Sioux-Hudson, Kids Kaleidoscope, Entertainment Series seasons return
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Next week marks the return of big city performing arts to Sioux Lookout. The Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series is entering their 37th year of great entertainment on September 20 with their first show of the upcoming season.
Their lineup features Juno award winner William Prince on Sept. 20, the Toronto Dance Theatre on Oct. 17, pianist Sarah Hagen on Nov. 3, resonant acoustic folk artist Raine Hamilton on Nov. 24, harmonica and guitar duo The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer on Jan. 13, acoustic guitar duo Don Ross and Calum Graham on Feb. 5, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre on March 6, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra on March 19.
The lineup features a wide variety of genres and experiences, which is something the Entertainment Series strives to do.
“We not only try to book the seasoned veterans, but we also really try to expose audiences to emerging artists while also looking to meet the needs and interests of our audience,” said Alyson Martin, who is the Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series chair.
Martin also mentioned that all the performances, with the exception of one, will be at the former Queen Elizabeth District High School – now operating as Sioux North High School.
“All our shows are going to take place at Queen Elizabeth High School with the exception of Sarah Hagen, who will be performing at St. Andrew’s United Church. As soon as we know of any change of venue, we’ll make sure that the audience knows as well,” she said.
October 11 marks the return of the Kids Kaleidoscope Entertainment Series. Their lineup features reconciliation storytelling by Red Sky Productions on Oct. 11, Afrique En Cirque by Kalabante Productions on Nov. 8, Millan & Faye Present the Opera from Twinkle to Stardom on Dec. 6, BAM! Percussion on Feb. 21, and Canadian Juggling Champion Bob Cates with his Comedy in Motion show on April 4.
“We try to incorporate dance, music, theatre, and storytelling. We want to try and give the kids a full range of genres,” said Dorothy Broderick, Kids Kaleidoscope Entertainment Series president and programmer.
Along with plenty of variety, both Entertainment Series’ provide audience members with unique and personal experiences with performers.
“Sometimes they might not be able to participate in the show directly but, afterwards, a lot of the actors will come and talk with the kids, take photos and that sort of thing…There’s always an interactive aspect, it just may be either after the show or during the show,” Broderick explained.
“Year after year the performers really do enjoy seeing our community and they love meeting our audience members. It gives us opportunities to be able to talk to the artists, unlike the larger cities where it’s a bigger venue and people don’t get that opportunity. It’s a really neat feature,” said Martin.
In some cases, the experience gets even more personal with the performers. Martin said she’s working on community outreach opportunities, which she’s been able to arrange in the past.
“With some of the performers, we’re also going to be trying to do outreach with community members and students. We’re in the process of trying to make sure we have some outreach opportunities for youth. Usually we try and do it through the schools. There are some plans for that, but we’ll know a little bit more once we start to connect now that schools are back in action. We usually have around two outreach opportunities, so I’m going to be working on that,” she concluded.
Those looking to stay up to date on the Entertainment Series’ can do so via their Facebook pages (Kids Kaleidoscope Entertainment Series and Sioux Lookout and Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series.)
Community members are also encouraged to check http://siouxhudsonentertainmentseries.ca for more information on Sioux-Hudson’s lineup, ticket prices, and sponsorship opportunities.