Local dancers off to 2010 World Irish Dance Championships

Patricia Robertson and Stevie Mazur will proudly represent Fort St. John and Western Canada at the 40th annual Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne – World Irish Dance Championships – in Glasgow, Scotland this month.


These championships are more than just competitions. This celebration of Irish dance, heritage and culture binds together people in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australia. It is the gathering of an extended family of dancers, teachers, parents, musicians, officials, families and lovers of Irish dance.

This cultural event attracts around 4 500 dancers accompanied by more than 15 000 supporters to cheer them on. These talented contestants are the best-of-the-best from Irish dance schools in 32 countries around the globe, and have progressed through the ranks of their perspective regions to the top in their age categories.

Patricia and Stevie are talented and fierce competitors who spend many hours each week polishing their skills, and have advanced to compete with the top Irish dancers in the world.  Winning both regional and North American national titles, these two will do their best to continue the tradition of excellence created by the past members of the Watt School of Irish Dance and make their presence known on the international stage.

I Claudia opens April 22


Stage North's I Claudia by Kristen Thomson and directed by Oliver Hachmeister has three performances on April 22, 23, 24. Tickets are now available at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John, B.C. Limited seating is available. The uinique seating arrangement will bring the audience closer to the performance but reduces the number of potential tickets to only 100 per show. Do not wait to pruchase your tickets. 

I Claudia is performed with masks donned by a single young actress. Karleigh Smith, a well-known dancer in the community, is the only performer in the show playing many different roles. Karleigh is 15 years old and attends Bert Bowes School. She has been in a number of plays with Stage North and has won numerous awards in dance.

Original music for the show will be composed and recorded by Dayna Manning, one of Fort St. John's accomplished musicians. Director Hachmeister said, "We are fortunate to have such talent in Fort St. John. To have original music for a Stage North theatre performance is something new and exciting." Stage North is extending the reach of live theatre to include local musicians and combining two exciting art forms. "Three art forms when you include the masks," said Hachmeister.

“I Claudia” is about a precocious teenage girl, Claudia, who finds refuge from her parent’s recent divorce in the basement of her school. She relates her experiences, both hilarious and heartfelt on this difficult journey of discovery to adulthood. Along the way, we meet her absent-minded grandfather Douglas, who would not mind taking another spin around the block, her father’s new finance, Leslie, who wants everything just perrrrfect for her wedding day, and the immigrant school caretaker Drachman, former artistic director of the National Theatre of Bulgonia.


For further information: email   stagenorth@stagenorth.ca  or phone Director Oliver Hachmeister at 261-1369.


Theatre Festival May 4-9


The 2010 Peace River North Theatre Festival May 4-9, 2010, has an exciting line-up of plays from communities throughout the Peace Region. Adjudicator Andrew McElroy will be selecting one of the plays to represent the Peace Country at Theatre BC’s Mainstage in Kamloops. Tickets are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre for $10 each evening or $40 for all six shows.

 May 4      I Claudia    by Kristen Thomas    directed by Oliver Hachmeister  

      Produced by Stage North of Fort St. John

May 5       Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll   by Eric Bogosian   directed by Tom Kirschner      

     Produced by Bridge to Broadway  of Fort St. John

May 6        Melancholy King     by Cynthia Livingstone  directed Cynthia Livingstone  

      Produced by Fort St. John Players

May 7        Toronto Mississippi   by Joan MacLeod   directed Terry Boyle     

                  Produced by  Stage North  of Fort St. John

May 8  2pm matinee    Sylvia      byA.R. Gurney   directed by Darcy Frost

       Produced by  Dionysus Theatre of Dawson Creek

May 8        November    by Don Nigro     directed by Erin Hanna  

      Produced by Grizzly Valley Players of  Tumbler Ridge  

All shows at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John. Evening curtain at 7:30pm and Saturday matinee at 2pm.

For further information: Contact Festival Chairman Jim Peltier250-787-0342

jpeltier49@gmail.com or Sue Popesku Treasurer 250-785-6214 spopesku@shaw.ca

Peace Arts Gallery Society Presents Annual Art Auction

Expressions Art Auction

An incredible evening showcasing a wide variety of fine art. Ticket includes buffet dinner, complimentary wine, and live entertainment.  Bid on original works of art by local and internationally renowned artists in our main and silent auctions.  Auction services provided by Baldry Auction Services. 

Peace Gallery North's 27th Annual Art Auction will be held Saturday May 1st at the Quality Inn Northern Grand at 5:00 PM.  The proceeds from this event support Peace Gallery North and its numerous art programs for children and the community.  Door prizes include a 4 person Helicopter Tour compliments of Canadian Helicopters. 

Let’s Celebrate Art and Culture Week!


April 18 – 24 is Arts and Culture Week in British Columbia and we'd like you to join us in celebrating it with our 'Art That Moves You' Bookmark party!

The bookmarks are a spin off of our Art That Moves You program which places original paintings by local artists on the sides of city transit buses. Last year’s theme was “Branching Out”, commemorating Fort St. John as the recipient of the 2009 Forest Capital of BC award. Each year we create bookmarks from the previous year’s panel images which are then launched during BC Arts and Culture Week. They are distributed free of charge to the community via the FSJ Public Library . 

We invite you to join us at the FSJ Public Library at 2pm, April 20.  There you will meet some of the artists who created these panels and have the opportunity to collect all 8 bookmarks, available while supplies last!