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There is limited seating at this venue so don't delay in reserving your seats with jenniferkingpiano@gmail.com. Tickets are $25 each. The Bessie Carruthers Study Club is a musical play by Pirate Jenny Productions and stars Suzanne Campbell as the titular suffragette with Jennifer King as English composer Ethel Smyth. Both characters were real-life early 20th Century advocates for women’s right to vote, Carruthers having pushed for women’s suffrage in PEI. The play has Carruthers bringing Smyth from Britain to the Maritimes in 1919 as a special guest speaker/performer to advance their cause. While this is a fictional event, Bessie Carruthers played an important role in persuading political leaders of the era to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Ethel Smyth, now known as Dame Smyth, has been rediscovered as an important and significant composer of the last century, as well as a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes. Described as a “delightful musical rumination” (ruk.ca) The Bessie Carruthers Study Club was one of nine shows selected to be part of the 2019 Island Fringe Festival where it performed to sold-out, standing-room-only audiences throughout the festival. Audience members of all ages will enjoy the portrayal of Bessie Carruthers and Ethel Smyth as well as the audience-participation aspect of the show. We are pleased to announce The Bessie Carruthers Study Club received a Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Recognition Award in March 2024. Come see what it's ALL about!

Tickets will be available at the door at 6:30 pm for $25 or in advance for $20 by contacting pondsconservatory@gmail.com or 902-926-2556 https://www.facebook.com/events/976664590478405/?ref=newsfeed

The Bessie Carruthers Study Club is a musical play by Pirate Jenny Productions and stars Suzanne Campbell as the titular suffragette with Jennifer King as English composer Ethel Smyth. Both characters were real-life early 20th Century advocates for women’s right to vote, Carruthers having pushed for women’s suffrage in PEI. The play has Carruthers bringing Smyth from Britain to the Maritimes in 1919 as a special guest speaker/performer to advance their cause. While this is a fictional event, Bessie Carruthers played an important role in persuading political leaders of the era to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Ethel Smyth, now known as Dame Smyth, has been rediscovered as an important and significant composer of the last century, as well as a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes. Described as a “delightful musical rumination” (ruk.ca) The Bessie Carruthers Study Club was one of nine shows selected to be part of the 2019 Island Fringe Festival where it performed to sold-out, standing-room-only audiences throughout the festival. Audience members of all ages will enjoy the portrayal of Bessie Carruthers and Ethel Smyth as well as the audience-participation aspect of the show.

Music is essential to feeling and being human – everybody needs music. It builds community and contributes to a sense of health and well-being. However, the way live music concerts are traditionally offered means they are not always accessible to everyone. Led by award-winning pianist Jennifer King and Certified Music Therapist Anna Plaskett, Department Head of the Maritime Conservatory's Music Therapy Program, this series of Sensory-Accessible (formerly Sensory-Friendly Concerts) classical music concerts is designed to make classical music accessible to everyone, including autistic, neurodivergent, and intellectually disabled community members of all ages and their families, as well as seniors with age-related changes in hearing and vision that can make loud noises and bright lights uncomfortable, or for anyone with underlying conditions that can affect their sensory processing and make traditional concert environments challenging. These concerts are designed to be inclusive, accommodating, and enjoyable for everyone in a welcoming and friendly environment. They are open to the public free of charge on select Sunday afternoons at the Halifax Central Library's Paul O'Regan Hall.

Noise-reduction headphones will be available for use, as well as an adjacent “quiet room” with sensory manipulatives for audience members who need a break from the concert environment. Lighting in the concert hall will be on at a low level. Those with hyposensitivity to sound are encouraged to come onto the stage floor during the performance, where the volume is louder. Audience members are also invited to move their bodies, and/or vocalize along with the music freely. Silent hand-clapping will be used to applaud the performers after each musical selection. Trained volunteers will assist in facilitating these interactions so that family members and caregivers can relax and enjoy the performances. Parents and caregivers are responsible for those whom they bring at all times, but we hope that parents/caregivers can sit back, relax, and enjoy the performance, as well as enjoy a social environment where their loved ones can enjoy being in an inclusive and sensory-friendly musical space.

