Three plays and a showcase will be featured in Fort St. John on the North Peace Cultural Centre stage when the Peace River Zone Theatre Festival opens its curtains on May 16. Local talent from Stage North, The Spectacular Chair Factory and NPSS drama students will be adjudicated by professional actor Stephen Drover of Vancouver. Audiences will have a chance to hear what he has to say about the shows and anyone can register for in his workshop on the “Many Faces of Shakespeare”.
Tickets are only $15 adults/$12 students are available online at tickets.npcc.bc.ca or at the NPCC box office 250-785-1992. Some shows contain coarse language and adult subject matter. All shows are at 7pm. Check out stagenorth.ca
As we finally move into spring, the arts scene will feature performances by our brand new community band which will celebrate its successful first year with a concert on June 14 at 7 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre. It will be An Evening at the Movies and will feature music from many blockbuster movies and some original concert band music.
The Northern Winds Community Band started in September with less than ten members, and has grown to 20 over the course of the year. As the band grew in size, band leader, Sabrina Bailey, scheduled several concerts in the community to build exposure. The first concert was a collaboration with the Fort St. John Alliance Church and the Northern Lights Youth Choir for Remembrance Day. After that concert, our saxophone and clarinet sections grew in size. Our Christmas concert was in the hospital foyer, where we played a full concert for staff and patients at the care home. After that concert we got a bassoon, french horn, flute and percussionist!
January was spent volunteering time to help Sandra Gunn's school band with the Dr. Kearny musical Anne of Green Gables. In March, the band participated in the annual CDC Talent Show, where they were met with thunderous applause. April was a serious month as we prepared for, and played in the Peace River North Festival of the Arts. Literally the next day, our trumpet and percussion sections doubled in size! The band receive warm praise from adjudicator, John White, who was impressed with the band’s repertoire and the ability shown by this relatively small group. They were awarded for their efforts by being given the honor of playing in the Best of the Fest concert afterwards. After this, another baritone sax joined us.
In May, we join forces with the Northern Lights Youth Choir for their Spring Concert, Spring Sing, on May 12 at 2:00 pm at the Cultural Centre. We have yet to see what new members this may attract!
The Northern Winds Community Band invites everyone to join them for their Spring Concert to enjoy an evening of music and to see how far this wonderful addition to the Fort St. John arts scene has come in less than one year.
The 2013 edition of the Peace River North Festival came to a close on Sunday night with the "Best fo the Fest" Honour Concert, a sampling of some outstanding performances from the week of the festival as chosen by adjudicators Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, John White, Heath Onstine, Kerry Lynn Turner and Julie Tomaino. The adjudicators may not have enjoyed our weather, but they had nothing but praise for the efforts the performing artists of the region. The evening included the Northern Lights Youth Choir and, for the first time, the Northern Winds Community Band along with performance in piano, violin, guitar, banjo, speech, trumpet and many forms of dance by dancers from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson. Some of the dancers of Aurora Dance Centre in Fort Nelson had driven as far as Wonowon when they got the word that they had been chosen for the show, and they turned around and came back to be a part of the evening.
