Arts May 9

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This group of 23 young people will be performing May 9-11 at 7 p.m. at the Horton High School Performance Centre.  The Stories You Won't Hear is an original production created by director Rachel Manko-Lutes and friends. Alice Albarda is handling the music. - Wendy Elliott, 

Dance workshop planned

In June, a number of dancers from London will be coming to Coldbrook and Wolfville for workshops.

The sessions will be co-hosted by Dance ConXion, Coldbrook, and Acadia Dance Collective Community, Wolfville, from June 14-16 at 7088 Highway 1, Coldbrook.

The workshop will feature SQx Danza company dancers and repertoire that was performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, England and an ultra-European contemporary dance style. 

Participants will learn contemporary floow-work, partnerwork, improvisation, repertoire, performance communication techniques, floor-work calisthenics and Ashtanga yoga. Dancers will also learn new ways to improve their musicality and spatial awareness by moving in and out of the floor.

Most local studios and instructors would prefer that participants have some previous dance experience, but will always accommodate aspiring dancers. Because of studio restrictions, class sizes are limited. Registration information, course fees class schedules, and other community events available online at  and from  and .


Dukes named Atlantic champs

The Dukes of Kent, Kentville's chapter of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, competed in the regional contest on May 4, held in Greenwich, Nova Scotia. The Sunrise Division contest features choruses and quartets from across the Atlantic Provinces.


The Dukes of Kent won the first place trophy for the 12th time.


Placing second was the Dartmouth City of Lakes chorus. There was a tie for third between Sydney’s Cape Breton Chordsmen and Bedford-Sackville’s Millstream Chorus.


Seventh Wave, representing Kentville and Moncton, won the first place

trophy among the nine quartets competing from around the region.

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 will perform a tribute to the music of James Bond.  

Among the friends joining her on stage will be Jeff Hennessy, Nick D’Amato, Alex Porter and Bernie Zinck. Old friends are flying in to provide backup singing.

A former actor and model, Balcom was a lead in the Vancouver-based TV series Neon Rider. One of her favourite experiences was singing on the B.C. Show of Hearts Telethon on behalf of children with special needs.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Box of Delights or through the L'Arche office (, 542-3520).  



Poem Submissions

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Halifax Common, and to celebrate, Friends of the Halifax Common has teamed up with Gaspereau Press in Kentville to produce an anthology of poems.

It’s intended the anthology will examine the concept of the Common, promote the unique role that public space can play in an urban community and highlight the influence of such spaces in literary culture.

The book will be published in the fall of 2013 and launched in conjunction with the 250th birthday celebrations being organized by Friends of the Halifax Common. 

Poetry submissions should feature the Halifax Common as their setting or subject and must be received by June 30. Send entries to Halifax Common Poetry Anthology, 6032 Charles Street, Halifax, NS B3K 1L1. For more, visit


Four Seasons exhibit

Artwork by Cindy Rosser will be on display at the Designer Café in Kentville until May 31.

Rosser, who loves the medium of watercolour for its luminosity and unpredictability, says that living in Nova Scotia has given her inspiration and a deep respect for nature, which can be seen in her new exhibit, “Four Seasons.”

Rosser has been painting since she was a child and is mostly self-taught, although she has taken classes with some artists at local workshops and the Tatamagouche Centre.

A member of the Artists Circle, she has her art displayed at the Art Shack in Margaretville.


Groundworks at Harvest Gallery

A new show by Barbara McLean and Heather Lawson opened at the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville on May 4.

Groundworks brings together McLean, a work painter, and Lawsom, a stone carver, as they explore the idea of being, of creating evidence of our presence and our ability to endure.

McLean uses materials like charcoal and raw powdered ochres to intensify her connection with the marks of the past and those who created them.

Lawson, meanwhile, explores the quality of endurance in the face of loss and change, a response she sees echoed by plants, animals and humans alike. 

The show will run until June 2.


Flying High with Peter Pan

The St. Joseph’s Stage Prophets are working on this year’s production of Peter Pan, which is a timeless tale about the boy who never grew up and his adventures in Neverland.

With the help of a professional flying company, the Stage Prophets’ Peter Pan will really fly. This is a first in the Valley and a first for an amateur theatre company in Nova Scotia.

The Stage Prophets are also excited to partner with the First Nation community to present this early-20th century story with a respectful reflection of their culture. It will run May 16-19 at Festival Theatre in Wolfville. Performances are at 7 p.m., with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15. They are available at the Box of Delights or Acadia box office in Wolfville 542-5500 or 1-800-542-8425, Designer Cafe in Kentville, M & M Meats in New Minas or the St. Joseph’s Church office.

Children’s choir coming

The African Children’s Choir will be performing May 12 and 13 the Kings Presbyterian Church in New Minas.

Most choir members have lost one or both parents due to war, famine or disease.

The concerts start at 7 p.m.


