It’s one of the busiest times of year as we run out of days in November and look ahead to December.
Whether life finds you shopping, baking, crafting or procrastinating, make sure to schedule some “you” time and take in your favourite events:
Tonight at 7 p.m., the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre with Madmen Across the Water.
Psychedelic glasses are optional when the OSO explores the well-loved and classic songs of Elton John. Tickets are still available online at www.ticketseller.ca or at the door after 6 p.m.
Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics and the Cirque Theatre Company are back at the Performing Arts Centre this coming weekend for their original production of Scrooge’s Christmas Carol.
Led by Olympian Camille Martens, this troupe brings an incredible blend of circus arts, drama, dance, music, gymnastics and acrobatics to the stage for a unique theatrical experience.
There are three performances to choose from: Friday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m., or Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through the Ticket Seller by calling 250-549-SHOW (7469).
The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society presents Belle Plaine and Blake Berglund Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Spitfire Lounge in the Army Navy Airforce Hall.
This modern-day folk singer combined with a twangy storyteller combine their talents for a toe tapping show full of harmonies and chemistry.
Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketseller.ca.
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, known for their hit performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in 2014, returns to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Sunday, Nov. 27 with their new production of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.
Parents and children ages two and up will love this beautiful performance, where the very pages of these famous storybooks come to life through Mermaid Theatre’s picture-perfect puppets and artistry.
Showtime is 3 p.m. Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.
Relive the charm and on-stage playfulness of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton at the tribute show, Together Again, Monday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre.
Starring Wendy T and Marty Edwards, this tribute act brings the songs, mannerisms and vocals for an evening of nostalgia. Tickets are still available through the box office by calling 250-549-SHOW (7469).
Powerhouse Theatre kicks off its 2016-17 season with its fall production, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
See what happens when the absolute worst children in the world decide to take over the church’s annual Christmas pageant in this hilarious and heart-warming holiday hit.
Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. most nights from Nov. 30 through to Dec.10, with matinees starting at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10. Visit the Ticket Seller website at www.ticketseller.ca or call 250-549-SHOW (7469) for the complete schedule.
On Friday, Dec. 2, the Center Stage Performing Arts Academy’s Junior Company is at the Performing Arts Centre with its production of Holiday Express at the Performing Arts Centre.
This holiday musical brings the wonder and magic of believing in Christmas with songs from The Polar Express, and storyline written by Vernon’s own Mica Lemiski.
Showtime is at 7 p.m. and limited tickets are still available at the box office by calling 250-549-SHOW (7469).
The ever popular Rotary Carol Festival is coming up at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
In this long standing Okanagan holiday tradition, local choirs, musicians and special guests are on stage for three different shows: Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Year after year, this is an extremely popular event and admission is by donation, so plan to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Enjoy the shows!
– Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.