Music is essential to feeling and being human – everybody needs music. It builds community and contributes to a sense of health and well-being. However, the way live music concerts are traditionally offered means they are not always accessible to everyone. Led by award-winning pianist Jennifer King and Certified Music Therapist Anna Plaskett, Department Head of the Maritime Conservatory's Music Therapy Program, this series of Sensory-Accessible (formerly Sensory-Friendly Concerts) classical music concerts is designed to make classical music accessible to everyone, including autistic, neurodivergent, and intellectually disabled community members of all ages and their families, as well as seniors with age-related changes in hearing and vision that can make loud noises and bright lights uncomfortable, or for anyone with underlying conditions that can affect their sensory processing and make traditional concert environments challenging. These concerts are designed to be inclusive, accommodating, and enjoyable for everyone in a welcoming and friendly environment. They are open to the public free of charge on select Sunday afternoons at the Halifax Central Library's Paul O'Regan Hall.

Noise-reduction headphones will be available for use, as well as an adjacent “quiet room” with sensory manipulatives for audience members who need a break from the concert environment. Lighting in the concert hall will be on at a low level. Those with hyposensitivity to sound are encouraged to come onto the stage floor during the performance, where the volume is louder. Audience members are also invited to move their bodies, and/or vocalize along with the music freely. Silent hand-clapping will be used to applaud the performers after each musical selection. Trained volunteers will assist in facilitating these interactions so that family members and caregivers can relax and enjoy the performances. Parents and caregivers are responsible for those whom they bring at all times, but we hope that parents/caregivers can sit back, relax, and enjoy the performance, as well as enjoy a social environment where their loved ones can enjoy being in an inclusive and sensory-friendly musical space.

The Bessie Carruthers Study Club

Souris Show Hall, 5 Church Ave, Souris, PE

Welcome to The Bessie Carruthers Study Club. It’s August 1919, and local Women’s Institute activist, Miss Bessie Carruthers of Kent Street in Charlottetown, has a very special guest for her weekly Study Club gathering: British musician, composer and renowned suffragette, Miss Ethel Smyth. While this is a fictional event, the characters are based on actual women. Bessie Carruthers played an important role in persuading political leaders of the era to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Ethel Smyth, now known as Dame Smyth, has been rediscovered as an important and significant composer of the last century, as well as a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes. Produced by local company Pirate Jenny Productions, The Bessie Carruthers Study Club stars Suzanne Campbell as the titular suffragette with Jennifer King as English composer Ethel Smyth. Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Campbell teaches singing to students of all ages, appears as a frequent soloist around the Island, and sings as a member of the award-winning women’s vocal ensemble, Sirens, who recently won Choral Recording of the Year at the 2023 ECMAs. Halifax-based Jennifer King is a pianist, educator, host of Cecilia Concerts Sensory Accessible Concert series at Halifax’s Central Library and a recording artist. Her latest recording, O Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition, was the recipient of the 2023 ECMA Classical Recording of the Yyear. Described as a “playfully thoughtful and amusing look back at women’s earlier struggles, made more appealing by the Campbell/King duo’s fine singing and King’s formidable piano skills.” (Sean McQuaid, The Buzz) The Bessie Carruthers Study Club was one of nine shows selected to be part of the 2019 Island Fringe Festival where it performed to a sold-out, standing-room-only audiences throughout the festival. Audience members of all ages enjoyed the portrayal of Bessie Carruthers and Ethel Smyth as well as the audience-participation aspect of the show. —- The Souris Show Hall Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to staging live performance events, and maintaining the 132 year old theatre in Souris, PEI. There will be a 50/50 draw at intermission in support of the hall's activities and to continue the renovation and restoration of this historic property. Ticket sales are also an important part of keeping the Souris Show Hall open and operating, as well as paying the talented artists who grace our stage. That said, we want our whole community to be able to enjoy the events at the Souris Show Hall, so if ticket price is an issue for you for any reason, please use the promo code CHEAPSEAT to save 50% on a ticket to any of our events. 10 concession tickets will be available online in advance, and 10 will be held at the door while supplies last. For this performance we are also offering a 50% discount on tickets for those under 30. Use the promo code SOURISYOUTH at check out to save on your ticket!

