A look at upcoming arts and entertainment events in the Annapolis Valley:
Fundy Cinema will show Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story: An eye-opening documentary about actress Hedy Lamarr, revered in the 1940s tabloids as "the most beautiful woman in the world" but also an unacknowledged genius who helped invent radio-control technology during World War II, which ultimately paved the way for current communication systems such as GPS and WiFi.
Bombshell will be shown Wednesday, Dec 6 at 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville.
Tickets are $9 and are available 30 minutes before screening.
Go To: fundycinema.ca
Loving Vincent at King’s Theatre
Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman explore the circumstances of illustrious painter Vincent van Gogh's death in the first ever fully painted animated film, each of its 65,000 frames an oil painting on canvas created by 125 animators, imitating Van Gogh's distinctive technique and style, over a six-year period.
Loving Vincent will be shown at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 per adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 per youth. All prices include HST. General admission seating.
Doors open 45 minutes before show time.
Go To: www.kingstheatre.ca
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a hilarious, irreverent, brilliantly insightful examination of faith and the concept of betrayal.
Directed by Michael Devine, the historical Judas will be placed on trial in Purgatory, with a motley group of witnesses, including the other Apostles, Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud and Satan, in this play presented by the Acadia Theatre Company.
Remaining shows will be held Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. Show time is 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 1 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the Acadia Box Office. Cost: $15 for regular admission; $10 for seniors and students; $7 for groups of eight or more.
Scrooge! The Musical Runs Until Dec. 8
Scrooge! The Musical by Leslie Bricusse is being presented at CentreStage Theatre in Kentville.
Tickets: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors/students; $5 for children 12 and under. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only. Reservations are held until 15 minutes before show time.
The show, directed by Thea Burton, will be on stage Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 8. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees are on Sundays — Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 — with doors opening at 1:15 p.m. and the show starting at 2 p.m. Call 902-678-8040 for reservations.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Quick as a Wink Theatre Society in Windsor is getting ready for their production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical, featuring the classic Dicken’s narrative with completely different music as Scrooge: The Musical (see above). It features a cast of more than three-dozen local actors and music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Directed by Mark Wainman, with musical direction by Katrina Salmon. See Steve Roe as Scrooge, and the three ghosts are played by Olivia Lee, Logan Levesque, and Francesca Cornetta.
Shows will take place at Fountain Performing Arts Centre of King’s-Edgehill School in Windsor, December 1-2, and Dec. 8-9, at 7 p.m. with special matinees on Dec. 2, Dec. 9, and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at QAAW.ca or by visiting Mosaic Market in Windsor and The Box of Delights Book Shop in Wolfville.
The Macdonald Museum will feature Christmas readings by Authors Inc., along with some festive music, on Nov. 28 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Dinner and a Show
Enjoy theatre with your supper at Aylesford United Church Dec. 9 only. A $20 ticket includes a roast pork dinner and the show Scrooge's Tale.
The Rink at Al Whittle Theatre
There’s a new show hitting the Al Whittle Theatre stage in late November -- a perfect little comedy-drama to share with your friends and family. The Lighthouse Theatre Company, that brought you Creely Mountain Law and Marion Bridge, presents their fall offering, The Rink, a comedy, written by local playwright Allen D. Hume and directed by Brenda Ley.
The Rink begins with three former citizens of this small town returning for the funeral of an old childhood friend. They try to combine their talents to build an outdoor rink to help rejuvenate the town and give some energy and excitement to the citizens with a common goal (No pun intended!).
Tickets are $15 each and available at the door or in advance at The Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville. The Rink plays at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. If that time and location doesn’t work for you, then head to Margaretsville the next Saturday as The Rink plays at Evergreen Theatre on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Choral Concert in Annapolis Royal
Attend the festive choral concert And Bells Do Ring with Annapolis Voices and Annapolis Treblemakers, under the musical direction of Deirdre Morrell-Ormerod and accompanist Elizabeth Harwood on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., St. George and St. Andrew United Church in Annapolis Royal. Tickets are available by calling Donna Cummings at 902-532-5200 or from choir members. Cost: $15 for adults; $5 for children.
See BIG ART
The Lucky Rabbit & Co. Holiday Market will feature several special invited guest artists, along with in-house artists who will be in their studios with special new seasonal items.
Pop-up artists Lisa-Maj Roos, painter, Leslie Lawrence Antique jewellery, Rachel Ryan and Grace Butland, textile artists, Tracy Harnish chocolates, and the Kenaan family with Syrian food for take out will also be on site, and visitors will have the chance to look at the ongoing exhibition BIG ART. The event will run Nov. 25-26 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Go online: Visit www.luckyrabbitandco.com for more
Scrooge’s Tale on Dec. 8 and 9
Scrooge's Tale, a play written by Rev. John Moses with music by William F. Treadgold, will be jointly presented by Aylesford and Kingston United Churches on Dec. 8 and 9 at Aylesford United Church, 2414 Hwy 1. Freewill admission for this musical evening with proceeds to the Berwick and Kingston foodbanks. Show time is 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Acadia Performing Arts Series
Tafelmusik: J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation will be performed at Festival Theatre in Wolfville on Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Acadia Performing Art Series.
