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MONTREAL, MARCH 31, 2014On Saturday, April 5 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), the students of Gardenview  Elementary School in St. Laurent, under the direction of Dimitris Ilias and Karen Pearce, will be debuting “Time for Flowers, Time For Snow – The Musical” at Royal Vale School in NDG (5851 Somerled). This adaptation of the book/cd by the same name is the tale of how Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, the Greek goddess of Harvest, is kidnapped by Hades, the Ruler of the Underworld, and how Demeter’s sadness brings on the changing of the seasons.

“A Time for Flowers, A Time for Snow - The Musical” is an adaptation of the book and cd “Time For Flowers Time For Snow” that was released in September 2013.  This book/cd concept was the brainstorm of Mr.  Ilias.  The book and songs were written by award-winning Canadian author Glen Huser, the music was composed by Giannis Georgantelis, an accomplished composer from Athens, Greece, the book was illustrated by Montrealer Philippe Béha and the narration was done by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.  The musical, featuring many of the students who performed on the cd, was the next obvious step in this adventure.

The students from Gardenview,  the EMSB’s largest elementary school, have been hard at work all year long rehearsing with renowned Mr. Ilias and Ms. Pearce. This musical production will showcase the acting, dancing and singing abilities of 125 Kindergarten to Grade 6 students who have been involved both on stage and behind the scenes while learning the ABCs of staging a musical.

Musicals have become a tradition at Gardenview.  It has been the Home & School’s mission to provide students with a “musical theatre” experience. Over the past seven years, the same artistic team has helped the students present highly successful productions of The Sound of Music, Grease and Wizard of Oz.

Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased by contacting Gardenview Elementary School at (514) 744-1401 or by emailing the production team at This is a Gardenview Home and School Association sponsored event.  


Evelyne Alfonsi - Principal
Tel. (514) 744-1401


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213