Creative Current – Shakespeare made easy

Bi-monthly roundup of music and theatre from around the Ashcroft-Cache Creek region.

Shakespeare that everyone can understand and enjoy!

As four high school friends gather to cram for a midterm on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the play comes to life before their eyes… literally! The story unfolds before the teens, as Lysander and Demetrius compete for Hermia’s attention and Helena attempts to capture Demetrius’ attention. When the faeries and Bottom and his players show up, the students work even harder to understand this delightfully convoluted story.

Their insightful comments on Shakespeare’s language, his characterization of women and men and even his relevance to today’s world add even more fun. All the plot, all the wit and all the magic of one of the Bard’s most popular plays is presented here along with light-hearted commentary! A Shakespeare play that everyone can understand and enjoy!

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society presents a Midsummer Night’s Midterm. The Community all ages play runs Nov. 15-17 with three evening performances beginning at 7:30 pm and a matinee on the Saturday at 2 pm at the Ashcroft Community Hall (409 Bancroft St). Admission is by donation. A big thank you to Literacy Now for their contribution to the production. Just to clarify – all evening performance times have been changed to 7:30 pm (from 7 pm) to allow more time for families to have dinner and for the cast to get to the hall and get costumes and make up on. We hope to see you then!

The play is being directed by local Spences Bridge actress and director, Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan. The cast of 25 has been hard at work memorizing lines and cues. Many thanks to our volunteers for putting in many hours and the last minute touches to costumes and props. With just a few days to go, the cast and crew move into the Ashcroft Community Hall, where the play will come to life with the staging and lighting in place. Don’t miss a great opportunity to support friends and family. For more info phone (250 ) 453-9100 or check out windingriversarts.ca

Sage Sound Singers, Bell Choir and a Community Sing-Along

The Sage Sound Singers and The Desert Bells Handbell Choir invite the surrounding Ashcroft/Cache Creek Community for another special evening presented by Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society. Don’t miss the Seasonal Choral Performance of the Season by our two local choirs on Friday, Dec. 15 and 16 at St Albans Hall, 501 Brink St. in Ashcroft. Admission is by donation. Doors open at 7 pm with the concert beginning at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm for the 2 pm Matinee performance on Sunday. Come early for hot chocolate and desserts.

The evening will feature The Sage Sound Singers and The Desert Bells Handbell Choir, an 11 piece Bell Choir – plus, lots of surprises. Beautiful harmonies and sounds will fill the room as the night also encourages you to join in on a Community Sing-Along to close out the evening.

The Sage Sound Singers are a 23 piece choral group, conducted by Carmen Ranta with accompaniment by pianist Dimiter Terziev. Their Musical Director, Michelle Reid has selected a mixture of popular and seasonal pieces that will surely get you into the holiday spirit. From contemporary folk, traditional and Christmas standards to a medley from the Mamas and Papas, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Christmas Kum Ba Ya, and many more.

The Desert Bells Handbell Choir which is also under the direction of Carmen Ranta, will be performing a variety of lovely Christmas Carols. A special feature to celebrate the Season, will be a performance of ‘Hear The Bells of Christmas Ringing’ for SATB Choir, Handbell Choir and piano. This piece will only be performed at the concert Dec. 15 and 16 with Sage Sound Singers.

The Desert Bells Handbell Choir will also be performing at Cache Creek Elementary School Dec. 6 at 2 pm.

They are also pleased to be invited to perform at the Christmas Concert at Kamloops United Church Dec. 1 at 2 pm.

The Bell Choir has 11 ringers who ring three and a half octaves of bells. They are an inter-generational handbell choir, with members from age 9 to senior, and practice weekly throughout the Fall and Spring at Cache Creek Elementary School.

Please also note that at the concert at St. Albans Carmen Ranta will be playing alto saxophone with Dimiter and possibly also special guests as yet to be confirmed!

Bring the whole family for a festive traditional community gathering – sure to get you into the holiday season! Free desserts, coffee and tea during Intermission. Happy Holidays! For more info call (250) 453-9100.

Knitting is Knifty

The Knifty Kneedlers offers Knitting and Crochet drop in lessons on Wednesdays at 7 pm at Anie’s Pizza in Cache Creek. Cost is needles or yarn or bring your own. Call (250) 457-9999 for more information.

Book Release for GeoTourism Field Guide

Gold Country Communities Society is holding a public event to mark the release of the Gold Country GeoTourism Field Guide Volume II on Nov. 17 at 10 am downstairs in the Cache Creek Community Hall, 1270 Stage Rd.

They will be holding a geocaching event where cachers can come to mingle and discuss their latest experiences caching in Gold Country. Come and meet the writers of the stories, artists and photographers, funders and installers! The video of The First to Find at The Ovens site will be shown and there will be refreshments served and prizes to be won.

Nadine Davenport

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