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Mar 11, 2024 | Uncategorized


Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
390 King St W, Kingston, ON K7L 2X4

Date & Time

Saturday, April 20th at 6 pm


Pay What You Wish, with a suggested range of $10-$50

A Show-Stopping, Opera-Inspired, Heartwarming Return to the Spotlight

Produced by H’art Centre
In Association with Watershed Festival and the Dans School of Drama and Music, Queen’s University

Written by Katherine Porter
Directed by Camille Spencer
Composed by Barbara MacDougall
Starring: Artists from H’art Centre

Enter into the world of creation, and discover personal stories from a diverse community as they find happiness in everyday life. As the H’art Studio actors take the stage, you’ll witness them uncover the true essence of happiness by embracing and helping one another.

Produced by H’art Centre, and presented in association with the Watershed Festival, HAPPY  is not just a show, but a cheerful reminder that the arts have the power to bring immense joy and break down barriers. With captivating music, stunning dance, fun costumes, and incredible visuals, this is a performance like no other.

“For the last 25 years, H’art has been striving to make art that is relatable, expressions of simple pleasures, and developing deeper connections with the people around them,” said Camille Spencer, Director of Happy. “This performance was designed to highlight the many different artistic forms that H’art practices and the talents of the people who’ve attended throughout the years.”

For the past year, the H’art artists have poured their hearts and souls into singing, dancing, painting, and honing their musical accompaniment skills. They can’t wait to share their creations with the community. Their ultimate hope is that their performance will inspire others to accept their own talents and make a lasting impact in our community. This production brings a diversity of talents and skill sets while showcasing what H’art does best –– spreading joy!  The show features a script by Artistic Director Katherine Porter, original music composed and performed by musician Barbara MacDougall, choreography by Camille Spencer, costume design by Ruth LeBlanc, and a H’art musical ensemble led by Audra Phillips.

The opera features a cast of artists with mixed abilities including: Sarah B., Mandy R., Phillip R., Lori A., John G., Laura Q., Leonard W., Kaitlyn F., Michael P., Christine G., Nathan S., Quinn R., Lindsey H., and Barry L. with guest appearances by Alex Barnes, Theresa Upton, and additional support by Dan School of Drama and Music students.

“We are excited to invite you to this one night performance that will leave you lifted and smiling. It also brings awareness to the collaborative nature in which diverse communities of people can work together and bring about a better place to live,” said Spencer.

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H’art Centre is located below Good Life Fitness. The building’s main entrance is off of Barrack Street. Wheelchair access and audience access to THE BOX inclusive performing arts space is available through the entrance on Wellington Street.

237 Wellington St., Kingston, Ontario, K7K 0B5

T: 613.545.1392

E: hartinfo@hartschool.ca