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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Astor Theatre Society's Board of Directors are pleased to announce the selection of a new general manager for the historic Astor Theatre.

Andrew Bursey, the current general manager of Dixie Lee Family Restaurant in Liverpool, will be stepping into the role of GM at the Astor Theatre in April. Andrew will manage the facility and be responsible for overseeing the Astor's daily operations and administration.

Additionally, Jon Paterson of Vancouver, BC has been selected by the board of directors to fill a dual role. He will act as both Artistic and Technical Director. Jon's responsibilities will focus on the artistic and technical elements of the theatre.

Both Jon and Andrew will be responsible for programming the season and guiding the artistic direction of the theatre.

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March

WoC presents 'Midsummer.com'

Thursday March 2, 2017 @7:30pm
Friday March 3, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Saturday March 4, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Sun. March 5 MATINEE @ 2:30pm
No evening performance
Doors open half hour before each show

Adults $20 Students & Seniors $15
Tickets @ www.ticketpro.ca
Astor Box office 902-354-5250 Tues.-Fri. 11-4pm

Titania and Oberon just can't make it work. In a fit of mutually jealous rage they inadvertently zap themselves and all the fairies into our very real world—right into the middle of a teen summer theatre camp that happens to be mounting A Midsummer Night's Dream. Now Puck and the fairies must find a way to reignite the love between their king and queen, or the whole group will be stuck here forever. But love is not as simple as it first appears. And with real life mirroring the Bard's greatest comedy, it'll take more than a little magic to get Cupid to hit the right targets!

The Winds of Change Society presents this full length comedy written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus.
As screenwriters, Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus spent 5 years at Disney where they wrote Lion King II: Simba's Pride, as well as Beauty and the Beast II, and the sequels to Pocohantas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Lady and the Tramp. Kobler and Marcus also wrote for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as live action feature films. Kobler and Marcus have over 30 plays published with Samuel French, Dramatic, Pioneer Drama, Contemporary Drama and Playscripts. Additionally, Marcus's books Playdate - A Parent and Teachers Guide to Putting on a Play and The Ultimate Young Actors Guide are now available through Meriwether Publishing. Together, Kobler and Marcus run a national teen theater program called Showdown, with summer camps all across the country.

Please visit www.showdownstageco.com for more information.

This production features many of the very talented youth of Queens County.

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DEREK EDWARDS - Alls I'm Saying


Friday March 31, 2017
Show 7:30pm *** Doors 7:00pm
Tickets $47.00 (includes all fees / taxes)
available through www.ticketpro.ca
www.astortheatre.ns.ca and Astor Box Office
Tuesday to Friday 11- 4pm Ph. 902-354-5250

Alls I'm Saying is brazenly tentative! Like a sniper with the hiccups, Derek Edwards takes aim at life's galling moments, exhales slowly and jerks back the trigger. A riotous evening of homegrown comedy -- like taking a ride in an open golf cart with a good friend and a 6 pack.

From Vegas to St. Johns, this "Just For Laughs" veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he's a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic - Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee for Best Performance in a Comedy.

As Rick Mercer says, Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.

Clearly the critics agree... 5 STARS- the funniest man on earth - Winnipeg Free Press; 4 STARS the crowd howled - Victoria Times Colonist; Still the funniest man in Canada -
Toronto Sun; Edwards reigns as the King of Canadian comedy - Charlottetown Guardian; Derek Edwards is hysterical - Calgary Sun; Edwards takes stand-up to next stage -
Georgia Straight; the epitome of timing & storytelling - Halifax Chronicle Herald; the comedian's comedian- London Free Press.

Alls I'm Saying - Derek Edwards' new 90-minute stand-up comedy show....
It's a richly textured and enthralling cut above, delivered with pace and authority by the consummate Canadian Comedian.


