Is intolerance doing permanent damage to artistic integrity?

Special interest groups demanding a say in casting choices flies in the face of diversity and freedom of expression

Is intolerance doing permanent damage to artistic integrity?Visiting the Globe Theatre in London, England, is an unforgettable experience. When viewing the modest grounds and realizing that the ‘groundlings’ – the people in the cheap seats – were sometimes privileged to see original Shakespeare plays, it brings home the long and important history of the performing arts. On our tour of the theatre,…

Calling all ghouls, goblins and scary clowns

Shocktober haunted house is having a meeting next week to recruit actors and other volunteers to help out in various ways

Calling all ghouls, goblins and scary clowns  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley Players are raising their Shocktober haunted house from the grave, and the group is having a meeting next week to recruit actors and helpers. Judy Lavoie, a spokesperson for the Kindersley Players, said the group is in need of volunteers to act in Shocktober and to help…

Remembering memorization, the cornerstone of learning

Students must develop mastery over technique before they can experiment, if the experiment is to have any shape or meaning

Remembering memorization, the cornerstone of learningThe smartest man I’ve ever met had a mind like a high-definition camera. Everything he viewed played on his mind with crystal clarity. He memorized the baseball statistics in the morning paper. A guilty pleasure, he said. He also had a library of poetry memorized. When he lectured, he pulled references, allusions and lines from…

Music festival just around the corner

The festival kicks off on March 12 and the 300 entrants will take part in various performance arts classes taught by a host of talented instructors. Top performers will display their talent at Stars of the Festival on the 23

Music festival just around the cornerKevin McBain of The Clarion The countdown to the 55th annual Kindersley and District Music Festival is on. This year’s event will take place from March 12 to 22, closing off with the Stars of the Festival grand finalé on Friday, March 23. Once again, participants will be involved in vocal, musical theatre, speech arts,…

More than $2,600 raised at TNT

Talent night features students from Kindersley Composite and Elizabeth Schools

More than $2,600 raised at TNTClarion staff We all know that our Kindersley youth have a lot of talent and each year at the Talent Night Telemiracle, it comes to the forefront, while raising money for a great cause. The event features students from Kindersley Composite School and Elizabeth School showing off their skills. This year, the 22 acts included…

Theatre group’s return a rousing success

After a five-year hiatus, the Eatonia Oasis Players return with Suite Surrender, a play full of hilarity

Theatre group’s return a rousing successKenneth Brown of The Clarion A celebrity quarrel the tabloids would salivate over has played out on stage in Eatonia and the community’s theatre group knocked the performance out of the park. The Eatonia Oasis Players theatre group presented its version of a play Suite Surrender, written by Michael McKeever, over three nights from Jan.…

Oasis Players return to the stage

The group cancelled its 2014 production and went on a lengthy hiatus while longtime director Lenore Bailey fought cancer

Oasis Players return to the stageKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Eatonia Oasis Players are preparing for their first production in five years and there are still tickets available for one or two of the group’s performances. The theatre group is doing three performances at the Eatonia Community Hall on Jan. 25, 26 and 27. The Oasis Players will present…

A spectacular Christmas Spectacular!

The musical Christmas Spectacular: What Christmas Means to Me proved to be a fantastic trip down memory lane

A spectacular Christmas Spectacular!Dahling Productions presented the musical, ‘Christmas Spectacular: What Christmas means to me.’ in four performances over the weekend. Richelle Ortman, owner of Dahling Productions, said the inspiration came from the Christmas Spectacular production at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The play had a cast of about 50 people and featured many fantastic…

Stage production aims to share Christmas spirit

Christmas Spectacular runs on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., on Dec. 16 at 2 and 7 p.m., and on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.

Stage production aims to share Christmas spiritKenneth Brown of The Clarion The meaning of Christmas takes centre stage when Dahling Productions presents its fifth annual Christmas extravaganza to Kindersley audiences. Dahling Productions, a local theatre company operated by Richelle Ortman, has been doing an annual Christmas production since 2013. The company’s history of presentations continues with an original musical titled Christmas…

Stratford offers cultural and culinary feasts

From world-class theatre to fine food to fascinating history to micro breweries and distilleries, you'll find plenty to enjoy in this southwest Ontario city

Stratford offers cultural and culinary feastsMy favourite summer visit is Stratford, in southwest Ontario. It's an inviting locale with culture, fine food, history and world-class theatre. Stratford Festival musicals are a prime source of revenue, and with H.M.S. Pinafore at the Avon Theatre and Guys and Dolls at the Festival Theatre, artistic director Anthony Cimolino has added two more winners…