Berlin, NH — The 2011 Art Series kicks of on Sunday, January 30, at 2PM with the sixth annual North Country Talent Showcase and a new historic exhibition celebrating the Centennial of the Weeks Act.
The North Country Talent Showcase is a fun and fast-paced variety show offering something for everyone. This year’s show includes an exciting pre-show performance by Tim Dion and Friends and viewing of the exhibition: Protecting the Forest: the Week’s Act of 1911. The photographs and interpretive panels are being toured by Plymouth State University and will be in display until March 30.
Local artists “strutting their stuff” and sharing their talents on stage include: The popular Berlin High Accapella Show Chorus “Shockapella”; flutist Monique Lavertu; vocalist Max Sjostrom; the North Country Bell Choir; line dancing by Lawrence and Karen Mailloux; Quebec Heritage fiddlers Larry and Henry Riendeau with guitarist Dex Doherty; classical guitar with Nic Tremblay; French songs and sing-a-long with Lionel Roy; WWII tunes by the Women’s Harmony Group featuring Shirley Jackson, Denise Doucette, Madeline Jeffrey; Lynn Dion and Sally Tourangeau. The fun and festive afternoon will wrap-up with Tim Dion and Friends and an all-cast tribute to America.
“The Talent Showcase would not be possible without the energy and enthusiasm of show coordinator Denise Doucette and all of the wonderful people who donate their time and talent to make it an annual success. Special thanks to Tim Dion for his technical assistance, Brad Wilson for stage management, and to Bob and Randy Labnon for being show hosts and announcers. This show is always a hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time. Don’t miss it and remember to bring a friend!” states Joan Chamberlain, Executive Director
St. Kieran Arts Center is a non-profit charitable trust supported in part by grants from the NH State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/North Country’s Art Ventures Fund, an Anonymous Fund, Libby Family Fund, North Country Region Community Fund and the Stanton and Elizabeth Davis Fund.
Upcoming Sunday performances in the 2011 Series include a special Valentine’s Day performance by Celia Slattery and Friends, February 13; The Funky Divas of Gospel, February 27; Denise and Davey Celtic Duo, March 6; and world-champion fiddler Richard Wood with Gordon Belcher, March 27. The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Celebration will be held on March 17 at the Town and Country Motor Inn with advance tickets on sale soon.
Season Memberships tickets to all 2011 Main Stage performances are available for $150 adults, $125 seniors and $75 students. Members also receive a discount on the Summer Celtic Series, news updates, and special events invitations.
The Talent Showcase features more than sixty local singers, dancers, musicians, and other artists. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for students. For more information, to see the full schedule of events, or to become a member, please visit www.stkieranarts.org or call 1.603.752.1028.