April

STEPHEN FEARING

Thursday April 6, 2017
Doors 7:00 Show 7:30
Adults $35 Students $16

Through a life of many relocations and countless months on the road performing, Fearing has become a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad with the ability to enthrall audiences of all sizes and attitudes. “Getting on stage is the fun part, especially when the adrenaline kicks in,” he says, with a broad smile. “People want to escape and be taken on a journey. I build my shows so they do just that.”
Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing, while washing dishes to stay alive. By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In the years since, he’s been named as one of the finest songwriters in Canada and has built a national – and international – audience for his music, doing it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe, with appearances at major events like the Reading Festival and WOMAD, to name just a few.

“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine

In 1996, Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson formed a new band called 'Blackie and the Rodeo Kings' to record a tribute album of songs by Willie P. Bennett. Nine albums and one JUNO Award later, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock-Americana music.

“The best roots-rock band in Canada, period.”
Hamilton Spectator

Their musical collaborators are many, but to name a few – Emmy Lou Harris, City and Colour, Keb Mo, Exene Cervenka, Holy Cole, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sam Phillips, Pam Tillis, Vince Gill, Cassandra Wilson, and Serena Ryder.

In 1998, Stephen Fearing met Andy White backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and a fast friendship was formed. In addition to his own work, White is known for his collaborations with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, and Sinead O’Connor. As the duo Fearing & White they have released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured throughout Canada and the UK.

Fearing moved from his home in Guelph, ON in 2008, and headed to Halifax, NS. He completed work on Blackie and The Rodeo Kings’ Polaris Prize-nominated Kings and Queens (which featured duets with 14 iconic female singers including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Roseanne Cash). He also got remarried, became a father, and still managed to tour relentlessly.

Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, and Sarah McLachlan. When not working behind the microphone, Fearing spends time producing records including Suzie Vinnick’s JUNO Award-nominated album Happy Here. “With producing, I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. It’s a blast and, as a bonus, gives me a chance to learn and expand my skill set.”

Like the guests on his albums, the many awards and nominations that have come his way over the years speak to the respect he has earned among his peers, presenters, and critics.

“Blackie and The Rodeo Kings’ ‘Black Sheep’ (penned by Stephen Fearing) is one of my favorite songs from 2011. Meticulously crafted with deep, resonant writing and featuring vocalist Serena Ryder. Kind of like The Band recording with Joni Mitchell back in 1970.”
Brew Michaels, OM KRVO, Kalispell, MT

The JUNO Award-winner also shares his knowledge and experience with fellow musicians through songwriting workshops. “The classes dovetail nicely with performing,” he said. “My students are from all walks of life and I enjoy helping to coax them out of their comfort zones to create songs they might not have otherwise found.”

“A master of the finely-turned phrase and the perfectly-pitched line.”
Maverick Magazine

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Box office 902-354-5250 Tues. to Fri. 11-4pm
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Jake's Gift

Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:30 pm (doors 7:00pm)
Adults $28 Students $13
Legion members $13

Jake’s Gift is a multi-award winning Canadian play about a World War II veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. While revisiting the shores of Juno beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village. Isabelle’s inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts – most notably the war-time death of his eldest brother, Chester, a once promising young musician. At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the legacy of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave.

Since 2007, Jake’s Gift has gone on to play at festivals and theatres in 225 communities across Canada, as well as international visits to Washington State, the UK and to Normandy, France, for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in June 2014.

The 2016/17 Season marks the start of their 10th year of touring, and Juno Productions and Jake’s Gift continue to garner awards and rave reviews whether playing in small rural towns or big city centres.

Julia Mackey.....
Julia Mackey was born in Birmingham, England. Her family moved to Canada when she was three years old. She grew up in Montreal, and received an education degree from McGill University before heading out west in 1993 to pursue a career in Theatre. In 1994, she started writing and performing her own work with the innovative Victoria based company, Theatre SKAM.

In June 2004, Julia traveled to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. She attended many ceremonies, walked the coastline and interviewed dozens of veterans who had returned for the occasion. The experiences of the veterans, her own discoveries, and a life long interest in Remembrance Day, led to the development of the play in August of 2006 at The Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC.

In August 2012, Julia received a a Betty Mitchell Calgary Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama. Jake’s Gift was also nominated for Outstanding Production. When not touring with Jake, Julia splits her time between Vancouver, BC, and the historic community of Wells in the Cariboo District of British Columbia.