The 2nd Annual North Okanagan Children’s Festival offers toddlers & school aged children live music, theatre, dance, art workshops and interactive play! This year’s festival features the virtuoso clowning of Circus Incognitus and the rhythmic rhymes of RupLoops the Human Radio, plus fun and interactive workshops hosted by the Vernon Community Music School!
The Valencia Baryton Project was formed by colleagues from the opera of the Palau de les Arts (Valencia) and the Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier with the vision of performing the nearly 160 works written by Franz Joseph Haydn for the baryton. At the heart of the ensemble is the traditional baryton trio – baryton, viola, and violoncello – for which Haydn wrote 123 works of outstanding beauty during his time as the court composer for the Prince Esterhazy of Austria. With Matthew Baker, one of only a handful baryton performers in the world, the Valencia Baryton Project have delighted audiences in North, Central and South America as well as Europe with what is considered to have been the pinnacle of aristocratic instruments of the classical era. Their work has been described as ‘delightfully inventive”.
This ballet by Bengt Jörgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale. Jörgen’s choreography balances the fairy tale elements of the story with a contemporary treatment of Cinderella and her family relationships. Returning to the original Russian tradition of having women perform the roles of the stepsisters, Jörgen builds a more realistic and human look at Cinderella and her circumstances, and then uses these scenes to both counterpoint and highlight the magical aspects of the story. Ballet Jörgen’s Cinderella is a classical ballet with modern, dramatic sensibilities.
Join multi-award-winning artists, Canadians Suzie Vinnick and Charlie A’Court, and Australian Lloyd Spiegel, for a dynamic evening filled with songs, stories and laughs as they take their roots ‘n’ blues kitchen party from coast-to-coast.
Crossing the globe, commanding both festival and theatre stages, they are seasoned performers, singer-songwriters and storytellers on their own. Witness the magic of these three remarkable and unique artists, showcasing not only their solo works, but their shared collaborations. Click on event for ticket link and more details.
In RAVEN, the artists explore the complex theme of motherhood. Based on their own experiences as artists and mothers, the performers intelligently and strikingly shed light on the stigma of the German term “Rabenmutter” (raven mother) meaning "selfish mother." Click on event for ticket link and more details.
Drawing inspiration from their surroundings, Scandinavian and Canadian composers bring a breathless sense of grandeur and space to this program. Ariel Barnes returns to our stages with two concertos written especially for him. Our OSO Chorus joins us to honour Imant Raminsh in his 80th year as we close our season with his uplifting Gloria!
Joyful, silly, and… soaking wet! Sakasaka is a delightful comedy for all ages that will add joy to everyone’s day! Created by Madagascar’s La Compagnie Zolobe, Sakasaka means “thirsty” in Malagasy. Using only a mop, bucket and a few bottles of water, these three clowns take the audience on many hilarious adventures that gently and sincerely explore the preciousness of water.
In the great tradition of slapstick clowns like The Three Stooges, La Compagnie Zolobe’s clown trio use physical comedy and body language to tell the story while staying completely silent. They are accompanied by two live musicians who play energetic tunes on traditional instruments such as the kabosy (a rectangular guitar) and djembe (drum).
After 10 years of selling out festivals worldwide, the Briefs Boys come to Vernon to air their Dirty Laundry in this brand-new party cabaret you don’t want to miss. With more glitter stains and ballsy attitude than ever before, your favourite Briefs misfits give you a night of intoxifying physicality, gob-smacking comedy, unapologetic truths, and ridiculous showmanship.
Calling all theatre kids: join us for a daring adventure on the high seas! The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre is proud to host Missoula Children’s Theatre for their annual musical theatre summer camp and this year’s production of Blackbeard the Pirate.
What starts as a lazy day at the beach quickly turns into mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard’s treasure begins! Tales both past and present lead us on a search for untold riches. Just where has Blackbeard and his crew hidden their legendary treasure?
For more than 40 years, the Missoula Children’s Theatre has visited communities from Montana to Japan. Their summer camps have been an annual traditional at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre for over a decade. The tour team arrives in town with all the sets, lights, costumes, props and make-up to bring classic children’s stories to life. Over five days, students participate in a fun audition, receive their roles and rehearse the production before performing in front of friends and family.
Everyone gets a role and there are parts suitable for students from grades 1 to 12 with all levels of experience. Among the roles to be cast are the infamous Blackbeard and his crew of pirates, sailors of the high seas, cranky crabs and crocodiles, magical mermaids and seaweed creatures, parrots and even a group of beach bums!
Renowned Canadian hi-hop dancer and choreographer Crazy Smooth brings together an intergenerational group of dancers for an intensely athletic exploration of the evolution of self and the effects of aging on street dancers. Young dancers wow with audacious hip-hop tricks, woven seamlessly with a corps of older dancers who tell their stories of glory and pain through movement and spoken word. Together, they deliver jaw-dropping choreography with a message of community and resilience.