Events

Whittle Big Man

A celebration of Al Whittle’s 60th anniversary as theatre manager at Wolfville’s Acadia Cinema It was a very young Al Whittle who first stepped off the train in 1953 into his “first adventure in Wolfville…I was amazed.” Whittle began a lifelong career that day that lasted until his retirement in 2000. In celebration of Al’s contribution to the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, he is being honoured with a gala event of live performance and film on Friday, April 26. Al Whittle was hired in 1953 by the Spencer family of Saint John, at the time making him the…
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People – National Theatre Live

Friday, March 22, at 7  p.m., the Al Whittle Theatre is launching its new technology: a satellite feed allowing the capture of high-definition broadcasts of cultural events from all around the world. Theatre, dance, opera, rock and classical music, art from major world museums, sponsored by local businesses and individuals–the possibilities are exciting. The opening performance is People, a new comedy from the National Theatre in London, written by Alan Bennett, known for The History Boys and The Madness of King George. People stars the award-winning Francis de la Tour as ex-Sixties model Lady Stacpoole, facing old age in a…
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Antigone

Antigone by Jean Anouilh Directed by Anna Migliarisi 7:30pm, Lower Denton, Acadia March 6th – 9th & 13th -16th “Antigone is right – but Creon is not wrong.”  (Albert Camus) Jean Anouilh’s Antigone is a modern take on Sophocles’ 5th century tragedy. It’s the end of a savage civil war. Antigone’s brothers Eteocles and Polynices – unlucky children of Oedipus – are both slaughtered vying for power. Their uncle Creon becomes king. Under his order, Eteocles is given a state funeral, but Polynices’ body is left to rot unburied as a dire warning to would-be traitors. Polynices’ fate is repugnant…
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The Annapolis Valley Short Film Fest

Back by popular demand! The first Annapolis Valley Short Film Fest (May 2012) was open to drama and comedy films made in Nova Scotia. We decided to broaden the second fest because we found the first film fest a bit limiting. This seems to have been a good decision. We received submissions from a wide range of genres from across Canada, and are able to provide the viewers with a stellar line-up of remarkably professional, yet still independently produced, films. We also expanded the selection committee to five judges. The judges made their decision based on which films were the…
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Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show

Mtaban. Mud Creek. Wolfville. Have you ever wondered about Wolfville’s  colourful past? Come take a history tour from the comfort of your seat in the  first-ever Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show. The sixth year of Valley Ghost Walks kicks off with the Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show on Wednesday, February 13 at 8pm at Manning Memorial Chapel on the Acadia Campus. This is a creatively spooky, two-hour theatrical production of Wolfville’s intriguing past in a most beautiful setting. This show features some of your favourite tales from the outdoor show along with: new Wolfville ghosts, special guest Alan Melanson of the Annapolis…
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TripALady Celebrates it’s 5th NYE Dance

If you were one of the macabre merrymakers in attendance at TripALady’s Hallowe’en soiree, you’ll know the musical score:  throngs of happy people cutting serious rugs to the sounds of a band who have pillaged the provender of pop radio stations far away in time and wed them to the delights of Irish dance tunes from even further, to conjure temporary but profound epicenters of Eighties dance  bliss.   But shadowy capes, flaming red hair, Ringo’s moustache and dedicated Smurf support will all be shed this December 31st in favour of an eager eye to the arrival of the midnight…
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Back on the Mountain

The Hupman Brothers have recently put out their new album Back On The Mountain and will be performing the songs at their CD release concert on November 24th at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. The new album, their best yet, is an outstanding collection of tunes, all recorded at the Hupmans’ home studio up on the south mountain. The songs cover a wide array of genres; there’s a little country, a little funk, all rounded out by a few of their classic blues numbers, and all still having that distinct Hupman sound. This album continues on in the acoustic…
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The Acadia Theatre Company Presents: Marat/Sade

 Written by Peter Weiss and directed by Robert Seale Today, with the after-effects of the 2008 financial meltdown, the Occupy & Arab Spring movements, the EU monetary crisis, and Canadian/American political polarization, the streets are full of those questioning authority. 50 years ago, Peter Weiss’s Tony Award-winning play Marat/Sade echoed the political turmoil of the 1960’s by harkening back to yet another tumultuous period in world history, the French Revolution. The dialectics of personal & political change are seen through the eyes of its two protagonists: the infamous Marquis de Sade, a proponent of pleasure through what later became known…
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TripALady Dance!

Local fiddle-shredding Eighties dance mavens TripALady will host their fifth Hallowe’en shindig on Saturday night, October 27 at the Old Orchard Inn Heritage Barn, starting at 9pm If last year’s dance was any indication, a throng of revellers will caper and cavort inside a hall brimming with fantastic costumes and a melodious, devilish din, as these drum-driven musical alchemists pluck refrains from the ghostly ether of top forty radios past, infuse them with the divine madness of Irish fiddle tunes and, wielding the power of the lightning harnessed by mad sound scientist Andy Flinn, brew a potent potion of pop…
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The 9th Annual Deep Roots Music Festival

Grammy award winning Loudon Wainwright III is probably the best-known performer at the ninth Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville this weekend. A singer/songwriter with over 40 years in the music business, he’ll be on stage for a 90-minute acoustic set on Saturday, Sept. 29. Opening that evening are local favourites the Hupman Brothers along with the voices of the American South: Sheesham & Lotus & ‘Son. Friday night’s main stage show promises to be just as exciting with Mae Moore, Lynn Miles and ukelele virtuoso James Hill headlining. Two powerful up and comers, PEI’s Meaghan Blanchard and Halifax’s Micah…
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