Lucas Myers in Deck

Lucas Myers in Deck

Centre Point: Leap year is in store

February is full with the Vernon Winter Carnival, B.C. Winter Games, and lots of promising shows at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Oh February. Its 29 days are so packed with activity that it might feel like the longest month of 2012.

We’re now a few days into the 52nd annual Vernon Winter Carnival, and later this month we’ll welcome the 2012 B.C. Winter Games.

This year’s Winter Carnival theme is Sporting With Carnival and features a usual huge number of events and festivities happening around town between now and Feb. 12. Be sure to visit the Winter Carnival’s website at to keep up to date on all the fun.

The Performing Arts Centre also has exciting performances scheduled for the next few weeks of February:

Coming up this Wednesday, natural clown Jamie Adkins takes the stage with his one man, one-of-a-kind performance of Circus Incognitus.

Slack wire, juggling, balancing, acrobatic feats and clowning around make for a wild adventure that’s geared towards children but anyone ages five through 105 will love.

The hour-long performance starts at 7 p.m. this Wednesday evening, and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469). Also check out the sneak peek video on the Ticket Seller website at

On Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Performing Arts Centre, is a Hollywood-inspired Okanagan Symphony Orchestra concert, Orchestra at the Movies.

The music of favourite silver-screen composers Howard Shore, Ennio Morricone and John Williams are featured on a program that features the distinguishable music of Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and more. Tickets for this red carpet extravaganza can be purchased through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

On Feb. 18, Nelson-based actor and writer Lucas Myers brings The Deck Show to Vernon.

On stage at the Performing Arts Centre, the plot sees Myers’ character rebuilding a dilapidated and structurally condemned deck to overcome all of life’s faults and shortcomings.

This darkly hilarious tale is told through the actual construction of a deck on stage complete with power tools, physics and partial nudity.

Packed with Canadiana and commentary on small-town life, Deck earns standing ovations and great reviews. Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

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