Class Dismissed for Comedian Gerry Dee

Class Dismissed for Comedian Gerry Dee

If I were a school teacher giving out grades – Dee would get a B. On a rainy and cooler-than-normal May Monday night, actor and stand-up comedian Gerry Dee was the prized pupil sharing a backpack full of academic anecdotes and personal experiences on stage at Kelowna Community Theatre. He was in town for one night, passing through on his current tour while his popular television show was on hiatus. Dee might be best known for his role as Gerry…

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BC Amateur Bodybuilders Put the FIT in Fitness

BC Amateur Bodybuilders Put the FIT in Fitness

Oh, to be tanned, toned, and pumped about it. On the first Saturday night of May, wife Elaine and I took a “quarter turn to the right” and attended our first-ever gun show. Nope, it’s not what you’re thinking. On this sun-splashed evening, we contemplated doing a few sit-ups before jogging over to Kelowna Community Theatre for the 2017 Kelowna Classic. This sold-out parade of muscle and moxie put a shining light on the sport of bodybuilding and fitness and…

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Ballet Kelowna and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Get an Early Start on Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Ballet Kelowna and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Get an Early Start on Sesquicentennial Celebrations

World premieres in Kelowna. They were super suite.         On the first Thursday of May, Kelowna Community Theatre was the gracious host site of several world premieres all neatly choreographed and composed into a visual parade of ballet and music. On this balmy eve in front of a packed house, Ballet Kelowna and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) joined forces to present Canadiana Suite: A Sesquicentennial Celebration and tribute performance in honor of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Yeah,…

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Q+A With Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rosemary Thomson

Q+A With Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rosemary Thomson

As a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up? RT:  When I was really young I would dance around the living room while my older sisters played the piano.  Like many little girls at the time, I fancied becoming a ballerina. What kind of musical background did you have and what instruments did you play? RT:  My parents met singing in a choir. My whole family (six siblings) would sing in the car as we…

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Sister Cities Kelowna + Veendam Go Dutch for One Date

Sister Cities Kelowna + Veendam Go Dutch for One Date

A couple of musical sisters got together on Saturday night at Kelowna Community Theatre in the name of cultural exchange and educational enhancement. No, I’m not talking about the Pointer Sisters, the Andrew Sisters, or disco divas Sister Sledge. I’m referring to a so-close-and-yet-so-far tale of two cities – Veendam, the Netherlands and Kelowna. Hold onto your tulips and windmills, these two have had an ongoing sister-city relationship for 37 years centered around school-age students and adults visiting each other’s city…

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Ron James Delivers a Comedy Cornucopia of Laughter

Ron James Delivers a Comedy Cornucopia of Laughter

Mr. James, take a bow. You earned it. On the final Monday of April, a nearly packed house showed up at Kelowna Community Theatre and hooted and hollered their way through a comedy goldmine of one-liners and raucous storytelling courtesy of a feisty fireball named Ron James. Not to be confused with hoopster LeBron James, this hilarious (and much shorter and pudgier) Ron James has been heralded by some as “the funniest man in Canada” and a “comedic genius” by…

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Jazz Masters’ Concert Highlights 40th Annual BC Interior Jazz Festival

Jazz Masters’ Concert Highlights 40th Annual BC Interior Jazz Festival

Nothing like watching The Masters and seeing a wealth of performers at the top of their game. No, I’m not talking about that prestigious green jacket golf tournament that takes place every April in Augusta, Georgia. I’m referring to another crowd-pleasing event that took place much closer to home, as in Kelowna Community Theatre on the third Friday in April. On this chilly spring night, the 40th Annual BC Interior Jazz Festival hosted its Jazz Masters’ Concert as the centerpiece…

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The Naked Magicians Bare All For Cheeky Comedy

The Naked Magicians Bare All For Cheeky Comedy

I’m guessing in the long and distinguished history of Kelowna Community Theatre there has never been a more cheekier show to grace the stage than what happened on a nondescript Tuesday in the middle of April. I mean, no bare butts about it. The performers on this night basically had nothing to hide. They built their reputation on full-frontal illusions and sleight-of-hand tricks. Abracadabra – now you see it, now you see more of it, now you wonder if and…

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Seasoned Sounds of Frankie Valli Visit the Okanagan Valley

Seasoned Sounds of Frankie Valli Visit the Okanagan Valley

Big Girls Don’t Cry – unless they had something better to do on Good Friday Eve and missed the Oh What a Night! Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Kelowna Community Theatre. Let’s be fair. Any female named Sherry should have gotten in for free. Ditto for any attendee who brought a Rag Doll or was inclined to Walk Like a Man. You get the picture, Valli and his Jersey boys cranked out a ton of…

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