CENTRE POINT: Dance away to recitals

Mastering any art form is a journey that requires many years of discipline and courage. So many artists and teachers are finally realizing the fruits of another year’s worth of practice and hard work as they prepare for year-end recitals. I think we can all appreciate how great it feels to show off – and be congratulated for – something we’ve worked hard at.

While recital season is an exciting time for those students and teachers, it’s also a grand opportunity for those not-so-involved to see just what’s happening in the community arts scene.

Dancing Down Memory Lane is the Susan Paisley School of Dance year-end recital.

Students from school-age through adult will serve up an eclectic afternoon of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theatre and belly dance styles.

Showtime is today at 3:30 p.m. with pre-show entertainment starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are still available at the door or online at www.ticketseller.ca.

Valley Vocal Arts is busily preparing for this week’s performances of The Producers at the Powerhouse Theatre.

Watch the crazy antics unfold as theatre producers, Max and Leo, find the worst play ever written and combine it with the worst director and actors in New York. The result is a hilarious romp not to be missed.

The Producers runs from Thursday, May 19 through May 21 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) to book your tickets.

On May 28, Accentz Dance Studio takes the stage of the Performing Arts Centre for two recital shows.

The first show, Enchanted Forest, starts at 2 p.m. and features students aged two to 11. The later show, Dreams, starts at 7 p.m. and features students aged 12 to adult. Both shows are full of talented up-and-coming dancers performing all sorts of different dance styles.

Vocalist Charity Van Gameren also makes a special guest appearance for the 7 p.m. performance of Dreams.

Tickets are still available for both shows and can be purchased through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

The night of May 28 is a busy one. In addition to the Accentz recital there are also two incredible concerts to choose from:

The best of British Columbia’s independent music scene is coming to Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre May 28. The Canadian Independent Music Showcase happens at the Powerhouse Theatre for a music extravaganza. A full roster of featured artists is available on the Ticket Seller website at www.ticketseller.ca and tickets can be purchased online or by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

And alternative rock band Switchfoot arrives at the Wesbild Centre May 28.

Switchfoot, who came into mainstream popularity in 2004 with their hit singles Dare You to Move and Meant to Live, is presently preparing their eighth studio album release after their successful 2009 release of Hello Hurricane.

There are a full range of ticket options available from the stands to VIP seating, which includes a meet and greet with the band.

Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) to book your seats or find out more information.

Enjoy the shows!

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