General Admission 20$, Youth Admission 10$

The Bessie Carruthers Study Club

Souris Show Hall, 5 Church Ave, Souris, PE

Welcome to The Bessie Carruthers Study Club. It’s August 1919, and local Women’s Institute activist, Miss Bessie Carruthers of Kent Street in Charlottetown, has a very special guest for her weekly Study Club gathering: British musician, composer and renowned suffragette, Miss Ethel Smyth. While this is a fictional event, the characters are based on actual women. Bessie Carruthers played an important role in persuading political leaders of the era to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Ethel Smyth, now known as Dame Smyth, has been rediscovered as an important and significant composer of the last century, as well as a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes. Produced by local company Pirate Jenny Productions, The Bessie Carruthers Study Club stars Suzanne Campbell as the titular suffragette with Jennifer King as English composer Ethel Smyth. Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Campbell teaches singing to students of all ages, appears as a frequent soloist around the Island, and sings as a member of the award-winning women’s vocal ensemble, Sirens, who recently won Choral Recording of the Year at the 2023 ECMAs. Halifax-based Jennifer King is a pianist, educator, host of Cecilia Concerts Sensory Accessible Concert series at Halifax’s Central Library and a recording artist. Her latest recording, O Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition, was the recipient of the 2023 ECMA Classical Recording of the Yyear. Described as a “playfully thoughtful and amusing look back at women’s earlier struggles, made more appealing by the Campbell/King duo’s fine singing and King’s formidable piano skills.” (Sean McQuaid, The Buzz) The Bessie Carruthers Study Club was one of nine shows selected to be part of the 2019 Island Fringe Festival where it performed to a sold-out, standing-room-only audiences throughout the festival. Audience members of all ages enjoyed the portrayal of Bessie Carruthers and Ethel Smyth as well as the audience-participation aspect of the show. —- The Souris Show Hall Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to staging live performance events, and maintaining the 132 year old theatre in Souris, PEI. There will be a 50/50 draw at intermission in support of the hall's activities and to continue the renovation and restoration of this historic property. Ticket sales are also an important part of keeping the Souris Show Hall open and operating, as well as paying the talented artists who grace our stage. That said, we want our whole community to be able to enjoy the events at the Souris Show Hall, so if ticket price is an issue for you for any reason, please use the promo code CHEAPSEAT to save 50% on a ticket to any of our events. 10 concession tickets will be available online in advance, and 10 will be held at the door while supplies last. For this performance we are also offering a 50% discount on tickets for those under 30. Use the promo code SOURISYOUTH at check out to save on your ticket!

General Admission 20$, Youth Ticket 10$

Previous events

There is limited seating at this venue so don't delay in reserving your seats with jenniferkingpiano@gmail.com. Tickets are $25 each. The Bessie Carruthers Study Club is a musical play by Pirate Jenny Productions and stars Suzanne Campbell as the titular suffragette with Jennifer King as English composer Ethel Smyth. Both characters were real-life early 20th Century advocates for women’s right to vote, Carruthers having pushed for women’s suffrage in PEI. The play has Carruthers bringing Smyth from Britain to the Maritimes in 1919 as a special guest speaker/performer to advance their cause. While this is a fictional event, Bessie Carruthers played an important role in persuading political leaders of the era to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Ethel Smyth, now known as Dame Smyth, has been rediscovered as an important and significant composer of the last century, as well as a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes. Described as a “delightful musical rumination” (ruk.ca) The Bessie Carruthers Study Club was one of nine shows selected to be part of the 2019 Island Fringe Festival where it performed to sold-out, standing-room-only audiences throughout the festival. Audience members of all ages will enjoy the portrayal of Bessie Carruthers and Ethel Smyth as well as the audience-participation aspect of the show. We are pleased to announce The Bessie Carruthers Study Club received a Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Recognition Award in March 2024. Come see what it's ALL about!

Tickets will be available at the door at 6:30 pm for $25 or in advance for $20 by contacting pondsconservatory@gmail.com or 902-926-2556 https://www.facebook.com/events/976664590478405/?ref=newsfeed

The Bessie Carruthers Study Club is a musical play by Pirate Jenny Productions and stars Suzanne Campbell as the titular suffragette with Jennifer King as English composer Ethel Smyth. Both characters were real-life early 20th Century advocates for women’s right to vote, Carruthers having pushed for women’s suffrage in PEI. The play has Carruthers bringing Smyth from Britain to the Maritimes in 1919 as a special guest speaker/performer to advance their cause. While this is a fictional event, Bessie Carruthers played an important role in persuading political leaders of the era to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Ethel Smyth, now known as Dame Smyth, has been rediscovered as an important and significant composer of the last century, as well as a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes. Described as a “delightful musical rumination” (ruk.ca) The Bessie Carruthers Study Club was one of nine shows selected to be part of the 2019 Island Fringe Festival where it performed to sold-out, standing-room-only audiences throughout the festival. Audience members of all ages will enjoy the portrayal of Bessie Carruthers and Ethel Smyth as well as the audience-participation aspect of the show.

