Paris Performers Theatre present Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Adapted by Richard Abbott and directed by Duncan Graham, the play features actors from Brantford, Paris and Cambridge.
Dr. Henry Jekyll is a prominent and respected physician living in London. Delving into scientific research on the theory of good and evil existing simultaneously in man, Dr. Jekyll perfects a potion that transforms him into the hideous, misshapen and maniacal Mr. Edward Hyde who commits many atrocities.
Performances are May 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) and May 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) at the Paris fairgrounds.
Tickets are $20 for adults, Eyego $5, and $17 each for groups of 17 or more, available at Green Heron Books, 47 Grand River St. N. in Paris, at the door, or by calling 519-302-0169.
Whimsical Players presents C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Dramatized by Joseph Robinette and directed by Keith Chambers, this exciting adventure play tells the story of 4 children who find an entrance through a wardrobe to the magical land of Narnia, filled with enchanted creatures. The themes of this play include adventure, reaching your potential, family, friendship and always doing the right thing. Performances are May 17, 24 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.), and May 18, 25 at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:15 p.m.) at Sydenham Heritage United Church, located at 120 Sydenham St. in Brantford. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children, students and seniors. Children under 4 are free. Tickets are only available at the door.
ICHTHYS Theatre presents Quagmire’s Quandry on May 25 at the main branch of the Brantford Public Library. An interactive pirate treasure quest written by TP Strong and directed by Lorna Stratton stars Emily Clayton and Jerad Lawrence, along with a talented backstage crew of puppeteers. The audience becomes the crew and helps Captain Quagmire and first mate Snags choose paths in the journey to the treasure. Four showings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, and every child leaves with a treasure.
The much-loved story of Peter Pan and his band of Lost Boys is being performed by Playful Fox Productions at St. Paul’s United Church on Broadway Street West in Paris on June 7 at 7 p.m., June 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and June 9 at 2 p.m. The 2019 Playful Fox Productions adaptation is by Malakai Darien Fox, who along with Marissa Kate Wilson, direct and produce the 1904 play written by J. M. Barrie. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for youth, aged 13 to 17, with student ID, $10 for children, aged 4 to 12, and free for babes in arms up to three years old. Tickets can be bought online through Brown Paper Tickets at peterpanparis.brownpapertickets.com/ Part of the proceeds will be donated to the children’s charity, Kids Can Fly. For more information, follow Playful Fox Productions on Facebook and Instagram.
ICHTHYS Theatre presents House for Sale, written by Ron Hill and directed by Jessica Hamilton. A touching comedy about one of life’s big decisions, Dan Anderson plays 70-something widower Glen Martin who, in failing health, advertises for a roommate. Hilarity and chaos ensues, until Glen considers selling the house, but worries it will cause the loss of memories made there. Performances are June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 133 Murray Street in Brantford. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth, and are available online at www.ichthystheatre.ca, at the door, or can by reserved by calling 519-751-5411.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant is offering spring 2019 classes and workshops in a variety of media, for both adults and children. The Summer Arts Studio Camp program has also been announced, featuring a line-up of exciting new themes that will appeal to children’s ever-changing and eclectic tastes and interests. Camp will run for 9 weeks starting July 2. For a complete listing of classes and camps, please visit www.glenhyrst.ca.
Original works by Brantford artist Diane Watkins is featured until the end of May at Blue Dog Coffee Roasters on Brant Avenue.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant’s next exhibition, To The End, features the works of artist Tracey-Mae Chambers, a Metis sculptor and installation artist based in Simcoe. Chambers’ sculptures are created with melted beeswax, and fortified with damar resin. The exhibition explores the theory of Anthropocene, a transformation in the climate and natural environment caused by human activities. The exhibition runs from May 25 to July 14, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m.
Robertson Fine Arts Studio and Gallery, 399 West St., presents May Day Show until May 31.
The show features the work of local, national and international artists in a variety of media, including stoneware, glasswork, painting, watercolour, pen and ink, sculpture, photography, graphite drawings, mixed media and metal work.
Artist Holly.O. presents her annual spring art show and sale at her studio/gallery, 16 Charlotte St., Paris, on June 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entertainment, food and fun will be part of Family Arts Day at Glenhyrst Art Gallery, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford, will be Sunday, May 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will run, rain or shine.
