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KW & Beyond

  by Irena Syrokomla


Irena SyrokomlaLake Nora Arms
at Theatre & Company

The final production for the 2004-2005 season at Theatre & Company in downtown Kitchener. is the world premiere of a musical based on a book of poems by Michael Redhill and adapted for stage by Jane Miller. It has no plot. This one-act performance is a journey through memory of summers in the cottage country hotel, Lake Nora Arms,-- presumably on Lake Nora, somewhere in Ontario,- : the lake, the loons, the water, wind, the melodies of the air on hot summer nights. The group of actors was selected for their musical ability to sing a capella, without any instrumental accompaniment, just carryinMitchell Leonard Smolkin in "Lake Nora Arms"   [picture courtesy of Theatre & Company]g on the melodies and tunes from one to the other. The stage set is sparse, the lighting adds to the atmosphere. The actors in their washed out weekend gear wander about, play with a bucket of water, hum the tunes, creating the unmistakable atmosphere of cottage life.

'Lake Nora Arms is a very unusual play and I don’t expect it would appeal to an audience looking for merely entertainment. However, the audience on the night of my attendance was sitting fascinated, listening to the songs about water, the lake, young loves and night swimmers. It brought memories of cottage life and summer weekends in Ontario, the calmness of the lake, the sound of the loons in the night. The comment from several individuals was "it made me remember" and "I keep thinking about the play". Obviously, it is another innovative production directed by Stuart Scadron-Wattles with the enthusiastic participation of Jane Miller and Brian Quirt. The music is so memorable it would be worthwhile to have it available on CDs.

Theatre & Company – coming season for September 2005 – June 2006.

The brochures for the coming season are available and the program is again very promising.

The season opens in October- November with two productions played simultaneously Educating Rita and Oleanna. Both are dealing with the issue of sexually tinted relationships between teacher and female students: the same cast, the same set, and two different perspectives. It will be possible to even see both of them on the same day

The Christmas play The Gift of the Magi, planned for the full month of December, is a sweet romantic story, sure to put you in a happy holiday mood.

In February 2006 Ten Times Two is a romantic comedy, the story of a bad guy falling in love. Unfortunately the lady dies and the bad guy is cursed with immortality and repetitive encounters with the dead woman reappearing in different guises. The initial love takes place in 1399, so the reappearances over several centuries, promises a variety of costumes and styles. It sounds like fun.

The Ends of the Earth scheduled for March and April 2006 is another unusual play exploring paranoia, nature of identity and promising – as the summary in the brochure says – " a frantic, wild and thought-provoking comic ride". We will see about that.

The last play is Marion Bridge, a Canadian setting, as three sisters return to Cape Breton to attend their dying mother. The sisters have chosen different life-paths: one is an actress/waitress from Toronto, another is a nun and the third one still lives at home. It presents some psychological explorations of siblings’ rivalry, old unfinished business and current comparisons. It is listed as a sharp comedy. It will open in May 2006 to run till mid June.

Subscriptions are available and so is the brochure describing the coming season’s programs.

Theatre & Company is a highly recommended quality theatre; right in downtown Kitchener with easy parking available, box office number is 519-517-0928 the web site

I hope I will have the pleasure of commenting on these productions and achievements of the Director.

KWS Pops – By Request – Centre in the Square celebrating K-W Symphony Volunteers.

This was the last of the Pops Series, conducted by Brian Jackson, the hall filled with subscribers, concertgoers and volunteers. When they were called to stand up – it was amazing how many of them were in the audience. Thanks for your time and your participation, the community applauds you!

The program for this concert was the result of about 25 requests for favorite music (why so few?) pieces: a march from Aida, Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago, two compositions of Rimsky-Korsakov, Johann Strauss Jr.’s Voices for Spring and the selection from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin, among others. Brian Jackson charmed the audience, as usual, and expressed his surprise that no one requested a song of Andrew Lloyd Weber. It was indeed a bit of surprise.

The concert was magnificent, the audience sang and clapped along with the orchestra, a number of individual musicians were featured as soloists and Flight of the Bumble Bee – supposedly with almost no rehearsal – was met with laughter and an ovation. It was a beautiful evening, beautiful melodies, unfortunately next year there are no plans for a "By Request" concert. And I was just getting ready to send my personal choices! Oh, well.

Programs for the next season are available, and regular subscribers are invited to renew, and of course the general public is urged to plan for the evenings and offer their support. The phone number for the box office is 519-745-4711, the web site

Grand River Baroque Festival at the Buelhow Barn in Ayr, Ontario.

The Baroque Festival is planned this year for the weekend preceding the long weekend at the beginning of July, so this time the cottage may be enjoyed without guilt feelings. The location is, as in previous years, at the south end of Trussler Road near 401 in the Buelhow’s country barn. The opening concert on Friday evening June 24 at 7:30 is all Bach with great vocalists Laura Pudwell, Joseph Schnurr and Daniel Lichti. They have participated in the Festival before and their voices are really of world class. Of course, there will be a post-concert reception. The concerts for Saturday feature Vivaldi, Rameau and Boismortier, among several others. On Sunday there will be a Baroque Coffee House and a final concert of St. Mathew Passion in the afternoon. Period instruments will be featured.

Julie Baumgartel and Jim Mason played at the free concert at the CIGI event in Waterloo on May 2nd when the programs for the festival were distributed. As Artistic Directors of the Festival, they look forward to another great occasion playing for chamber music lovers. We are very fortunate to have so many musical events of such calibre in the area. Don’t miss it.

The flyers are widely available in the area, also available by mail if you call 1-800-265-8977 or by web site

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Galley – the Quilt Exhibition

The current quilt exhibition at the KW Art Gallery (located inside The Centre in the Square building) is part of a regional quilt festival. The quilts have come a long way from the traditional home industry of bedspreads or embroidered vests and are indeed in the category of art. Presented at the KW Art Gallery are 73 selected quilts of different sizes and "Arrival of the Trumpeter Swan" by Pippa Mooretechniques, originating in a tradition of handcrafts, eventually bridging it to actual intricate art creations.

This year the theme is Airborne inviting the artists into the natural outdoors environment, incorporating the elements of flight, sometimes folklore or historical elements. A number of the presented quilts have motives of birds, butterflies, leaves or plants. Several pieces show human f"The Great Blue Heron" by Florence Dorscheidorms, such as dancers, some are pure abstracts. The colours selections, the technique – it is such an opportunity to see the quilt selection.

There were at least two large reviews in "The Record" with photographs and this promoted the Gallery as a popular viewing event for visitors. The exhibition will continue till June 16th and is open to the public every day. For more information you may call 519-579-5860 or visit This is an opportunity to see something so unusual right here in our community. Enjoy!


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