Sunday, July 31, 2011

Natal Day Opening Ceremonies 2011

Well, I am a couple of days late with this one but, I am going to make an attempt to getting back to a regular schedule of blog posts. Our presentation of "Naked at the End of the World" opened earlier today at the O'Dell House Museum. Now that rehearsals will not be dominating every night I may have some time to send a few thoughts this way. More on the play in an upcoming post.

On Friday night the Annapolis Heritage Society was responsible for hosting the opening ceremonies for Natal Day weekend. This is the second weekend that we have hosted this event. Like last year, I think that we pulled together an effective start to the weekend. A procession of antique cars containing Natal Day princesses was led from the Annapolis Royal Regional Academy to the Farmer's Market by piper Andy Kerr. When they reached the market the princesses disembarked and took their places on the stage.

The theme of this year's Natal Day celebrations is the 200th anniversary of the Annapolis Royal Volunteer Fire Department. If there was ever a doubt about the good work done by this group, fate intervened to provide us with a reminder. The firefighters were originally scheduled to march in the procession. Just as the procession was getting under way there was an emergency call and the firefighters jumped into rescue mode. Evidently five people were plucked from the water of the Annapolis Basin.

Back at the Farmers Market, Town Crier Peter Davies was officially declaring Natal Day Weekend open. We received greetings from Phil Roberts, Mayor of Annapolis Royal and Reg Ritchie, Warden of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis. Each of the princesses then introduced themselves as did Queen Annapolis Royal 2010 Carrie Murray. That concluded the official ceremonies and all that remained as a community dance in the market square. I must admit that it was quite a bit of fun to see all of the local children dancing.

All for now,
RGS







Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rehearsals at the End of the World

It has been a busy few weeks around the Annapolis Heritage Society. In addition to our normal summer activities, we have been busily preparing a new piece of historical fiction to premiere on the O'Dell House Museum's backyard stage. The latest in our very successful Tales from a Tiny Perfect Town series is entitled "Naked at the End of the World". Like our other plays, this one takes certain truthful elements of our local history and winds a fairly elaborate tale. Playwright Kent Thompson as woven an intricate plot involving a shipwreck, a duel, the Duke of Wellington, cross dressing, painter Francisco Goya, a tea party and elements of historical fact. While I am close to the product, this may be the funniest play that we have yet mounted.

While I was originally scheduled to have a role behind the scenes, it appears that my natural talents (as a ham) have risen to the surface. I now have a non-speaking role. They can try to keep a muzzle on me but, I will make my presence known. This has meant that my evenings, already filled with children's soccer, have been further filled with nightly rehearsals. Sadly, this has meant that my blog updates have been somewhat less frequent.

Our image today shows Isaac Keoughan as Major Joseph Norman. Trapped in a bombastic marriage, Major Norman has been drinking to forget his troubles. Sadly, his troubles only increase when he stumbles upon two wet actresses (one dressed as a soldier and the other in a blanket) in a waterfront warehouse. Things deteriorate when his wife, supposed former mistress of the Duke of Wellington, comes looking for him.

Showtimes and locations

O'Dell House Museum
July 31 at 2pm,
August 1, 7, 14, 21 at 7pm

Rebekah Hall - Bear River
August 13, 20 at 7pm

All for now,
RGS

Friday, July 15, 2011

Where Have I Gone?

Hi folks. I have had a couple of recent questions about where the blog has gone. Have no fear, I have not abandoned it. I seem to be going through a fairly busy phase with our upcoming production of "Naked at the End of the World" at the O'Dell House Museum among other things. Hopefully when we get through our evening rehearsals (or the grass stops growing at home) I will be able to get back to more frequent updates.

All for now,
RGS

Friday, July 1, 2011

Canada Day Fireworks

On July 1, 1867 the British Parliament passed the British North America Act. This act of parliament officially joined Upper Canada (Ontario), Lower Canada (Quebec), New Brunswick and Nova Scotia into the new Dominion of Canada. On this same day, John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. To support the government there was a civil service of 30 people.

144 years, and a marginally larger civil service, later it was a busy day of celebrating Canada's birthday in Annapolis Royal. Unfortunately, this was also a working day for the author of this particular blog so I was not able to attend many of the events in town. I missed the street dance, I missed the flag raising, I even missed the free hot dogs and cake at Fort Anne. What I did manage to see were the fireworks at Fort Anne. These fireworks were a bit of a bonus because in Annapolis Royal we normally have firework displays on Natal Day weekend in August. As usual, it was a good display and everyone went home happy. In case you happened to miss the fireworks, here are some highlights. Happy Canada Day.

All for now,
RGS