Arts Extravaganza

Friday, June 5

7 - 9 p.m.

 

Join us for an evening of performances by talented seniors and intergenerational artists featuring the Grove City Barbershop Harmony Chorus, Melle Huizinga, the GeriActors & Friends, and more!

 

The show will take place at the Timms Centre for the Arts (87 Ave & 112 Street). There will be a reception in the lobby to follow and a cash bar available before and after the show.  

 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the North Edmonton Seniors Association (780-496-6969). Tickets will also be available at the door.

Grove City Barbershop Harmony Chorus

How can you be unhappy when you are singing?

 

The Grove City Barbershop Harmony Chorus is made up of around 30 men from all over the Greater Edmonton area. Some drive over an hour to each of their Wednesday night practices.

 

Coming from all walks of life and virtually all ages, they are all amateur singers who enjoy singing together and sharing their talents. Their chorus has been active for over 20 years and is the only chorus north of Red Deer. They are part of the 23,000 man, worldwide Barbershop Harmony Society.

 

In addition to their annual shows they also do many singouts around the Edmonton area, including hospitals, nursing homes, and fundraisers for various charities. They compete at least once a year with other barbershop choruses in Alberta.

 

Melle Huizinga

Melle Huizinga immigrated with his family to Canada in 1948. As a child and as a teenager he was determined to be a farmer but fate intervened and he taught school for 40 years instead.

 

He learned to love teaching and he keeps his hand in by mentoring student teachers at the King’s University and by teaching a creative writing class through the Minerva Institute for senior studies at MacEwan University.

 

Melle Huizinga loves to tell stories. The story he tells today, from his first year of teaching in a small Ontario town, is titled “Blundering into Small Town Power Structures”.

GeriActors & Friends

“It’s like a tapestry, we’re always making collages of our ideas and stories; somehow we are all one.”

 

The GeriActors & Friends is an intergenerational theatre company based in Edmonton. The GeriActors are seniors from SAGE and the “Friends” are students and alumni from the University of Alberta. They range in age from early twenties to late eighties. The intergenerational nature of the company generates new energy, brilliant ideas, a great sense of fun, and lasting friendships.

 

They write plays based on stories and issues from their lives. They perform to audiences of seniors and their families, students, health professionals and the general public and they are currently enjoying a very successful Spring Tour of their newest play Washing. Be sure to join them at the Arts Extravaganza to see their play We Decide When inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear.

 

 

Photo credits:

Grove City Barbershop Harmony Chorus, Ryan Parker (PK Photography)

Melle Huizinga, courtesy of the Edmonton Poetry Festival 2008

GeriActors & Friends, Ryan Parker (PK Photography)

 

 

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