“3 X 3” is Basement Theatre Spring Production Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, 8:00 PM

BT ThreebyThree-small3“3 X 3” is Basement Theatre’s spring production. Three directors and three plays – CHAIRS, STILL LIFE and REGINA FLECTOR WINS THE SCIENCE FAIR – will make for one engaging evening at the Osprey June 2 and 3, starting 8 p.m.

In the CHAIRS, when Marion (played by Tatum Arcon) decides to move the chairs around in a school staffroom to liven things up and start some conversation, all hell breaks loose.

Directed by Alison Stanton, “Chairs” by Ron Nicol is set in a dysfunctional school where Manny the Janitor (Ben Holmes) may actually be running the place.

Naniya Trevors, Lorraine Chapman, Chris Curry, Mary Ellen Riley and Karl White round out the cast of eccentric makers of mayhem. Anyone who has ever attended school, as a student, a teacher or staff, will feel quite at home in this madcap environment.

To complete the first half of the evening, Amie Riley directs “Regina Flector Wins the Science Fair” by Marco Ramirez. Currently a drama student at Mount Allison University and a former player with Basement Theatre, Amy will bring her newfound skills to direct the troupe’s younger actors, Mya Chidiac, Clara Jurgenliemk, Rafael Pedro and Cole Traff as they develop their characters.

Noel Coward wrote the short play to close the evening. It’s called “Still Life.” Susan Hoover directs the action that takes place in the refreshment room of a British railroad station in 1936. Action shifts from table to table and to the food counter.

Ed and Naniya Trevors play young lovers while Alison Stanton and Steve Walsh play more seasoned characters just getting involved and young helpers played by Tatum Arcon and Ben Holmes struggle to get a moment together. Enter a couple of drunken soldiers (Philip Dunham and Tyler Peck), insulting comedians who manage to offend everyone but the audience, to further liven things up.

From slapstick to delicate romance, from melodrama to authentic moments of sadness and loss, Basement Theatre’s “3 X 3” will present plays that pull at the heart from every direction.

Tickets $15 Adult, $7 Student.

Cineplex Stage: Amadeus Sunday, June 11, 7 pm

Amadeus poster copyRESCHEDULED: As part of our Cineplex Stage series, presents AMADEUS. It won 8 Academy Awards as a movie – now the Osprey is screening the live stage version of “Amadeus” from London’s National Theatre.

The play is about the rowdy and crude young genius who created some of history’s greatest musical compositions – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Playwright Peter Shaffer creates an engaging plot by viewing Mozart’s life and unsavoury personal shortcomings through the eyes of his jealous competitor, Antonio Salieri, the court composer who has the power to promote the great young artist or to destroy him.

Lucian Msamati plays the manipulating Salieri. Fans of “Game of Thrones” will know him as Salladhor Saan while others might know him from TV’s “Luther.” The members of Southbank Sinfonia of London not only provide the music. They are integrated into the action of the play.

According to “The Times, “These 21 musicians are the backbone of this production, scattering and re-forming throughout, like some sort of murmuration of musically gifted starlings.”

Experience one of the great contemporary works of theatre filmed live in HD in London. The Osprey presents the play as part of its Cineplex Stage Series on the big screen with big sound, soft seats and fresh popcorn.


Maudie Thursday, June 15, 7:30 PM

maudie_01We are very pleased to screen Maudie as part of our TIFF Film Circuit Series.

Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

Maud Lewis is among the most inspiring figures in Canadian art. She spent her early life dismissed for what was presumed to be her limited ability. But Lewis’ colourful paintings, made on surfaces ranging from beaverboard to cookie sheets, proved her innate artistic sensibilities. Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, this moving film explores Lewis’ life in all its heartbreak and triumph.

Canada / Ireland, 115 minutes in length, rated PG.

Tickets: $10 adult, $7 student

Verdi’s Rigoletto – Maritime Concert Opera Tuesday, June 20, 7:30 PM

rigoletto-titleMaritime Concert Opera returns to the Osprey with Verdi’s great tragedy, Rigoletto.

A curse follows the court jester Rigoletto, whose attempts to keep his precious daughter Gilda out of the hands of the lecherous Duke of Mantua bring tragedy.

