Theatre, music and visual art combine for The Verge arts festival

The Courier

Beantrees Café and the Grande Parlour Stage will be the site of The Verge Arts Festival August 10 to 12.

The festival has created a platform for six aspiring local playwrights and directors to create six very different 25-minute theatre productions. The Verge will also display the work of more than 20 visual artists throughout the performance venues.

Live music performances will be featured on three different stages leading up to two Main Stage events. The focus will turn to the kids on Sunday, with Disney characters, crafts, mini-workshops and other activities.

The Verge Arts Festival will take place on three stages:
• Solo and duo vocals will be on the Beantrees stage
• Instrumental music will be presented in the Back Alley Wine and Craft Beer Garden
• Theatre Productions and Main Music Events will be on The Grande Parlour Stage.

“We have artists coming from all over Alberta — Fort McMurray and Edmonton and southern Alberta, and some from Saskatchewan,” festival organizer Craig Konechny said.

“You know there isn’t really a moment that there is something going on, music-wise or theatre-wise.”

Konechny advises that the Friday and Saturday theatre acts may be “PG-13,” so he encourages people to take advantage of the Sunday programming if they want to bring younger kids.

Full information is available at www.grandeparlour.ca.