The Haskell Opera House 108th Sea­son Be­gins

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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-

such as the

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

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