Centre Point: Rawk on, kids

From plays and concerts to local recitals, there’s something for everyone in Greater Vernon.

The local arts scene is bursting with events throughout the next two weeks. From plays and concerts to local recitals, there’s something for everyone.

Tuesday, charming pianist Sarah Hagen is at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre for an intimate classical music concert, Morning Melodies.

Hagen is heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout Canada and Europe and this gifted world-class performer is also known for her eloquent and entertaining commentary.

The 70-minute concert starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Marie Fleming Hall. Arrive at 10 a.m. for coffee, tea, treats and a chance to chat with the musicians. Call the box office at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

This Friday night, come to the Performing Arts Centre for a free concert by Yukon-based band Speed Control. This hard-hitting rock trio is Graeme Peters on guitar and vocals, Ian March on drums, and Jody Peters on bass and vocals, and they are in Vernon to kick off their Rawk Camp at the centre next weekend.

No tickets are required for this concert that starts at 7 p.m.

Rawk Camp still has free spaces for local youth to participate. Visit www.ticketseller.ca/rawk for more information on this exciting opportunity.

Vernon Rawks! is a concert by Rawk Camp participants. All weekend long, the participants will be polishing up on their stage presence, showmanship and some catchy tunes, and you can see the outcome at this concert that starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at the Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $10 and available at the Ticket Seller.

The Zirka Ukrainian Dancers present A Night of Stars for their fourth annual dinner and dance Saturday at Trinity United Church. Expect colourful costumes, intricate steps, toe-tapping music and a showcase of culture as Zirka’s brightest stars take the stage. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are available at the Ticket Seller, 549-7469.

The Music Room presents Our Favourite Memories of the Musicals, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse Theatre. The show features music from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Annie and more. Joining the Music Room students on stage will be special guest band Armonia. Tickets for this family friendly evening are on sale at the Ticket Seller.

Next week, Paul Moore Vocal Studio’s spring concert, Spring Sing, features all-time favourites and a special sing-along performed by Moore’s students, the Kokanee Singers, Inspirati Chorale and their accompanists Mabel Thibault and Christine West.

Spring Sing is in Vernon at the All Saints Anglican Church May 17, followed by an Armstrong concert at Zion United Church May 18. Both performances start at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased through the Ticket Seller..

Finally, Vernon’s own theatre entrepreneur Michael Poirier is back at the Schubert Centre from May 19 to 21 with Posing for Mr. Wiser. A Theatre BC Playwriting Contest finalist, the play was written and is directed by Poirier and features a local cast, who bring the drama to life while a gourmet meal is served. This journey of unexpected friendship and discovery starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale at the Ticket Seller.

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