First Bell: Spring 2018

By Our Children


Cotton-tales and puddle ducks

Tickets are on sale now for a Beatrix Potter children’s ballet, presented by the School of Dance, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. Beatrix Potter: Two Tales Dancing, is a narrated ballet of Potter’s famous children’s stories The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

“The dancers are having a wonderful time, honing their dance and acting skills to bring these timeless stories to life,” says Barbara Dearborn, dean of dance at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. “It’s always so amazing to see the dancers immerse themselves in the characters.”

The ballet includes classical ballet performed en pointe, comedic performances, and rich narration to guide audience members young and old through the playful worlds of Jemima Puddle-Duck and naughty Peter Rabbit. It features more than 35 dancers from the Conservatory’s School of Dance, including senior students from the Conservatory’s Professional Program.

Only two performances are scheduled: March 4, 2018 at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. at the Spatz Theatre in Halifax. Tickets are $20 each. For more information, contact the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts at 902-423-6995 or Get tickets at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and through

Shakespeare for the young

Using Shakespeare’s classic text, Ken Schwartz has conceived and created a new version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Neptune Theatre’s Young Actor’s Company. This unique version of such a well-known play is set in an orphanage, where dreams and realities intertwine to create a new twist on a classic. Anyone intrigued by this approach and the presentation by some of the area’s most promising young thespians should contact Laura Caswell (902-429-7300, for information. Shows will take place on Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage on the following dates: Feb. 28, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; March 1, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; March 2, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and March 4, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Circus at the Symphony

Juggling, aerials, unicycles, acrobatics, and a full symphony orchestra. Join Symphony Nova Scotia, Halifax Circus, and conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser for a mash-up of local circus performers and merry, magical music. Featuring music from Superman, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and many more, this show will sell-out quickly. Register early to avoid disappointment. The whole family is encouraged to come and participate. There will be lots of activity and interaction is encouraged. Performances are on March 18 at Pier 21, with one show at 1:30 p.m. and a second at 3 p.m. The 1:30 p.m. show is “sensory friendly,” meaning it’s quieter and shorter, with less onstage discussion. It’s designed for those with autism or developmental disabilities, but all are welcome.

Registration is free for families with children. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Exploring the great unknown

The 7th Continent is a cooperative exploration and survival board game with mechanics inspired by the adventure books where “you are the hero.”

On your own or in a team of up to four players, set off on an epic adventure and attempt to lift the curses that were placed upon you during your first expedition to the continent. Progress at your own pace through this mysterious land, building the board piece by piece with numbered Terrain and Event cards.

Unlike other board games, The 7th Continent takes players through many adventures as you explore the continent. To make this manageable, the game includes a simple yet effective save system that allows players to quickly interrupt the game at any time and have it ready for your next session.

Game play is controlled via card decks. Although the cards contain a lot of information, gamers of any experience can easily and quickly learn the basics, allowing them to get started by choosing an already created character and drawing cards.

Serious Poulp ( makes the game.

Nova Scotia Tattoo offering first-ever student matinee

Nova Scotia students will be the first to see the 2018 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, as the production plans to offer a student matinee for the first time. 

“We strive to make the show one that’s educational, entertaining, and accessible” says Jennie King, managing director of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. “What better way to celebrate the end of the school year than by attending the world’s largest indoor extravaganza?” 

This special student matinee will take place on June 26, at 11 a.m., with special discount tickets available for just $12 per seat. 

“We’re committed to creating the next generation Tattoo audience, and we work diligently to ensure our programming appeals to young people,” King says. “Last year alone we had one of the largest youth contingents performing in the show, with more than 400 youth performers, so we’re definitely moving in the right direction.” 

The 2018 Tattoo will be a tribute to heroes and legends, from the battlefield to the backyard. 

“From the soldiers who ended the First World War to the women in service, we’re honouring them all,” King says. “History drives our storytelling, and we’re proud to stand in the shadows of these remarkable legends. Hopefully students will too.” 

The 2018 Tattoo takes place from June 26 to July 2 at the Scotiabank Centre. Schools can reserve their seats now by calling 902-492-4212. Tickets are available at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, at, or by phone at 902-451-1221.