Mitch Smolkin, Jennifer Higgin and Sarah Boucher. Photo by Dennis Horn.
NNNN “The rhythms of life, love and longing swirl evocatively in Jane Miller and Brian Quirt’s rich and sensitive adaptation of Michael Redhill’s book of poems… Miller’s songs – alternately playful and profound – connect with the soul.”
– NOW Magazine
“Lake Nora Arms is superbly staged and lit by director Stuart Scadron-Wattles. There is no story as such here, rather we see fragments of the past, and the staging, blocking, lighting and vocal music are so carefully crafted that one feels that sliding into the water of Lake Nora is not only possible, but essential.”
– Kitchener-Waterloo Record
“Comfy as a Muskoka chair, soul-nurturing as an August sunset and as elegantly poured as the perfect cottage-country cocktail, this adaptation of Michael Redhill’s 1993 book of poetry conjures rustic nostalgia amidst the clamour of city life. The relaxed and good-natured performances – the verse is spoken and sung a cappella – come together as if friends were jamming in the backyard after dinner. But, oh, what talented friends. Composer Jane Miller, especially, sings with the crystal clarity of the water tidily breaking for a diving bird.”
– Eye Magazine
LAKE NORA ARMS
Adapted by Jane Miller and Brian Quirt from the book by Michael Redhill
In the atmosphere of an old cottage country hotel, warm summers of lakeside living are recalled in this a capella musical based on Redhill’s 1993 book of poems. Lyrical songs and richly spoken words bring the fog of the lake, a swim on an unbearably hot day, birdsong, a sunset on water and a solitary walk to poignant memory.
This is an evocative, beautiful work that rings with innocence, regret, longing and life lived. A perfect beginning to summer, and a wonderful way to remember a past that is just out of reach.
Michael Redhill’s original book is published by House of Anansi.
Lake Nora Arms was developed by Nightswimming, which commissioned the score by Jane Miller. We have been greatly assisted by the many singers and actors who have participated in workshops, and particularly David Matheson, Workshop Musical Director and Co-Arranger.
Developmental workshops for Lake Nora Arms were produced by Naomi Campbell and directed by Brian Quirt for Nightswimming. Lake Nora Arms received a public reading as part of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) On the Verge New Play Reading Festival 2004 and was first presented at Buddies in Bad Times’ 1996 Rhubarb! Festival.
Special thanks: Christine Brubaker, Alex Fallis, Peggy Mahon, Jay Turvey, David Matheson, Nancy Webster, Lise Ann Johnson, Sky Gilbert.
Summerworks Festival, Toronto – produced by the Lake Nora Collective
August 7-16, 2009
Directed by Liza Balkan
Featuring Neema Bickersteth, Alex Fallis, Susan Henley, Ken McClure and Jane Miller
Stage Management by Katarzyna Misztal
Set Design by Lindsay Anne Black
Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Theatre & Company, Kitchener
May 12 to June 4, 2005
Text & Lyrics by Michael Redhill
Adapted by Jane Miller & Brian Quirt
Composed by Jane Miller
Musical Arrangements by David Matheson & Jane Miller
Directed by Stuart Scadron-Wattles
Musical Director: Jacqueline Sadler
Featuring Sarah Boucher, Jennifer Higgin, Mitchell Smolkin, Nicholas Rice, Whitney Barris
Design by Dennis Horn
Lighting Design by Renée Brode
Sound Design by Michael Walsh
Stage Managed by Clare Bermingham