White­way read­ies for Spring Hare

Big plans for sev­enth an­nual event

The Compass - - CLASSIFIED - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The White­way Spring Hare is just around the cor­ner and it has mem­bers of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee ex­cited for the two-day event.

Each year the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee – Jane Prior, Clif­ford Ge­orge, Shirley Ge­orge, Lisa Day Brown, Al­bert Legge and Wayne Ge­orge – brings some of the finest poets, au­thors and sto­ry­tellers the prov­ince has to of­fer to White­way.

This year’s event — the sev­enth an­nual — is sched­uled for May 2 and 4, and is made pos­si­ble through a grant pro­vided by the New­found­land and Labrador Arts Coun­cil.

The White­way Spring Hare is an event that is highly an­tic­i­pated by the arts com­mu­nity in New­found­land and Labrador. Rou­tinely, the din­ner theatre per­forms to a ca­pac­ity crowd at the White­way Me­mo­rial Cen­tre.

Or­ga­niz­ers hope this year will be no dif­fer­ent. This year’s edi­tion of the din­ner theatre is en­ti­tled “Down the Rab­bit Hole To Won­der­land.”

Au­di­ence mem­bers are en­cour­aged the dress up as their favourite char­ac­ters from Charles Lutwidge Dodg­son’s clas­sic tale, as there is a prize for best cos­tume. They will also be treated to a three-course meal pro­vided by Brown’s Restau­rant.

Start­ing at 7 p.m., the event has an im­pres­sive lineup of en­ter­tain­ers in store for the au­di­ence. First, ac­tress and co­me­dian Tina Ran­dell will grace the stage.

Ran­dell is fresh off a run with Re­vue and is in the process of pre­par­ing ma­te­rial to be used in this year’s Trin­ity Pageant.

Also on the bill are Ted Rowe and the Crooked Stovepipe. Per­form­ing an eclec­tic mix of blue­grass and tra­di­tional mu­sic, the group has been per­form­ing to­gether since 1973 and have per­formed all over Canada.

Along with Rowe, there will be Neil Rosen­berg (banjo), Rex Yet­man (man­dolin), Pat Mo­ran ( fid­dle) and Dave Rowe (bass).

The fi­nal act to per­form will be Kar­ren Churchill. Churchill is well-known in mu­si­cal cir­cles and main­tains a reg­u­lar show at the An­chor Inn in Twillingate dur­ing the sum­mer months. She per­forms a wide range

This year’s edi­tion of the din­ner theatre is en­ti­tled “Down the Rab­bit Hole To Won­der­land.”

of tunes, and has writ­ten ex­ten­sively in the New­found­land style.

The sec­ond part of the Spring Hare is planned for May 4. At 1 p.m., the tra­di­tional Hare event gets started with po­etry read­ing, sto­ry­telling and song.

There is also an ex­hibit of orig­i­nal art planned show­cas­ing the work of over 30 artists.

Read­ing this year is Tom Dawe, re­garded as New­found­land’s best-known poet. Dawe has been a reg­u­lar at­tendee of the White­way event since its be­gin­nings in 2008.

Ken Pittman is also sched­uled to do a read­ing at the Hare. Ken is the brother of Al Pittman, who launched the March Hare in Cor­ner Brook in 1988.

Like Dawe, Ken has been read­ing at the Hare since 2008. Also sched­uled to read are Gerry Squires, Tom Moore, Stephen Rowe, Pat Collins, Jesse Bown, Fran­cie Bar­rett, Andrew Pea­cock, Boyd Chubbs, Den­nis Flynn, Ian Burgess, Lloyd Brown and Peter Laracy.

The White­way Spring Hare Event started in 2008 with read­ing and sto­ry­telling and an orig­i­nal art ex­hi­bi­tion and has grown each year since. Three years ago they de­cided to make it a two-day event with a din­ner theatre on the first Fri­day in May.

The White­way Spring Hare is based on the March Hare Event in Cor­ner Brook but un­for­tu­nately the White­way March Hare got snowed out a few times, so it was de­cided to move it to May and call it the White­way Spring Hare Event.

For more in­for­ma­tion/tick­ets on the din­ner theatre, con­tact Lisa Day-Brown (5882666), Shirley Ge­orge (588-2080), Al­bert Legge (588-2368) or Wayne Ge­orge (5882070).

For in­for­ma­tion on the Hare event on Sun­day, can con­tact Al­bert Legge, Shirley Ge­orge or Jane Prior.

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