Nicola Cavendish drinks to the character of Shirley Valentine

Nicola Cavendish drinks to the character of Shirley Valentine

Centre Point: It’s a ‘purrfect’ time to get creative

Shirley Valentine, Splash‘N Boots are just some of the shows taking the stage in Vernon this week.

I had a great reminder of the boundless imagination of kids the other day upon arriving home from work: in amongst the reminders, notes and bills on the fridge, there was something delightfully different – a striking pencil sketch labeled “Jazz the Cat.”

It was a whimsical drawing of my cat, apparently scribbled by one of my wife’s young voice students in the midst of a vocal warm up.

Adults don’t tend to believe or remember that we have idle brain energy that we can put to creative use, but that’s exactly how this portrait of my cat came to be –– a moment of pure uninhibited inspiration.

I really think we should all borrow an idea from this young student and draft portraits of one another’s pets in idle moments. Imagine the possibilities.

Inspiring that priceless commodity of children’s imaginations, Splash’N Boots is at the Performing Arts Centre this afternoon to put on a rock concert for kids.

Recently achieving a major career milestone, Nick and Taes (Splash and Boots, respectively) gained national exposure on Treehouse TV as hosts of Roll Play and their music video, For the Love of Dance, is in regular rotation on the popular children’s channel.

This afternoon the cutting-edge children’s music duo will be on stage for two performances, starting at 2 and 4 p.m., featuring a hit list of upbeat, high energy melodies. Tickets are only $12 and can still be purchased online at www.ticketseller.ca or at the Ticket Seller box office, open one hour before each performance.

Coming up this Saturday, the Andrea Superstein Quartet is at the Vernon Jazz Club for a night of smoky blues and sassy swing. Take a musical journey through the world of speakeasies and lavish night clubs of a bygone era.

Showtime is 8 p.m. and the dance floor is always open. Tickets are available at the Bean Scene, Bean to Cup or at the door.

On April 10 and 11, cellist David Eggert brings his inventive approach to traditional music to the Vernon stage as the latest installment of the North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s 2011-2012 presentation series.

Currently working towards his masters degree at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, Eggert lives and breathes music.

There are two performances to choose from: 1:30 p.m. on April 10, and 7:30 p.m. April 11.

Tickets and pro-rated memberships are on sale through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

And this afternoon, don’t miss your chance to see Shirley Valentine at the Powerhouse Theatre.

Nicola Cavendish delivers a heartwarming performance in her signature role of Shirley – redefining a life after leaving an unhappy marriage.

This is a benefit performance with all proceeds going to the Powerhouse Theatre and this afternoon’s show starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets can still be picked up online at www.ticketseller.ca or at the door within one hour of show time.

Enjoy the shows!

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