Sung in Italian with projected English translations.
The cast features baritone Andrew Tees as Rigoletto, coloratura soprano Suzanne Rigden as Gilda, tenor Jason Davis as the Duke of Mantua and Lunenburg mezzo soprano Nina Scott-Stoddart as Maddalena.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student

Cineplex Stage: Peter Pan Sunday, June 25, 2:00 PM

peterpanSuitable for kids and adults alike! As part of our Cineplex Stage series, the Osprey presents this production of Peter Pan filmed live at the National Theatre Of London, screened in HD on our big screen.

peter_and_wendy_flyAll children, except one, grow up…

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it’s a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe.

Suitable for 7yrs+

RUNTIME: approximately 170 minutes.
Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound Saturday, July 8, 8:00 PM

newroxy-625x220Back by popular demand after an incredible rockin’ performance at the Osprey in 2016, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound brings the music of Motown, Soul, R’n’B, Funk and all things groovy to the Osprey stage! This tight 8-piece band from Halifax has won many Music Nova Scotia awards with their vocal powerhouse Roxy Mercier and a full rhythm section to back her up. Their debut album, “Don’t You Know?” was produced by award winning musician and songwriter Erin Costelo.

The five foot firecracker of funk, ‘Roxy’ on lead vocals is backed by Ian Bennett (bass), Matt Gallant (drums), Andrew MacKelvie (sax) and Adam Hewey (guitar) to make up the band promising a night of grooving and good vibes. Winners of the Galaxie Rising Star Award 2014 (TD Halifax Jazz Festival).

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student
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A Man Called Ove Thursday, July 13, 7:30 PM


Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life.

Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally earn his special brand of ire. Will one drive the other out of town or will an unlikely friendship form as we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks?

What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when its shared.

Swedish with English subtitles, 116 minutes in length.

Tickets: $10 adult, $7 student

The Door You Came In Sunday, July 16, 3:00 PM

door-you-came-inThe Osprey is pleased to present to unique blend of spoken word and music performance which tells the funny and moving story of a Newfoundland family and the war that changed it forever.

This is a show, I think, that should be seen by everybody.
– Michael Enright, CBC The Sunday Edition

A writer visits his dying mother. He brings a book that he’d written twenty-five years ago to read to her. It’s about her family. But it’s also about the terrible battle – Beaumont Hamel – that sits at the heart of both Newfoundland’s and her family’s history. So begins The Door You Came In — a two-man performance based on David Macfarlane’s acclaimed memoir, The Danger Tree.

The songs and the music of The Door You Came In are Douglas Cameron’s department. A seasoned, Juno-nominated singer and performer, Cameron plays banjola, mandolin, ukulele, and accordion. His engaging, foot-tapping performance combines popular t­unes of the day (“Pack Up Your Troubles,” and “If You Were the Only Girl in the World”) with original compositions. Macfarlane’s narrative weaves seamlessly throughout the music.

The Door You Came In isn’t quite a play and it isn’t quite a concert. It’s a musical story – sometimes funny, sometimes tragic – that tells the tales of family, and memory, and war.

Presented in cooperation with Musique Royale.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student

Cineplex Stage: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Sunday, July 23, 6:30 PM

daniel_radcliffe_joshua_mcguirein_rosencrantz__guildenstern_are_dead__-_publicity_-_h_2017As part of our Cineplex Stage series, the Osprey presents this production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead filmed live from the National Theatre Of London, screened in HD on our big screen.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

RUNTIME: approximately 200 minutes.
Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

Best Of Boxwood Sunday, July 30, 3:00 PM

baroque_wideBest of Boxwood gathers the renowned artists presented at the annual Boxwood Festival & Workshop in Lunenburg for an explosion of musical traditions. Their lively program captures the fun, passion, and powerful connections between traditional folk music of Maritime Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and beyond and their roots in the baroque and renaissance. Featuring some of the top artists across the spectrum of Irish, Cape Breton, Scottish, Maritime, ballad singing, and baroque music, a concert with any one of these amazing musicians would make for a great evening; together it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

This year’s performance features:
Chris Norman – flutes, pipes, voice
Lisa Ornstein – Quebecois and Old-Time fiddle
Magnus Holmström – nyckelharpa
Tomas Limpan Lindberg – guitar, bozouki, mandolin
Rachel Johnston – cello

This event has become a popular and loved annual tradition at the Osprey, get your tickets early!