Music is essential to feeling and being human – everybody needs music. It builds community and contributes to a sense of health and well-being. However, the way live music concerts are traditionally offered means they are not always accessible to everyone. Led by award-winning pianist Jennifer King and Certified Music Therapist Anna Plaskett, Department Head of the Maritime Conservatory's Music Therapy Program, this series of Sensory-Accessible (formerly Sensory-Friendly Concerts) classical music concerts is designed to make classical music accessible to everyone, including autistic, neurodivergent, and intellectually disabled community members of all ages and their families, as well as seniors with age-related changes in hearing and vision that can make loud noises and bright lights uncomfortable, or for anyone with underlying conditions that can affect their sensory processing and make traditional concert environments challenging. These concerts are designed to be inclusive, accommodating, and enjoyable for everyone in a welcoming and friendly environment. They are open to the public free of charge on select Sunday afternoons at the Halifax Central Library's Paul O'Regan Hall.

Noise-reduction headphones will be available for use, as well as an adjacent “quiet room” with sensory manipulatives for audience members who need a break from the concert environment. Lighting in the concert hall will be on at a low level. Those with hyposensitivity to sound are encouraged to come onto the stage floor during the performance, where the volume is louder. Audience members are also invited to move their bodies, and/or vocalize along with the music freely. Silent hand-clapping will be used to applaud the performers after each musical selection. Trained volunteers will assist in facilitating these interactions so that family members and caregivers can relax and enjoy the performances. Parents and caregivers are responsible for those whom they bring at all times, but we hope that parents/caregivers can sit back, relax, and enjoy the performance, as well as enjoy a social environment where their loved ones can enjoy being in an inclusive and sensory-friendly musical space.

Music is essential to feeling and being human – everybody needs music. It builds community and contributes to a sense of health and well-being. However, the way live music concerts are traditionally offered means they are not always accessible to everyone. Led by award-winning pianist Jennifer King and Certified Music Therapist Anna Plaskett, Department Head of the Maritime Conservatory's Music Therapy Program, this series of Sensory-Accessible (formerly Sensory-Friendly Concerts) classical music concerts is designed to make classical music accessible to everyone, including autistic, neurodivergent, and intellectually disabled community members of all ages and their families, as well as seniors with age-related changes in hearing and vision that can make loud noises and bright lights uncomfortable, or for anyone with underlying conditions that can affect their sensory processing and make traditional concert environments challenging. These concerts are designed to be inclusive, accommodating, and enjoyable for everyone in a welcoming and friendly environment. They are open to the public free of charge on select Sunday afternoons at the Halifax Central Library's Paul O'Regan Hall.

Noise-reduction headphones will be available for use, as well as an adjacent “quiet room” with sensory manipulatives for audience members who need a break from the concert environment. Lighting in the concert hall will be on at a low level. Those with hyposensitivity to sound are encouraged to come onto the stage floor during the performance, where the volume is louder. Audience members are also invited to move their bodies, and/or vocalize along with the music freely. Silent hand-clapping will be used to applaud the performers after each musical selection. Trained volunteers will assist in facilitating these interactions so that family members and caregivers can relax and enjoy the performances. Parents and caregivers are responsible for those whom they bring at all times, but we hope that parents/caregivers can sit back, relax, and enjoy the performance, as well as enjoy a social environment where their loved ones can enjoy being in an inclusive and sensory-friendly musical space.

