The Haskell Opera House 108th Season Begins
The108th Season at the historic Haskell Opera House opens the Weekend of May 13th. The only International Opera House in the world celebrates the arts in a variety of offerings, all listed on the website, as well as ticket locations and prices, www. haskellopera.com and our new partner, www.catamountarts.org .
The big news for the season is that the Haskell will start showing movies as part of the Tech Upgrade integration. The Vermont International Film Fest will showcase their 2012 Season Kickoff at the Opera House. The three day Film Fest will include 5-7 movies from around the world. September 28, 29, 30. One of the 2011 winning films, Tin Can, featured the Kingdom’s own Tim Kavanagh. Who knows what REEL personalities will show up this time.
Also NEW this season – the Haskell has produced a CD entitled Haskellectibles – a collection of songs donated by the performers past and present to benefit the Haskell Opera House. Twenty cuts make up the eclectic compilation. Songs from classical to blue grass; musical comedy to opera; country western to barbershop, there is something for everyone. All proceeds will benefit the Opera House.
The season premiere, May 13, 2:00 p.m., Quintessential Classicals IV. An eclectic afternoon of insouciant charm that would delight anyone, especially Mothers on Mother’s Day. The artistry begins with the Newport Community Orchestra under the direction of Ken Michelli performing selections from Bach, Mozart and Hayden. Orchestra members include: Paul Gauvin, Angus Gluck, Ray Giroux and Kathy Ketchum on violin; Ellen Sullivan and Sally Rivard on cello; Heather Webster, Lisa C. Erwin, Sue Brassett on flute; Amos Hamilton, Chris Maginnis, Linda Aiken, Lynn Perry on clarinet; and Peter Storrings on percussion.
May 13 mainstage event is Ballet Arts with Graduation Ball. Graduation Ball is a roman- tic, comedy ballet choreographed by David Lichine in 1939 for the Original Ballet Russe; music composed by Johann Strauss 11. The ballet is in one act and the scene is a girls’ boarding school in Austria around 1840. A graduation ball will soon begin, to which have been invited cadets. Ballet Arts dancers will take the audience on a journey through the preparatory primping of the girls, and awkward flirtations with the boys. Our main characters are “the Pigtail Girl,” and “the Romantic Girl.” The final scene is a very energetic grand gallop with the boys and the girls. This ballet is filled with funny antics, quirky personalities, and lots of energy-laughing is most appreciated! Additional choreography and staging: Kathleen MccloskeyScott, Director Ballet Arts. This is a benefit for the Haskell Opera House.
May 17, 7:00 p.m. – Page to Stage – collaboration between North Country Union High School and QNEK Productions to Benefit the Haskell. QNEK has been working with the Contemporary Voices classes for three consecutive years and developed a scriptwriting program that moves from the written word to a professionally mounted production. The winning TenMinutes Plays include: The Babysitter, Leporiphobia, Valentine’s Day, The 11:15, The Unexpected, and Cat on a Hot Tin Bench. The performances benefit the Haskell Free Library.
Subsequent performances include the CANADIAN SENSATION – Stuart Mclean and the Vinyl Café. This will be a LIVE taping May 23 and May 24 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited.
May 26 – 7:30 p.m. Danse Bergeron – Danse Recital highlighting a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Watch monthly for more upcoming events or visit the Haskell and Catamount Arts websites at www.haskellopera.com and www.catamountarts. org. Tours are available – English on the hour and French on the half hour. Also,the Adopt-a-theatre Seat Project is still in effect . Remember this, EARTH
ThisFriday night, May 11th, for the first time ever, the Sherbrooke Nature and Science Museum will allow visitors to spend the entire night in the museum! For the occasion, the museum staff is preparing plenty of activities that will start around 7:00 pm. The participants will be plunged into a mysterious atmosphere where the lines between what’s real and what’s not will disappear. With only the light from their flashlight, they will explore the exhibits, hear stories and nighttime legends and discover that the museum is crawling with life, even at night! To finish the adventure nicely, visitors will be invited to sleep in the
exhibit surrounded by a range of animals who will watch over them as they sleep!
Other special activities will also take place at the Sherbrooke Nature and Science Museum during the province-wide heures de science event,
TheTheGeorgeville Troupe presents An Evening of Culture by Mark Landon Smith featuring the Georgeville Troupe directed by John Hoblyn, in the Murray Memorial Hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 11th, 12th and 13th. Performance times are 7pm. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children (15 and under) - available from le Magasin Général, Georgeville, (819) 8432417 or by calling (819) 868-1354.
In Faith County, somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the southern United States, the Mineola Council for Cultural Recognition is presenting Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lov-
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which takes place on May 11th and May 12th.
For more information about tickets or to reserve a place during the
event, call 819 564-3200 or visit their website.
cemetery has seldom looked a well-kept as it does now. We owe thanks to Jim Wharry for the tremendous job he has done in keeping the grounds. Jim (and family) have mowed, trimmed and sometimes worried about our historic cemetery.
Update on Webster Brook: Last Spring high water caused considerable damage to the bank along the side of Webster Brook adjacent to the cemetery. The erosion gave us all cause for concern. It was also frustrating. We had already spent more than $5000 in an attempt to secure the situation – not to mention the thousands spent by the Township. Environment Quebec was involved and we followed their instructions but we found ourselves back to square one. After consultation, the council took urgent action and we are pleased to report that a secure stone wall is now in place. Monument up-keep:
One day a young man was walking through a cemetery where his grand-parents are buried. He noticed that the family monument was in danger of tipping over. Seeing that the caretaker was present he innocently asked, “Who