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Orangeville Music Theatre Puts a Twist to ‘Nights of Cabiria’

Folks who come to watch Orangeville Music Theatre’s new production of Sweet Charity should to expect to enjoy some major laughs and a wonderful musical experience, this according to OMT’s co-director and choreographer, Roland Kirouac. He and his wife Sandra are the minds behind the show, and they’re both confident that people will have a grand time watching the musical.

Sweet Charity is based on Frederico Fellini’s film Nights of Cabiria. Reinterpreted by Neil Simon, it’s a musical play that tells the story and troubles of Charity, a dancer-for-hire at New York’s Fandango Ballroom. Charity tries to search for her one true love – the one who’ll sweep her off her feet and take her away from her tiring job.

Kirouac adds the play is a story about love, redemption, hope, and seeing life in positive light. And as with all musicals, Orangeville Music Theatre’s Sweet Charity is a marvelous showcase of song and dance.

But Kirouac says that it’s the comedic scenes that are sure to take the audience by storm.

Sweet Charity opens to the public  from the 11th until the 20th of June. Tickets are priced at only $23, and are available at the box office. Call 519-942-3423 for more information.

Events Happening in Orangeville this Month

We’re halfway through the week and it’s time once again to give you the 411 on what’s happening here in Orangeville over the weekend and next week.

The Climate Change Action Group of Erin together with Credit Valley Conservation are proud to present the film, “Food, Inc.”, tonight at 7 in the evening. The film showing takes place at the Erin Canadian Legion Hall. The best part? Admission is free, but those in attendance are encouraged to make donations to both non-profit groups. You can log-on to www.creditvalley.ca for more information.

The Orangeville Art Group will be hosting an outdoor painting workshop on the 30th of May, at 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, at the open grounds of the RA Art Gallery. The workshop will feature renowned artist George Perdue, who’ll be discussing the ins and outs of plein air painting. Of course, there’ll be plenty of painting and sketching for interested art buffs. Admission is pegged at $50 for non OAG members and $30 for members.

This Saturday, May 22, the Headwaters Health Care Centre will be having a plant sale at the centre’s garden, beginning at 8:30 to 11 in the morning. The sale will feature a variety of perennials as well as a silent auction.

Orangeville Hosts Special Dog Walk

Laura Jotham looks just like any regular teenager you see these days. But unlike most of her peers, she doesn’t have the luxury of doing what she wants, going where she wants, and living the life of a normal teenager to the fullest.

The Orangeville teen was born with Retinopathy of Prematurity, a disease that damages the eyesight of premature babies. Laura was born 10 weeks early, and developed ROP during her stay at the hospital.

Today, Laura says she has 10% vision in her right eye, and none at all in her left – making her legally blind. Needless to say, this makes walking around the city very difficult, and she doesn’t feel particularly at ease with a cane, seeing as how it can make her an easy target for muggers and other criminals.

This prompted her to approach the group, The Lions Foundation of Canada, an organization that provides dog guides to individuals with disabilities. Laura visited their centre in Oakville where she met one of the trainers who was working with Hedda, a black Labrador.

It was love at first sight.

Today, Laura is back in Orangeville to support the Purina Walk for Dog Guides, which takes place on the 30th of may. The dog walk was organized to raise awareness and funds which will go to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program.

Photography Exhibits in Orangeville

If you’re into photography, then you shouldn’t miss these two photography exhibits happening in Orangeville today all the way until next month. Read on if you’re interested.

Kicking off today until the 11th of April is CLICK: In Studio and in the Field, an artwork exhibit by Ron Pitts and Pete Paterson, hosted by the Alton Mill in Orangeville. The exhibit is a hodgepodge of detailed photographs with images of wildlife and nature. Some of the photographs visitors can expect to see are shots of buffalo, whales, wild ducklings, and many more. The artists behind the exhibit will be making a special appearance on the 7th of March, and will be answering questions about their works of art on the same day.

