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LOCAL CONCERT BAND HOSTING BENEFIT CONCERT FOR UKRAINE, Napanee Today, Aug 15, 2022

By Emily Chatwood   The Hastings County Summer Concert Band is getting ready for a Ukraine Independence Day benefit concert. We spoke with John Monachan, the bands director of music, who told us about this new band. The concert will feature a special guest vocalist, Julia Moore, who will be performing the Ukrainian national anthem in Ukrainian. The band will be performing a dramatic arrangement of Broadway music by Andrew Lloyd Webber including Phantom, Cats, Super Star and more, as well as music from Abba, Star Wars, The Beatles and much more. There will also be a silent auction featuring
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AUDIENCES GET IN ON THE ACT IN ROCKY HORROR SHOW, The Intelligencer, July 13, 2022

By Luke Hendry J.P. Baldwin stars as Dr. Frank N. Furter in Stirling Festival Theatre’s production of the Rocky Horror Show. PHOTO BY TAYLOR RUSSETT.  There’s a new cult in Stirling – and the folks at the village’s theatre are thrilled. The cult following of the Rocky Horror Show, and its film version, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, is helping to fill seats during the Stirling Festival Theatre’s stage production of the classic show. Tickets remain available.“We knew it would have a following but it’s been delightful,” said the theatre’s house manager and marketing coordinator, Jane McClelland.She said both die-hard
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THE SHOW WILL GO ON, Watershed, Summer 2022

Story by Jennifer Shea   Producers, actors, musicians and artists are welcoming back audiences with live performances and open arms. Resilience and innovation were the watch words for the performing arts over the past two years. Instead of fear and stress, there was defiance and determination; instead of resignation, there was innovation. At the top of everyone’s agenda was the search for new ways of reaching out to loyal audiences – to entertain them as well as hold them close. These are the stories of how they not only survived, but thrived. The Empire Theatre in Belleville has a reputation
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STIRLING’S ROCKY HORROR NIGHT OUT! Hastings County, Summer 2022

by A Local Wanderer   Like most of us these days you’re probably getting tired of being cooped up at home, eating the same things for dinner and binging an entire season of the newest show in one weekend. If you are anything like us you are looking for something different and fun to do with your partner or a good group of friends. So how do you break the boring routine? It’s easy! First head to Stirling then “it’s just a step to the left and a jump to the right…”   The Stirling Festival theatre’s production of The
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12 EVENTS TO HIT IN HASTINGS COUNTY THIS SUMMER, Hastings County, Summer 2022

by A Local Wanderer Finally, life feels like it’s returning to normal. We don’t have to wonder if the Rockhound Gemboree will actually happen or if we should bother getting out our boots for the Tweed Stampede. Yes, events are definitely back across Hastings County this summer. And to help you get ready, we’ve put together this guide to 12 events you’ll want to put on your calendar. From Canada Day festivities to music festivals to Marmora’s 200th birthday — it’s time to get back out there.   Off Road Comedy Show August 6, 3 pm Stirling If you love
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KINGS MILL BUSKER FEST, The Intelligencer, June 28, 2021

Kings Mill Cider owners Margaret Van Helvoort and Kees Morsink have teamed up with Stirling Festival Theatre to produce the first ever Busker Festival at Kings Mill, set for Aug. 13-15. SUBMITTED PHOTO jpg, BI ALLEN STEINBERG QUINTE ARTS COUNCIL When the Stirling Festival Theatre announced that their summer season would go completely outdoors due to lingering COVID-19 restrictions, Artistic Director Ken MacDougall knew he’d be tasked with bringing the theatre experience out into the community. One day, after ordering one of Kings Mill’s beloved wood-fired pizzas, he took a stroll out to their beautiful orchard in Stirling, where he
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SHENANIGANS SHOWCASE, Sun. May 27, 2018

Sunday, May 27 1:30pm Free admission Stirling Festival Theatre has made a new friend in the Front Porch Shenanigans. The popular festival – which has talented, local musicians playing on porches all over town – is partnering with the Stirling Festival Theatre on Sunday, May 27 at 1:30 pm for a free show at the theatre on the main stage. Organizer, David Bush has called it a “Shenanigan Showcase”. Come close out a great weekend of entertainment featuring such artists as Rob Donaldson Robyn, Scott Rachel Smith, Kyle Mitchell, Adam Gibson, Casey Garlick, Dustin C. Bird, Shirley Diane Baker and
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WASN’T THAT A PARTY? February 2, 2018

by Ken MacDougall Celtic Kitchen Party was the official kick off of the Stirling Festival Theatre’s 2018 Season. And what a great kick off it was. With a sold out house, Celtic Kitchen Party lived up to its name! There was singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles including yours truly and much of the SFT staff. We look forward to having the Celtic Kitchen Party back again very soon. My mantra for 2018 was making new friends and re-connecting with old. I can certainly say that I made some new friends on the dance floor that night! And the fun doesn’t stop there… On
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