Musical treats coming to Milton Community Hall

Darlene Shea
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MILTON – The Milton Community Hall will be presenting two events this coming weekend, April 11 and 12. On Friday, at 7:30 p.m., “Dr. Magnificent's Traveling Medicine Show” will be presented by the Young at Heart Musical Theatre.

P.E.I. credit unions representative, Sandra Hickey, (second from right) presents a cheque to Young at Heart Musical Theatre. Credit unions are the title sponsor for this year's production of the theatre group’s “Dr. Magnificent's Travelling Musical Medicine Show,” touring seniors’ venues, community centres and halls across P.E.I. from March 24 to May 10. Cast members Jason Burbine (left) is playing Jean Francois, Naomi-Joy Blackhall is playing Louloubelle, and Robert Clarke playing Dr. Magnificent.

What do a cowardly Confederate general, an escaped American slave and an Acadian roustabout have in common? Together they are “Dr. Magnificent’s Travelling Musical Medicine Show,” who are peddling medicinal tinctures across P.E.I. in 1864. This lively, fictional and fanciful musical romp gives a playful poke at the goings on during the P.E.I. conference that led to Confederation.

Tickets for the show are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. For more information, call 902-566-3154 or email miltoncommunityhall@gmail.com

On Saturday, the Milton hall will host a concert by Jeffrey Staker and Jenny MacDonald at 7:30 p.m.

Just back from Chile where he was the winner of the Vina del Mar International Song Competition, Straker and his piano-folk-pop-cabaret music are often compared to a mixture of early Elton John, Ben Folds, and Harry Chapin. Originally from small town Saskatchewan, the classically trained pianist was raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father. He swears he was born under the piano on the family farm.

Known as the small girl with the big voice, MacDonald is making her mark as a charismatic, audacious, and prolific songwriter and performer. From intimate performances in soft-seat theatre venues, to high-energy bar shows, MacDonald delivers a whole-hearted performance whether driving her way through the blues, stomping her way through dirty rock songs, swinging through jazz tunes, or resting peacefully in a touching love song.

A songwriting style that weaves its way between everyday life and a world of make-believe, it will leave you wondering which stories are really true, and which are a creation of her imagination. Admission to the concert is $10. To reserve tickets or for more information, call the hall at 566-3154 or visit miltoncommunityhall.ca.

Geographic location: P.E.I., Chile, Saskatchewan

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