The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC) in Windsor has announced the lineup for its fourth annual Entertainment Series this week. Featuring fourteen events which will run from mid-October 2011 through June 2012, the popular program is designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes and ages.
An innovative addition to this year’s MIPAC program is the introduction of the Family Fare Series – six varied attractions geared specifically to cross-generational audiences. Included is a vibrant circus show from Ontario’s Motus O Dance Theatre; a holiday concert presented by Lunenburg’s Ernst Family Singers; the Maritime Marionette’s lively production of Jack and the Beanstalk, and two performances from Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia – Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny in December, and the company’s new production, Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, which will mark the Series finale in June. The Family Fare Series is supported by BellAliant.
Country music fans can look forward to two tribute performances dedicated to the music made famous by two legendary ladies of song, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Theatre fans will enjoy an evening of comedy presented by long-time favourite, Lorne Elliott, as well as Richard Donat’s acclaimed one-man salute to Canada’s most famous humourist, Stephen Leacock. Outstanding musicians Bruce Cockburn, Old Man Luedecke, and Charlie A’Court will make their first MIPAC appearances, and Windsor’s own Emily Gore School of Dance will return by popular demand with two performances of Alice In Wonderland.
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia owns and operates the historic 400-seat facility known as MIPAC, a former vaudeville and cinema venue purchased in 2003 and restored with government and community support. Tickets for all shows are now on sale at Moe’s Place Music Sales, 129 Gerrish St., Windsor NS (798-5565). Tickets for Bruce Cockburn are available at Mermaid by calling 798-5841.