New theatre company Ahrm’s Way to present Stephen Belber’s “Tape”.
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Rabbittown Theatre is back at it after a winter break, but it’s been a tough year financially for the building owners, who say they’re heavily taxed. Rabbittown Theatre—the not-for-profit theatre company which is the sole tenant—is seriously considering a move to a smaller, more affordable home.
Trying to make the building work has been an uphill battle for years, says Aiden Flynn, founder of Rabbittown Theatre Company and part owner of the building.
The building is incorporated, while the not-for-profit Rabbittown Theatre Company is a tenant. This means the building is subject to high taxes, which, Flynn says, can be frustrating, especially since a lot of time and money has been spent just maintaining the building.
“If someone [like us] is willing to sink their own money in it and do something for the community, they should get a break,” says Flynn.
To add to the drama, when temperatures drop, utility bills rise dramatically, since the building is heated with oil. As it is now, the theatre company only uses about 3,000 of the 10,000 square feet for operation.
The building’s partners have been tossing around ideas to redevelop the building and are trying to figure out ways to make things work better, but for now they’re winding up for another full season of performance.
New theatre company
Speaking of Rabbittown…
Local actor and director Ross Moore and ex-Nordic Beat’s Adam Hickey recently founded theatre group Ahrm’s Way, and have chosen Stephen Belber’s “Tape” for the company’s debut show. It’s a story told from the point of view of three different characters—described as a twenty-first century Rashomon.
Like with most new theatre ventures, the pair are financing the show all out of pocket, which spells simple set, minimal technical requirements, and a lot of rehearsal at the Arts & Culture Centre.
“We had a bunch of ideas that we simply could no afford to do, which forced us to look at things a different way and the show is all the better for it,”Moore says.
Tape opens at Rabbittown Theatre on Friday, April 25.
Bluegrass round the bay
This year The Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Festival will be celebrating its third anniversary …in Bay Roberts. They made the announcement just recently.
Late last year the City of Mount Pearl, which sponsored the festival for the past two years, announced it would not be continuing its support n 2008.
Gordon Murphy, Vice President of the festival, says they have been keeping an eye out for a new location for awhile now, and Bay Roberts seems like an ideal fit, since they have a lot of fans out around the shore. A once a month event is already happening at the Bay Roberts Lion’s Club. If it goes as planned, the BOTM festival would take place on July 26 and 27, coinciding with Bay Roberts Klondyke Days.
Mount Pearl council didn’t think the festival was a good investment of tax dollars. About $30,000 has been put into the festival so far, with only 1,000 attendees at last year’s event in The Glacier. Reports said less than a quarter of the people who came to see the festival were from Mount Pearl.
New magazine launch
The Dictionary of Newfoundland English would be the first to tell you that a new magazine starting up in St. John’s will be a mischievous addition to the local publishing scene.
According to Sleeveen magazine’s publisher, editor, and graphic designer Paddy Barry, the premiere issue will be a generous offering of stories—mostly on local arts and fashion—printed in a glossy magazine format.
“It’s the culmination of a lifelong fascination with the world of publishing,” Barry says.
Step-daughter Skye Williams Tostowark and her mom Gloria Williams, will be working with him, making it a family operation.
The magazine will go on sale April 25 at select retail locations and will also be available for subscription. A free launch party with The Idlers is set for April 25 at The Masonic Temple.
Terri Lynn Eddy in Iqaluit
Its springtime even in Iqaluit and residents are celebrating with dog sled races, seal skinning and bannock making contests, and live music by Terri Lynn Eddy Band.
You may wonder how a St. John’s band ended up headlining a festival for a population of 6,000 on Baffin Island. Lead guitarist Bryan Oram has two sisters in Iqaluit and had the idea of placing a bid for main musical act for the annual festival called Toonik Tyme.
We caught up with Terri Lynn Eddy just shortly after her arrival. They hadn’t hit the stage yet, but they’d experienced Northern Band Night where locals performed in Inuktitut. They also witnessed the $7 bags of Doritos at North Mart.