Kings County Arts Scene Jan. 23

Wendy Elliott
Published on January 23, 2014

The Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada brought their powerful work Ghosts of Violence to Wolfville recently with help from the RCMP. The company, who performed for a law class from Horton High School and an equity class from Acadia University, looked inside domestic violence. - Wendy Elliott, 

Realism on display

Three Kings County realistic painters are in a new exhibit at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax. The artists in the exhibition are Alan Bateman of Woodside, Susan Gibson of Canning and Steven Rhude of Wolfville.

The show, which was created in association with Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia, is called Capture Nova Scotia. Capture 2014 began its life as a province-wide call for submissions that received 112 responses. Curator Tom Smart, in consultation with Peter Dykhuis of the Dalhousie Art Gallery, conducted 43 studio visits during the summer of 2013, which resulted in the selection of 28 artists from almost every region of the province.

The exhibition is on until March 9.

New and original musical

Next month, Edalene Theatre presents a new original musical called Lauren’s Vale. When a big time businessman wants to put up a resort on the sleepy island of Donovan, everyone thinks it will be first. It soon becomes apparent that the hotel will threaten the school, the magical forest area called "Lauren's Vale" and the very way of life for the islanders. What will they do? How much would you be willing to give up in the name of progress?

With a wild cast of unique islanders, earnest children and lots of complicated interpersonal relationships, this shows offers phenomenal and catchy new music, lots of laughs, fantastic dancing and a whole lot of heart.

It was written and directed by Kerri Leier, with music, lyrics and musical direction by Melissa Vidito and choreography by Alexa Ewert.

The show runs Feb. 5-8 at the Al Whittle Theatre with shows at 7:30 p.m. the first two nights and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

Children under 16 $10, adult $12 pre-ordered or $15 at the door, groups of four $45. Tickets can be purchased by calling 697-2515 or emailing


Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens Gabrielle on Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. From the team behind Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar, this drama depicts the growing independence of a musically-gifted young woman with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition marked by developmental delays and strong social personalities.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be screened Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. This bio-pic is based on the autobiography of Nelson Mandela and spans Mandela’s journey from herd boy in rural Transkei to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. 

Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before the screening at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Weblink   


A one-woman show

The one-woman play, Heartwood, will be presented on Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor.  

Heartwood is a self-revelatory theatre play written by Laura Burke, a drama-therapist, playwright, actress, poet, mental health service user and advocate. This autobiographical play illustrates a young woman's struggles with mental illness. 

Please note that this play includes mature subject matter.

All tickets are $12 and are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.


Exploring Turkish music

On the weekend of Jan. 24–25, the Oro Turkish Orchestra is exploring the world of Turkish music. At 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, special guest Ahmet Lüleci will offer a free guided listening session.

Based in Boston, Ken Shorley says, “Ahmet is an award-winning choreographer, a musician, and a generous, warm and fun teacher of Turkish village-style dancing.”

The "Turkish Weekend" includes a day of workshops on Jan. 25, with party dances in the morning and "fancy" dances in the afternoon. Then, Lüleci will also be the special guest for a Turkish-flavoured dance party in the evening.

Oro! Orkestra also has a new demo video, which includes several excerpts from a recent live concert. Weblink


Unique work

Ken Shorley will present his work, Five Islands, with mezzo-soprano Paula Rockwell on Feb. 6 at Denton Hall, Wolfville.

“I composed and premiered Five Islands, a suite of haiku and interludes for mezzo-soprano and percussion quartet, in 2005. From the beginning, the piece was intended as a vehicle for the warm, expressive, soulful singing of Paula Rockwell,” said Shorley.

“I am delighted to be reviving this piece in concert, as part of Acadia University's Shattering the Silence New Music Festival, again with Paula's beautiful voice as the centrepiece.”

The featured percussion quartet will include Shorley, Naoko Tsujita, Patrick Lynch and Paige Morrissey, and the piece will be conducted by Liam Elliot.



Dance event

Jewels, a dance screening, will take place at the Al Whittle Theatre on Jan. 24. The dance was inspired by New York’s 5th Avenue famous jewelry show.

This ballet was choreographed in 1967. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students.


Dr. Fiona Tolhurst, a visiting fellow at Acadia University, will give a reading on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. from her book, Shakespeare as a (Not So) Great Playwright.

It will take place at the Irving Centre Auditorium in Wolfville.




Quick As A Wink Theatre presents Oklahoma!  Jan. 24 (7 p.m.), Jan. 25 (2 and 7 p.m.), Jan. 26 (2 p.m.), Jan. 31 (7 p.m.) and Feb. 1 (2 and 7 p.m.) at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre, Kings-Edgehill School, Windsor.

Tickets: $12, $15 & $17.50 from Moe’s Music, or (902) 472-7229 to reserve.


Evening with Steve Polz

Musician and songwriter Steve Polz is coming back to Wolfville for a concert on Jan. 30 at the Al Whittle Theatre, starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.


In the galleries

- Kay Lewis will be hanging her rug hooking, Painting With Yarn, at the Designer Café in Kentville until Feb. 16.

- Harvest Gallery in Wolfville is featuring MacKenzie Pardy’s exhibit, Raw. The photos will be on display until Feb. 1.

- The 23rd annual Acadia Art Exhibition is open at the Acadia University Art Gallery. It runs until Feb. 15.

- Mahone Bay Printmakers, a variety of printmaking techniques on view until Feb. 2. Jack's Gallery, Wolfville.