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Springtime Notes – An Astor Theatre Fundraiser



**Please note** This event cannot happen as originally planned because of the latest COVID-19 restrictions. We will announce a new date ASAP.

Join Ashley & Lauren at The Astor Theatre as they take you on a musical adventure featuring trombone, vocal & piano music. Lauren will accompany Ashley on the piano as she sings repertoire such as “Ave Maria”, “Mio Babbino Caro”, and “ White Cliffs of Dover”. Ashley will accompany Lauren on the trombone, performing pieces such as “Romance” and “Six Sonatas for Trombone”. They will also have some Broadway surprises in store for you!

Come to The Astor and embrace the wonder of this dynamic duo as they take the stage in May!

Tickets are available on a by donation basis (select your own price from a range of options), and are on sale now at the Astor box office (Tuesday – Friday 10 – 4), in person or over the phone, or online through Ticketpro:

https://secure.ticketpro.ca/?lang=en&aff=astor#achat_AST30ES21

When buying tickets, please consider that we are limited to only 100 audience members, and that seating has been grouped into small bubbles. Please try to only buy in the appropriate bubble size for your group – if you don’t see what you’re looking for please give us a call.


Lauren Inglis is a grade 12 student at Liverpool Regional High School. At a young age, Lauren discovered a love for music. She took off on a journey of studying piano, trombone and singing! Lauren realized her deep passion for trombone/piano playing and began developing extraordinary skills through The Royal Conservatory of Canada. From 2017-2019 she was the piano accompanist for Queens County Vocal Troupe, where she spent hours in the theatre preparing kids for musical theatre productions. She accompanied an entire MTI Broadway Production with this troupe, mastering the piano accompaniment of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods Jr”. She was accepted and is an active trombone player in The Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble in 2017 and The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra in 2019! Lauren is pursuing a career in Music Education at Acadia University this coming fall! She loves drawing and writing in her spare time.

Ashley-Rose Goodwin spends her days balancing the life of motherhood alongside her deep passions for music and theatre. She began performing theatrically and studying piano in the early 90s. Theatre has always been a second home to Ashley, so she decided to pursue a Theatre Studies Degree shortly after completing high school. Motherhood stepped in and took over in 2006, so Ashley dedicated her life to raising her boys, working on exams for piano through The Royal Conservatory of Canada and diving heavily into community theatre. She opened a private studio focusing on piano training and theatrical performance for youth in 2010. In 2017 she established Queens County Vocal Troupe, a musical theatre group for youth focused on building self-confidence, vocal skills and performance training. 2019 rolled around, and Ashley felt ready to return to Dalhousie and complete her Theatre Studies Program. Since returning, she has been placed on The Dean’s List and has successfully entered the Music Department, where she has trained vocally for the past year. You will find Ashley enjoying nature in her spare time, reading, playing outside with her kids or writing. Ashley is excited to share her vocal repertoire that she has studied this past year & is thrilled to share the stage once again with Lauren!


Ron James – Spring Loaded – live from his living room to yours!



A global pandemic may have scuttled live performance the wide world over but that can’t stop Canada’s #1 touring comedian (‘a hilarious brand of funny all his own’ Winnipeg Free Press) from doing what he does best…making sense of life’s struggles in the language of laughs! That’s why award-winning comedian RON JAMES (‘cleverly, hysterically funny’/Toronto Star) will be launching ‘SPRING LOADED’, his third one-hour comedy special, in the ‘Live from My Living Room’ series.

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Time: 8:00pm EDT (please login to Zoom by 7:40 PM)
Where: Watch together on Zoom. No masks required!
Price $30.00 (Includes taxes and ticket processing fees) at 
http://www.ronjames.ca/#tour-1-section

SPRING LOADED’ assumes people aren’t sure if these days are the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning… and Ron couldn’t agree more…

On New Year’s Eve, 3500 paying customers watched Ron stream his second hour length special ‘HINDSIGHT IS 2020: Live from My Living Room’, which experienced an exponential growth of 872% from his premiere performance in June ’20! His critically acclaimed record breaking nine one-hour comedy specials (‘a virtuoso comedic performance’/Globe and Mail) became a New Year’s Eve viewing tradition for Canadians that consistently cracked 1.3 million viewers.

Just because his cross Canada tours took a pandemic delivered torpedo to the bow doesn’t mean this stand ups funny is sunk! As it turns out, the man whose non-stop roller coaster ride of marathon laughs that had been filling theatres to capacity for more than twenty years, still has his mojo workin’! With his first book scheduled to be released Fall 2021 by publishing giant Penguin-Random House, this one-man industry the Victoria Times Colonist called ‘The funniest man in Canada’ shows no sign of slowing down.



New Chess Club at the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre



Whether you’re an experienced player or completely new to the game, the Astor Chess Club is for you! No matter your age or experience level, all are welcome to join us.

Since putting our posters up last week, an enthusiastic bunch of players have already registered. If you’re interested in joining them just give us a call at the box office (902-354-5250) or email boxoffice@astortheatre.ns.ca and we’ll add you to the list.

