Monday, September 29, 2014

LOCAL CHARITIES SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER

September 26, 2014

LOCAL CHARITIES SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER

Midland, Ontario

September 26, 2014 – Yesterday Patricia Copeland from the Huronia Community Foundation presented a cheque for $1,200 to Laura Thomas from Wye Marsh.  The cheque is for a grant that will support the Gordon Black Memorial Camp Sponsorship Fund at Wye Marsh.  The G.B.M.C.S Fund is partnered with Big Brothers/Sisters, Kinark Child and Family Services and the Children’s Aid Society to give children in our community the opportunity to experience a week of summer camp at Wye Marsh.  The $1,200 grant from Huronia Community Foundation will allow six more children the opportunity to experience camp as well as better their experience by allowing the purchase of new outdoor equipment for the summer camp. 

At Wye Marsh we are thrilled to have the support of the Huronia Community Foundation and are grateful for the work they do in our community. With this grant we are able to build a stronger, healthier community.  For children, summer camp is more than just a fun experience. Camp is a place where they can make new friends, learn new skills, build confidence and explore new interests.”  Laura Thomas, Wye Marsh Marketing and Development Coordinator

For more information or to donate to the Gordon Black Memorial Camp Sponsorship Fund please visit www.wyemarsh.com/camp.   And to learn how the Huronia Community Foundation is helping our community please visit www.huroniacommunityfoundation.com.

Pictured: Left: Patricia Copeland from Huronia Community Foundation and Right:  Laura Thomas from Wye Marsh


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Family Scene at the MCC Returns with Halloween Mad Science Show

Media Release

Family Scene at the MCC Returns with Halloween Mad Science Show

MIDLAND, ON | Monday, September 22, 2014 - After the success of our inaugural event in August, Love You Forever and More Munsch, Family Scene at the Midland Cultural Centre is back! Our newest performance for children and their families is Mad Science: Fire and Ice. This Halloween-themed show is a spooky live science demonstration. Learn about the amazing properties of fire and combustion. Then, cool off with spectacular demonstrations involving dry ice! Check out the Big Burp and the famous Mad Science Shower, as we will explore the science of sublimation. It will be a sizzling and safe introduction to science!

Mad Science: Fire and Ice will be presented in the Rotary Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 11.  The show is appropriate for children and grown-ups of all ages.
Tickets are available at the Midland Cultural Centre and midlandculturalcentre.com. Tickets are $10 including all taxes and fees. Children 23 months of age and younger are free!

Midland Cultural Centre combines art, music, theatre, events and a café, all in one outstanding building in downtown Midland, Ontario. Come and attend a performance, a workshop, a concert, an art show or stop by our licensed café for lunch. Tours of the building are available. There’s something for everyone at the MCC. For information about events and to purchase tickets online, visit www.midlandculturalcentre.com.
For More Information:
Jennifer Kerr, Programs Manager                                                                      
(705) 527-4420, ext. 3428                             

jkerr@midlandculturalcentre.com

Fundraising Event for the Midland Cultural Centre is a Cuban Affair

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Fundraising Event for the Midland Cultural Centre is a Cuban Affair

MIDLAND, ON | Friday, September 19, 2014 - A new photographic exhibition of the UNESCO designated World Heritage city Havana, Cuba will be on display at the Midland Cultural Centre from September 26 until October 31.   Entitled Seven Nights in Havana, the exhibit is a collaboration of three local photographers and a joint presentation of Quest Art and the MCC.  Admission price for the evening is $15 with all proceeds from the exhibition donated to the Midland Cultural Centre.

The opening night kickoff is Friday, September 26 at 6:30 pm and it promises to be a lively and colourful, Cuban cultural experience. The evening will be opened by the Consul of the Republic of Cuba, Mrs. Susana Malmierca. Attendees will be delighted to hear and see live Cuban traditional music and dancers. Light fare with a Cuban flair will be served and representatives from Havana Club - Cuba’s most famous National Rum Company will offer sampling demos throughout the evening.

Contributing photographer and event organizer Ken Woods says that upon returning home from Havana two years ago he and fellow photographer Reinhart Weber realized that their images of the beautiful architecture and people of Cuba might be of interest to others. “The idea grew considerably, and now includes a third photographer, Rodrigo Moreno, who is new to Midland and has completed several professional shoots in Havana.”

