Ships Company Theatre announces 2010 season

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Ship's Company Theatre's 2010 Season was revealed during a sparkling annual fundraising event at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax. by new artistic producer Matthew Tiffin,
Fishing for Frank, a new play by Nova Scotia playwright Daniel Lillford, will receive its world premiere on the theatre's mainstage June 30 through July 25, directed by Linda Moore, former artistic director of Neptune Theatre, and starring Deborah Allen, Lee J. Campbell, Michael Chiasson, and Mary Vingoe. Daniel Lillford's past shows have included Snow Dance (2008), The Mystery of Maddy Heisler (2006) which went on to Centaur Theatre in Montreal, and Apple Tree Road (1999).
The Net by New Brunswick playwright Marcel-Romain Theriault, will be staged for the first time in English in Atlantic Canada Aug. 4-29. Directed by Tiffin, it will feature Michael Chiasson, Wally MacKinnon, and a young male actor, to be announced.
Jake's Gift, a touching and nostalgic play by Julia Mackey, will play to public and school audiences in September.
Marshall Button will bring his charismatic character Lucien to life on the theatres' Second Stage July 28-30.
The popular Monday Night Concert Series will showcase Atlantic Canadian artists, performing a wide range of musical genres. First up will be gospel/pop singer and songwriter Chelsea Nisbett on July 12. The captivating Calysto Steel Band will bring its lively sounds on July 19. Colin Grant, a richly talented and innovative fiddler, will bring musical friends to the stage on July 26. The band Lone Cloud combines native rhythms, pop, rock, and jazz to create a unique and dynamic sound, and will be featured on on Aug. 9. Beatlemaniac Hal Bruce will return to thrill the crowd on Aug. 16 with his authentic and energetic delivery of timeless Beatles classics. Honky-tonk style artists Ryan Cook and Sunny Acres have been delighting fans with their catchy original tunes, reminiscent of the 'hayride era' of country music, and will play Parrsboro on Aug. 23. The final concert in the series, this one on Sept. 5, the Sunday evening of the Labour Day weekend, will feature the phenomenal Garret Mason and band in their fabulous funk and blues groove.
An early-season Kids' Stage presentation will feature the delightful tale of The Bremen Town Musicians on June 5, performed by Truro's world-renowned Maritime Marionettes.
The highly-anticipated mainstage special event in September will bring back memories with Take Me Home - a Musical Tribute to John Denver, orchestrated by longtime Ship's associate, Greg Simm. Three performances only: Sept. 24-25 and a matinee on Sunday, Sept. 26.
The Theatre's 2010 Reading Series will include readings by playwrights Daniel Lillford, Marcel-Romain Theriault, and playwright and screenwriter Josh MacDonald.
Drama Day Camps for young people in three age groups will take place during the month of August.
Next up on the Ship's Company agenda is the annual fiddle camp, to be held this year on the long weekend of May 21-23 in Parrsboro. Master fiddler and educator Gordon Stobbe will lead, with professional musicians and instructors: fiddling sensations Kelli Trottier, Kendra MacGillivray, and Timi Levy, Geoff Horrocks on piano, and Skip Holmes and Greg Simm on mandolin and guitar.

Organizations: Neptune Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Concert Series Reading Series

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Montreal Apple Tree Road New Brunswick Atlantic Canada Sunny Acres

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