The Bessie Carruthers Study Club

Souris Show Hall, 5 Church Ave, Souris, PE

Welcome to The Bessie Carruthers Study Club. It’s August 1919, and local Women’s Institute activist, Miss Bessie Carruthers of Kent Street in Charlottetown, has a very special guest for her weekly Study Club gathering: British musician, composer and renowned suffragette, Miss Ethel Smyth. While this is a fictional event, the characters are based on actual women. Bessie Carruthers played an important role in persuading political leaders of the era to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Ethel Smyth, now known as Dame Smyth, has been rediscovered as an important and significant composer of the last century, as well as a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes. Produced by local company Pirate Jenny Productions, The Bessie Carruthers Study Club stars Suzanne Campbell as the titular suffragette with Jennifer King as English composer Ethel Smyth. Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Campbell teaches singing to students of all ages, appears as a frequent soloist around the Island, and sings as a member of the award-winning women’s vocal ensemble, Sirens, who recently won Choral Recording of the Year at the 2023 ECMAs. Halifax-based Jennifer King is a pianist, educator, host of Cecilia Concerts Sensory Accessible Concert series at Halifax’s Central Library and a recording artist. Her latest recording, O Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition, was the recipient of the 2023 ECMA Classical Recording of the Yyear. Described as a “playfully thoughtful and amusing look back at women’s earlier struggles, made more appealing by the Campbell/King duo’s fine singing and King’s formidable piano skills.” (Sean McQuaid, The Buzz) The Bessie Carruthers Study Club was one of nine shows selected to be part of the 2019 Island Fringe Festival where it performed to a sold-out, standing-room-only audiences throughout the festival. Audience members of all ages enjoyed the portrayal of Bessie Carruthers and Ethel Smyth as well as the audience-participation aspect of the show. —- The Souris Show Hall Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to staging live performance events, and maintaining the 132 year old theatre in Souris, PEI. There will be a 50/50 draw at intermission in support of the hall's activities and to continue the renovation and restoration of this historic property. Ticket sales are also an important part of keeping the Souris Show Hall open and operating, as well as paying the talented artists who grace our stage. That said, we want our whole community to be able to enjoy the events at the Souris Show Hall, so if ticket price is an issue for you for any reason, please use the promo code CHEAPSEAT to save 50% on a ticket to any of our events. 10 concession tickets will be available online in advance, and 10 will be held at the door while supplies last. For this performance we are also offering a 50% discount on tickets for those under 30. Use the promo code SOURISYOUTH at check out to save on your ticket!

General Admission 20$, Youth Admission 10$

The Bessie Carruthers Study Club

Souris Show Hall, 5 Church Ave, Souris, PE

Welcome to The Bessie Carruthers Study Club. It’s August 1919, and local Women’s Institute activist, Miss Bessie Carruthers of Kent Street in Charlottetown, has a very special guest for her weekly Study Club gathering: British musician, composer and renowned suffragette, Miss Ethel Smyth. While this is a fictional event, the characters are based on actual women. Bessie Carruthers played an important role in persuading political leaders of the era to grant women the right to vote on PEI. Ethel Smyth, now known as Dame Smyth, has been rediscovered as an important and significant composer of the last century, as well as a formidable voice in the work of British suffragettes. Produced by local company Pirate Jenny Productions, The Bessie Carruthers Study Club stars Suzanne Campbell as the titular suffragette with Jennifer King as English composer Ethel Smyth. Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Campbell teaches singing to students of all ages, appears as a frequent soloist around the Island, and sings as a member of the award-winning women’s vocal ensemble, Sirens, who recently won Choral Recording of the Year at the 2023 ECMAs. Halifax-based Jennifer King is a pianist, educator, host of Cecilia Concerts Sensory Accessible Concert series at Halifax’s Central Library and a recording artist. Her latest recording, O Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition, was the recipient of the 2023 ECMA Classical Recording of the Yyear. Described as a “playfully thoughtful and amusing look back at women’s earlier struggles, made more appealing by the Campbell/King duo’s fine singing and King’s formidable piano skills.” (Sean McQuaid, The Buzz) The Bessie Carruthers Study Club was one of nine shows selected to be part of the 2019 Island Fringe Festival where it performed to a sold-out, standing-room-only audiences throughout the festival. Audience members of all ages enjoyed the portrayal of Bessie Carruthers and Ethel Smyth as well as the audience-participation aspect of the show. —- The Souris Show Hall Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to staging live performance events, and maintaining the 132 year old theatre in Souris, PEI. There will be a 50/50 draw at intermission in support of the hall's activities and to continue the renovation and restoration of this historic property. Ticket sales are also an important part of keeping the Souris Show Hall open and operating, as well as paying the talented artists who grace our stage. That said, we want our whole community to be able to enjoy the events at the Souris Show Hall, so if ticket price is an issue for you for any reason, please use the promo code CHEAPSEAT to save 50% on a ticket to any of our events. 10 concession tickets will be available online in advance, and 10 will be held at the door while supplies last. For this performance we are also offering a 50% discount on tickets for those under 30. Use the promo code SOURISYOUTH at check out to save on your ticket!

General Admission 20$, Youth Ticket 10$