An all-Cuban quartet will play classic traditional Cuban music - son montuno, guaracha, bolero, changüí and guajira from the 1930s to ‘60s in the MCC’s Atrium space. The band is led by popular bassist Roberto Riveron with Pabolsky Rosales on tres and vocals, Chendy Leon Sr. on percussion, and Jorge Maza on flute.

The evening also features performer and choreographer Dailyn Martinez Alfonso and her partner who will dance in Traditional and Afro Cuban style.  Dailyn was born in Cub and graduated from the National School of Dance in Havana, specializing in Cuban Cabaret and Traditional Afrocuban Styles. She has won several international salsa competitions including the Berlin Salsa Congress, and the Acapulco Salsa Congress.

If you find a special image you really like in the exhibition, it may be purchased to take home after the exhibition.

Midland Cultural Centre combines art, music, theatre, events and a café, all in one outstanding building in downtown Midland, Ontario. Come and attend a performance, a workshop, a concert, an art show or stop by our licensed café for lunch. Tours of the building are available. There’s something for everyone at the MCC. For information about events and to purchase tickets, visit www.midlandculturalcentre.com.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

British Return to the King’s Wharf Theatre!

British Return to the King’s Wharf Theatre!
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
PENETANGUISHENE– ‘Come on, come on’ to the King’s Wharf Theatre for a spectacular tribute to the music that rocked the world in Twist and Shout: The British Invasion. This energetic production celebrates the artists and songs that sparked a musical revolution, on stage four weeks only from August 7th to August 30th.
Conceived, written and directed by Drayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director, Alex Mustakas, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion is one of the most popular productions in the organization’s history. First staged in 2005 at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene followed by a record breaking run at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, the show was an instant hit. This revival, which also marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America, is poised to take summer audiences by storm.
In the early 1960s, groundbreaking British music began to drift across the ocean and invade North America, and the bands themselves soon followed. The Dave Clark Five was the first band to tour America and soon after four mop tops called The Beatles crossed the pond, forever changing the landscape of modern music. 
The revolution that followed is expressed with glorious emotion in this fun-filled revue that features classic songs by The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, and many, many more.
“The ‘60s was an exciting time of revolutionary music that had an enormous impact on me personally,” says creator Alex Mustakas. “I am really looking forward to sharing this vibrant revival with our summer patrons.”
Light-hearted comedy, groovy fashions, swinging dance numbers and the music that shaped a generation is brought together in this imaginative, infectious, and immensely irresistible piece of ‘60s nostalgia.
Over 60 show-stopping hits are performed by a first-rate ensemble of performers, including Alex Black, Lindsay Croxall, Gerrad Everard, Jennifer Kee, Duff MacDonald, Sarah Matton, Robert Markus, Laura Mae Nason, Nicholas Nesbitt, Yvan Pednault, Nick Settimi and Valerie Stanois.
Ted Simonett is the charismatic TV host and star of The Roy Solomon Show, around which the production is centered. Simonett takes theatre audiences back to a simpler time, reminiscent of the days when families gathered together around the television set to watch the hottest acts of the day perform on The Ed Sullivan Show.
“The set is fantastic,” says Mustakas. “We’ve acquired some authentic retro-style equipment in order to make the auditorium feel like a TV studio sound stage. It sets the right mood for audiences to relax, let loose, and have FUN!”
Working alongside Mustakas to mount this incredible show are Choreographer Gino Berti, Music Director Robert Foster, Lighting Designer Jeff Johnston Collins and Costume Designer Jessica Bray. The Original Set Designers for Twist and Shout: The British Invasion are Craig Guthrie and Richard Lawlor.
Twist and Shout: The British Invasion is proudly sponsored by John Sharp Images. Media Sponsors are Jewel 88.5 and The Mirror. The Design Sponsor is H.S. St. Amant & Sons Inc. The 2014 Media Season Sponsor is CTV.
Twist and Shout: The British Invasion will have theatregoers rockin’ in their seats eight shows a week, August 7th through August 30th. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.kingswharftheatre.com, in person at the King’s Wharf Theatre Box Office, or by calling (519) 549-5555 or toll free 1-855- DRAYTON (372-9866).
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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Valerie O’Brien
Marketing Manager
Drayton Entertainment
valerie@draytonentertainment.com
Phone: (519) 621-5511 ext. 235