The Little Prince is coming to town

By Contributor
October 4th, 2011

The whole community is invited to a magical night of bilingual theatre, a unique experience for everyone who loves French, but doesn’t necessarily speak it. An adaptation of Saint-Exupéry’s “Le Petit Prince” will be presented in Rossland on October 15th at the Miners’ Hall. The play will be presented in French with English subtitles.

As part of the Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest, (AFKO’s) 25th Anniversary Celebration, the play will also be presented in Revelstoke, Kaslo and Nelson. This creative endeavour is part of a greater initiative: a Sister City exchange made between Nelson and Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec. The rock band, Almanak, performed there last August and, in turn, Daniel Gaudet, a theatrical director with 20 years of experience, has come to Nelson to direct his dynamic troupe of eighteen local, amateur actors who range in age from 8 to 70.

The region’s continued support of AFKO, as well as its interest in the French Immersion programs and French schools, is evidence that the French language and culture are alive and well here. Since its creation in 1986, AFKO has allowed hundreds of francophones and francophiles to connect and share a culture and language. Today AFKO boasts more than 400 active members, regional and local events, and offers a variety of services. “Why is the association still going strong after 25 years? We have a hard-working, creative and innovative team of volunteers who have maintained the vital link between the members and the greater community through the services and activities we offer”, expresses Paul Picard, founding president of AFKO.

AFKO’s 25th Anniversary Committee hopes to assemble as many people as possible to enjoy this special, family friendly celebration. Admission is by donation. Showtime is at 7:30 pm. The public is strongly encouraged to reserve well in advance, as seating is limited. Please call Elaine Gower at AFKO at (250) 352-3516 during office hours.

This project is in partnership with Rossland Council for Arts and Culture and funded in part by Canadian Heritage, Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes (SAIC), the Province of British Columbia and Columbia Basin Trust.


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