The final evening also included the announcement of our provincial delegates and presentation of the major awards of the festival. Our region will be represented at the BC Performing Arts Festival in Chilliwack by a talented group of delegates, as follows:
|Junior Piano Delegate||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Piano Observer||Luke Noble|
|Guitar Observers||Colson Fellers||Myles Hanna|
|Dance Category||Dance Delegate||Alternate|
|Ballet I||Darcee Mora||Emily Cui|
|Ballet II||Tennille Johnson|
|Ballet III||Shiau Shan Kao Phan|
|Stage I||Lenore Loewen||Abby White|
|Stage II||Keily Stewart||Takisha Johnson|
|Stage III||Katherine Grimes||Erin Maxfield|
|Modern II||Morgan Mora||Zahria Stokes|
|Modern III||Sonja Beale||Milanne Desfosses|
|Junior Classical||Christy Stephens|
|Senior Classical||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Junior Romantic||Rachelle Troyer|
|Senior Romantic||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Baroque||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Junior Popular||Clayton Fehr|
|Senior Popular||Luke Noble|
|Junior 20th Century||Terrence Zhou|
|Senior 20th Century||Luke Noble|
|Duet||Shiau Shan & Wesley Kao Phan|
|Junior Adjudicator's Award||Rachelle Troyer|
|Intermediate Adjudicator's Award||Luke Noble|
|Senior Adjudicator's Award||Wesley Kao Phan|
|Junior Strings||Abigail Ryder|
|Senior Strings||Katie Haab|
|Guitar & Banjo||Colson Fellers|
|Vocal Solo||Kay Leesa Fehr|
|Adjudicator's Award||Morgan Mora|
|Dance Excellence, 13 & over||Shiau Shan Kao Phan|
|Dance Excellence, 12 & under||Lenore Loewen|
|Most Promising, 13 & over||Keily Stewart|
|Most Promising, 12 & under||Emily Cui|
|Love of Dance||Shianne Fairlie|
|Camaraderie Award||Sydney Decker|
|Light up the Stage||Darcee Mora|
|Top Group Dance||Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre|
|Most Entertaining Dance||The Move Dance Centre|
|Duo Excellence Ballet, 13 & over||Ashley White & Bailey Taylor|
|Duo Excellence Ballet, 12 & under||Ally Dietz & Ashlyn Taylor|
|Duo Excellence Stage, 13 & over||Elan Miller-Jeannotte & Lauren Hrab|
|Duo Excellence Stage, 12 & under||Mackenzie Gosling & Darcee Mora|
The Peace River Chapter FCA will be hosting a workshop in conjunction with our Peace Without Borders show. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 27th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Beaverlodge, AB.
The workshop is entitled "How to Build a Painting- Why Paint a Painting?" and will be taught by Ken HouseGo, who teaches fine art at the Grande Prairie Regional College. His work can be found on his website at: www.kenhousego-studio.info.
Accommodations can be made at the Beaverlodge Motor Inn (780 354 2291) or at the Side Trax Inn (780 354 2256). Or in Hythe (10 minutes west of Beaverlodge) at the Hythe Motor Inn (780 354 2151).
Music classes wrapped up at the Peace River North Festival with a day of Bands performing in front of adjudicator John White. There were some wonderful performances over the four days of music and adjudicators had some positive feedback and encouragement for our talented young performers.
There is one more chance to see a sampling of four days of outstanding music at the Best of the Fest Honours Concert on Sunday, April 21 at 6:30 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Adjudicators have chosen some of their favourite performances from all sections of the festival; piano, guitar & banjo, violin, instrumental, voice and speech.
Thursday will see the start of the dance portion of the festival which will run until Sunday. Adjudicators Kerry Lynn Turner and Julie Tomaino will add an entertaining list of dances to the Best of the Fest program.
Local piano students have spent two days displaying their skills as the Peace River North Festival in front of friends, family and adjudicator, Sylvia Shaddick-Taylor. Ms. Taylor is a professional pianist and teacher from Edmonton and students and local teachers were encouraged and inspired by her positive comments and impressive demonstrations on the piano. Her work is not yet done as she will return to the Cultural Centre on Tuesday, April 16 at 11:00 to share her expertise on the violin with a whole new group of students in the Strings division of the festival. Everyone is welcome to come out and see these hard-working young performing artists.
Flying Colours’ Printmaking Marathon is a fundraising event conceived in support of the North Peace Cultural Centre’s 20th Anniversary Celebration in 2013.
Members of Flying Colours will be working on and demonstrating the processes involved in creating a variety of original, hand-pulled prints at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th from 10:00 to 5:00. The event will place in the meeting room next door to the gallery and will be open to the public. Viewers will be able to watch the prints being made and matted, to see completed works on display and talk with the artists. Some work may be for sale.
Funds raised will support the publication of a brochure and map as a guide to the ART WALK and STUDIO CRAWL, which will take place during the first 20 days in June.
We thank our generous sponsor, Paragon Refrigeration, for supporting this event.
Take Five- a comedy by Westley Pederson runs May 2, 3, 4 at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John. A play is about the disastrous opening night of a play where the set is incomplete; one actor does not show up and a stagehand has to fill the role; a man from the audience uses the phone on stage to argue with his wife, and many more mishaps. Six Stage North actors with calculated pacing and timing make the situation absurd and ridiculously funny. All seats are now available for only $15 online at tickets.npcc.bc.ca or at the NPCC box office at 250-785-1992.