Festival Antigonish

Posted at 10:39 am on March 8, 2018

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre has received four nominations in the annual Robert Merritt Awards. The awards recognize excellence in professional theatre in Nova Scotia.

Francine Deschepper is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for the 2017 production “Kingfisher Days”. Deschepper’s co-star in “Kingfisher Days”, Antigonish native Hugh Thompson is nominated as Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. Also nominated in the same category as Thompson is Christian Murray for the the Festival Antigonish production “The Hound of the Baskervilles”

“Kingfisher Days” is also nominated for Outstanding Production. The Robert Merritt Award winners will be announced a ceremony in Halifax on March 26th.

Posted at 9:51 am on March 5, 2018

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre has announced its lineup for the 2018 season.

It opens July 3rd with a new Norm Foster Play, Lunenburg,  a touching and humourous story about a woman who comes to Lunenburg from the United States after

Festival Antigonish Artistic Director Andrea Boyd

learning she has inherited some property from her deceased husband.  There’s also Burnin’ Love by Sharon Bajer, and Hope and Gravity by Michael Hollinger.  As well, there’s a special presentation of “Being Hank and Patsy” by Antigonish County native Laura Teasdale, a story of the music of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline which played to two sold out nights at the Bauer Theatre this winter.  On the family stage is the UK production “Big Sister, Little Brother” by Mike Kenny.

Festival Antigonish Artistic Director Andrea Boyd says it is also expanding the number of relaxed performances this summer to three, coinciding with the Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games.   She says last year’s relaxed performance was well received.


Relaxed performances reduces the sound and light levels for those with sensory issues, the house lights are raised a bit; and audience members are allowed to walk in and out of the auditorium.

Posted at 1:11 pm on March 28, 2017

One of the productions featured during the 2016 Festival Antigonish season has picked up two awards at Theatre Nova Scotia’s Robert Merritt Awards.  The awards gala, held last night in Halifax recognizes excellence in live professional theatre in the province.
The two awards for Festival Antigonish went to the comedy/thriller “Little Thing/Big Thing”.  Francine Deschepper, who played Sister Martha McCann in the show won for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.   The second award to “Little Thing/Big Thing” went to Jeremy Webb for Outstanding Direction. The production was nominated for four Awards.
“Tompkinsville” from Fly A Kyte Productions, a show of interest to local audiences was also honoured last night.   The play, about  Father Jimmy Tompkins, one of the pioneers of the credit union and cooperative movement won for Outstanding Production by a New or Emerging Company and Best Original Score.

Posted at 2:34 pm on March 9, 2017

A production during the 2016 Festival Antigonish season has been nominated for Theatre Nova Scotia’s Robert Merritt Awards.    The annual awards gala, to be held on March 27th in Halifax, recognizes excellence in live theatre in the province.
The Festival Antigonish comedy/thriller “Little Thing Big Thing” is up for four awards, Francine Deschepper for  Outstanding Female Actor, Gordon Gammie as Outstanding Male Actor, Outstanding Direction by Jeremy Webb and Outstanding Production.
Antigonish County resident Ingrid Risk is nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design for the Mulgrave Road Theatre Comedy “Little Things”, presented by Neptune Theatre.

Posted at 10:22 am on January 30, 2017

Festival Antigonish has announced its line-up for its 30th season.  Artistic Director Andrea Boyd says the Mainstage shows offers great stories and laughter which includes “The Hound of the Baskervilles” , a spoof of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s well-known Sherlock Holmes mystery.  There’s also “Kingfisher Days”, by Susan Coyne, where a little girl discovers a letter from a fairy princess, which begins a friendship between the girl, the princess and an elderly neighbour.   The third offering is “Stage Kiss” by Sarah Ruhl , where two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a play.

Boyd says each production is magical in very different ways.

On the family stage is Martha, a story about a woman who has an unexpected visitor, a goose.  The 30th Festival Antigonish season opens on July 13th.