Look up to those behind the scenes

This past week I spent some time in the main auditorium while the Performing Arts Centre’s technical staff were preparing for an upcoming performance.

This past week I spent some time in the main auditorium while the Performing Arts Centre’s technical staff were preparing for an upcoming performance.

In that moment, the task at hand had something to do with lighting, which essentially required working way up high. I watched as the assistant technical director skillfully went about his business, 25 feet above the stage while the platform he stood on was rocking gently back and forth as if to make even the swing of an arm a big deal.

 I’m not sure if it was my inherent fear of heights or maybe just a bad lunch, but I’ve never felt quite so queasy watching anything at the centre before that afternoon. Nevertheless, it gave me a new appreciation for all the preparation that goes into each performance.

 This afternoon, those very lights will go up for the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s family matinee. Starting at 1:30 p.m at the Performing Arts Centre, How the Gimquat Found Her Song follows the story of a special bird looking for the correct song for her voice.

The symphony provides a live soundtrack which also introduces children to classical music. Family packages and tickets are still available at the box office one hour before the performance starts, or at the Ticket Seller website at www.ticketseller.ca.

 Coming up next Sunday, Feb. 27 there will be a lot more trickery going on than just lighting.

Ted and Marion Outerbridge are among Canada’s most popular touring illusionists and recently returned home from four sold-out shows in Bermuda.

Their show, The Time Capsule Tour, takes illusion and combines it with dance, theatre and day-to-day life for a spectacular performance. You’ll delight in everything from levitation to mind-bending disappearing tricks that defy logic. Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

 On March 5, Wen Wei Dance and the Beijing Modern Dance Company take the stage for Under the Skin.

It’s an international collaboration that explores the performers’ similarities despite cultural differences between their respective countries. Together, they speak the universal language of dance which transcends borders, politics and continents.

Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Seller box office by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

 And don’t miss Powerhouse Theatre’s hilarious Lend Me A Tenor, which has performances now through Feb. 26.

Winner of three Tony awards, this comedy was a sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End. Visit the Ticket Seller website at www.ticketseller.ca for show times and more information.

The next time you’re at a show, take a moment to look up to the ceiling and think about the people who actually spend time up there working with the sound and lighting equipment to support what you’re there to see.

Enjoy the shows!