Presented in cooperation with Musique Royale.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student

Osprey Youth Art Camp Aug. 7-11 & Aug. 14-18

Paints and brushesExplore your inner artist and let your creativity shine! The Osprey presents a brand new art camp for youth with artist instructor Melissa Strachan-Boutin. Participants will create art using a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, and clay. There are two week-long day camps, one for ages 5 to 8 and another for ages 9 to 13. At the end of each week, campers will present their created works in a gallery exhibition in the Osprey’s Lobby Gallery. No experience necessary, all youth are welcome!

Camp 1: Ages 5-8 – August 7-11, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Camp 2: Ages 9-13 – August 14-18, 10:00AM-3:00PM

$75 per week for participants. Contact the Osprey box office to register. Camps fill up fast!
Scholarships are available, ask for details.

20160220_3820_edited_sm_bwInstructor, Melissa Strachan-Boutin
Artist-in-residence and ceramic instructor at Studio 138 in Shelburne. Along with ceramics Melissa specializes in printmaking and fiber. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Regina and holds a visual arts certificate from NSCAD University. She has facilitated many workshops for youth of all ages and looks forward to art camps at the Osprey this summer.

Their Finest Thursday, August 10, 7:30 PM


Presenting a new film from the United Kingdom as part of our TIFF Film Circuit Series.

Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig directs a sterling British cast — including Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston and Richard E. Grant — in this period comedy-drama about a group of filmmakers struggling to make an inspirational film to boost morale during the Blitz of London in World War II.

Based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans, the film pops with witty banter and flows with lovely period detail. The characters are uniformly textured and the performances nuanced. Nighy is perfectly cast in his endearingly withering role, and Jeremy Irons turns up for a delicious cameo. It is, however, Arterton’s show. She brings subtlety, intelligence, and a range of beautifully gauged emotions to Catrin, whose path to self-renewal is an inspiring example of a talented woman forging her place in the world.

United Kingdom, 110 minutes, rated PG.

Tickets: $10 adult, $7 student

Obit Thursday, August 24, 7:30 PM


The Osprey presents this quirky and engaging behind the scenes documentary as part of our TIFF Film Circuit Series.

Every day, obituary writers sit down to document the lives of the recently deceased—constrained by pressing deadlines, stingy word counts and often insufficient information. Plunge into the world of New York Times obituary writers who record the lives of everyone from the inventor of the Slinky to the man who dropped the first atomic bomb. These writers face the difficult task of separating truth from fiction to provide impartial accounts for the historical record. Step inside “the morgue”: the paper’s catacomb-like archive of meticulously ordered files and photographs, serving as a stellar resource for the best obituaries in the business, including those written in advance. This engrossing profile brings you face to face with those who toil at the juncture of past and present, and who insist that while the job may seem morbid, they are ultimately reporting on life.

USA, 93 minutes in length, rated PG.

Tickets: $10 adult, $7 student

Cineplex Stage: Cendrillon Opera from the Met Sunday, August 27, 7:00 PM

1380x591_cendrillonAs part of our Cineplex Stage series, the Osprey presents Cendrillon filmed live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, screened in HD on our big screen.

“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.

Sung in French with English subtitles.

RUNTIME: approximately 170 minutes.
Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

Hatfitz and Cara Thursday, September 7, 7:30 PM

HFC_liveAustralian Blues Duo, HatFitz and Cara can in no way be mistaken for a dainty duo. They have been known as festival favourites throughout Canada, Australia, Europe, and the UK where it has been said they pack more energy into one song than most have in an entire career.

Their 2014 “Wiley Ways” album was voted Best Blues Album Australia Chain awards and UK Spiral Earth. HatFitz and Cara were 2015’s semi finalists representing Australia in the International Blues Challenge. Female Blues Vocalist of the Year 2015 chain awards Australia for 3rd album “Do Tell”. Semi finalist’s in the International Songwriters Competition.

HFC_doingitagainThis dynamic two piece band are a unique combination that have skilfully combined their hill style Gospel blues with old timey flavourings. Stripped down to just voices, guitar and vintage drums, Hat Fitz & Cara embellish impeccable rootsy originals with powerful and soulful vocals reminiscent of a time once forgotten. It is not just a live show of their repertoire they share but a personal invitation into the parody of their lives on the road together that often has their audiences in tears of Euphoria.

Experience this raw, bluesy duo live in Shelburne at the Osprey on September 7, 7:30PM.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student

Duo Silb Sunday, September 10, 2:00 PM

duosilbKristina Kuusisto (concertina) and Roger Eon (guitar) are internationally acclaimed musicians who have played in South and North America and all over Europe. Their classical training is evident in their flawless technique, their many influences in their eclectic programme.

