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LITF 2016 Schedule

LITF Schedule

Wednesday, May 18
7 pm
Opening Ceremonies
Parade of Flags (begins at the VIC at 6:30 pm)

Presentation of
71st Annual Queens Music Festival – Musical Theatre performances

9:00
Opening Reception
Lane’s Privateer Inn

Thursday, May 19
7:00 pm
LAKPA ~ Incomplete Dreams
IATA Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal

Lomangthang is a small village that sits on the lap of high mountains where even in the warmer month of Falgun, the strong wind never gives in. Villagers are thankful to have a roof over their heads and a meal to eat. Among these is 8-year-old Lakpa, who lives with his father in a small stone house. Since his wife’s demise, Lakpa’s father had to sell all their sheep leaving them with only three yaks…who are now his family.

The village has a small school open only 3 months of the year because of the extreme cold. Lakpa’s yaks had been his companions, his teachers till now. With school starting soon, the opportunity of learning even simple things like the alphabet from an actual teacher is exciting for the boy. He does not care much for the quality of the education, but only for the simplicity of life that he could not afford, like a regular meal and wearing a uniform. This is a story of the importance of education, and how it is perceived by people who do not understand its value…just like Lakpa.

8 :30 pm
Vert la democratie
Le Club Theatre NDA
Cheticamp, NS Canada

The play is set in a fictional society were everyone dresses in black except for red sneakers. They are known as “Rougeliens”. Everything is wonderful in this society until someone decides to wear green sneakers. They are called “Veristes”, hence the play on words in the title ‘Vert la démocratie” and not “Vers la démocratie

The play is comical despite the serious topic, because the deadpan delivery makes the whole premise of discrimination based on the colour of footwear seem so ridiculous. The play is also an excellent exposé on the subject of democracy which can be a force for change and social justice, but when twisted, can be a tool for suppression of basic human rights.

10:00 pm
Gypsy Jazz & Swing
Festival Club (Lane’s Privateer Inn)

Featuring Donald MacLennan

Friday, May 20

10:00 – 11:00 am
Coffee Critique
Festival Hub (Liverpool Curling Club)

11:30 am – 4 pm
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Musical Theatre Workshop
Town Hall Arts & Cultural Centre

In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, our workshops will focus on “having fun with the Bard”. Brush Up Your Shakespeare will combine music, drama and dance in ensemble, and be presented at several local schools this week. An extended version will be offered for LITF participants and delegates Friday through Sunday at the Town Hall Arts & Cultural Centre.

7:00 pm
De La Cocha al Ma Peru
Cuerpos y Alma
Lima, Peru

De La Cocha al Mar the story of a river fish inspired by a Peruvian story called “El Bagrecito” by Francisco Izquierdo Rios. In the original story, the fish wishes to travel to the sea, but in this play, it has the dream to travel to the city. The fish goes to the jungle, to the Andes, and to the coast, where he sees many issues, including contamination, abuse, and deforestation but he also sees friendship. A colourful, original play with a touching message.

8:30 pm
The Fork on the Left
Bedford Players
Bedford, NS Canada

This original romantic comedy follows the visit of British illustrator Elizabeth Wrenn to Nova Scotia’s north shore. Elizabeth ventures into Newcomb’s Pub, meets the regulars and soon becomes one herself. She turns her attention to local festivals and events; and the gents at the pub turn their attention to her. An unexpected visit from an ex, some not-so-subtle orchestration by the pub owner and it becomes hard to keep up with all the goings-on!

10 pm
Sing Along Friday
Festival Club (Lane’s Privateer Inn)

Featuring The Wondrous Jam Band

Saturday, May 21

10:00 – 11:00 am
Coffee Critique
Festival Hub (Liverpool Curling Club)

11:30 am – 4 pm
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Musical Theatre Workshop
Town Hall Arts & Cultural Centre

7:00 pm
Untold Stories
BharatiI Kapadia
Mumba, India

Untold Stories is a collage of implicitly connected memories, episodes, ideas, observations, references and comments, ranging from personal to social and political, from topical to historical and other such thoughts.

The literary form of Untold Stories is a hybrid, which takes from various genres like burlesque, travesty, rhetoric, satire and other such, but the main stepping stone is the stream of consciousness genre of writing characterized by associative leaps in thought and absence of explicit, logical links.

8:30 pm
Women Are From Venus, Men Are From Uranus
The Gypsy Stage Company
Wilmington, Delaware USA

How did humanity come into being? Why do women and men act the way they do? Evolution, societal pressures, psychological growth? WRONG! It all began in a petri dish in the Genome Observation Department (GOD).  That’s right! It seems that, per the Boss’s instructions, two well-meaning but bumbling technicians conducted an experiment that yielded a split result. Relabelled “Man” and “Woman” the subject matter was poured into a petri dish, and the experimental observations began.

By the end, with relevant intervention by the technicians, the two subjects have humorously made their way to maturity and acknowledge that, even through the difficult times, their “life” together was well worth it.

10 pm
World Grove
Festival Club (Lane’s)

Featuring Zulkamoon

Sunday, May 22

10:00 – 11:00 am
Coffee Critique
Festival Hub (Liverpool Curling Club)

11:30 am –2:30 pm
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Musical Theatre Workshop
Town Hall Arts & Cultural Centre

3 pm
Mermaid’s Tears
Winds of Change
Liverpool, NS Canada

Morna lives by the sea where she plays with mermaids to avoid her cruel mother. Across the channel, a handsome young man lives with his widowed father, dreaming of a better life. Morna finds love in the young man’s arms, becomes with child, but he runs away leaving her alone with only the mermaids to see her tears. Determined to destroy both her and the child, Morna’s mother chases her to the water’s edge. Morna tumbles into the sea where the mermaid makes a deal… the soul of the mother, for the life of the child. The young man’s father, tries to end his life because he is alone, but the mermaid rouses him by giving him Morna’s child, Esme, to raise as his own.

Mermaid’s Tears is narrated by Esme and her Grandfather as they sit on the wharf fishing, reflecting on the events that led to Esme’s arrival in her Grandfather’s life.

7 pm
Strolling Group of Actors
Signagi Theatre
Signagi, Georgia

A performance in the ancient style of Berikaoba (the base of Georgian theatre), which involved a group of people wearing masks of various animals, wandering from village to village performing folk songs, dances, and poetry for the public.

The plot of this play involves Berika actors performing, but this displeases the Elder of the village. One Berika falls in love with the Elder’s daughter, but he does not approve. The Lord of the village who expects a new baby, asks Berikas to perform in honour of this event, and he also decides to help the young couple to get married. During the wedding, the village is surrounded by enemies. The wedding stops and everyone goes to war to defend their country.

The play reflects the role of Georgian mother when she sends her prayers for her warrior child and how she feels responsible for every step her son makes during the fight. The play also reflects the purity of the relationship of Georgian couples and how they keep their traditions, perfectly showing the rituals for a newborn baby.

8:30 pm
Closing Ceremonies & Awards

10 pm
International Night
Festival Club (Lane’s)

Learn about the plays

Check out the Schedule & Line-Up link for information about the troupes joining us and the schedule.

Individual Tickets on Sale

Individual tickets and the new Flex 5 Pass are now on sale!

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