by Vern Thiessen
In July 1957, the world was rife with post-war wounds and nuclear arms race fears. In the midst of all the mounting anxiety, leading scientists and academics, world-renowned ‘thinkers’ were invited to a conference in humble Pugwash, NS, the first conference of its kind to address their role in creating and alleviating these fears. Cumberland County native Cyrus Eaton who had made a fortune living and working in the US, played a key role in bringing the world to Pugwash, his beloved hometown. Thiessen’s play is a fictional story based on true events that explores the local impact and global legacy of the Pugwash Conferences. A uniquely Canadian story, celebrating a remarkable individual and remarkable place, on the 60th Anniversary of a truly remarkable achievement.
The Mystery Play
by Josh MacDonald
This summer, the mystery starts at home... Crime-solving nun Vivian Salter has returned to her family home in Parrsboro, N.S., in order to care for her ailing father. Salter is struggling with her faith, as her father's senility enters an increasingly difficult chapter when in the adjoining suite next door moves a young schoolteacher, along with her newly-wed husband. From Salter's vantage, this couple-next-door seems perfect, and very much in love… until they don't. By creeping attrition, Salter begins to fear for the safety of the woman on the other side of the wall. Despite herself, the flinty nun gets drawn, once more, into mystery. But this time, it's a frightful mystery that threatens to affect them all, as it hits closer... and closer... to home.
New Waterford Boy
by Richie Wilcox
This is a tribute to the Cape Breton man I never was and never will be. This is a tribute to Cape Bretoners who have the songs of miners and fisherman embedded into their hearts and souls whether they have set foot in a mine, or cast a net, or not. This is a night of storytelling to pay respect to the Cape Breton of my childhood, with hope for the future. This is a tribute to the Cape Breton man I am and all the different types of Cape Breton man there can be. This is my Cape Breton … where I can be Rita MacNeil’s nephew for a week, I can be a superhero and conquer a junior high dance and I can belt the tunes of Allister MacGillivray, the Rankin Family and more songs we all know, all night long.
Molly and the Oak Island Treasure
by Maritime Marionettes
Molly, her boat, and Pixie, her little fairy friend, set out on a marvelous adventure in search of buried treasure. Along the way she meets new friends that help her in completing her wondrous journey. This show features the music of the Barra MacNeils and has a rich Maritime theme.
Molly and the Oak Island Treasure is a 45 minute production which features 13 puppets. The show premiered in 1994 and has since toured Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec, Hawaii, Bermuda and France. The performance has been revised to highlight the companionship with her new found friend Ulgimmo, the Mik'maq boy. Also, new artistic shadow puppetry has been introduced, bringing a fresh beauty and wonder to the scenes on the ocean!