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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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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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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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Colin James Commands the Stage Like a Hall-of-Famer

Colin James Commands the Stage Like a Hall-of-Famer

Nothing better than being treated to an electrifying performance by a Hall of Fame performer on a rainy Wednesday night. That absolutely, positively describes the privilege wife Elaine and I had sitting center stage at Kelowna Community Theatre for Colin James and his Blue Highways tour stop. The Regina native, along with his smooth-as-silk six-piece Little Big Band, knocked it out of the park with a bluesy jazzy musical catalogue that left many in the sold-out crowd clamoring for more…

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Kelowna Fan Xpo (KFX) is Nerd Nirvana for Cosplayers

Kelowna Fan Xpo (KFX) is Nerd Nirvana for Cosplayers

Nerd alert. Wife Elaine and I went to a geek festival and witnessed our first “Cosplay Contest.” I know what you’re thinking. Why are geeks gathering in Kelowna and what the heck does the word cosplay mean? Allow me to enter the Stan Lee science fiction/fantasy world of artistic expression and spell out all the dorky details. On Saturday, March 25th, Kelowna Community Theatre was one of the host sites for a “Comic-Con” style event called Kelowna Fan Xpo (KFX)….

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Tanya Tucker Brings Delta Dawn to the Okanagan

Tanya Tucker Brings Delta Dawn to the Okanagan

Here are three words you probably never ever thought you would hear in the same sentence – Tanya Tucker and Kelowna. Well well well – grab your cowgirl and hold her tight. It happened. Right there in the middle of the stage at Kelowna Community Theatre. On a school night. In front of an enthusiastic crowd that wanted to saddle up for a hayride down Delta Dawn lane. Country music legend Tanya Tucker belting out her signature hits and classics…

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