Our first meeting will be Thursday March 11th at 3:30 here in the THACC. We will be following all the appropriate COVID-19 protocols to keep everyone safe. We have enough chess sets to go around, and all will be fully sanitized before play, so please don’t worry about bringing your own.

See the attached document for all the club details.



Breath of Fresh Air Youth Theatre Group returns to the Astor stage with Goodbye Kurt Cobain



We are delighted to welcome our local youth theatre group back to the Astor with a play written and directed by Kallie Koliotassis. Two plays, in fact!

The first, titled The One is a spooky tale performed by the younger members of the group:

A group of friends end up at a haunted house, in a room that may or may not actually exist, where they’re faced with a decision that could doom one of them… or all of them.

And the second, Goodbye Kurt Cobain, is sure to bring back memories for many of us:

In 1994, a few weeks after Kurt Cobain’s death, a group of friends decide to meet in the woods to have a little fun. Their buddy Shaun has taken the death of his icon pretty hard, and needs a little cheering up. Over the course of the evening they reflect on the good times they’ve shared, and come to terms with the fact that some things cannot last. Does the end of Kurt Cobain mark the end of their time together?

Tickets ($15 Adults, $10 students) are on sale now at the Astor box office (Tuesday – Friday 10 – 4), in person or over the phone, or online through Ticketpro:

https://secure.ticketpro.ca/?lang=en&aff=astor#def_1370195602

When buying tickets, please consider that we are limited to only 100 audience members, and that seating has been grouped into small bubbles. Please try to only buy in the appropriate bubble size for your group – if you don’t see what you’re looking for please give us a call.



Holiday Concerts



To help get us all get into the festive spirit, we are pleased to be partnering with friends of the Astor Theatre to offer you four concerts/events that you can view from the comfort of your own home.  Each is a separate ticketed event, and typically you have a minimum of 24 hours to watch if you can’t view it on the scheduled date.  By identifying the Astor Theatre when you buy your ticket, we receive a percentage of that ticket price.



DECEMBER 12, 2020 CHRISTMAS WITH THE BARRA MACNEILS
8pm Atlantic  Ticket: $25.00

This is a live concert featuring one of the most beloved musical families on the seasonal circuit.  Audience members will be treated to some traditional seasonal fare along with classic favourites, stories, and dancing, all stamped with the Barra’s lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings.

DECEMBER 19, 2020 THE CAPE BRETON CHRISTMAS HOUR, A TWO-HOUR SHOW
8pm Atlantic Ticket: $25.00

Music and comedy with Cape Breton’s Bette MacDonald, Maynard Morrison, Jenn Sheppard & Stephen Muise, with Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen of the award-winning band Coig. Laugh till it hurts, sing at the top of your lungs, and forget about the real world for awhile.

TO PURCHASE A LIVE LINK FOR CHRISTMAS WITH THE BARRA MACNEILS AND/OR THE CAPE BRETON CHRISTMAS HOUR, visit: https://ppv.savoytheatre.com/

Link will redirect to Pay Per View page featuring more detailed information on both shows. You can then choose the event you would like to attend by clicking VIEW EVENT. Page will redirect to preferred show. Before clicking ADD TO CART, please choose the Astor Theatre as your referral theatre from the drop-down menu. The Astor receives $5 from your ticket purchase. Once theatre has been selected, ADD TO CART for final purchase.

For more information: 902-842-1599

DECEMBER 23, 2020Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy – A CELTIC FAMILY CHRISTMAS
8 pm Atlantic Ticket: $25.00

A message from Natalie:  Welcome to our home!! I’m Natalie MacMaster and together with my husband Donnell Leahy and our seven children, we will be celebrating Christmas virtually this year!! For decades, we have toured extensively at Christmas, but this year marks our most unique one, taking the stage to our home! We will spend just over an hour sharing with you much of our music and culture, Christmas traditions and general real life family dynamic in the comfort of our own home!! We are quite excited to play our music for you (which includes the children as well for many of the tunes), do some dancing, some singing, some baking, talk about Christmas memories past and even have our band join us for a couple virtual performances! Given our children’s ages and personalities, there will be many candid moments along the way. I’ve heard it said that every disadvantage creates an opportunity. Well we have embraced this chance to perform for a crowd in such a unique way and are eagerly awaiting the moment you all show up at our front door, ready to welcome you home!

TO PURCHASE A TICKET: Visit https://homeplay.live/event?uuid=6848a42d-f624-4f41-af67-6227053be169


December 31, 2020 – Ron James… LIVE FROM MY LIVING ROOM: HINDSIGHT IS 2020
9 PM Atlantic/8 PM EST

Tune in New Year’s Eve as Canada’s #1 touring comedian rides the ‘Corona Coaster’ that was 2020 into hell bound oblivion where it belongs!! Just as he blazed a trail playing theatres from one end of our dominion to the other, this time he pioneers a *virtual * tour coming to you straight from his living room. This intimate and interactive experience features all new material mining maximum laughs from our Year of the Plague. So, pour yourself a drink, grab a seat on the couch and laugh away the Curse of COVID before the Martian’s invade…cause you just know that’s coming next!

TO REGISTER FOR THE SHOW:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DmZsrkGwTu22WX-hIgDzkA
Please indicate the Astor Theatre, Liverpool, NS referred you.