Duo Silb has a universally compelling sound that moves between classical and world music. Touching and colorful, their concerts are moving and often lively expressions of their talent and the warmth of their personalities.

Presented through the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP).

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student

Dock Street Uke Camp Gala Concert Saturday, September 16, 8:00PM

UkeCampGalaThe popular Dock Street Uke Camp, organized and run by acclaimed ukulele bluesman Manitoba Hal is on its fifth anniversary this year. To celebrate, they are hosting a monumental gala concert on the Osprey stage. This is a performance you won’t want to miss. Featuring Mike Diabo with the Urban Surf Kings, Manitoba Hal and Nigel D’Eon.

Tickets: $15 adult, $7 student

Cineplex Stage: Rusalka Met Opera Sunday, September 24, 1:00 PM

04RUSALKA-superJumboAs part of our Cineplex Stage series, the Osprey presents Rusalka filmed live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, screened in HD on our big screen.

Kristine Opolais “gives a vocally lustrous and achingly vulnerable performance” (New York Times) in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Director Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption, giving the work “an inspired staging” (Huffington Post). Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete “a matchless cast” (New York Times), and Sir Mark Elder conducts “a magnificent rendering of the composer’s lush score (Huffington Post).

Sung in Czech with English subtitles.

RUNTIME: approximately 245 minutes.
Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

The Elora Singers Thursday, October 19, 7:30 PM

EFS at Carnegie Hall March 2015 colourThe Osprey is very excited to present The Elora Singers in concert! The Elora Singers are a Grammy and JUNO-nominated chamber choir and the principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival in Elora, Ontario. Don’t miss this chance to hear an award winning choir on stage in Shelburne.

“…Ontario’s Elora Singers and director Noel Edison should be declared national treasures by the Canadian government. The artistic care and professionalism that they commit to every project are exemplary…” – David Vernier – Classics Today

The choir was founded in 1980 by Noel Edison as the principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival and is known for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture. The choir is renowned for its diverse styles, for its commitment to Canadian repertoire, and for its collaborations with other artists.

Elora Festival Singers - Carnegie HallThrough its regular concert series, recordings, and touring,The Elora Singers have established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond, contributing to the musical life of the local community, as well as the international stage.

Since 1997, the choir has been the core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, and is the choral ensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival each summer.


In 2015 the Singers showcased at Carnegie Hall in New York City; In 2016 the choir performed in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Parry Sound. They are thrilled to return to the Maritimes to help celebrate our Nation’s 150th.

Tickets: $25 adult, $7 student

Cineplex Stage: Obsession Sunday, October 29, 7:00 PM

static1.squarespaceAs part of our Cineplex Stage series, the Osprey presents this production of Obsession filmed live at the National Theatre Of London, screened in HD on our big screen.

A chilling crime story screened in time for Halloween…

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

RUNTIME: approximately 120 minutes.
Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

Cineplex Stage: Stratford’s Love’s Labour’s Lost Sunday, November 19, 7:00 PM

stratfordHD_LLL_perform_recAs part of our Cineplex Stage series, the Osprey presents this production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost filmed live from the Stratford Festival in Ontario, screened in HD on our big screen.

loveslabourslost_videophotos_OTRphoto_slide03_recsmFour young men swear off women to devote themselves to learning – only to fall for four attractive newcomers. Shakespeare’s language reaches its most virtuosic heights in a vivacious comedy that will dazzle and delight.

RUNTIME: approximately 150 minutes.
Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

Mud Bay Jugglers Friday, December 1, 7:30 PM

A fun, family-friendly event for the Christmas season!

For 35 years, the Mud Bay Jugglers have inspired audiences across the continent with their unique combination of juggling, dance, and comedy.

This startlingly inventive troupe juggles genres as easily as objects, weaving theater, dance, physical comedy, and juggling into a creative and infectious entertainment experience. Based in Olympia Washington the Mud Bay Jugglers work their choreographic and juggling magic to lively music for a mesmerizing and emotional performance. Since 1980, these master of levity – Doug Martin, Alan Fitzthum, and Harry Levine – have captivated audiences of all ages at theaters, universities, festivals and events through out the United States and Canada. About the only thing predictable about their constantly evolving material is that there will always be plenty of music and mirth – and lots of surprises. No wonder Jugglers World Magazine called them, “One of the most original and creative juggling troupes performing today.”

Tickets: $17 adult, $7 student