Chilina Kennedy highlights SpringWorks
STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Chilina Kennedy, who played Mary Magdalene with Paul Nolan as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at Stratford last year will perform at Spring Works May 13-14.
The “big” Stratford Festival doesn’t officially open until May 27 (although some shows are in previews already), but you ought to pay a visit to Perth Country until May 19th to see its younger sister in action.
SpringWorks is an indie art and theatre festival with a lot to offer, including original cabaret performances by stars like Chilina Kennedy, new play readings from authors such as the team of Marion Adler & Scott Wentworth and intriguing full performance evenings with people like the dynamic singer-songwriter Kate Ashby-Craft.
Eileen Smith is the Artistic Producer and she has packed the town with a whole assortment of interesting projects at a variety of venues.
Here’s some of the highlights.
CABARET – Always a popular form in Stratford, these loose-lined evenings are truly a case of “one size fits all,” where a first-rate performers can take a chance on material they’ve always wanted to do. All of these are at Factory 163, located at 163 King St. A few of the choices:
Chilina Kennedy, the star of West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar is back with an evening of her own original songs, May 13-14.
Versatile actor/singer Ari Weinberg is joined by some unnamed but bound to be special “friends” for One Man Rodeo, which he describes as “a cabaret that’s a roll in the hay” on May 17.
Popular Toronto songstress Gabi Epstein was named “Top Cabaret Act of 2012” by the Times Square Chronicles and her engagingly personal show, Gabaret, on May 18 will prove why.
COMEDY – Award-winning writer/performer Christel Bartelse dazzled audiences around North America with her solo show, ONEymoon, about a woman who marries herself. She revives it at the Church Restaurant (70 Brunswick St.) on May 10 and then presents the sequel, Significant Me at the City Hall Auditorium (1 Wellington St.) on May 11.
MUSIC – The incredibly versatile Kate Ashby-Craft has been performing and recording for three decades in styles that range from rock to country to folk. Here’s a chance to hear her in the elegant surroundings of The Church Restaurant, with a dinner/concert package available on May 18.
Barbara Dunn-Prosser, Debora Joy and Janet Martin are definitely Three Little Maids who know their way around both Stratford and the musical theatre/light opera repertoire. They salute both on May 19 at Factory 163.
THEATRE – Marion Adler and Scott Wentworth are accomplished authors as well as veteran Stratford actors. Their latest work, Forgiving PeterPan, is a new adaptation of Barrie’s classic story. It will receive a staged reading on May 12 at City Hall Auditorium and May 14 at Factory 163.
Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is the bittersweet memoir by Alison Wearing about growing up with a gay father. She performs it on May 16 & 19 at Factory 163.
These are just a few of the dozens of works (also including children’s theatre, spoken word, dance and visual arts) that are on display at SpringWorks.
For more information, go to springworksfestival.ca or phone 1-888-559-5077.