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ORLÉANS FARMER’S MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road featuring local food vendors and producers.

ST. HELEN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH ART FAIR returns to the Navan Fair Grounds from 10 am to 3 pm with more than 140 fine works of art created by 16 local artists. You can preview the art for sale at sthelensartfair.ca. St, Helen’s Church is located at 1234 Prestone Dr. in Queenswood Heights.

ROYAL OAK DAY PATIO BBQ at the Royal Oak Orléans located at the corner of St. Joseph Blvd. and Jeanne d’Arc. Come out and celebrate Royal Oak’s anniversary while supporting the Orléans-Cumberland Resource Centre food bank. Lots of items to bid on in the silent auction. Make a cash donation or bring a non-perishable food item! Live entertainment provided by Garden Variety.

THE ORIGINAL NAVAN MARKET returns to the Navan Fair Grounds from 10 am to 5 pm with more than 150 local vendors and artisans. Come and see why the Original Navan Market has become on of the most popular outdoor markets in Eastern Ontario.Visit facebook.com/OriginalNavanMarket.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR returns to Blackburn Hamlet with a carnival style midway, music, local vendors, a used book fair, beer garden and fireworks. For more information visit www.blackburnfunfair.ca.


 

Live theatre returns to Shenkman for first time in 2 years
Fred Sherwin
Dec. 9, 2021

It's been two years since the Ottawa School of Theatre (OST) last performed a live production at the Shenkman Arts Centre. The theatre school normally has two sets of classes a year, culminating in class productions in the fall and spring.
Members of the Ottawa School of Theatre's Showcase class perform during 'Fall Fun and Stories' at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Nov. 26. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

The 2020 spring session was cut short with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus and the resulting pandemic. Virtual classes resumed last February with the expectation that they would eventually be able to hold group rehearsals in the spring. That never happened, of course, thanks to the third wave of the virus.

It wasn't until restrictions for indoor settings were lifted on Sept. 25 that the OST was able to start holding group rehearsals for students who were fully vaccinated. The new rules made it possible for last winter's Showcase class to get back together for the live production they weren't able to hold last spring.

The challenge was to come up with a brand new production in eight weeks and so Fall Fun and Stories was born under the direction of OSt artistic director Kathi Langston.

Fall Fun and Stories is a collection of four vignettes: "The Doctor Child's Story"; "Don't Judge, Just Don't"; a scene from "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Blacksmith Child's Story"; performed by a cast of mostly mature students.

The Richcraft Theatre was turned into a cabaret setting with tables of two and four people belonging in the same bubble. The stage set featured backdrop artwork produced by Tim Goernert who also played the dragon in "The Blacksmith Child's Story".

The performance itself was a breath of fresh air with a theme of resiliency in the face of life's challenges.

The acting was incredibly on point and you could tell the students were thrilled to be able to perform in front of a live audience again. But no one was more excited than Langston.

"We struggled through COVID, but we managed to get through it and now we are back in the Shenkman Arts Centre and we are so grateful and excited to be performing in front of a live audience it's amazing," said Langston.

Fall Fun and Stories will be back on the Richcraft Theatre Stage at 2:30 p.m. today, Dec. 27. Tickets are $5 at the door for vaccinated people only. COVID screening is also mandatory.

 
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