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Arts Beat: Homer Seuss-ified, A classical performance and Book Buzz

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
April 11th, 2013

Come one, come all; come friends and come foes to the Capitol Theatre this weekend for the show of all shows — a Dr. Seuss-ified rendering of the classic Greek epic, Homer’s The Odysseyby the students of Mount Sentinel Secondary School’s theatre program.

The Seuss Odyssey follows protagonist Odysseus on his 10-year journey home after the fall of Troy in the Trojan War. When he finally arrives he learns his family has assumed he died and move on with their lives. The story is performed in the classic style of children’s book author Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss).

“The entire play is jam-packed with rhyme scheme, action and crazy comedy,” says Mount Sentinel theatre teacher, Heather Shippit. “The whole thing is designed, built and performed by Mount Sentinel Secondary theatre production students. 

The shows happen on Friday (April 12) and  Saturday (April 13) with a 7:30 p.m. performance on April 12, followed by a 2 p.m. matinee and another 7:30 p.m. showing on April 13.

Find out more and get updates on The Seuss Odyssey Facebook event page.

Classic performance

Join 16-year-old aspiring pianist, Paul Williamson at the Nelson United Church on Saturday, April 27 for an evening of classical music performance.

Williamson, who took 1st place at the BC Registered Music Teachers Association Piano Competition in September, 2012, began studying piano at age 5 and has accomplished much over the past 10 years, including numerous awards and the chance to participate in the 2012 International Music Program, held at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Along with his talents on Piano, Williamson is an accomplished cellist and performs with a variety of ensembles.

In Saturday’s performance he will be playing a number of classic pieces by composers like Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy and more.

Check out this YouTube video to get a preview of Williamson’s show.

The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are available at Otter Books and The Music Store.

Book Buzz

April is National Poetry Month in Canada, and what better way to celebrate the art locally than by attending a book launch by Nelson poet and artist Susan Andrews Grace.

Andrews Grace will be launching her newest collection, Philosopher at the Skin Edge of Being, on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Oxygen Art Centre.

Also hitting the virtual stands this month is Eta Carinae, a novella by Nelson author, Brian d’Eon, which is now available as a Kindle e-book from

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Colin Payne is a Nelson-based professional writer and photographer, and a former reporter at the Nelson Daily News. Visit to learn more about his work.



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