The Water Room of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site will be alive with THE BELLS OF BADDECK at its world première on Friday, July 3rd at 7:30 PM.
The first music production based on the story of Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell, created by Cape Breton’s Lorna MacDonald, tells the story of the Bells, their love and family life, their music, and the influence of Cape Breton in their lives. Featuring music of Dean Burry, Robbie Burns, and traditional fiddle music played by Cape Breton’s finest – Chrissy Crowley, Rachel Davis, Dwayne Coté, and Rosie MacKenzie, the show takes one back to the turn of the century and the remarkable people who shaped the Cape Breton life of Alec and Mabel.
For the first time - and in honour of Mabel Bell, who was deaf -‐ the show is providing captioning for the hearing‐impaired. In real‐time, the show can be followed by deaf or hearing-‐impaired audience members through the use of Surtitles, which is a convention borrowed from classical opera and will be operated by recent U of T graduate Ryan Downey. Lorna MacDonald says “We have worked hard to make this acoustic production accessible to everyone – it will appeal to all ages, to all levels of hearing, and it pays homage not only to the genius of Graham Bell, but to the fortitude of his dear wife, Mabel, and the love they had for each other and for Cape Breton. It is a truly remarkable story told by fabulously talented Canadian performers.” Allison Angelo and Geoffrey Sirett sing the roles of Mabel and Alec.
Robyn Cathcart is featured as Casey Baldwin, and on opening night Bethany Reid sings young Mabel. She is double cast with Sydney’s Sarah Walker on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
The Bells of Baddeck opens at 7:30pm on July 3 and runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of July. It closes on August 2. Tickets are available at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and the Visitor Information Centre in Baddeck, at bellsofbaddeck.etixnow.com and 1-‐888-‐790-‐1477
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The Bells of Baddeck: The Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell Story
Opening July 3 -‐ August 2, 2015 at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Details: www.BellsofBaddeck.com Facebook: facebook.com/bellsbaddeck