Rawlinson Centre boasts packed fall schedule

Matt Gardner
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The E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts has scheduled a diverse lineup of artists and entertainers for its upcoming fall season.

With autumn right around the corner, the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts is preparing for another busy season.

The high calibre of artists performing this fall -- which includes internationally recognized musicians and comedians -- is a testament to the growing reputation of the venue, marketing director Linda Jensen noted.

“You spend years kind of proving yourself in the industry, and we definitely are to the point now that we are well-known in the industry and we’re getting calls from agents that you wouldn’t necessarily expect that they would be calling a smaller venue in a smaller city,” Jensen said.

The venue’s lineup of fall artists officially starts on Saturday, Sept. 16 with Queen tribute act God Save The Queen.

Jensen highlighted the close resemblance of lead singer Pablos Padin to Queen’s Freddie Mercury.

“It’s absolutely uncanny -- the voice, even his physical appearance, he’s obviously studied the movement and the voice … of Freddie Mercury to the point that it’s phenomenal how much he is like the original, and so we’re quite excited about launching things with that show.”

Following close on the heels of the Queen tribute will be a performance by one of the more famous names in the fall slate, country star Terri Clark.

While Clark has previously performed in Prince Albert, her Sept. 21 concert marks her first appearance playing the Rawlinson Centre.

Meanwhile, local blues fans are in for a treat on Sept. 23, when the band Monkey Junk -- hailed as one of Canada’s hottest new blues acts -- will take the stage.

Though Sept. 26 was originally set to feature a performance by singer Art Garfunkel, the concert has since been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

Describing such eventualities as part of the business, Jensen noted that the Rawlinson Centre has rarely experienced cancellations from artists.

“Obviously we were so excited to have somebody of his calibre,” Jensen said. “But you know what? We’re busy planning our next season -- our winter-spring season -- and we have some other amazing artists that we’ve got lined up.”

The Arts Walk of Fame Gala, which will see the first inductees into the P.A. Arts Hall of Fame, is still scheduled for the evening of Sept. 26.

The following month kicks off with an Oct. 2 performance by Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone.

Jensen said that the latter show -- featuring the original lead singer of the popular British Invasion act -- had “caught a lot of excitement” in the city.

“Those tickets are selling really well,” she said.

Subsequently, Oct. 3 will feature the venue’s first rental performance of the season in the form of comedian and actor Harland Williams.

We definitely are to the point now that we are well-known in the industry and we’re getting calls from agents that you wouldn’t necessarily expect that they would be calling a smaller venue in a smaller city. Linda Jensen

Musicians rule the roost on the following two nights, with an Oct. 4 concert by Saskatchewan country band Midnight Roses and an Oct. 5 show featuring singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith.

“He is an artist who has kind of a cult following,” Jensen noted. “People who love Fred Eaglesmith are just huge fans … We’ve never had him before.”

After an Oct. 8 concert by Acadian folk trio Vishten, Oct. 15 will take on a more classical flavour with a performance by virtuoso violinist Angèle Dubeau and all-female string orchestra La Pieta. Entitled A Time For Us, the concert will feature interpretations of film music.

October closes out with a live musical performance for children on Oct. 28, Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games, and a concert by Prince Albert country musician Tim Toutant on Oct. 29.

The next month begins with a Nov. 6 show featuring singer/songwriter Martin Simpson -- whom Jensen described “one of the top acoustic and slide guitar players out of Great Britain” -- followed by performances of Cinderella by the Mad Hatter Theatre Company on Nov. 15 and 16.

Singer and puppeteer Norman Foote takes the stage on Nov. 18, while Nov. 21 will see musicians Donny Parenteau and Brian Sklar display their instrumental skills in the form of the “Fiddle Frenzy” show.

The holiday season kicks off on Nov. 23 with a Christmas concert by vocal group the Barra MacNeils before December brings back a local focus.

Most prominent is the annual Broadway North Musical Theatre production, which features dozens of local entertainers and will run from Dec. 5-13. This year’s production will feature a performance of Peter Pan.

Another annual holiday tradition in Prince Albert, the Festive Magic concert will take place on Dec. 19 before acclaimed tenor trio Tenore closes out the month with their own Christmas concert on Dec. 21.

“It is jam-packed,” Jensen said of the fall schedule. “We have lots of stuff coming and it’s going to be an exciting season.”

Tickets are available at the box office -- which is currently still on summer hours and open Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -- or online.

Starting next Tuesday, the box office will be open from Monday through Saturday as fall hours resume.

Organizations: Rawlinson Centre, Prince Albert, Mad Hatter Theatre Company Broadway North Musical Theatre

Geographic location: Canada, Saskatchewan, Great Britain

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