Creatures Come to Guild Gallery

You may have seen some of Ashley Anne Clark’s work popping up around town over the past few years. She is an island-based Artist with a BFA from Concordia University that works in a variety of mediums and subjects. This time she has taking on the challenge of researching and drawing over 60 species of Nocturnal Animals.

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Creatures of the Night: A Study of Nocturnal Beings is a show exploring the worlds and personalities of these unusual animals. There are over 80 different types of Nocturnal Animals living around the world. Though some of these creatures are quite familiar to us such as a raccoons, lions and bats others are not talked about as regularly like the Ocilla or the Aardvark. Clark says, “By focusing solely on nocturnal animals, I can bring forth species that often-go unseen and are easily over looked or forgotten.”

During this time of year when the days are short and the nights are long, we can all start to see characteristics of these animals within ourselves and understand the vast differences between the light and the night. “I am always aspiring to bring to my audience the nostalgic feeling of discovery. Through my drawings I seek to shed a light on these night dwellers and encourage people to educate themselves on their relationship to nature.”

This show will be up at the Guild Gallery from December 6th to January 2nd.

Ready! Aim! Robyn Hood!

Robyn Hood and her ‘Fairly Merrily Men’ are riding to the rescue this holiday season. Adam Brazier’s comedy-musical Robyn Hood: This Tale’s Even Fairlier comes to life this week, premiering Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and playing select dates until December 17 at the Homburg Theatre.

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From the comedic minds of Adam Brazier and Graham Putnam, Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre presents a ridiculous musical in the ‘pantomime’ tradition. Expect great music, dancing, and gags in this madcap adventure set in the Kingdom of Charlottetown and Sherwood-Parkdale Forest. Audiences are asked to boo the villain (Matt Rainnie’s tyrannical ‘Prince John’), cheer our heroes (Maria Campbell and Jessica Gallant as ‘Robyn Hood’ and ‘Maid Marian’), and revel in plentiful local humour and holiday cheer.

Robyn Hood features a cast of 75 performers, including Charlottetown Festival regular Alana Bridgewater (Spoon River, Hairspray), Sarah MacPhee (reprising her annual role as ‘the Town Crier’), Putnam (Sketch 22, Annekenstein), and students from the Holland College and Confederation Centre School of Performing Arts. See the full cast list online.

Musical Director Craig Fair leads the production’s many vocalists and community orchestra through an electric song list of musical theatre and pop hits, including ‘9 to 5′, ‘Feel the Same Way Too’, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and many more. Choreography is from Taryn Verkerk, stage management from Anne Murphy, set design from Garny Gallant, and lighting design from Steve Ross.

Starting at just $25, tickets are on sale now. Visit confederationcentre.com/theatre or contact the box office at (902) 566.1267. The official hashtag is #RobynConfed. Appreciation is extended to production sponsor Maid Marian’s Diner and media sponsors The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.

Last Chance to Save On Flex Passes

Happy Holidays from the Victoria Playhouse!

Save Big – Buy a 2017 Flex Pass at the 2016 Price!

The 2017 Flex Pass is on sale until December 31 at the 2016 price of $100. This price includes tax and service fees! Beginning January 1, 2017 the Pass will cost $110.

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The Flex Pass is valid for four admissions to any performance of the plays and concerts in the 2017 season. Purchase your Flex Pass now and choose your dates when the season is announced. Take three friends to one show or see four different shows yourself.

You save more than 25% off the regular adult ticket price! Buy A Flex Pass Now!

Illusion and Material in Mid-Sentence

New York-based Canadian artist Rachel Beach is opening her first major exhibition in this country in a decade. A collaboration with Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Rachel Beach: Mid-Sentence will be presented at Confederation Centre Art Gallery from December 10 through April 30, bringing the artist back to the Maritimes, where she was originally trained.

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The show consists almost entirely of new creations, selected from Beach’s studio in Brooklyn, NY, where she has been based since 2001. Educated at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and later Yale University, Beach’s work has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, among others.

Originally from London, Ontario, the artist works with abstract shapes and a variety of materials to produce colourful sculptures and two-dimensional pieces that play between illusion and material, geometry and surface. Her works typically deploy a vocabulary of shapes in creative interplay; although non-representational, they often evoke the human figure.

The Centre’s Pan Wendt curated the exhibition with Saint Mary’s Robin Metcalfe. “It is impressive to see what Rachel Beach has created over the past few years,” says Wendt. “Her studio, and everything in it, was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, but she hasn’t slowed down at all, and her work has grown even richer.”

Gallery Director Kevin Rice looks forward to seeing the exhibition come to life in the Centre’s lower west gallery. “This exhibition will be like eye-candy, colourful and fascinating objects in dynamic arrangements,” he says. “Rachel’s work is known for its visual appeal and playful use of material and shape. Her sculptures are constructions built out of a variety of shapes that evoke folded paper, masks, the built environment, and the history of the medium. We are excited to bring her work back to the Maritimes.”

Rachel Beach: Mid-Sentence opens at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on December 10. The artist will be present for an enriching exhibition tour on Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m. All are welcome and the tour is presented free of charge.

Singing Noel at Trinity Church

A delightful way to make merry this season is to take in a holiday concert from the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus. The Chorus take to the stage at 3 p.m. on Sunday December 11 to perform Sing Noël – an evening of classic Christmas carols performed in the beauty of Trinity United Church. The large youth choir will be joined by audience favourite Joey Kitson and guest host Valerie Moore.

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Featured concert selections include both contemporary and classic Christmas carols, such as ‘Welcome Yule’, ‘In Bethlehem’, ‘Star Carol’, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘Angel Tidings’, and ‘O Holy Night.’

“I find the tradition of Sing Noël gets me in the Christmas spirit every year,” says Kitson, of Rawlins Cross. “It’s a break from the hustle and bustle; gathering with family and friends to enjoy the sounds of the season.”

The Youth Chorus is led by Donald Fraser, choral music director at Confederation Centre. “Young voices, great music, and Christmas — what could be better than that?” he offers. “The beauty and purity of these blended voices in three and four part harmonies cannot be equaled.”

Tickets and more info for this and other upcoming concerts – including the engaging Sing Along Messiah on December 28 – are available at the box office at (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederationcentre.com

Appreciation is extended to Maritime Electric, program sponsor for the Youth Chorus, and to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100. Follow along on social media @confedcentre (Instagram and Twitter) and via Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Lighting Up the Scrooge at the Watermark Theatre

The North Shore Players – a community theatre group in North Rustico- is pleased to invite you to a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. Adapted and directed by David Bulger, and featuring a cast of talented island actors, the show is presented in conjunction with ‘North Rustico Festival of Lights: Christmas in the Crick’.

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At the Watermark Theatre, 57 Church Hill Avenue, North Rustico.

ADMISSION BY DONATION AT THE DOOR.

General seating, so be sure to arrive early. Doors open 45 minutes before each show.

Tickets are available at the door, but a spot can be reserved at http://www.northshorechristmascarol.eventbrite.ca or by phoning the Town of North Rustico 902-963-3211 .

See our facebook page (North Shore Players) for more information.

Come for the show, stay for the lights… Come for the lights… stay for the show!

December 9 – 7:30

Saturday December 10 – 2:00 and 7:30

Sunday December 11 – 2:00

Friday December 16- 7:30

Saturday December 17 – 2:00 and 7:30

Sunday December 18 – 2:00