Events

Who’s Who: Carole Ball: Calendar Girl By Mike Butler

Who’s Who: Carole Ball: Calendar Girl Mike Butler Over the years, through the many theatre groups I perform with, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people. With theatre you develop strong bonds with your fellow actors, directors, and producers etc., and you begin to rely on them and enjoy their company long after the final curtain has come down. I saw Carole Ball for the first time in a production at CentreStage called “There Goes the Bride”, and was completely taken with her stage presence and acting ability. She had a feisty spirit and was able to make me…
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Wolfville, Acadia, and the Performing Arts By Janet Kirkconnell

Wolfville, Acadia, and the Performing Arts Janet Kirkconnell It is doubtful that any other small town in Canada has as many venues for the performing arts as Wolfville has, chiefly because of the university. The Deep Roots Music Festival profits from this. While its opening concert is in University Hall, most of Deep Roots’ other major concerts are held in Festival Theatre, the old university rink transformed for the Atlantic Theatre Festival into a state-of-the-art theatre (praised this year for its phenomenal acoustics by the Afiara String Quartet). Still bearing the name Festival as a reminder of past glory, it…
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Marcel D’Entremont to Open Sunday Music in the Garden Room’s 2016-17 Season

MARCEL D’ENTREMONT TO OPEN SUNDAY MUSIC IN THE GARDEN ROOM’S 2016-17 SEASON By Janet Kirkconnell Tenor Marcel d’Entremont, accompanied by Dakota Scott-Digout on piano, will open the 2016 – 2017 season of “Sunday Music in the Garden Room” at 2pm on September 25 in Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre. The program includes songs by Robert and Clara Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, Schubert, Britten, Copland, and Donna Rhodenizer, among others, and an aria from Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz.      On his first appearance in Europe this past year at the Opéra de Rouen as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s…
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Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! By Scott Campbell

Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! Scott Campbell   Next to Christmas… and maybe Thanksgiving… my favourite holiday is The Devour Food Film Festival. This November the sights and smells of amazing movies and delicious dinners will fill the streets of Wolfville as The Devour Food and Film Festival hits the town.    Last Friday night I had the pleasure of participating in one of the first Devour Food Film Festival events of the season – a taste of things to come so to speak. A small group of Film Foodies gathered at Restaurant Le Caveau for…
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Mike Uncorked: Willy Loman and the Girls

Mike Uncorked: Willy Loman and the Girls By Mike Butler It’s a very exciting time for live theatre in the Valley, as two unique productions get ready to take the stage. I want to tell you about them so you can mark your calendars and treat yourselves to these theatrical presentations.    First up, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, is presenting Calendar Girls, written by Tim Firth, and based on the worldwide smash hit film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series 2014-15

The Acadia Performing Arts Series is pleased to announce its 2014-’15 season.  The series opens in September with the twin pianos of the dynamic Duo Turgeon, followed in October by the Zodiac Trio with a beautiful program for clarinet, violin and piano. In November, the celebrated Elmer Iseler Singers will display their unique brand of choral excellence.Tafelmusik, Canada’s premier baroque orchestra, presents the Galileo Project with its stunning images accompanied by the music of the period. Measha Brueggergosman’s Christmas is a special series add-on in December. The Tom Regan Memorial Concert will open the second half of the season in…
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Front Row Centre Events’ Dance Series

On October 18th, Orpheum Entertainment will offer the first of it’s new Front Row Centre Events Dance Series at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville beginning with Don Quixote by the Royal Ballet. This year’s series of eleven shows will present great dance cinema screenings from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House, and Nederlands Dans Theatre. Back in January, James Skinner and a few like-minded people started an initiative to bring more world-class artistic entertainment to Main Street, Wolfville. After viewing a Led Zeppelin Celebration Day concert screening by Front Row Centre Events at the Empire Theatre…
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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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