Steve Friesen as Edna Turnblad and Lisa Stewart as Tracy Turnblad can't stop the beat as they get ready for Lights of Broadway's upcoming presentation of Hairspray at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre May 10 and 11.

Steve Friesen as Edna Turnblad and Lisa Stewart as Tracy Turnblad can't stop the beat as they get ready for Lights of Broadway's upcoming presentation of Hairspray at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre May 10 and 11.

Centre Point: Shows flower for May

With May just around the bend, Vernon and district is in the middle of a very exciting and busy performance season.

With May just around the bend, we’re in the middle of a very exciting and busy performance season. Come out to see a show before the summer heats up and our performance calendar cools down.

This afternoon is the unofficial start of this year’s recital season at the Performing Arts Centre as students of the Armstrong Dance Academy (formerly Susan Paisley School of Dance) take the stage for Fairy Tales and Fantasy. It’s a delightful performance of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and more performed by dancers aged three and up.

The show starts at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre and tickets can still be purchased online at www.ticketseller.ca or at the door within one hour of show time.

With a fast approaching provincial election in our midst, your chance to get involved and informed comes Monday evening at the Vernon-Monashee Provincial Election Forum. Electoral candidates from our local riding will be on stage at the Performing Arts Centre and given a chance to state their platforms. Questions from the public will be presented in both written and open mic form in this event hosted by Kiss FM’s news director Pete McIntyre.

The forum starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

Your source for fresh, local comedy, Full Frontal Improv returns to The Hub Arts Collective for a night of theatre improv this Wednesday. Anything and everything is fodder as the actors play with any subject matter in this unpredictable evening of laughter and audience participation.

The fun starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are on sale through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

Coming up this Thursday, the Emmy Award-winning Imagination Movers are at the Performing Arts Centre for two shows full of family fun. As seen in over 55 countries on the Disney channel, the Movers bring an exciting live performance to stage in their Rock-O-Matic tour of 2013.

Choose from two performances starting at 4 and 6:30 p.m. respectively. Tickets for this high-octane concert and mini mover VIP packages (which include a chance to meet Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty) are available through the Ticket Seller Box Office at 549-SHOW (7469).

The Hub Arts Collective is making its first entry into Theatre BC’s O-Zone Drama Festival. You’ll have a chance to see their entry, Oleanna, before it goes to the festival May 13.

Oleanna is an intense two-person drama about political correctness in a student/teacher relationship.

Oleanna happens at The Hub May 2, 3, and 8 thru 11. For more information on showtimes and ticket sales visit the Ticket Seller website at www.ticketseller.ca or call 549-SHOW (7469).

Vernon Community Music School’s Lights of Broadway is back at the Performing Arts Centre for their exciting musical production of Hairspray.

Among the most loved musical productions on Broadway, Hairspray is packed with the memorable and upbeat show tunes, dance numbers and bubbly characters which earned it eight Tony awards including best musical.

There are 7 p.m. performances on May 10 and 11, with a matinee starting at 2 p.m. May 11.

Get your tickets through the Ticket Seller box office by calling 549-SHOW (7469) or visit www.ticketseller.ca.

And don’t miss Powerhouse Theatre’s The Last of the Red Hot Lovers playing now through May 4. Watch crazy antics unfold as Barney Cashman lusts for a new way of life, but is consistently defeated by his basic good nature.

More information about the remaining performances can be found online at www.ticketseller.ca.

Enjoy the shows!

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