Celebrating the Super Duper Fantabulous Smorgasbord

What do 25 step dancers, two stilt walkers, and an improv troupe have in common? They are all performing in this year’s Confederation Centre of the Arts Holiday Variety Show, happening December 15 and 16 in the Homburg Theatre.

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The Holiday Variety Show presents the very best in Island artists and community players. Artistic Director, Adam Brazier (Evangeline) alongside Patty Sullivan (Kids CBC), will host a variety show where audiences can expect a smorgasbord of entertainment ranging from an all-female barbershop quartet to step dancers, and we can’t forget the return of beloved Islander Tara MacLean.

“This show is meant to celebrate our community,” says Adam Brazier, artistic director for the Centre. “By doing so, we’re creating a unified spirit of joy this holiday season.”

The show opens with Brazier directing a make-believe musical number, as he comes up with a new concept for a holiday variety show that features talent from the Island community. The audience then becomes a “fly on the wall” as Brazier adjudicates the auditions, which are hilarious and maybe a little bizzare. In the final act the actual Holiday Variety Show is performed.

With a cast of over 90 people, ranging in ages from 6 to 75, this year’s Holiday Variety Show will leave you full of joy, gratitude, and jubilation for the holiday season.

Special performances also by: The Popalopolots, Ava and Lily Rashed, Roberts Academy of Dance, The Mi’kmaq Confederacy, Maria Campbell, Justin Simard, and many more.

For tickets please visit: http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/384-The-Confederation-Centre-Holiday-Variety-Show

Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5.

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Humbug at the Harbourfront

Back by popular demand this Christmas, Fandango Musical Players Inc. is proud to once again bring the Broadway Musical, “A Christmas Carol” to the Harbourfront stage.

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Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once On This Island) breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future.

Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him. (MTI Shows)

See A Christmas Carol at the Harbourfront Theatre on November 30, December 1, or December 2 at 7 PM.

Join the Sisterhood

Menopause can be a difficult time in woman’s life. Hot flashes and night sweats can be annoying, but finding the humour in the experience can make it a little bit better. That is where Menopause The Musical comes in. It’s a show that celebrates women on the brink of “the change” and those who’ve survived it.

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Set in a department store, four women with nothing in common but a black lace bra come to realize that they have more to share than ever imagined. This off-Broadway sensation uses musical parodies to help bring a comedic spin to an otherwise serious topic. The show takes liberties with classic hits – turning the Bee Gees’ Staying Alive into Staying Awake – and audiences will leave with their faces hurting from laughing so much. 

Co-producer Mark Zimmerman describes why there is a need to have a musical about menopause, “At one time this is a topic that people didn’t discuss, but we bring it to life with this show through comedy.” Zimmerman goes on to explain, “By the end, the women in the audience form a sisterhood.”

Spoiler alert…the cast invites all women to come up at the end of the show to participate in a kick line which is supposed to represent the women joining a sisterhood.

The show was actually created from a hot flash and a bottle of wine,” laughs Janet Martin, Co-producer and cast member. “The show’s writer, Jeanie Linders, had a hot flash one night while drinking a bottle of wine with some girlfriends, they started discussing ‘the change’ and so from there she decided to write Menopause The Musical.”

Over the 11 years that Zimmerman and Martin have been involved in this show they’re still amazed at the absolute joy they see on the faces in the audiences.

“Mothers take daughters, sisters take sisters, and friends take friends. It’s a party every night,” Martin states.

And they insist that the show is also MAN-datory viewing for men.

“Men leave the show with a new perspective and new appreciation for what their partner is going through,” says Zimmerman. “Couples that do come seem to walk out of the show closer and happier.”

Martin ends by saying, “Laugher is healing and the show is relatable. It’s so exhilarating for me to see the standing ovations at the end of the night and to know that I brought a lot of happiness to women.”

This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. Join us on November 25 @7:30 in the Homburg Theatre.

Visit http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/363-Menopause-The-Musical  for tickets.