The performance will celebrate the genius of Bach and the stories behind his inspiration. This multimedia creation combines text, music, and stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans—papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers—who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius.
Trouble is brewing at the North Pole -- and King’s Theatre -- as Santa (Miles Leahy) has to deal with a stowaway from Annapolis Royal (played by Nina Habinski) on the North Pole Special supply train and a workshop faced with a shortage of the glue required to build the Christmas toys. As well, strained relationships within Santa’s staff, mischievous elves and a sleazy sleigh salesman add to the confusing mix. Santa and his dedicated workers, however, do their best to make sure that Christmas Day will once again be the magical occasion that children of all ages dream about.
Written by Norm Foster, the play runs Dec. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at Kings Theatre in advance for $14 and at the door for $16. Youth and student tickets are available any time for $8 and children six and under for $5.
Go online: www.kingstheatre.ca.
Christmas Musical Sing-a-Long
Join the Minas 50 Plus Club to sing along with festive music by Fred and Jason at the New Minas Fire Hall Nov. 29 from 1-3 p.m. Admission is a non-perishable food item or monetary donation the to food bank.
Alice in Cuckoo Land
A Christmas adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice in Wonderland is hitting the stage in Greenwood Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.
Alice in Cuckoo Land: Quest to Save Santa will see the familiar Alice in Wonderland characters travel to Cuckoo Land to rescue Santa from the Queen of Hearts.
Done in the traditional British Pantomime style, this outrageous comedy promises to be a treat for all ages. It is being presented by the Greenwood Players at the Morfee Centre, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
Tickets ($8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under) are available at Pharmasave in Middleton/ Kingston, 14 Wing Community Center, The GMFRC, and at the door.
Photographer Justine MacDonald will give a talk on her exhibit Remembrance Road: Photographs from the Battlefields of Europe at the Kings County Museum on Nov. 28 from 7:30-9 p.m.
MacDonald will share her experiences and photos from her trips, touch on the history and share some stories during the talk.
Her photography will remain on exhibit until Dec. 12.
14 Wing Christmas Concert
Featuring the 14 Wing Band (under the direction of WO Jeff Campbell), Honorary Colonel Terry Kelly, Kingston Elementary School Choir and Canadian Military Wives' Choir Greenwood, this event on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. is open to the public.
It will be held at the Annapolis Mess. Free admission; donations to the Upper Room Food Bank accepted.
Four Seasons Orchestra Concert
The Four Seasons Orchestra, plus guest performers, is presenting its annual Christmas concert at Windsor United Church on Dec. 9 from 7-9 p.m. They will perform some well-known light orchestral music, orchestral and choral Christmas pieces plus a carol sing-along. Cost: $10 at the door.
On this Winter’s Night With You
The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir’s 2017-2018 season continues with its second concert, On This Winter’s Night With You — An East Coast Christmas, on Dec. 9.
Further exploring the season’s central theme of “finding home,” this Maritime kitchen party of a concert embraces Nova Scotia’s Celtic and folk roots and musical traditions. The choirs will perform traditional carols and Gaelic lullabies, arrangements of Great Big Sea, and music of the late great Ron Hynes and Rita McNeil.
The AVHC is excited to welcome two well-loved local favourites as guest artists, Sarah Pound and Mike Butler, at Horton High School. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for students (plus Ticketpro fees) or $20 for adults and $5 for students at the door. Tickets are available at all Ticketpro outlets.
Go online: www.avhc.ca
A concert for the Christmas season unlike any other will be presented Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The outstanding 30-voice Manning Chapel Choir, directed by John Scott, will be joined by the high energy folk/traditional duo Pennybrook, acclaimed harpist Ellen Gibling, and Nova Scotia’s own virtuoso Nykelharpa player, Kirsty Money.
It will feature Wassails from the British Isles, traditional Nordic winter songs, haunting medieval carols, and glorious choir music for women’s voices.
The show will be held at Manning Memorial Chapel at Acadia, starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10.
Christmas With Friends
The popular seasonal concert returns to Wolfville Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. as Annapolis Valley singer/songwriter Rachel MacLean hosts the eighth annual Christmas With Friends in Wolfville. Special guests include multi-award winner Jim Witter and Nova Scotia teenage country sensation Makayla Lynn.
Tickets for Christmas With Friends are $25 and available at Independent Grocer and Pharmasave locations from Windsor to Annapolis Royal. Tickets are also available at the Acadia Box Office (542-5500 or 800-542-8425) and at Stirling Fruit Farms in Greenwich. Christmas With Friends takes place at University Hall in Wolfville.
A Barra MacNeils Christmas
A Canadian Holiday Tradition comes to Convocation Hall in Wolfville Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas is a musical potpourri of traditional MacNeil family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and the general festive frolic that accompanies each holiday season. With their captivating vocals, distinctive harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, the Barra MacNeils inject new life and energy into the sights and sounds of the holiday season. For 15 years, the MacNeil family has performed their holiday show for millions of concert-goers.
Tickets, available at the Acadia Box Officer, are $40 or $30 for students.