Centre Point: Fall starts with a bang

Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society has a big season of theatre, dance, kids and special presentations all lined up for 2012-13 season.

Summer sunshine and beautiful lakes, we’ve got it good here in the Okanagan Valley.

While July and August are great months to spend some serious face time with Mother Nature, here at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre, the months have been all about getting ready for the fall season. It’s exciting to look ahead at what’s to come, and the Performing Arts Centre Society has a big season of theatre, dance, kids and special presentations all lined up.

The special presentations are already on sale and include some great music acts including season opener Woody Holler and His Orchestra on Oct. 6, and Canadian singer/songwriter David Myles on Nov. 15.

For the society’s theatre, dance and kids’ series, there is still a week left to buy subscriptions and get first-choice seating before single tickets go on sale Aug. 27.

The society’s 2012/13 theatre series starts up Oct. 13 with Axis Theatre’s performance of the beloved The Number 14 as part of their farewell tour. Then on Oct. 27, a colossal cast and crew will be here for Titanic – the Musical from Windwood Theatricals, New York.

Music lovers and theatre-goers alike will be delighted by Unforgettable: the Music of Nat King Cole on Nov. 17. The theatre series also includes This is Cancer, and the Governor General of Canada award-winning Where the Blood Mixes in the spring.

The upcoming dance series is always the topic of much excitement here at the centre – and 2012/13 will be no exception. Things get kicked off with the Vancouver Tap Ensemble Oct. 20. Audience favourite Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal takes the stage on Nov. 20 with a full company of 12 dancers.

In the new year we are utterly privileged to have Ballet Jörgen Canada’s full company, full-length production of one of the most beloved classical ballets of all time, Swan Lake. Rounding out the series, Ballet Kelowna performs three separate works in Double Variations followed by Out Innerspace’s Vessel.

Families will love the society’s 2012/13 kids series.

It all starts up Nov. 4  when Story Theatre takes the stage for their production of Aladdin. The holiday spirit will be all around when Monster Theatre (Mini Masterpieces) performs A Christmas Carol on Dec. 9.

For the spring shows, dance and visual arts blend together in a very unique performance of The Studio by Montreal-based Bouge de La and the final show in this four-part series is Juno Award winning musician and entertainer Norman Foote with his witty and imaginative antics.

As you can tell, we’ve got plenty of great events to look forward to after the blazing sun makes way for autumn colours. To see us through, be sure to check out some of the great events happening through these remaining weeks of summer.

Don’t miss your chance to see Caravan Farm Theatre’s The Notorious Right Robert and his Robber Bride. This outstanding production, cool old cars and all, is playing through Aug. 26 with a showtime of 7:30 p.m. most nights. Tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

Full Frontal Improv Comedy is back at The Hub Arts Collective this Wednesday.  It’s another evening of hilarious improv with the Hub’s Teen-Prov troupe opening the show. You’ll love this unrehearsed series of comical games and side-splitting circumstances. Advance tickets are on sale through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

Enjoy the shows!

–– Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator with the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.