Orchestra London Pops ushers in Christmas season on Sunday
- Written by Richard Young
Orchestra London's Pop Series ushers in the Christmas season with Christmas Extravaganza featuring London's own Amabile Boys Choir under the direction of Carole Beynon on Sunday, December 8 at Centennial Hall. Brian Jackson conducts the orchestra and choir in a festive afternoon of carols.
Lead Story 2013/12/04 - Part II: London and the golden era of pro wrestling - Heroes & Villains
- Written by Geoff Dale
Pro wrestling has always been an intriguing form of sports entertainment – a physically demanding activity combining grace and athleticism with the energetic theatre of good versus evil, pitting faces (the heroes) against dastardly heels (the villains) – a morality play with headlocks.
From the 1950s through the ‘70s and beyond there was no shortage of headline grabbing matches in London. Whipper Billy Watson, Lord Athol Layton, The Beast, Dick The Bulldog Brower, Andre the Giant, Johnnie Valentine and Lou Thesz, a veritable who’s who of the pro grappling world made their way to the Forest City on a regular basis.
A Christmas Carol comes to the Palace Theatre
When opportunity knocks, it’s best to take heed, especially when it comes in the form of Dickens’ most (in)famous miser, Scrooge, soon to be seen in London Community Players' production of A Christmas Carol at the Palace Theatre December 12 to 21.
“When the opportunity came up I thought, how could I not take this on? This is an iconic character and this is an iconic story,” David Bogaert, local theatre veteran, says. “To do it justice and to do it on the level that it deserves, has meant working really hard, but the payoff is mastery. There’s the possibility that you’ll master a character, master an emotion, master a scene and find some level of perfection and truth.”Read more...
Lead Story 2013/11/27 - Spotlight: Art Fidler and the performing life
Even if you are marginally involved in London’s theatre scene, sooner or later you will hear mention of Art Fidler.
For over 50 years, Fidler has been involved in and an avid supporter of local theatre – as an educator, an artistic director, and an actor, singer, and director in numerous community-based plays and musicals.
This passion for everything theatre started early for Fidler, who turns 75 this December. Born and raised in Strathroy, he was taking piano lessons when his teacher noticed he couldn’t carry a tune. She coached him then cast him in elementary-school musicals and encouraged him to form a musical trio that lasted from Grade 7 through high school.Read more...
Time On The Line makes kite-flying an art form
Flying kites is something I immediately associate with carefree childhood afternoons spent at a nearby park with my father. On windy days, we would purchase cheap plastic kites and find the perfect spot. It was completely consuming and one of the few activities that is at once peaceful and requires focused precision.
Never once had I thought about flying as a kite as an adult. Until, that is, I spoke with Time on the Line founder and active kiter Penny Wearne.Read more...