Descendants at the Guild

New Beginnings Ministries (Dartmouth) has teamed up with Broadway In The HOOD (Las Vegas) to bring to life a wonderful new intimate musical about the unlikely pairing of two Americans, from two different worlds, whose lives helped pave the way for racial harmony in Canada in the 1800’s. “Descendants: A Musical History Lesson” is proud to make its world premier November 2017, with a limited engagement tour of selected provinces in Canada!
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Descendants: A Musical History Lesson, by the authors Deidre Thompson and Torrey Russell, is a haunting rags to riches tragedy depicting the fictitious tale of Edmund Fanning and David Sheppard, told throughthe eyes of George “Buddy” Sheppard, an 80 year old descendant of David Sheppard. Fanning, a white Loyalist, after being forced out of North Carolina, finds himself escaping lynching as he flees to New York City only to stumble right in the path of the Underground Railroad. Edmund along the way encounters David Sheppard, a runaway slave, who ultimately ends up saving Fanning’s life as they both escape to New York City. As the years pass David and Edmund form an unlikely friendship, but slavery remained consistent. From New York to Nova Scotia skin color remained the boundary that kept these two worlds apart. Descendants is at the Guild on December 1st at 7 PM.

A Bit of Bollywood

 A Passage to Bollywood is a classic tale of love and friendship. It’s a story of a young village boy who moves to the big city to follow his dream.  The musical follows his journey and the relationships he builds with the woman of his dreams and the ‘Don’- who takes him under his wing. Filled with romance and drama, the story takes on an unexpected twist with a surprise ending.

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It sounds like a journey that we can all connect to in one way or another. But that’s not the only draw for people to come and see the show as part of the Sobeys’ LIVE @ the Centre program this year. The artistic director is as they say in the biz…the real deal.

Ashley Lobo, the Artistic Director of Navdhara India Dance Theatre, is an acclaimed Indian choreographer with over 32 years of experience in performing, choreographing, and teaching, both in India and overseas. With more than 30 Bollywood films under his belt, he has worked with all the top stars from Sharukh Khan, Hritik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, just to name a few. Lobo studied dance at the famous ‘Bodenweiser Dance Centre’ and the extremely famous Sydney Dance Company. He is also immensely trained in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary styles of dance.

He is excited to bring A Passage to Bollywood to the Island and describes it as a relatable human story told in an entertaining way, “Like a typical Bollywood film, the show is full of song and dance with all the melodrama, romance, action, colour, and excitement you would see on screen – except it is onstage.”

Bollywood is a movement style of dance that incorporates all forms of Indian dance from classical to modern. It also draws inspiration from everyday activities like undoing a light bulb to starting a bike to create dance steps. Set in a surreal canvas that tells real stories, Bollywood dance is what Lobo would describe as an India biryani – meaning a party.

All this talent behind the scenes should make for a spectacular experience for the audience, one that Lobo says they’ll connect with, “It could have been the life of any person who migrated from one city to another or from one country to another.”

Coming to the Homburg Theatre November 15 @7:30 p.m., A Passage to Bollywood promises to turn a night of entertainment on its head.

 For tickets please visit: http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/356-A-Passage-to-Bollywood

 

Canada, It’s Complicated Goes On Tour

The brand new comedy production Canada, It’s Complicated takes to stages across Canada this September!

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Written by Gemini award winner Mary Walsh and featuring our country’s freshest comedic talent, Canada, It’s Complicated combines satirical sketches and songs that examine the joys, foibles, tragedies and triumphs of Canada as it is today — and where it will be in the future.

Canada, It’s Complicated features the collaborative work of leading Canadian comedians, musicians and playwrights including: Mary Walsh, Derek Seguin, Quantum Tangle, Marie Clements and Mike Allison.

Headlined by players representing Canada’s broad cultural mosaic, the live performance will be accompanied by a soundscape and multi-media stage design by award-winning designer Félix Fradet-Faguy and Normal Studio of Montreal.

It’s Complicated is at the Harbourfront Theatre on September 27 at 8 PM.

Snowbirds in September

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 7:00 PM

Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: Free, limit of 6 per party

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Join us for a FREE event to celebrate the snowbird lifestyle! Entertainment includes Canadian country superstar Michelle Wright, Scottish-Canadian tenor John McDermott, and the funny fisherman, Jimmy Flynn; event also includes a special presentation by Canadian Snowbird Association President Karen Huestis.

Sponsored by Medipac Travel Insurance and The Canadian Snowbird Association.

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Admission is FREE  – limit of 6 tickets per party, please!