Centre Point: Busy theatre season begins

The busy fall season has finally arrived at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

The busy fall season has finally arrived at the Performing Arts Centre. Posters and handbills are all over town for upcoming events that thousands of people are about to shuffle through the building to see.

I love that certain buzz about this time of year: With so much to look forward to – and so many people getting excited about the tickets they hold, it’s easy to see the positive effect the arts have in our community.

Don’t miss an opportunity to take in one or more of these upcoming events.

The North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s season starts up tonight at 7:30 when internationally renowned musica intima takes the stage at the Performing Arts Centre.

They’ve earned a reputation as one of Canada’s most exciting vocal ensembles with their unique and engaging stage presence and impeccable musicianship. Tickets to see this 12-member vocal ensemble are still on sale online at www.ticketseller.ca or at the door after 6:30 p.m.

Monday night, audience favourite Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café is at the Performing Arts Centre starting at 7 p.m. His show is already sold out; if you missed out on buying a ticket, you can log on to www.ticketseller.ca to join the waiting list.

Thursday and Friday, Vernon’s own Andrew Allen is performing live at the Performing Arts Centre. He’s performed with some of the world’s top performers – Bruno Mars, OneRepublic, The Script, and Barenaked Ladies, to name a few. The Friday concert is sold out but you can call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) for tickets to the Thursday show. Both shows start at 7 p.m.

Coming up next weekend is the exciting performance of It’s About Time by Vancouver Tap Ensemble and TapCo. Live music accompanies both the professional dance troupe and their students in an unforgettable percussive performance. You’ll love the syncopated rhythms, technical prowess, innovative choreography, energy and passion that this performance has in leaps and bounds. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 20. Tickets are still available by calling the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

On Oct. 21, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s season kicks off with Transformations. Featuring soprano Alexandra Babbel, Transformations explores the transformative power of music from sorrow to joy, turmoil to peace and death to life. The program features Randolph Peters’ Butterfly Wings and Tropical Storms, Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F, Pastorale. Tickets are available through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469), www.ticketseller.ca.

And New York’s Windwood Theatricals (The Music Man, Cabaret, Bye Bye Birdie) is back at the centre Oct. 27 for their latest colossal production of Titanic: The Musical.

This musical has won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The story recounts the hopes and dreams of those aboard the ship that met its tragic fate 100 years ago. With an impressive cast of 28 backed by four musicians, Titanic: The Musical takes place on the ocean floor. The crew reveals from four different perspectives why the Titanic was unable to escape her ultimate demise. Tickets can still be purchased through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

Enjoy the shows!

–– Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.