inspired by beginnings and endings and beginnings again,” Ross says. “Each song attempts to explore what it truly means to carry on. I wrote a lot about coming to terms with events beyond our own control, and of last wishes and words spoken while standing on the threshold of great change.”

The show is going to be held May 24 at 7 p.m. The cost is $8.


Overton play on stage

Carousel Players and Autism Nova Scotia are presenting Spelling 2-5-5, a family-friendly play by Jennifer Overton, in Wolfville on May 6.

The touring production is an effort to promote autism awareness and the strengths of individuals and families living with autism.

Spelling 2-5-5 was written with an older elementary school-aged audience in mind and is designed for the whole family to enjoy. The plot is an entertaining and moving story of a boy and his brother who is on the autism spectrum as they navigate friendships, family, talents and challenges, both individually and together.

It will be on stage at Wolfville School on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. and there is no charge to attend.

Girl Rising

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

The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Horton Performance Centre. 


At Union Street

Wolfville’s Funtime Brigade is set to perform at he Union Street Café in Berwick on May 9.


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 on May 8, May 9 and May 10 at 7 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on May 10, at Wolfville School gymnasium

Admission is $5. Tickets in Advance: The Box of Delights, school office, by emailing 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.

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.

Lear says, “I am bound upon a wheel of fire,” and everything and everyone is set ablaze right along with him and hurtling downhill fast.

The National Theatre staged this in its Olivier Theatre, the largest space in the complex with 1,150 seats, but one in which the architecture is still able to allow for what has been called ‘concentrated intimacy’.

The production stars Simon Russell Beale, an actor perhaps not all that well known since he doesn’t do a lot of film. He has been called the greatest actor of his generation.

Screen time in Wolfville is 7 p.m.


Two choirs to visit

Due to the national choral conference Podium in Halifax next month, Wolfville will be lucky to host two choral special choral concerts.

On May 9, the National Youth Choir of Canada will perform Canadian Choralscapes: From Sea to Sea at Denton Hall at 7:30 p.m. This is a rare opportunity to hear the ensemble perform as they tour the Martimes.

Initiated in 1984, the choir has won critical acclaim across Canada since its inception. This year's ensemble is led by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, director of choral programs at the University of Toronto.

Tickets are available at the door at Denton Hall Auditorium.

The other unique Podium concert coming to Wolfville features Shallaway, formerly known as the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir. This organization of 220 young people from the St. John’s area was founded by artistic director Susan Knight over 20 years ago.

The choir will perform on May 14 with the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir at
7:30 p.m. at the Wolfville Baptist Church.


Hear the world

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

The concert takes place at the Louis Millet Civic Centre in New Minas on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $12, are 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 May 10 at 8 p.m.


Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens Her on Sunday on May 11 at 8 p.m.

In this original futuristic love story directed by Spike Jonze, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is heartbroken from the end of a long relationship. He cannot seem to move on, something he discusses with long-time platonic friend, Amy (Amy Adams). Then he installs a new, advanced operating system on his computer and life takes a turn thanks to Samantha, a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson).

Screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre and tickets are $8. Films in this series screen once.

The last screening until September will be on June 22 as Fundy Film makes way for live summer theatre.




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.

Three to Get Married is directed by Beth Irvine and will appeal to audiences from teens to older historic people. Cast members include 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 upper performance centre at CentreStage on May 9-11, 16 -18, 23-24 and 30-31. Matinees will be held May 11 and May 18.

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



Duo in concert

For the fourth year, the Deep Roots Music Co-op is collaborating with the Apple Blossom Festival to present a major concert on Apple Blossom Saturday.

This year, on May 31, two of Eastern Canada's best-loved artists, Joel Plaskett and David Myles, are coming together for one memorable double-bill.

Tickets are on sale now for the 8 p.m. concert at Convocation Hall, Wolfville.




Time to audition

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC) is announcing auditions for new choir members for the next school year, beginning in September. Any students in Grade 5-12 during the 2014-2015 academic year are invited to attend.

Auditions for both Junior Choir (Grade 5-8) and Senior Choir (Grade 8-12) will be taking place on from June 2-6 at various locations.







Organizations: Wolfville School, Dalhousie University, KCA school Croix United Church National Theatre Al Whittle Theatre Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Horton High School Acadia University Horton Performance Centre The Box Olivier Theatre University of Toronto Wolfville Baptist Church Louis Millet Civic Centre Deep Roots Music Co-op

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kentville, Halifax Berwick Half Acre Eastern Canada Britain New Minas Aylesford

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