New Works Festival Runs August 10 – 15

Live Bait Theatre is excited to present the sixth annual New Works Festival, with fully presented plays, readings, a book launch, a concert, and more! See below for all the details.

All shows except The Kara Granger Band are pay what you can at the door. For more information phone 536-2248. All events take place in Sackville NB.

Wednesday, Aug 10 at 7 pm – Two Short Plays for Families

Michelle Daigle and Don Rigley of Frantically Atlantic

“Meet the Colemans” – Fred and Mary share some facts (and yarns) about their famed Barker House hotel in Fredericton. They will talk about life in late nineteenth century New Brunswick: steamboats, horses, carriages, tourists, sportsmen, politicians and a giant frog. Presented by Frantically Atlantic and the Fredericton Region Museum.

Hannah Lucas

“The Wanderer” work-in-progress by Hannah Lucas.

Hannah Lucas is an actor, instructor, improviser, and overall goofball who is currently studying drama at Mount Allison. She hopes that you enjoy the whimsical tale of The Wanderer, the first play that she’s ever written!

At  the Live Bait Studio Theatre, 14 York  St.

Thurs., Aug 11 – 7:30 pm  “Murder Mondays”

Graphic by Mary Walker

An award winning one-act by Julianne Richard presented by the Notable Acts  Theatre Festival.

Directed by Jake Martin, and featuring Rose Messenger, Jason McIntrye, Brenna Gauthier, and Alex Fullerton

In this love letter to the whodunnit, an esteemed naval captain is found murdered in his countryside home, with a slew of possible suspects. For the investigating detective, though, the crime is the least pressing mystery she needs to solve, and strange and shocking twists and turns abound.

At the Sackville Legion, 15 Lorne St.

Fri, Aug 12 – 7:30 pm at – “Chameleon”

A staged reading of a work-in-progress by Sue Rose. The cast of a theatre company hopes to take the stage tonight but there’s no script for the performance! How can they perform if no one tells them who they should be? At the Live Bait Studio Theatre, 14 York St.

Sat., Aug 13 – 2 pm – “Life of Frye” by Ron Kelly Spurles and “The Great Coda” by Michael R LeBlanc 

Photo by Peter Kelly Spurles of the April 2022 Production of “The Great Coda”

These two short plays about Northrup Frye’s life are presented from different perspectives. “The Great Coda”, by Michael R. LeBlanc, focuses on Frye’s early life in Moncton and his triumphant return in his final years. “Life of Frye”, written by Ron Kelly Spurles, covers Frye’s entire life in an energetic performance by three actors, playing multiple characters.

At the Sackville Legion, 15 Lorne St.

Sat., Aug 13 – 8 pm – “The Dawning Colours”

A reading and discussion of a work-in-progress by Devin Rockwell. , The Dawning Colours is a magical realist historical fiction set between the Tantramar Marshes, Acadiana (Cajun Country), and Una’maki (Cape Breton) about three young adults swept up in the tides of colonial power.

At the Sackville Legion, 15 York St.

Sunday, Aug 14 – 2:30 pm – “Lord of Ozryn”

Reading and discussion of a work-in-progress by Morgan Grant. At the Sackville Legion, 15 Lorne St.

Sunday, Aug 14 – 7 pm – The Kara Grainger Band

Concert presented by Festival by the Marsh and the Tantramarsh Blues Society.

At the Sackville Legion, 15 Lorne St. For ticket information visit

Mon, Aug 15 – 7 pm – “Gerda’s Magical Journey”

A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” retold and illustrated by Marilyn Haugen-Strand. Join us for a preview of the book with light refreshments.

Hans Christian Andersen has a way of bringing all things to life and creating a magical word  which is irresistible, while at the same time commenting on social norms and values. No story better portrays this world than his masterpiece “The Snow Queen.”

On 2011 and again in 2016, Marilyn sought to bring this world to life with an intergenerational stage production. She wrote the script and directed the plays. In 2011, Christopher Yungblut  composed original songs to supplement the script. These were also used in the 2016 production and one song is used as a theme song in the picture book she wrote in 2019. Both productions used hand painted murals as a backdrop. The story is not so much about the Snow Queen, who creates the situation for the story; but of a young girl’s faithful love for her friend and the magical creature and people who assist her on her journey. The rhythms of the seasons are also skilfully portrayed in the story.

In 2019 Marilyn was once again drawn to the story. This time she decided to use a different medium  which would reach a larger audience and without the restrictions of the stage. To accomplish this, she rewrote the script into a children’s picture book and painted 33 original oil paintings to illustrate it.

In this presentation she will share my journey with “The Snow Queen” as well as read a couple sections from the book and display her paintings. She will display the paintings  in such a way as highlights its  connections with the seasons.

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