For country music fans, seeing the likes of Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle, Reba McIntyre, Dolly Parton and Shania Twain all on the same stage is a pipe dream.
“They likely never will,” says Vancouver’s Bonnie Kilroe. “But local music fans can experience the next best thing.”
That’s where Kilroe comes in.
A professional and award-winning entertainer for more than 15 years, Kilroe has spent the last 10 years dedicated to her one-woman act called Celebrity Imposters.
A familiar face when she’s embodying Cher, Patsy Cline or Dolly Parton, Kilroe has performed in Vernon several times over the last few years and each time to packed houses.
Kilroe returns to town with her Queens of Country show, and gives her first performance at the Eagles Hall.
“I am looking forward to making some new fans,” she said.
Kilroe has performed her Queens of Country act to sold-out crowds in theatres, convention centres, casinos, cruise ships and smaller venues all across Canada and the U.S.
When she isn’t performing that tribute, she performs other one-woman acts, including Divas: Vegas Meets Vaudeville and a Patsy Cline tribute.
Since her last trip to Vernon, Kilroe has performed in Asia, where she got stranded in Shanghai. She also went on a two-week tour in Mexico, traveling by car in the countryside, and visited the beautiful and historic Palace Grand Theatre in Dawson City, YK, where the sun shines 24/7.
Kilroe’s talent has not gone unrecognized as she was nominated for entertainment awards at the 2012 Sunburst Celebrity Impersonators and Tribute Artists Convention, where she captured the Most Unique Act and Best Costume Female.
Kilroe will be performing her tributes to country legends such as Cline, Lynn, Parton and Twain Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Eagles Hall, 5101- 25th Ave. (next to The Morning Star) at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $30 (includes roast beef dinner) and can be purchased at the Eagles. Call 250-542-3003 for more information.