While it’s still a number of weeks away, mark your calendars and check out the exhibit hosted by the Touched By Light Photography Gallery. The gallery will feature an exhibition of photographs of sacred sites, and will take place from the 18th to the 21st of March. You can visit the gallery from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening. A percentage of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Choices Youth Shelter. You can logon on to www.circleofchange.ca for more information.

Paris’ Rising Star Makes Locals Proud

It is good to know that Teal Parks, one of the top equestrian hunters that emerged in the provincial championships last month in Orangeville Ontario is from Paris. The eighteen-year old lass effortlessly finished the championships with two third places, a fourth and two ninths. These posts for the past season earn her the title of being one of the equestrian hunters to look for in the next few years.

“I was really excited, and a little nervous because the championships were a big deal for me,” said Parks, who was one of seven representatives from central west Ontario. “It can really be overwhelming because it is such a big place and there is so much competition, but my coach just told me to have fun and that is what I did,” added Parks.

Competitors during the provincial championships were close to 50 and in the large hunter division, Parks completed three courses. These three courses include an impressive flat class groundwork course and two jumps. She rode her horse, Thunder, with grace and was judged on how successfully she maneuvered Thunder around the course and over the jumps.

Parks started her equestrian career three years ago and is currently coached by Jen Sweet. Horseback riding was introduced to her eight years ago by a childhood friend. Her constant practice and dedication brought her to where she is now. Until last season, she’s usually seen at Innerkip at Millside Stables honing her riding skills. She has spent countless hours at Lions Bridge Stables to check how Thunder rode. Thunder is owned by Aspen VanWalraven.

The top equestrian hunter is now looking forward to 2010 and what it holds for her career. Parks is planning to spend the winter riding in an indoor arena with her new competition horse, Raffi. “This one is a lot younger so he still needs work. I will be out there every day working with him and training him,” said Parks.

Who’s next in line as one of Paris’ rising star?

Orangeville Ontario to be Featured in a CTV Documentary

As an Orangeville Ontario resident, I was excited to know that we were one of the two Canadian communities chosen to be featured on a CTV documentary. The documentary will focus on our community’s Torch Relay preparations.  When I went out this morning, I saw some production crew in town, shooting some rehearsals of some residents for entertainments segments on the 28th of December. Aside from the rehearsals, they were also taking images of the town’s downtown core, medians, tree sculptures and the Island Lake.

Impressed with Orangeville Ontario

I made a research online on how our community was chosen to be featured on the documentary and I found out that director, Liam O’ Rinn was impressed with Orangeville Onatario’s plans for the Torch Relay Celebration.

I was overwhelmed by the friendliness of the people and the sheer beauty of the Town. The celebration show on December 28th will be magic — it’s both edgy and unique — and it’s going to be spectacular. After spending a day with choreographer Roland Kirouac and some of the people involved in the show, I can say that people are going to be blown away by it”, he said.

Orangeville Reactions

Just like my initial reaction, the locals of Orangeville are also looking forward to the documentary and the celebration this December.

We were ecstatic when we heard that Orangeville had been chosen as one of two Canadian communities to be featured in the CTV documentary on Torch Relay preparations,” said Orangeville’s Communications Officer Sheila Duncan. “Orangeville’s Torch Relay Community Task Force, with the support of Orangeville Council, has put some impressive plans in place. Many of the local residents who will perform in the December 28th show volunteered their time to take part in some early rehearsals for the camera crews”.

The CTV documentary will be initially aired on October 24 at 5pm and is entitled “This Great Land: Canada Welcomes the Torch”. Orangeville Ontario residents like me will surely watch out for this documentary. Our town’s Torch Relay celebration will take place at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre on the 28th of December.

“We were ecstatic when we heard that Orangeville had been chosen as one of two Canadian communities to be featured in the CTV documentary on Torch Relay preparations,” said Orangeville’s Communications Officer Sheila Duncan. “Orangeville’s Torch Relay Community Task Force, with the support of Orangeville Council, has put some impressive plans in place.

Many of the local residents who will perform in the December 28th show volunteered their time to take part in some early rehearsals for the camera crews and by the way things are going, it looks like it’s going to be a blast so fellow residents of Orangeville, you better not miss the airing of this documentary!