Help Spencer MacKay get to Hollywood!
Many of you know my wonderfully creative grandson, Spencer MacKay. This is a request for help for him. He may be small but he has tremendous energy, imagination and will power. He is the biggest little stubborn Scottish man I have ever met and I am so proud to call him my grandson.
Spencer is completing his final year at NSCC studying theatre arts. Although he is still attached to four wheels, he is living on his own, enjoying life (including going out with his college friends, and hoping to get his break in Los Angeles someday. He is actively involved in many activities, including supporting the IWK and will no doubt be on ATV this spring for the IWK Telethon.
Spencer's Film has been released and he needs your support to get it to the next step. Spencer has put all the information you need to help on his petition page at Change.org. You can help by Checking it out!
I hope that you can take a few moments to help Spencer out. If not, I understand and appreciate you taking the time to read this.
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Spencer MacKay in the News!
Check out this wonderful story about Spencer! He's definitely going places.
2018 Town of Amherst Volunteers Announced
Showcase Productions Society is proud to share the news that the Town has selected the MacLeod Family as the Volunteer Family of the Year! The family, Mary , Ben, Owen, and Lawry are long-time Showcase volunteers and very deserving recipients! Congratulations to you all.
Read more about the 2018 Town of Amherst Volunteer awards on the Town's Website
Showcase 2018 Tour Line-up Announced
Showcase has an exciting line-up of interesting and diverse tours planned for 2018.
Our annual favorites Springtime IN NYC and
Christmas on Broadway along with the popular
Boston and About Tour returns for the 2018 season.
Two new tours have been added to the 2018 tour list!
Our Great Canadian Theatre Tour offers a chance to travel within Canada to visit cultural and historical sites of interest like the War Museum of Canada, Parliament Hill, St. Anne de Beaupre, sample some great food, and enjoy Canadian Theatre.
This specialty tour, an 11-day adventure was developed at the request of a group of rug hookers as a
vacation and a learning experience. We call it Hookers on the Move. You won't want to miss this trip.
A Musical Evening with Shakespeare
Our Youth Summer Theatre players are returning on Friday August 25th at 7pm to bring you A Musical Evening of Shakespeare at the Christ Church Parish Hall. Admission is just $5. Hope to see you at the Theatre.
2017 Summer Theatre Camps
Our Youth Summer Theatre Camps are back again this year. Check out the poster for more information.
Miracle at Bedford Falls
Showcase Productions Society proudly presents the musical “Miracle at Bedford Falls” for a five performance run at the newly opened Community Business Innovation Centre on Ratchford Street. Show runs from Dec 7-10, 2016 at 7:30 pm each evening with a Saturday Matinee at 2:00 pm Tickets are $18 for Adults and $16 for Students and Seniors.
Before the Leaves Turn
Before the Leaves Turn -- One Night Only ~ Directed by Karen Valanne
Showcase Productions Society proudly presents the play “Before the Leaves Turn” for one night only on March 19th at 8 p.m. at Christ Church Parish Hall. The play is directed by Karen Valanne and stars 3 actors who portray 21 roles during the 90 minute performance. The play deals with the role of two families in a small town and their contribution to the war effort of World War 1 and the impact the war has on their lives. Tickets are available at the door and admission is by donation.
The Showcase AGM
The Showcase Annual General Meeting was held Thursday May 28, at 7pm. This year's meeting was held at Four Fathers Library on Acadia Street. Minutes from the 2014 Annual Meeting were approved and reports from the chair and various committees were presented to the general membership. The Board said good-bye and thank-you to the 2 members who's terms expired and 1 member moving from the area. The Board also had the pleasure of announcing the 2015 Bursary and Scholarships Winners. Nominations for the 2015-2016 board were made and your new board was elected. The final meeting of the 2014-2015 board and the first meeting with the 2015-2016 board takes place Sunday June 28th at the Anglican Parish Hall. The meeting gets underway at 6pm.
Happy Days - A New Musical
Check out the article on Cumberland News Now (note subscription maybe required to view this article)
Showcase Productions bringing Happy Days to the Stage
Soldiers of Song **** POSTPONED ****
Showcase Productions Society is proudly sponsoring “Soldiers of Song,” a tribute to the sketch comedy/musical troupe The Dumbells. Our winter date has been postponed due to weather and we will announce the new date in the near future. All profits from Soldiers of Song support the 272 Amherst Highlander Army Cadets trip to Ottawa this summer.
This highly-entertaining show celebrates the songs and stories of Canada’s famous First World War Concert Party: The Dumbells.
Ticket and venue information.
Dumbell Facts You May not know...
One of the original First World War Dumbells was Ross Hamilton from Pugwash NS!
The Dumbells performed in Amherst on November 15, 1920!