The Brant Historical Society presents Dan Brown’s Restoration of a Heritage Building on June 5 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Myrtleville House Museum. Brown has done 36 heritage restoration projects so far, encapsulating the essence of the building process in the 1800s using modern materials, to recreate an old world look. The museum is located at 34 Myrtleville Dr. in Brantford. Admission is free.
Wild Rose, starring Jessie Buckley as a talented singer/musician, will be screened by the Brantford Film Group on May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinemas in Brantford.
Tickets cost $9 for members and $11 for non-members. A membership costs $10.
Here’s a synopsis of the movie: Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) is a talented singer/musician from Glasgow who dreams of becoming a Nashville Country and Western star. Fiercely determined to take on Nashville, Rose-Lynn faces a seemingly impossible challenge: a young single mother recently released from prison after serving a year for a drug offence, she wears an ankle bracelet under her cowboy boots. She can’t return to her old singing job because she can’t violate her court-mandated curfew.
Rose-Lynn returns to her mother’s (Julie Water’s) home to take over the care of her two children. To support them, she lands a job as housekeeper for the wealthy Susannah (Sophie Okonedo). However Rose-Lynn’s fortunes change, when Susannah hears her singing as she vacuums. Enthralled by her housekeeper’s talent, Susannah swings into action, organizing her own 50thbirthday party, as a group fundraiser to finance Rose-Lynn’s ambition. Against all the odds, Rose-Lynn makes it to Nashville, only to discover that Glasgow is where she ultimately belongs: her own home city whose character is as rough and tumble as her own. In Glasgow, she returns to her family and triumphs on stage. Rose-Lynn’s stage triumph is Jessie Buckley’s film triumph. Buckley delivers a stunning performance that transforms director Tom Harper’s Rose-Lynn Harlan into a Scottish wild rose, an uncultivated beauty dazzling with talent.
Brant Men of Song are hosting Ontario Sings on May 25 at 7 p.m. at Celebration Church, 22 Holiday Dr., Brantford. In addition to Brant Men of Song, the event will feature performances by Cambridge Male Chorus, Niagara Men’s Chorus, Queensmen Male Chorus and the Ontario Male Chorus, with special guests Boys in B. Tickets cost $20. For information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 519-759-5577.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant has announced shows at Brantford’s newest performing arts space, The Coach House Stage.
Welcome to the Drag Parade kicks of PRIDE Month on June 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Coach House. Make It Revaine Productions returns with their first 19+ event that will be entirely emo themed, raising awareness for suicide and mental health issues that are prominent in the LGBT community. Tickets are $15 at www.glenhyrst.ca/events or at the door. The Coach House is located on the grounds of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery located at 20 Ava Road, Brantford.
Free noon hour concerts are being held on the last four Wednesdays in May at First Baptist Church, 70 West St. Brantford from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. May 22: organist Alison Clark featuring Canadian and European composers; May 29: a solo cornet performance by George Rose, founder of the George Rose Big Band.
The 14th annual organ recital series gets underway at Grace Anglican Church on the last four Fridays in May. Organist Angus Sinclair of London will play on May 17; Colin Cousins of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church will perform on May 24. Martin Jongsma, organist at Providence Canadian Reformed Church in Ancaster and a doctoral student in organ performance at the University of Toronto, will perform the final recital in the series on May 31. All recitals are from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., and admission is free. Juice and cookies will be served following each recital, and all are welcome
DREAMER – The Supertramp Experience will play at a fundraising event for Diabetes Canada on Saturday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brantford Convention Centre, 100 Market St. S., Brantford. An eight-piece group of multi-instrumentalists, featuring vocals by Emmy award-wining Phil Naro, and keyboard/singer Rich Hamelin. Complete with projections and period-style costumes, DREAMER will take you on a musical journey. Tickets are $30, and big family discounts are available in advance by calling the ticket and information line at 1-800-516-5810.
The Brant County Singers presents their spring concert We All Need Music on Saturday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at Hope Christian Reformed Church, 64 Buchanan Cr., Brantford. Special guests are Celtic music group CAVAAN. Tickets are $15 each, available at the door, or from any choir member.
Orchestra Breva, under the direction of Melanie Paul Tanovich, presents EROICA, a sesquicentennial tribute to Laura Ingersoll Secord, on Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre, Brantford. The tribute to Secord will feature new and historic works, including Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, in honour of all veterans. Partnering with the Brant Historical Society, classical musicians and local historians tell the remarkable life story of this iconic Canadian hero. Admission for veterans is free. Tickets are 10% off for the month of May using the promo code 10OFF.
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