Visual travel

The upcoming exhibition at the Acadia Art Gallery is entitled Artist, Traveller, Tourist. It opens May 9 and runs until June 19.

According to curator Laurie Dalton, it examines the ways in which places are presented, situated and located through the artist’s creative lens.

Selected works from the permanent collection include Victorian prints by artists such as E.W. Evans, First World War travel etchings by Marcel Augis, early Canadiana by William H. Bartlett, as well as works by modern Canadian artists, such as a new acquisition by Arthur Lismer.

The gallery also invites visitors to contribute to the installation through several hands-on didactic experiences that form part of the exhibition.

Dalton will be giving a talk on May 17 at 2 p.m. and she plans to discuss the permanent collection at Acadia.

Gallery hours: closed Mondays, open Tuesdays – Sundays 12-4 p.m.

Auditions soon

Auditions for the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir and its new treble choir are coming up. The mixed SATB choir will shift to Grade 8-12 and the new choir will be Grades 5-8.

Auditions are:

• May 29 – Pine Ridge - 5:30-9 p.m.

• May 30 – KCA – 5:30-9 p.m.

• June 4 – Horton - 5:30-9 p.m.

• June 5 – NKEC – 4:30-9 p.m.

• June 6 – Avonview – 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The application deadline is May 28.

See Jimi Hendrix

Live at Woodstock with Jimi Hendrix will be on screen at the Al Whittle Theatre May 17 at 8 p.m.

Songs performed, in original sequence include Message To Love, Spanish Castle Magic, Red House, Lover Man, Foxy Lady, Jam Back At The House, Izabella, Fire, Voodoo Child, Star-Spangled Banner, and Purple Haze.

For tickets or more information, visit


Fundy flicks

On May 19, Fundy Film will screen No, a political docu-drama with a satirical edge.

The film is set in 1988, when Chile’s military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency. Opposition leaders persuade advertising exec Rene Saavedra to spearhead the “No” campaign, a PR plan featuring images of happiness and joy for a “new Chile” to win the election and free Chile from oppression.

The film will be shown at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes prior to the show.


At Union Street

On May 10, beginning at 8:30 p.m., an open mic kitchen party featuring the Worry Birds will be held at Union Street.

On May 11, local country band Witchitaw will perform at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10

The May 17 open mic kitchen party will feature Mark Bezanson, getting underway at 8:30 p.m.

Due to the big show in Wolfville on June 1, Union Street has moved its Coco/Ian/Chris/Jenny show to June 2 so everyone can plan on an amazing weekend of music.


Wolfville Middle School presents

The Stories You Won't Hear, an original production created by past and present students of Wolfville Middle School, will hit the stage May 9-11.

Featuring music from the hit television show Glee, the students of Wolfville School bring to the stage skits, monologues, songs and stories about what it's really like to be in middle school. Touching, funny, and entertaining, the show is sure to please with tales of love and heartache, a little sadness and confusion, but lots of joy and excitement, with some of the top pop songs on the radio today.

The shows will get underway at 7 p.m. at Horton High School Performance Centre each night. Tickets are $5 each, available by calling 690-7260 or e-mail



Award-Winning play by 2b theatre 

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, 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 freewill offering for admission will go to Light 4 Learning to continue their vital work in Ugandan rural schools.

For further information, contact Judy Van Amerongen at 582-3040 or



At CentreStage

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville presents Wait Until Dark, a suspense-thriller by Frederick Knott.

Wait Until Dark, stage managed by Nancy Henry, is directed by Peter Booth and George Henry, and is produced by Linda Levy Fisk. It features Sharon Churchill Roe, Stephen Abbass, Mike Bulter, Alex Trimper, Paul Abela, Aria MacDonald, Annelise Smith, Kaia Goss, Ryan Trimper and Ryan MacNab.

Wait Until Dark runs on the weekends until May 25. Showtime is 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 19.

In the galleries


- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour has a

show entitled ‘Art Squared.’ It features an eclectic group of Canadian artists.

- When asked to exhibit images for Wait Until Dark at CentreStage Theatre, several members of the Kings County Photography Club agreed that a “dark” theme would be most appropriate. Submissions featured black negative space, images with low key lighting, black and white images and images with a dark theme.

Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, Royal Opera House, Barbershop Harmony Society Sunrise Division Lakes chorus Millstream Chorus Four Seasons Gaspereau Press Tatamagouche Centre Flying High Festival Theatre in Wolfville Wolfville School Kings Presbyterian Church Acadia Art Gallery CentreStage Theatre Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Horton High School Performance Centre Imperial Performing Arts Centre Kings County Photography Club

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kentville, Coldbrook London Nova Scotia England Greenwich Atlantic Provinces Dartmouth Sydney Moncton Joseph New Minas Chile Margaretville Pine Ridge Canning Northeast Kings Education Centre Neverland Uganda Red House Africa George Henry

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