In celebration of Al Whittle’s 60-year contribution to the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, he is being honoured with a gala event of live performance and film on April 26.
The program will feature musicians like the Hupman Brothers and Andy & Ariana, musical theatre notables Edalene Theatre and Donna Holmes, sketch comedy artists The Dead Sheep Scrolls and chanteuse Suzanne Balcom, with Lisa St. Clair on piano.
“It will be a real variety showcase of the kinds of local groups who present at the theatre. We’ll also feature a showing of the 1953 hit musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe, one of Al’s favourites,” said theatre manager Mary Harwell.
Two locally-produced film shorts will premiere prior to the feature length movie.
Renovated and reopened in 2004, the building is owned by two local cooperatives. The restored 160-seat state-of-the-art theatre was officially renamed the “Al Whittle Theatre” in honour of its long-time manager.
Whittle is still a fixture at events. He can be found taking tickets for matinee screenings.
Tickets for the gala celebration are $15, $12 for students, and are on sale now at the Box of Delights 542-9511.
Live on screen
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been rescheduled to April 27 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.
Fundy Film screens The Sapphires at the Al Whittle Theatre on April 28 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
A good-hearted film that mixes humour and drama, this is the true story of four young Aboriginal women from a remote Australian mission who form an ‘all-girl’ group, The Sapphires, and land a gig entertaining the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968.
Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screening.
Duke Ellington at West Kings
Kings Chorale, the Annapolis Big Band and Halifax soprano Fran Farrell will join forces to present Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert in The Theatre at West Kings on May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
As Ellington approached the end of his life, he composed three different works, called Sacred Concerts, saying they were, “the most important thing I have ever done.”
From 1966 through 1974, Ellington and his band toured the US and Europe with the three Sacred Concerts. At any given performance, pieces from any of the three concerts would be included.
In 1993, Danish composer, conductor and arranger John Høybye organized a performance of elements from each of the three concerts into a piece known simply as Sacred Concert. It is that score which will be heard May 4, the first time Sacred Concert has been performed in the Maritimes.
Balcom in concert
Suzanne Balcom of Wolfville has organized a musical event in support of the L’Arche-Homefires Building-A-Dream campaign. On May 11, at 8 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre, Balcom and friends will perform a tribute to The Music of James Bond.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Box of Delights or through the L'Arche office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 542-3520).
Youth orchestra here
On April 27, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra will bring their spring concert, The Firebird, to Wolfville.
The orchestra, directed by Dinuk Wijeratne, will perform in Denton Hall, Acadia University at 7 p.m.
Solist Julia Tufts, a pianist from Kentville who studied with Barbara Hansen, is now a student at Dalhousie University. She will perform with the orchestra.
The program will include works by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Acadia composition professor Derek Charke.
Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.
This year’s Shiretown Singers Concert Series continues April 25 and 26 at the Centreville Baptist Church. The music starts at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s concerts are in the form of a Shiretown Kitch’n Party and feature a lot of well-known musical numbers and a few un familiar ones that test the voices, harmonies and musical abilities of this 27-voice choir.
Tickets are $8 each and are available at R.D. Chisholm’s in Kentville or by phone at 678-5842.
Author signing here
Author Alfred Silver will be at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville on April 28 to sign copies of his new novel Runaway Horses, which was published by Pottersfield Press.
He will be on hand at 1:30 p.m.
Festival coming up
The Annapolis Valley Music Festival, an annual music festival in Wolfville involving over 3,000 competitors of all ages from across Nova Scotia, runs until May 3.
The Stars of the Festival Concert on May 5 at 1:30 p.m. features bands and ensembles, while the 7 p.m. concert features soloists. The concerts will be held at the Festival Theatre Building.
A classic country music special will be held on May 4 at the Port Williams Community Centre, starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.
The concert features Shirley Reid, Chet Brown and Lois Lutz, Graham Moorehead, Rob Jamieson and Katrina Gilles, Paul Moulaison, Carl Dalrymple, Jim Crowell and Wayne Hiltz, Floyd and Jo-Ann Spicer, Gordie Giles, Blain Henshaw.
Proceeds are for the N.S. Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Amero here to sing
Multi-award winning singer/songwriter from Winnipeg Don Amero will be on stage at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville on May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
“I love playing out east, it’s always felt like home to me,” Amero said. “My dad was born and raised in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, so I must have some East Coast roots somewhere deep within myself.”
Due to poor weather earlier this month Rumplestiltskin has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m.
Ticketpro will contact everyone who purchased tickets online or by phone to re-issue tickets with the new date. Patrons who cannot make the new date will be issued a refund.
Those who purchased tickets in person at a Ticketpro outlet must return to the same outlet to request a refund. Existing tickets will be honoured and tickets for the new date are also on sale.
Folk/Roots musician and activist Annabelle Chvostek is heading to the East Coast next month with her 2013 Juno-nominated CD, ‘Rise’.
She will perform on May 4 at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville.
Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor will present When It Rains, by Halifax’s 2b theatre, on May 11 at 7 p.m.
Admission is $25 for adults and $23 for students and seniors. The show contains mature contents and is recommended for ages 19+ only.
Tickets are available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets.
Canning hosts choir from Africa
On May 14, the renowned children’s choir Watoto is coming to Canning. Light 4 Learning, a committee that raises money to provide solar panels to rural schools in Uganda, is bringing the energetic voices of 22 young boys and girls from Uganda to the Northeast Kings Education Centre in Canning on May 14.
Opening the show for Watoto is Wolfville’s Djugdjug Ensemble, a percussion group of mostly West-African music.
A small portion of the free will offering for admission will go to Light 4 Learning to continue their work in Ugandan rural schools.
For further information, contact Judy Van Amerongen at 582-3040 or email@example.com
Edalene is offering its sixth theatre intensive camp for students aged 11 to 16. It will run from July 22–Aug. 9. During this camp, students will be trained in dance, music and theatre technique while rehearsing for a full-scale musical production. This year’s production will be the Disney musical The Little Mermaid. Auditions will be held on May 12.
Anyone interested in auditioning should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kerri Leier at 697-2515.
After School Art
An after school program at Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, for children in grades 2 to 6 runs on Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m., beginning May 1.
The six-week session will emphasis drawing and painting skills, keeping a sketchbook and painting.
To register, call 542-7093 or e-mail email@example.com
In the galleries
- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour a
show entitled ‘Art Squared.’
- At Harvest Gallery until April 28 is an exhibition of work by painter Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith of West Brooklyn.
- Jack’s Gallery has a group exhibition of paintings, drawings and digital imagery by Valley women artists. The exhibition closes April 28..
- South Shore artist Barbara Carter has a show on at theDesigner Café in Kentville until May 2.