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Wendy Elliott
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Spring concert

The North Mountain Chorus performs May 8 at the Waterville Fire Hall.

Joining them for their spring concert, under the direction of Wendy LaPierre, are special guests Cuckoo Moon, Jon Hemingway and others.

Music starts at 7 p.m.

 

Summer arts camp planning

Three different organizations are planning to hold artistic summer camps this year.

In Kentville, CentreStage Theatre has a line up of summer camps for youth. Book your space soon, as they are filling up quickly. Star Search the musical (waiting list only) runs July 7-11 for ages seven to 10;
The Wolf And The Kid Who Cried runs July 7-10 for ages eight to 12;
The Wolf and the Kid Who Cried (non-musical) runs July 14-18 for ages eight to 12; The Wizard of Oz (waiting list) runs July 21-25 for ages six to nine;
The Book of Time runs July 28-August 1 ages nine to 15;
Pippi Longstocking (musical) runs Aug. 4-8 for ages five to eight;
Text Me (musical) runs Aug. 11-15 for ages nine to 15;
and Treasure Island runs Aug. 18-22 for ages eight to 12.


Weblink http://www.centrestagetheatre.ca/YouthTheatre.html

Edalene Theatre is offering its seventh Theatre Intensive Camp this summer for students 10-18. It will run from Aug. 4–22. During this camp, the students will be trained in dance, music and theatre technique while rehearsing for a full-scale musical production. All who audition are accepted (provided space is available). Auditions allow each child to be placed where they will shine.

This year’s production will be the classic Broadway musical Annie. If you are interested in auditioning, email: kerri@edalenetheatre.ca or call 697-2515.

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts Summer Arts Camps combine enrichment - with excellent skill development and creativity - and play. Register now for programs for kids from five to 18, including pre-professional academies in the summer and teen weeks.

 

Choral favourites coming 

On May 8, at 7 p.m., Wolfville Baptist Church’s four graduating choral scholars – Linnea Olson, Ellen Andrews, Bryden McNamara and Dan White – will present a concert of vocal solos, duets and quartets. Admission by donation.

Then, on May 17, at 3:30 p.m., Laura Smith teams up with the Amadeus Choir under the direction of Lydia Adams. Tickets are $15. The Amadeus Choir is touring Nova Scotia in conjunction with their visit to Halifax Podium 2014, the choral festival sponsored by the Canadian Association of Choral Communities (CACC). This concert is a chance to hear the ballads of Smith and a much-admired choir from the Toronto area in a creative fusion of song and musical collaboration.

On May 25, at 3 p.m., tenor Marcel d’Entremont will be in recital with Heather Price, piano. Admission by donation, $15 suggested.

Now studying at the University of Toronto, d’Entremont is in Wolfville for the month of May with the National Youth Choir. This afternoon of song is partly in support of the scholar program at WBC.

 

Rushton acknowledged

Christianne Rushton of Kentville is one of seven recipients selected to receive this year’s Emerging Leaders Awards by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

This grant program is designed to recognize teachers of singing with no more than 10 years of teaching experience and who are active in the association. Winners receive a $750 grant to assist with their attendance at a Boston conference this summer.

Rushton, who is an associate professor at Acadia University’s School of Music, will also become the association’s Eastern Canadian president in May.

At Union Street

Wolfville’s Funtime Brigade is set to perform at he Union Street Café in Berwick on May 9. The popular band Swingology will be giving a concert on May 10 at 8 p.m.

 

 

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, 9 and 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 at The Box of Delights, school office, by emailing wolfvilleozmusical2014@gmail.com 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.

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.

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.

 

Art Wars here

A number of local artists will be contestants in the Art Wars event to take place on May 10, 7 p.m., at the Acadia Art Gallery.

Twelve artists will paint spontaneously for 20 minutes, in two rounds, then four artists from the two rounds will compete in a final round.

 

Halifax show for Robar DeCoste

Argyle Fine Art in Halifax is launching a new body of work by Aylesford artist Twila Robar-DeCoste in a show entitled Bloom.

All 14 watercolour and acrylic paintings in the exhibition celebrate local spring flowers.

The opening is May 10 at 1:30 p.m. The show will continue until May 21 and online once the show has launched.

Robar-DeCoste has exhibited work throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario, and her art can be found in many corporate and private collections in North America and Europe.

 

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.

 

 

MacLean in concert

Singer/songwriter Rachel MacLean will give a concert May 11 at the Aylesford United Church.

She will offer an evening of inspiring music from her new CD.

 

Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens Her on Sunday 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.

Weblink fundyfilm.ca  

 

Author Coates to read

The Wolfville branch of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is hosting a local author who is nominated for an Atlantic Book Award.

Wolfville writer Jan Coates will be reading at the Wolfville Memorial Library on May 14 at 6 p.m. 

Her novel, The Power of Harmony, is nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature. Set in Springhill, Nova Scotia, a young girl moves to a new area and school where the local bullies have a new victim. 

The young heroine struggles to find her voice and ultimately discovers the power of harmony. Ages eight and up are invited to attend the author reading and meet and greet event at the Wolfville Memorial Library.

Les Miserables on stage

Kentville’s Stage Prophets are presenting the full stage production of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, which is one of the most beloved and longest-running musicals of all time.

The production is set for the Festival Theatre in Wolfville from May 15–18 at 7 p.m. A Saturday matinee is set for 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and are available at Box of Delights, the Acadia Box Office, Designer Café, M & M Meats, Alliance Dental or St. Joseph’s church office in Kentville.

 

 

Organizations: The North, Wolfville Baptist Church, CentreStage Theatre Canadian Association of Choral Communities Edalene Theatre Ross Creek Centre Wolfville School Al Whittle Theatre University of Toronto National Association of Teachers of Singing Acadia University School of Music The Box National Theatre Wolfville Memorial Library Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Acadia Art Gallery Louis Millet Civic Centre Aylesford United Church Annapolis Valley Regional Library Festival Theatre in Wolfville Acadia Box Office Alliance Dental

Geographic location: Kentville, Wolfville, Treasure Island Nova Scotia Broadway Halifax Toronto Atlantic Canada Boston Berwick Britain Ontario North America Europe New Minas Springhill

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