One of the gems of Downtown Brantford, the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, hosts dozens of acts throughout the year, delighting audiences from near and far. While the theatre is welcoming its share of big names this year, including Jann Arden, Saturday Night Live Favourites, and perennial guests Blue Rodeo, it will also play host to homegrown talent.
August Osage County presented by Stage 88 will hit the stage on Thursday, October 16th and Friday, October 17th. The dark comedy takes place in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where the patriarch of a dysfunctional clan has just gone missing. The clan converges on the family home where tensions build, personalities clash, and long-held secrets spill over. This show is produced by Catherine Sutherland, directed by Susan Dignan, and features an ensemble cast of local actors. This show contains mature content and language and is recommended for audiences 18+.
Several other local performances are also ready to take the stage in the coming months.
The Brantford Symphony Orchestra begins their concert season with “Celebrate Canada!” an afternoon featuring young artists from Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. Led by conductor Philip Sarabura, the BSO will delight audiences with orchestral pieces inspired by Canada’s performance at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. This concert hits the stage on October 19th at 3pm.
“Christmas bells are Ringing Again!” will feature the Brantford Symphony Orchestra and the Grand River Chorus for the annual Christmas music celebration on December 13th at 7:30pm. Audience members are invited to bring their own jingle bells to participate in ringing in the festive season! Season subscriptions for Brant Symphony Orchestra concerts are available as well as tickets for single performances.
This coming spring, Brant Theatre Workshops will present Honeymooners: The Golden Age of Television. Starring local actors Paul Amato and John Tench, and told through the lens of The Honeymooners, this comedy will go back to the days before PVRs and digital boxes, when the “remote control” was whichever kid was closest to the television, and will tell the story of Jackie Gleason. Watch for a matinee and an evening performance of The Golden Age of Television on April 9th, 2015.
Tickets for these shows and more are available through the Sanderson Centre website, box office, or by calling their ticket line at 519-758-8090 or 1-800-265-0710.
Photography by Heather Cardle