The St. Marys Museum is taking registrations for the second seminar of the 2014-2015 season, Playing on a Broader Stage, scheduled for Thursday, October 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Organized by seminar committee member Janis Fread, it highlights several exceptional local women and their remarkable careers. Fread promises participants a glimpse “into the intoxicating world of theatre and the performing arts.”
The presentation will review the accomplishments of two 19th-early 20th century artists from St. Marys, both internationally acclaimed. Nora Clench was a child prodigy who before she reached her teens was performing throughout Ontario. At 16, she began studies in Germany and went on to play in the great concert halls of Europe. Agnes Knox Black wanted to be an actor but her family disapproved of that career choice, instead she earned great renown as an elocutionist, eventually teaching at Boston University.
Fread’s introduction will also highlight the role that the vibrant Opera House played in the community at the turn of the century and the beginnings of community theatre in St Marys – very timely with today’s Community Players in rehearsal for their fall production.
Guest presenters at the seminar are two very successful 21st century women in St. Marys: Anna Ferguson, an actor who is perhaps best known for her role in the series Heartland, and Heather Ruthig, prop maker for a number of years for the Stratford Festival. Each of these talented women will have interesting insights, experiences and images to share.
Playing on A Broader Stage coincides with the Museum’s current exhibit, Women Who Broke the Mold – both Nora Clench and Agnes Knox Black are part of this exhibit. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Contact the St. Marys Museum by phone 519-284-3556 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The seminar series is an important fundraiser for the Museum. The cost is $12 each session for non-members. For members of the Friends of the Museum, the cost is $10.