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Oh What a Night! was a Neatly Wrapped Tribute to Frankie Valli + Andy Williams

Oh What a Night! was a Neatly Wrapped Tribute to Frankie Valli + Andy Williams

Twas 12 nights before Christmas And all through Kelowna Community Theatre Four crooners were stirring And brought down the house Ho Ho Ho – that’s my lyrical take on Oh What A Night! – The Christmas Edition that came down the metaphorical chimney at Kelowna Community Theatre and brought a sleigh-full of yuletide melodies to the Okanagan. In front of an almost-packed house, many adorned in seasonal red and green, this internationally renowned revue was headlined by a tribute to…

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Kelowna Actors Studio Delivers a Dreamy White Christmas

Kelowna Actors Studio Delivers a Dreamy White Christmas

The cast, crew and volunteers at Kelowna Actors Studio were counting their blessings on Wednesday, November 29th as they opened their 19-show run of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical in front of a packed house. Wife Elaine and I were on hand as invited guests to take in opening night and get our first taste of Kelowna Actors Studio’s hospitality and stage presence. We thoroughly enjoyed the theatrical vibe, starting with dinner served at our front-row table and then…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Aces its French Connection

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Aces its French Connection

On the final Friday of November, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra brought a certain power and panache to its live orchestral performance of The French Connection – Masterworks II at Kelowna Community Theatre.       This buzz worthy concert celebrated the lush and visceral music of the French romantics before the impressionists came onto the scene. The program, as selected by OSO Music Director Rosemary Thomson, included these diverse works:  Les Troyens Chasse royale et orage (Royal Hunt and Storm)…

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Ballet Kelowna Soldiers on With Acts of Remembrance

Ballet Kelowna Soldiers on With Acts of Remembrance

On Remembrance Day Eve 2017, it was a ballet bonanza of bonafide brilliance at Kelowna Community Theatre with one company premiere and two world premieres. This choreographer’s delight came courtesy of Ballet Kelowna, which on this occasion was celebrating the first production of its 15th anniversary season with Acts of Remembrance. Kudos to Simone Orlando, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Kelowna, for assembling such a powerful program featuring nine chiseled dancers and a textured mix of athleticism and storytelling….

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Sounds of Silence Echo The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Sounds of Silence Echo The Simon & Garfunkel Story

On a cold and snowy Saturday night outside Kelowna Community Theatre, folks inside the old barn were Feelin’ Groovy and having A Hazy Shade of Winter good time seeing The Simon & Garfunkel Story unfold before their eyes in music and video. Late in the Evening, this was an outstanding musical tribute that paid homage and mad respect to singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. These two gents from Queens, New York first performed together in 1953 in an…

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Shane Koyczan Mesmerizes with Spoken Art Poetry

Shane Koyczan Mesmerizes with Spoken Art Poetry

When Shane Koyczan took the stage at Kelowna Community Theatre on the first Friday night of November, he seemed genuinely gobsmacked at the size of the crowd. About 700 seats were filled and this spoken word artist was almost speechless. “I know that poetry is not a normal Friday night event for most of you,” Koyczan offered with a chuckle. “Some of the men out there probably feel trapped at a poetry show. Just know that poetry gives socially awkward…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Spooktacular Was a Macabre Mash of Treats

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Spooktacular Was a Macabre Mash of Treats

They did the mash…….they did The Monster Mash……. it was an Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus smash…..it caught on in a flash. Good goblins, that was a frightfully good Halloween SPOOKtacular performed with devilish depravity at Kelowna Community Theatre a few nights ahead of trick-or-treaters taking over the streets. The sold-out house was treated to a Saturday night special 2-for-1 deal that saw the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and OSO Chorus performing together on one stage. Saying the KCT stage was…

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Derek Edwards Has Fun With Life’s Galling Moments

Derek Edwards Has Fun With Life’s Galling Moments

When you’ve been in the comedy arena for more than three decades, you develop a feel for storytelling, timing, pace, and how to deliver a punch line. That’s the easiest way to describe the comedic repartee of Derek Edwards and his “Alls I’m Saying” Comedy Tour that took place at Kelowna Community Theatre on the final Friday of October. During his 90-minute stand-up act, just him and a microphone on stage, Edwards was deliberately tentative and never force fed any…

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Gordon Lightfoot in Twilight of Hall of Fame Career

Gordon Lightfoot in Twilight of Hall of Fame Career

If you could read my mind, you would know that Gordon Lightfoot was at Kelowna Community Theatre on the final Thursday of October for pretty much a Canadian crooner, thanks-for-the-memories concert. When mentioning to a couple buddies that wife Elaine and I would be attending the show, one of them commented “man, that’s old school.” He was right. Lightfoot and his signature baritone vocals are so seasoned and from a nostalgic era that his first singer/songwriter chart-topping hits came out…

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Thunder From Down Under is a Proven Crowd Teaser

Thunder From Down Under is a Proven Crowd Teaser

For the second consecutive October night, I had to re-authenticate my MAN card before stepping inside the artistic halls of Kelowna Community Theatre. On Wednesday night, it was Menopause The Musical. Hardly any men in the building. It was an estrogen filled total blast. On this brisk Thursday night, it was Thunder from Down Under performing a visual and sensory onslaught that was bloody bonkers! Watching these beefcake boys tear it up in an uptown funk kind of way quickly…

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