Artists joins not-for-profit theatre company for creative box auction

Tara Bradbury
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What do you do when you’ve got “Nudding to be At?” You hold a creative and unique fundraising event.

The women behind Nudding to be At Productions Inc., Crystal Dawn Parsons and Anastacia Hopkins, have organized a creative box auction, to be held in the LSPU Hall’s Second Space area Sunday evening from 6-9 p.m.

NTBA is a not-for-profit company with a three-part goal: to create interesting, thought-provoking and accessible works of art; to showcase previously unknown local talent and mentor them by giving them opportunities to work alongside more seasoned professionals; and to push and explore boundaries in all forms of art.

The auction will include unique boxes decorated by local artists and performers, including Mark Critch, Jonny Harris, Shaun Majumder, Ruth Lawrence, Berni Stapleton, April Norman, Andy Jones and more. Other items up for bid include textile pieces by Caroline Crawford, a print by photographer Mike Bruff and a gift basket from Whole Health.

The event will feature live music and poetry readings, along with finger foods and a cash bar.

All proceeds raised from the auction will go towards NTBA’s debut show, a production of Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s comedy “Jenny’s House of Joy.”

“The choice for Jenny's House of Joy as our first production was a simple one really,” explained Hopkins. “First of all, it’s an ensemble piece containing an all-female cast of various ages and are all very strong characters in their own ways.  This alone is a rarity to find, especially roles for women who are in their 40s or over which are not a mother- or grandmother-type at their core.

“Secondly, it is set in a house of ‘ill repute’ during 1871, so we have an undercurrent of seriousness, despite the comedy, by looking at the way society treated women back in the Victorian period, and especially how those women were viewed and treated by society when they were not following the path of proper decorum. Basically, Foster is able to make the audience stop and think after the laughter has died down. Finally, we wanted something that would be fun for an audience to see, fun for us to do and help chase the winter blues away for a few hours.”

Organizations: Productions, House of Joy

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