ON THE STAGE

Joel Plaskett indie/folk/rock/solo
Wednesday, April 9, 8pm        $35

Canada has produced some of the world’s most enduring songwriters and Joel Plaskett is hailed as one of the best. With countless awards to his credit, thousands of tour dates, and numerous recording and producing projects under his belt, Plaskett remains one of the most innovative and prolific artists on the scene today. Plaskett consistently excites and inspires his audiences…don’t miss this show!joelplaskett.com
Presented by Meaford Hall

 

 

The Legends of Rock & Roll and Country Music tribute
Saturday, April 12, 8pm           $35.40

This incredible show features The Legends of Rock & Roll and Country Music and recreates the talents of over 15 musical superstars from Dolly Parton to Michael Jackson, Celine Dion to Sonny and Cher and Willie Nelson to Lady Gaga, we’ve got them all in one fantastic show!! There are over 80 costume changes and a spectacular sound and light show.
*Please note online sales for this performance have closed as a limited number of tickets remain.  To purchase, please phone the Box Office at 519.538.0463 or visit us in person at Meaford Hall.
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Presented by Celsk Benefit Promotions Inc.

 

Corb Lund with special guests The Strumbellas Canadian country
Sunday, April 13, 8 pm   general $45.95   premium $62.60  

Canadian country star and JUNO Award recipient Corb Lund makes a one-night-only appearance on the Meaford Hall stage with his longtime band The Hurtin’ Albertans and special guests The Strumbellas.  Just like the prolific Lund’s subjects run the gamut, so do the sonics on the live-sounding long-player, ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock.  Tickets are selling fast!
Presented by Inside the Music.
Andrew Gawley: The Man with Steel Hands community theatre
April 24 to 26, 7:30pm & April 27, 2pm $15 adult   $5 student

Set to the stage, this is a heartwarming story of one of Grey/Bruce’s most amazing citizens. Relive the troubling, challenging and rewarding history of the Man with Steel Hands. Having survived a crippling injury as a teenager, ‘Andy’ became an international celebrity through Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and became a successful entrepreneur, leaving a legacy for all to admire.

Presented by Meaford Community Theatre
ON THE SCREEN

Burt’s Buzz film
Thursday April 3, 4pm & 7pm   $10

Director Jody Shapiro ventures into the backwoods of Maine to find the reclusive Burt Shavitz, founder and (bearded) face of the all-natural personal care brand Burt’s Bees, in this wry, thoughtful and intimate portrait of a highly idiosyncratic pioneer. From Burt’s early years as a gifted photo journalist, to his solitary life as a beekeeper, and then status as a global brand ambassador, the film is a fascinating study of one man’s ability to remain true to himself despite the pressures of a larger, influential world around him. Running time 88 minutes

 

Unfinished Song film
Thursday April 17, 4pm & 7pm             $10

Unfinished Song is the funny and uplifting story of Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeon old soul perfectly content with sticking to his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a spirited local singing group led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). This unexpected friendship and his discovery of music revitalizes Arthur’s passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age. “A tuneful tearjerker that ends on a high note,” says National Post.
Running time 94 minutes, rated PG13 for some sexual reference and rude gestures.

 

IN THE GALLERIES

Juried Art Show art exhibit
April 1 – May 31
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation, Sat April 5th 2014, from 2 pm to 4 pm

Everyone is welcome come out and meet the artists!

Meaford Creative Arts Association is pleased to present its Annual Juried Art Show.  Works will be on display featuring artists from Grey, Bruce and Simcoe counties working in all mediums (excluding photography and 3D).  This Sunday, March 30th the MCAA will be accepting submissions at Meaford Hall from 10 am to 2 pm.  For more information about submiting an artwork please contact Judy Shield at 519.599.3817.

EXTRA! EXTRA!
We wanted to share with you a little Q & A with Harley Greenfield, the Councillor/Deputy Mayor-turned-playwright who wrote Andrew Gawley: The Man With Steel Hands. It comes to the stage this April.  See below his thoughts on the play.

1. You have been a Councillor for many years and are currently the Deputy Mayor of Meaford.  It is safe to assume you are already a busy man!  What inspired you to write a play about Andrew Gawley?

1) I remember seeing Mr. Gawley when I was very young, and could not help but wonder about his hands.  I had an uncle who dealt with Andy frequently,  and he always credited him for his ability in doing much meaningful work with his steel hands.  Andrew eventually became a  very famous individual.  After his tragic accident, he held down steady jobs, starting in a cigar shop, then delivering mail in the urban area, to eventually becoming an entrepreneur in Meaford. He owned a building that housed a dry cleaners and his bicycle shop.  He was broadcast in the old movie newsreels that were commonly shown before motion pictures.  These reels were distributed and viewed on every continent of the earth(except Antarctica).  And he especially achieved fame travelling with Ripley’s Believe It or Not Shows in the 30s and 40s.  The fact that he overcame a terrible physical tragedy to become a noted celebrity was a great inspiration to me.  This man needs to be remembered.

2. Your play is based on a real man, who lived in the late 1800s.  What kind of resources did you make use of to get the facts you needed?

2) Resources were relatively few, and sometimes contradictory.  Used the Meaford Museum, Grey Roots,  some material from a local historian, Mr.  Garry McEachern(who is featured in the play),  and also talked to a few of Andrew’s business colleagues who remembered him.

3. With this being the first time the play is performed, officially it is a world premiere!  What have you enjoyed the most about taking the play from page to stage?

3) The play has been completely rewritten 3 times, and many additions/deletions occurred.  My best satisfaction was when the Meaford Community Theatre executive chose it to be this spring’s presentation.  I am strictly a very amateur play writer, and do not even call myself by such a title.  It is a pleasure for me to do something which I hope will have entertainment and educational value for the community.

4. Some people may be familiar with the story of Andrew Gawley; many more will be learning about him for the first time.  What do you think will surprise the audience about this show?

4) For those who knew Mr. Gawley, I am sure the play will bring back many memories of his presence.  He was a devoted Christian, and a solid community minded individual, always kept abreast of local, provincial and federal politics. For those who never knew the man, or even heard of him, I hope it will impress upon him some of the many activities he was able to do with his steel hands.  His unique ability to master the movement of them, the physical strength he displayed with them, and yet the tenderness and caring that he offered through them is intriguing.  He was a very caring man, and very fond of visiting with young children who often came to watch him at his bike shop.

5. Andrew Gawley: The Man With Steel Hands tells the story of a man who overcame serious physical challenges.  How do you think Mr. Gawley’s story will challenge the viewer’s ideas about physical ability?

5) I definitely hope everyone will take with them the message that a physical impairment is something that can be overcome.  We must remember,  when Andrew Gawley was mercilessly mauled by the huge sawmill blade,  most people thought at first that he would surely die,  and then that he would be absolutely helpless for the remainder of his life,  a life that would only lead to misery and despair.  But Andy was a fighter, a true life survivor, and he would not succumb to his injuries.  He was likely a hundred years ahead of his time when it comes to proving to the world that a handicapped person can be not only a contributor, but also a  leader.Address:
12 Nelson St. E.,
Meaford ON, N4L 1N6

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