Elly on the Arts: Theatre, film takes over fall

With Culture Days and the first snowfall now behind us, it’s time to get serious about the season – arts and culture season, that is, and all that Flin Flon and the surrounding area has to offer to the north. 

Kicking it off in style is the Local Roots fundraiser for the Flin Flon Aqua Centre that is happening on Saturday, Oct. 13 in the R.H. Channing Auditorium.

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This incredible collection of musicians had been working away, largely out of the public eye until Ann Ross and Doug McGregor had the brilliant idea to feature them in Home Roots house concerts. Each musician has grown and matured as a performer, and that is saying something since one of this merry band is over 80 years old! Several will be singing and playing on Saturday evening.

Come and hear Ron Burwash, Colin Davis, Holly Freeborn and Lyle Wallaker, Elfrieda, Jake and Megan Reimer – sometimes known as Rhyme or Reason – Harold Romo, John Taylor and of course the miraculous Ann and Doug. The show starts early, at 7 pm with doors open at 6:30 pm, as it is a family event. Bring your own snacks and sweet treats. Juice, tea and coffee will be provided. 

The cost is only $10 and $5 for the under 16 set. This is a fundraiser for the Aqua Centre so there will be 50/50 tickets, a penny parade and the FlinFlonopoly game for sale.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the second of six TIFF films will play at the Hapnot theatre. The film is A Man Called Ove (which is pronounced Oo-vair), based on the book by the same name by Fredrik Backman. It is a black comedy about an aging curmudgeon who loses his wife to cancer and determines to meet her on the other side. That doesn’t really work out for him, however, and he is forced to figure out how to live a different kind of life. The show starts at 7:30 pm with doors open at 7pm. There are always treats for sale – it is a movie after all – and the cost is only $10.

Also beginning Thursday, Oct. 18 is the third annual explosion of Beatlemania, All You Need is Love, at Johnny’s Social Club. The show will run for four nights, so that everyone has a chance to see it. No word on the songs you will hear but there is a guarantee that you will never hear them more lovingly rendered. The band on this occasion consists of Craig Bancroft, John Bettger, Mark Kolt, Faith Krahn, Brent and Susan Lethbridge, Paul Shearer and CC Trubiak.  Since all of these musicians can both sing and play, there is just no predicting what kinds of fabulousness will ensue. When Susan sings lead, will John and CC back her up or will Faith take over keyboards while Mark sings?

It is going to be an awesome show so get your tickets at the Orange Toad as soon as possible. Tickets are $25 and are going fast. Doors open at 7 pm, music starts at 7:30 pm. You may bring your own snacks.

On Sunday, Oct. 21 and Monday, Oct. 22, the supremely talented director who created Les Misérables for Flin Flon and area audiences, Anne Hodges, will be back in town to hold auditions for the Flin Flon Community Choir’s production of Mamma Mia! There are packages of the materials needed to audition available through the arts council office, by calling 204-271-0315 or by emailing info@flinflonartscouncil.com. If you have ever wanted to sing and dance your way to fame and fortune (well, maybe just fame as there is no actual money involved), come try out. It is sure to be a magical experience.

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