Music with bells on at Northgate Lions

 
Come to Northgate Lions Seniors Centre for a lively Arts Café on Wednesday June 4th from 1-2:30 p.m. From “Brush up your Shakespeare” to Irving Berlin, and from Broadway to bells, there will be music of all kinds to entertain you.
 
The performers include Northgate’s Musical Theatre Troup, now in its second year. Led by director Janet Nicole, they’ll be taking on Tony-award-winning music from Applause
 
Two more popular musical groups from Northgate will be featured. The Choralaires have ente
rtained audiences in Edmonton and the surrounding area for nearly 30 years. This year they are presenting the songs of Irving Berlin. And the handbell choir will be ringing its own. 
 
(The Northgate Seniors handbell program was started six years ago when a set of handbells was discovered in a cupboard at the center.)
 
There will be more from Broadway, as Ken Lengert and Ron Cresey perform Cole Porter’s comedic 
musical theatre piece about how to meet and catch a gal’s eye by quoting Shakespeare.
 
And singer Bob Jones has recently returned to the stage in his retirement. Bob was raised in a musical family and sang with the popular Edmonton band “The Sound Merchants”, even performing as warm-up for Roy Orbison at the Edmonton Gardens in the 1970’s. But his main career was in social work. Now, back on stage, Bob is singing his heart out and winning the hearts of those who hear him crooning the old favorites.
Last year, Northgate’s musical theatre troupe gave Marg Hembling her first-ever chance to fulfill her life-long dream of performing in musical theatre. That’s what Creative Aging is all about – picking up old threads and exploring new notes. Or, as lyricist Lee Adams puts it in “Applause”
It's better than pot, it's better than booze
A shot of applause will stamp out the blues
 
There won’t be pot or booze at Northgate, but there will be applause and refreshments at this a free event. Come out and hit one of the high notes from FEST and more.
 
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