Money will help ensure vital, diverse programming
West Nova MP Greg Kerr, right, and King’s Theatre director Geoff Keymer discuss funding and programming at the Annapolis Royal venue Monday after Kerr announced federal funding for the theatre. Lawrence Powell
By Lawrence Powell
King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal is $21,000 richer thanks to a Canada Arts Presentation Fund grant presented Monday by West Nova MP Greg Kerr on behalf of Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore.
The money is multi-year funding from 2010 to 2012 to enable King’s Theatre Society to provide an eclectic and invigorating program that will challenge, inspire, and educate audiences, a federal media release said, referring to diverse annual programming at King’s that will feature about 50 performances and workshops, plus a number of outreach activities each year. “Organizations like this promote artists from across Canada and make an outstanding contribution to the cultural vitality of all regions of the country,” said Moore.
Kerr referred to Annapolis Royal and West Nova as being rich in culture and heritage: “This federal funding for the King’s Theatre will help provide a wide-ranging program of performing arts for all of us to enjoy.” “As the Annapolis Valley’s centre for the performing arts, King’s Theatre is constantly striving to maintain and improve its role as a home for arts organizations and a centre for excellence in the arts, providing a roster of high-quality performances to an annual audience of over, 9,000 patrons,” said Geoff Keymer, general director of King’s Theatre. “The funding that we received from the government of Canada will ensure that King’s Theatre can continue to do what it does best – bring the finest artistic performances to the stage in a remote area of Nova Scotia,” he said.
The King’s Theatre Society is a not-for-profit organization run by members of the community, whose aim is to present vibrant, diverse, and accessible performances of drama, music, and dance. Its mission is to advance the development of cultural, artistic, and educational exchange through an approach designed to appeal to the widest possible audience.