Art Beat: SD46 Musical Theater Ensemble featuring Brigadoon

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In the musical Brigadoon– which premiered to Broadway audiences 75 years ago – Highland Walkers happen by chance in a small Scottish village that materializes just one day a century.

School District 46’s musical theater ensemble experienced a similar serendipity last week when it was granted permission to perform its version of Lerner and Loewe’s show in front of a half-full audience.

Brigadoon performs at Chatelech Secondary School for eight performances: evening shows on February 25, 26, March 3, 4 and 5; and matinees on February 26, 27 and March 5 at 2 p.m.

Tickets ($10) are available from Strait Music at 5647 Cowrie Street in Sechelt.

Lift your words off the page

Gibsons Public Library has limited space for a workshop on Saturday, February 26 with Dr. Bonnie Nish, Executive Director of Word Vancouver Literary Arts Festival.

Nish will guide participants through exercises to transform their written work into material ready for dynamic oral performances.

“We hope to get a variety of ages and interests,” said library outreach coordinator Lise Kreps. “It’s a really interesting experience to see how the written word can play out so differently in the spoken context.”

Nish is currently pursuing a doctorate in language and literacy education at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of three books, including Cantata in Two Voices, a poetic dialogue published in 2018.

Registration details and instructions are online: gibsons.bc.libraries.coop.

The Bounce House poet shares his literary elasticity

Poet Jennica Harper is the next author featured in a regular series of interactive online lectures organized by the Sunshine Coast Arts Council under the guidance of its literary peer review.

The Vancouver-based TV writer and poet will read from her 2019 book bouncing house February 26 at 7 p.m.

Harper is an alumnus of UBC’s creative writing program. In a 2021 interview with her alma mater, she observed, “Poetry is what I write only because I want to. I take my time with it. If a poem or a series of poems isn’t working, I try not to stress about it. Poetry is a refuge, where I can experiment.

Harper is also executive producer of the CTV series Jann, which depicts a fictionalized version of singer Jann Arden’s life.

Registration for Harper’s Reading is required at www.eventbrite.ca/e/246608882807.

Creativity can be a great step

The District of Sechelt announced two opportunities for talented leaders in the culture sector.

A budget of $14,000 has been allocated to fund artists to create community-engaged public art for the lounge area of ​​Hackett Park’s new outdoor stage.

Meanwhile, the district is also looking for a producer for its summer music series Sechelt. The project has a budget of $16,500 and will include the inaugural use of the new Hacket Park Stage, currently under construction.

More information on both opportunities is available online: sechelt.ca/artistopportunities.

The biggest little farm

Just in time to inspire spring gardening, the Sunshine Coast Film Society has announced the screening of The biggest little farm Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at the Raven’s Cry Theater in Sechelt and Monday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse.

The 90-minute documentary, released in 2018, follows a Californian couple as they pursue their dream of returning to the land. At Apricot Lane Farm, they grow crops and raise livestock, including Emma the pig, whose openness to interspecies cohabitation charmed the film’s critics.

Public health restrictions have been lifted on indoor gatherings and cinemas can now operate at full capacity. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required for all screenings.

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