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Morinville’s cultural facility brings in singer-songwriters and storytellers

Rapidly gaining a solid reputation for their East Coast songs and melodies

The Morinville Community Cultural Centre rolls out a full entertainment package for their new 2017-2018 season containing incredible music and vibrant storytelling.

“There are some new shows and some are returning. We’re showcasing a lot of local talent and it’s pretty diverse – a little rock, a bit of country and we’ve thrown in some theatre,” said Kathleen Ducharme, events and culture programmer.

Launching the Mainstage Series on Friday, Sept. 15 is the Derina Harvey Band, a Celtic-country that will duplicate its authentic East Coast experience.

“The last time they played here, the Derina Harvey Band was sold out. She’s very well-liked in this town. We have a good size East Coast population living here and her voice is something you wouldn’t expect. It’s very powerful and pretty dynamic – just the notes she hits,” Ducharme said.

Following on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 are the Marquee Pianos set up as an all-night, high-octane cabaret. In this show, the audience calls the shots through their requests.

“Duelling pianos are always fun and interactive. You get a different take on a song, and all artists like putting their special spin on it.”

Closing the Mainstage Series on Saturday, April 14 are The Carolines, an Edmonton based female trio that deliver sublime melodies and poignant classic country harmonies.

“In Morinville, country groups are well received. We wanted to encourage the younger crowd to attend and we thought The Carolines would fit the bill. They sing old and new country and we really like their harmonies.”

The Family Series starts off with Bobs & Lolo on Saturday, Nov. 4. The dynamic female duo creates variety shows for children ten and under focusing on music, movement and nature.

“They tour primarily Canada. A lot of their songs are very educational – songs on brushing teeth, the changing of seasons and even space. They have a youthful, nursery rhyme/pop blend.”

Dufflebag Theatre’s The Three Musketeers played Morinville in 2016. The youth oriented company resonated so much with audiences, they return on Friday, March 2 with an ultra-quirky version of Cinderella.

Audience members are usually invited on stage to participate. With a small town crowd where everyone knows everyone, it sharpens participation.

“You get a lot more cheering if you’re going on stage. And even a week later if someone sees you at Sobeys they’ll congratulate you.”

Also slotted for young thespians is the Missoula Children’s Theatre with their original take of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast.

This youth theatre company drives into town complete with scripts, costumes and sets. They host open auditions and mount a play in a week.

“Anybody willing to register and attend rehearsals is welcome to audition.”

This year, MCCC is offering a subscription package for the three-show Mainstage Series at $118, and three-show family series four-pack for $102. Mainstage single tickets are $38 to $55 and a single family four-pack is $40.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 780-939-7839, in person at 9502 – 100 Ave., Morinville or online at tixonthesquare.ca.

Morinville Community Cultural Centre 2017-2018 season

Mainstage Series
Sept. 15: Derina Harvey Band
Feb. 3: Marquee Pianos
April 14: The Carolines

Family Series
Nov. 4: Bobs & Lolo
March 2: Dufflebag Theatre: Cinderella
March 17: Missoula Children’s Theatre: Beauty Lou and the Country Beast

Anna Borowiecki: Anna Borowiecki joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2000. She reports on local people and events in the arts, entertainment and food industry. She also writes general news and features.