"The Emerging Lens" Film Festival
Celebrating our 9th year

Coming in April 2019
stay tuned for updates on the festival site

"Hood Habits " the Musical - (In Production)
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Created by Curtis Bell
Written & Directed by Tara Taylor 
Musical Director: Ross Unger
"Viola: An Original Musical"

find out more on the official website
Starring Zamani Millar, Amariah Bernard, Minis Stairs, Dr. Linda Carvery, Debra Deleon, Steven Benton, Natasha Thomas and Tyson Taylor

Synopsis - Sisters, Rayna and Amiah embark on a journey to discover who Viola Desmond was through the eyes of her heart and soul. They uncover Viola’s path from successful business women to the mother of the Canadian civil rights movement. By refusing to give up her seat in the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, NS, Desmond took her place in history as an international symbol of inspiration that has fueled generations to fight for their rights​.
Book and Lyrics by Tara Taylor
Musical Director - Mark Flowerdew

Cast - (Eastern Front Theatre - STAGES Performance)

Kirsten Taylor - "Lauren Johnson"
Linda Carvery - "Gladys (Nan)"
GaRRy Williams - "Uncle Jim"
Minis Stairs - "Client, Radio Host"

Q&A Moderator - Tracey Crawley

Production Team:

Directed by Tara Taylor
Lead Composer: Tara Taylor 
Co-composer - Music Arranger: Mark Flowerdew
​Co-composer - Music Arranger: Charity Stairs 
Music Arranger - Ross Unger
Dramaturg - Richie Wilcox
Music Dramaturg - Chuck Homewood
Technical Support - Mable Wheeler  
Choreography - Janiah and Jahziah Stairs
Illustration by - Carmahn McCalla
Poster Image by - Colleen MacIsaac


Piano - Mark Flowerdew 
Acoustic Guitar - Macio Dorrington
Bass Guitar - Nathaniel Caravan
Drums - Isaiah Brooks
Saxophone - Natasha Thomas
Saxophone - Jeremey Kent