Tuesday, February 28, 7 pm: Drama Salon – “Maud of Leaskdale”

Lucy Maud MontgomeryThe Drama Section presents Maud of Leaskdale on Tuesday, February 28th.  Maud of Leaskdale describes Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life, in the small Ontario town of Leaskdale where her husband was the Presbyterian minister for fifteen years.  It was here that she raised her two children and wrote the majority of her novels after she published Anne of Green Gables.

Jennifer Carroll’s one-woman show, composed of Montgomery’s letters and diaries, captures the happy and sad moments of Lucy’s life.  Scenes involving her stillborn child and her husband’s bouts of depression are very moving and the audience marvels at Montgomery’s strength of character in the face of these tragedies. Anne shares many of her creator’s qualities.

Perhaps Montgomery looked no further than her own life when creating the spunky and outspoken Anne who confesses “there are such a lot of different Annes in me and I sometimes think that is why I am such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”

The event begins at 6:15 pm with refreshments and a cash bar. The performance starts at 7 pm with an intermission. Cost is $25. For more information, please contact Jocelyn Paul at 416.708.7668.

Purchase Maud of Leaskdale tickets here

April 4, 2013: Diana McIntosh in McIntosh the Stein Way and more

Diana McIntosh, photo by Mary Perdue.

On Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 8 pm, musician/theatrical performer/composer Diana McIntosh will give a one-night-only performance of her provocative one-woman theatrical concert featuring her original work McIntosh the Stein Way. It offers a glimpse into the playful and profound mind of Gertrude Stein, as seen, felt and enjoyed by McIntosh. Also included in the program are her comical work Doubletalk, and her entertaining piece All-Too-Consuming, about a sensual meal in a restaurant where McIntosh ‘plays’ the dishes.

Described on Bravo television as a ‘national treasure,’ Winnipeg-based Diana McIntosh leads an active career as an innovative and witty composer and performer who has appeared widely across Canada and the USA and in the UK, France, Portugal and Kenya. Together with Ann Southam, she founded western Canada’s first contemporary music concert series, Music Inter Alia, and was its Artistic Director for fourteen years.

This concert will take place at the historic Heliconian Hall, home of the Toronto Heliconian Club of which Diana McIntosh is an out-of-town member.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear and experience one of Canada’s leading female composer/performers, in a witty and thoroughly original program of her own creation!

Admission $20 (students/seniors/members $15). Tickets will be available at the door. Show at 8pm.

February 5, 2013: Nonnie Griffin in Sister Annunciata’s Secret

Sister Annunciata’s Secret was written and will be performed by newly admitted Heliconian Nonnie Griffin. In August she took it to the Edinburgh Festival, and she will be performing it again for one night only at the Heliconian Hall under Heliconian Peggy Mahon’s direction.

A nun’s vow of chastity is a sacred one and never taken lightly. Sister Annunciata’s Secret is based on a true story, which took place in 1937 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Without intending to transgress her vow, Sister Annunciata falls in love with a pupil. Her near self-destruction leads her to a changed life and hard-won redemption.

Nonnie Griffin’s one-woman play is based on truth and offers a rare insight into the workings of the human heart. “Since no one in the Church seems to want to admit what they have done to innocent children,” she writes, “this nun, in her agony, found she had to deal with herself and her wrongdoing.”

This performance is in aid of the KAMI Foundation for Haiti. KAMI has developed stoves that are manufactured in Haiti and burn alternate fuels to prevent tree cutting. They plant trees that produce seeds from which oil is pressed and used in the stoves. Tickets are $20.00 at the Door.

To reserve tickets email may.maskow@sympatico.ca or call (416) 699 2856.