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Season Events

Zaniac Comedy Show
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre presents

Zaniac Comedy Show

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Oct 21, 2023 At 2:00pm
Zaniac 500 X 625

$12 All Ages

He’s baaaaack...! With the energy of ten thousand suns, The Zaniac shines like a comedy beacon as he bounces from one end of the stage to the other like an untamed rubber band. Jaws will drop and eyes will pop as Alex juggles bowling balls, giant knives, and slices vegetables in half with a flying playing card.

The “Professional Zaniac,” who’s been cracking jokes onstage for almost 15 years, zigzags between physical stunts and non-stop comedy. During the show vegetables are sliced in half by flying playing cards, flaming torches and bowling balls are juggled with ease and every audience volunteer leaves the stage in triumph.

A self-described “human cartoon,” his show isn’t only for the kids in the family. “I try to make my show like the movie Shrek, super entertaining for the kids but there’s a whole other level of comedy for teens and adults,” says Zerbe.

Frog Belly Rat Bone
Axis Theatre presents

Frog Belly Rat Bone

Adapted by Chris McGregor from the book by Timothy Basil Ering, published by Candlewick Press
 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Mar 2, 2024 At 2:00pm
Frog Belly Rat Bone 500 X 625

$12 All Ages

Incorporating beautifully handcrafted puppets and an original pop/rock musical score, Cementland comes to life as two enigmatic garbage collectors tell the story of a very special boy whose singular wish is to find a TREASURE!

One day, the boy discovers a rusty tin box packed with colorful envelopes and an old wrinkled note: "Put my wondrous riches into the earth and enjoy." So the boy opens the envelope and tosses the contents - "hundreds of tiny gray specks" - onto the ground. Nothing happens! But night will come and the specks must be protected from junkyard thieves so the boy invents a guard… "he gathers wet smelly socks, moldy old pillow stuffing and scraggly wire bringing his creation, Frog Belly Rat Bone, to life.”
Frog Belly isn’t the sharpest, or the quietest, but it works. In time, Cementland blooms with beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables, and the junk pile of dark grays yields to an explosion of colour. With some strategy, strong communication, a lot of patience and goodwill, we can all grow wondrous riches, transforming dark surroundings into something beautiful.

Recommended for ages 3+.

Run time: 40 minutes.

The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre presents

The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Wed, Apr 10, 2024 At 7:00pm
Very Old Man 500 X 625

$12 All Ages

In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings. After consulting with the neighbour – who’s an expert on all things magic – the couple decide to shelter him in the chicken coop and feed him with food scraps. A wise woman says he’s an angel. The priest says he’s an imposter. Pilgrims flock to see him and leave with something different than what they expected.

Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s darkly comic tale, the show taps into both the best and worst of mankind, wryly examining the human response to those who are weak, dependent, and different. Using a combination of music, puppetry and live video projection this magic-realist gem is brought to the stage with beautiful, strange, emotional richness.

“Transcendently beautiful” – The Scotsman (five stars)

“Near theatrical perfection” – The Arts Review (five stars)

“Totally engrossed” – Edinburgh Festivals for Kids (five stars)

“There is as much for adults to enjoy... as there is for children”- Mail on Sunday (five stars)

Run time: 45 minutes

Recommended for children 8+ and adults of all ages.

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre presents


Lightwire Theatre
 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Apr 28, 2024 At 3:00pm
Dino Light 500 X 625

$20 All Ages

Family pack: four tickets for $64

Lightwire Theatre’s glow in the dark adventures are visually stunning and have dazzled audiences all over the world with their cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance.

In this original story, a famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When the dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love.