This coming weekend serves up an eclectic menu of entertainment in Perth. Music runs the gamut from “ethno-fusion” to requiem; theatre goes from Death of a Salesman to the birth of a new play about local youth issues. Read on, and good luck deciding what to do!
Need your musical mind blown? Not a problem. On Friday, April 17, the Perth Performing Arts Committee brings to town a truly one-of-kind, world-class musical act: Yiannis Kapoulas. Kapoulas, who plays an impressive array of exotic stringed instruments with precision, passion, agility and speed, is known for his “ethno-fusion world instrumentals.” In his unique sound, you can hear a lot of influences — everything from Latin, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, jazz, classical and funk. This show takes place at 7:30pm in the Mason Theatre, and tickets are available from Tickets Please, by calling 485–6434, or dropping in at Jo’s Clothes, 39 Foster Street in Perth.
The same night, not too far away at the Full Circle Theatre, BarnDoor Productions will be celebrating their 20th anniversary season with their 100th production — Death of a Salesman. Tickets are cash only, so just give them a call, place your ticket order, and pay them when you get there. Their number is 267–1884, and the show runs on April 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 8pm, and on April 19 and 26 at 2pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, and students are $10.
On Saturday, April 18, there will be a matinée performance of Listen Up, Perth!. This hour-long show (including a post-show talkback) will be performed by four local teenagers, working in tandem with professional theatre director Laurel Smith of Burning Passions Theatre (the parent company of the summertime Classic Theatre Festival). It promises to be an eye-opening exploration of what happens in the lives of typical teenagers as they deal with stress, anxiety, depression, abuse, and other problems, alongside the hope that sustains them through the most difficult times. The performance takes place at 2pm at the Legion, 26 Beckwith St. East in Perth. Admission is by donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Sunday, April 19 promises an angelic night of soul-stirring music at St. Paul’s United Church. The combined adult and children’s choirs of St. Paul’s United Church and St. James Anglican Church and Friends will be performing a special spring program of music by the British composer John Rutter. The program, entitled “Requiem: The Music of John Rutter,” will start with a performance by the forty-voice adult choir, accompanied by a six-piece orchestra of harp, oboe, flute, cello, organ and percussion, of Rutter’s Requiem. St. Paul’s director of music, Brad Mills, will direct. Showtime is 7pm, and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under twelve. They are available at Tickets Please.