July 23, 2012 - July 24, 2012
For all of us who live by the coast, the sea is an ever-present source of mystery. But for Annabell Warner, it becomes something much more dangerous--an obsession. What the Water Wrote is a collaboration between Wheelwright Theatre, Once Upon a Theatre Collective (both owned and run by King's alumni), and the Halifax Music Co-op (formerly the King's Orchestra), and will be performed July 23 - 24, 2012 at the Anglican Church of the Apostles at 6670 Bayers Road.
Written, directed, and produced by Patrick Blenkarn and Kristen Slaney, What the Water Wrote tells the moving and passionate story of a young woman’s relationship with the sea. Blenkarn and Slaney spent hours in the Nova Scotia Public Archives to find the context and human connection for a piece so clearly linked to our province’s history.
“We chose the name What the Water Wrote because the ocean is a real force in this production” said Blenkarn. “It interacts with the main character Annabell, it’s personified through the orchestra, and it’s what inspired this project in the first place.”
The show includes performances of Borodin’s Symphony No. 2, Debussy’s Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra, and Vaughn Williams’s Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Unlike a typical music and theatre collaboration, What the Water Wrote does not stray into the territory of musical theatre, and neither art form is subservient to the other.
“Our approach may be modern, but the emotion is universal” said HMC music director and conductor John Bogardus. “The music and the acting combine to share the story with the audience through two different lenses simultaneously.”
The HMC orchestra is made up of community members of all ages and skill levels, from mechanics to professors of medicine.
What the Water Wrote
Monday, July 23rd and Tuesday, July 24th at 8:00 p.m.
Anglican Church of the Apostles (6670 Bayers Road)
$15 for students and seniors, $20 for adults