SOLDIERS OF SONG is a Canadian Theatre show that travels around the world. The show is tribute to the world famous "Dumbells". The Dumbells were a very popular group of entertainers during World War I. Their "Concert Party" brought impudent, funny and very pertinent entertainment to our war weary troops. First organized by Merton Plunkett of the YMCA from soldiers in the Third Division, they delighted troops with their "Dumbell Rag," "Oh It's a Lovely War," and their female impersonators. Beginning with costumes made from bandages (field dressings) and lamps made from old cans, they attained such excellence that their show survived the war and played London and Broadway until well into the 1930s.
Check out the Soldiers of Song Website for information about both the current cast, and the more of interesting history of The Dumbells
BOOK LAUNCH - CUMBERLAND COUNTY MUSEUM
Wednesday, November 19, 3:30 - 5:00
My dear Alice, War Letters 1937- 1950 by Clare Christie & Carol Wills
Here's a note from co-author Clare Christie about the book launch of My dear Alice: War Letters 1937- 1950 by my English cousin, Carol Wills, and me was published last week. Amherst News published a front page article about it on Friday before I had even seen it. From that, CBC radio carried an interview I had with Stephanie Domet later in the day. I helped my publisher, New World Publishing, sell it at Christmas at the Forum on Saturday. Yesterday CTV filmed both me and John McKay, our local historian who wrote a Preface. They ran a brief promo last night and the main coverage will be aired in a few minutes on Live at Five. Yesterday I was interviewed on CFTA by Frank Allen. It has been a very heady time but so far, so good.
What a tribute to my mother, Alice Christie, who, like many Canadians, sent parcels to England during the Second World War. She had met her English relatives in 1935 and was determined to do what she could to make up for their rationing and difficult, sometimes terrible, living conditions, even after the War ended in 1945. She saved the letters of appreciation, some of which were written by very articulate people, describing not only their experiences on a personal level but also discussing the more public aspects of the War. The letters are supplemented by Carols' mother's Memoir from age 17 as she became an officer, had a whirlwind romance, married and started a family and, after the War, accompanied her husband to Germany with the Army of Occupation. There are lots of pictures.
As well as John McKay's Preface, we have added Carol's Prologue and a section at the end which tell our story of finding the letters and bringing them to publication, a Cast of Characters, Family Tree and notes as to what happened to them after the War. Started by Hugh MacGregor, my publisher has a running time-line on the side of the right-hand page so the reader always knows what is happening in the War around the world during the year the letters are being written".
Here are some of the upcoming events around the book launch that you might like to attend!
- Wednesday, November 19, 3:30 - 5:00 - BOOK LAUNCH - Cumberland County Museum, Church Street
- Tuesday, November 25, 10:30 - 11:30 - BOOK SIGNING - Nova Scotia Highlanders' Regimental Museum, Armouries, Acadia Street.
- Saturday, November 29, 12:00 - 1:30 - BOOK SIGNING - Coles, Amherst Centre Mall, Albion Street
News We Like to See!
Check out the note!
Thank you note from Drew Polegato
Showcase Annual Halloween Party
October 25 is all set for the annual Halloween Party. Check out the poster-- Goulish!
2014 Halloween Poster
Exciting Fall on Broadway
“The line-up of stars featured this fall on Broadway continues to grow,” says Ed MacKay, tour manager for Showcase Productions Theatre Tours, as he begins to list some of the actors scheduled to dance “the boards” this fall in New York City.
One of his favourites, Glenn Close, is schedule to return to Broadway after a lengthy absence. She last appeared with Gene Hackman and Richard Dryfess in Death and the Maiden. This fall she will appear in A Delicate Balance co-starring John Lithgow and more.
Other favourites will include Hugh Jackman who will appear in The River with opening night during the group’s stay just blocks away from their hotel in New York City. Jackman, known for his movies and television shows is a favourite among the theatre crowd in New York City. James Earl Jones will headline the revival of Your Can’t Take It With You; Blythe Danner will lead the cast in the The Country House; Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullaly, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, star in the comedy It’s Only A Play; Tony Yazbeck and Megan Fairchild star in a revival of the popular musical On The Town, a musical that takes place in New York at the end of WWII, featuring songs like New York, New York and Lonely Town. Sting, the popular musical group have written the music and lyrics to the new musical The Last Ship opening in October. The Elephant Man will be revived in November starring Bradley Cooper; and Honeymoon in Vegas will preview in November with the well-known television star Tony Danza.
Meanwhile the longest running musical on Broadway Phantom of the Opera as well as Wicked and The Book of Morman will continue to fill their seats. All in all there are about 34 “Broadway” theatre that will be offering their best while another fifty plus Off-Broadway shows will be vying for the public’s attention.
Celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary since being founded, Showcase has provided theatre tours to New York and other theatre locations since 1991. The tours have grown from the one tour that year to its greatest heyday 8 coaches in the fall of 2000. Making it possible for everyone to take advantage of this opportunity, Showcase Productions Theatre Tours stays in 3 and 4 star hotels right in mid-town Manhattan (not somewhere in New Jersey, winks Ed MacKay) thus keeping in mind seniors who like to go back to their hotel for a bit of rest before dinner and theatre.
The tours leave on the weekend of 15/16 of November and are eight days in length and are all but sold out.