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LIGHTED ROOMS Blends Personal Stories and Dance into a Memorable Evening of Theatre

July 21, 2016 – Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia: Their fans across the country knew they could dance…but drama, poetry, story-telling and questionable limericks? Annapolis Royal’s celebrated Company of Angels opens new frontiers July 27 through 30 at the Granville Ferry Community Hall and August 3 and 4 at the Rebekah Music Hall in Bear River.

The production grew from humble beginnings two years ago when the “Angels” and some of their friends began meeting once a month to share their favourite poems and a potluck meal. As the months went on the get-togethers were dubbed “Poetry and Pasta”. Company Artistic Director Randy Glynn, who was an occasional guest at the homespun soirees, began to see ways to channel the stories and recitations into a new theatrical piece, which would intertwine dance with narrative, music, and poetry.

While the Angels were no strangers to working with Mr. Glynn’s choreography, they had never taken on an acting challenge and the Company Artistic Director felt they would need some help in the narrative interpretation. He turned to Layne Coleman, an acclaimed actor, director, playwright and producer. Based in Toronto Mr. Coleman’s theatre career spans four decades and three continents. He has played “too many roles to count,” on the stages of major Canadian theatres from coast to coast.

In the spring of 2015 Mr. Coleman conducted a workshop with the erstwhile thespians. “Layne wanted to see if there was juice here and there was plenty of it,” said Mr. Glynn. “There were many directions to explore and not only was Layne intrigued with the subject matter and the chance to create a great piece of theatre, he also loved the area and the group,” Mr. Glynn continued.

LIGHTED ROOMS was a go. Over the winter several poems were selected and in early June Mr. Glynn began creating movement to the poems. “Some of the poems are read live by the performers, some are recorded and one is set to music,” he explained. However, parents take note. “Lest one think the show is overly contemplative I should caution that we also have a whole series of quite raunchy limericks, interspersed with Ray Charles music,” chuckles Mr. Glynn.

Mr. Coleman arrived three weeks later and began crafting stories from the Angels’ lives. The sessions have been full of laughter, as the director has worked with the performers to gradually build their confidence and help them hone their acting skills.

The result is a magical evening of theatre featuring music by Ray Charles, Jake Bugg, Leonard Cohen and The Howll; and poetry by Alden Nowlen, Kim Addonizio, Leonard Cohen, Phillip Larkin and Ken Babstock.

LIGHTED ROOMS runs at the Granville Ferry Community Hall from July 27 through 30, 8 pm, and at the Rebekah Music Hall in Bear River August 3 and 4, 8 pm. Seating is limited so reservations are essential. A portion of ticket sales will go to the Annapolis West Health Foundation.

Tickets are $20 – cash only. To order call 902-524-0015 or email Please note: this performance deals with adult subject matter. Parental discretion is advised.


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LIGHTED ROOMS is an initiative of the Society of the Company of Angels Dance Projects (SOCOA) and is funded in part by Nova Scotia/support4culture and Nova Scotia Department of Seniors. SOCOA would also like to recognize the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for financial support that has allowed SOCOA to purchase additional technical equipment to expand production possibilities for Company of Angels and Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal.