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Menopause the Musical Playfully Addresses The Change

Menopause the Musical Playfully Addresses The Change

As a dude, and not part of any sisterhood or female think tank, I entered Kelowna Community Theatre on the third Wednesday of October with a teaspoon of trepidation. Would the all-star Canadian female cast of a wildly popular musical seen by more than 11 million people around the globe really be singing and dancing about things like menopause, hot flashes, mood swings, and nocturnal sweats? Yes, indeed, they were and they did. What a hoot! Wife Elaine and I…

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2017 Canadian Just for Laughs Comedy Tour was a Howler

2017 Canadian Just for Laughs Comedy Tour was a Howler

On a busy October Monday night when MLB, NFL, and WWE were all sporting-it-up on various TSN platforms, JFL snuck into town for a ROFL 90-minute gut-buster at KCT. Translation – there was a ton of sports on television, but by far the biggest hit of the evening occurred when Kelowna Community Theatre got a one-night, down-and-dirty visit from the 2017 Canadian Just for Laughs Comedy Tour. The 17th edition of the annual comedy showcase was hosted by bilingual showman…

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An Evening with the Rat Pack was No Turkey

An Evening with the Rat Pack was No Turkey

On a day when turkey and trimmings were the star attractions, three Cornish hens showed up on Monday night at Kelowna Community Theatre for a smorgasbord of love songs and laughs. Fly Me to the Moon…..because an Evening with the Rat Pack was a delight for those in the audience who may have had a chance to see the originals back in the day. Taking the lead roles, faux sure, were Andy DiMino as Dean Martin, Lambus Dean as Sammy…

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André-Philippe Gagnon Impresses with his Impressions

André-Philippe Gagnon Impresses with his Impressions

When an entertainer is billed as “the legendary man of a 1,000 voices and the number-one singing impressionist in the world” – those glowing accolades piqued my interest. So on the first of October I scooted over to Kelowna Community Theatre to see what the fuss was all about. It was Sunday night and the theatre about half full. There wasn’t a whole lot of buzz in the building. Let’s just say I was cautiously optimistic. Would this international performer…

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Raises the Roof with a Spectacular Performance

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Raises the Roof with a Spectacular Performance

That, my friends, was a professional symphony performance I will never forget. On the final Friday night of September, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) made a tour stop in Kelowna and absolutely positively blew the roof off Kelowna Community Theatre. Typed words cannot accurately express what took place inside the old barn as the VSO packed its 71 full-time musicians onto the stage and went on an amazing orchestral journey from first salvo to last bow. The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra…

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Says Cello to Kelowna

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Says Cello to Kelowna

It was Manitoba in the house at Kelowna Community Theatre on the final Thursday night of September. Thanks to an invitation from the Kelowna Community Concert Association, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO) made a tour stopover in the Okanagan to perform a delightful mix of contemporary and classic concertos. Adding silky tone and technical prowess to the program was guest cellist Ariel Barnes, a Vancouver native who dazzled the packed house with smooth solos under the baton expertise of Music…

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Symphonic Rock Evolution Sees The Light

Symphonic Rock Evolution Sees The Light

I know what you’re thinking – what in the world is Symphonic Rock Evolution?! It’s not a thesis paper written at the School of Rock. It’s not an app for guitar-playing geologists. It’s not a rock opera about the creation vs. evolution debate and the origins of humanity. What Symphonic Rock Evolution is, cue the sparkly disco ball and flashing lights, is a 23-piece symphonic rock ensemble that put on one heckuva rock show on the first Saturday night of…

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Mamma Mia – Calling Every Dancing Queen and Super Trouper

Mamma Mia – Calling Every Dancing Queen and Super Trouper

“There was Something in the Air that Night…..Fernando” On a cool and crisp Friday night in mid-September, Kelowna Community Theatre hosted a doubleheader  of dance beats that featured Ryan Langevin as the Piano Man, a tribute to the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, and ABRA Cadabra, a tribute to the music and magic of Swedish super group ABBA. If that sounds like a lot of show, it was. The two-hour-and 50-minute performance was a well-filtered trip down memory…

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Opera Kelowna Shines Brightly With La bohème

Opera Kelowna Shines Brightly With La bohème

What do you get when you cross a poet tenor with a seamstress soprano in Paris in the 1920s? The love-struck storyline behind the booming libretto of La bohème.         It was opera night at Kelowna Community Theatre on a pleasant mid-August Friday evening. A packed house, some dressed to the nines in gowns and tuxedos, assembled at the 851-seat playhouse to take in this Italian standard composed by Giacomo Puccini. Opera Kelowna and its Artistic Director…

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Billy Elliot is a Musical Must-See

Billy Elliot is a Musical Must-See

Billy Billy Billy – fantastic job, you little bugger! On one of the hottest nights so far of the Okanagan summer, it was truly a pleasure and privilege to sit inside Kelowna Community Theatre on the last Thursday of July. Not because the air-conditioning was in good working order, but rather because there was a cool-as-an-English-morning performance of Billy Elliot the Musical taking place in the friendly barn. The show runs through August 5th. It was opening night for Billy…

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