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Reliving the Confederation debate in Oxford

Eleanor Crowley, chairwoman of the Oxford Main Street Music Society, joins with Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell and Dale Fawthrop in announcing the society has received a 150 Forward Fund grant to produce a play that will recreate the Confederation debates.
Eleanor Crowley, chairwoman of the Oxford Main Street Music Society, joins with Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell and Dale Fawthrop in announcing the society has received a 150 Forward Fund grant to produce a play that will recreate the Confederation debates.

OXFORD, N.S. – The Confederation controversy will hit Oxford and Shelburne in September and October.  

The Oxford Main Street Music Society, along with Dale Fawthrop and Pat Melanson, have received a 150 Forward Fund grant from the province to produce a play that will pit the Confederates against the Anti-Confederates.
This original musical theatre production will focus on the historical events and political activities that were influenced and shaped by the seven Fathers of Confederation from Nova Scotia.
As well as Charles Tupper, E. B. Chandler, Jonathan McCully, R. B. Dickey. Adams George Archibald, William Alexander Henry and John Ritchie, the influence of Joseph Howe will be featured.
The project will involve a number of community partnerships. In each community where the production occurs the two cast members will arrange partnerships with the cultural hubs and contributing not for profit organizations, as well as community volunteers.
“The intent is to promote creativity and innovation through this involvement to create through story telling and music a celebration of Nova Scotia as the cradle of Confederation,” Fawthrop said.
In each community the project will work with the cultural hubs and community people to produce the musical drama. Local people will play minor dramatic and musical roles as well as participate in the groundwork for the local event.
“It is the intent of the project to combine both the philosophy of the Ivany Report and the vision of Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan. In the promotion and celebration of our province's culture, heritage and identity, we are all in this together,” said Fawthrop, a former teacher and deputy mayor of Amherst.
Both Fawthrop and Melanson will create and perform. Melanson is well known for his musical ability both as a musician and a writer. Fawthrop has been writing, acting and directing for 50 years. Fawthrop is writer and broadcaster for the 1867 News on CFTA, the only Confederation news show in Canada.
Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell said the society is receiving $7,600 to celebrate Canada 150.
“The province is boosting the Nova Scotia 150 Forward Fund by an additional $2 million. This funding will support 132 projects across the province, allowing communities to host celebrations and commemorate significant historical events. The demand and interest in 150 is a great illustration of how much Nova Scotians care about our culture and history,”
Farrell said.
 

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