SPOTLIGHT Special Presentations
From circus to stand-up comedy, music and more, our SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation Series has something for everyone!
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Words of Our ChiefsSpotlight Special Presentation Series
$15 Youth < 18
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Savage Society’s Words of Our Chiefs on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre as part of the 2018/19 SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation Series.
The Savage Society performs a staged reading of Words of Our Chiefs; a dramatic enactment of the Laurier Memorial, an historical document petitioning Sir Wilfred Laurier in 1910 by the Allied Chiefs of the Interior Tribes of British Columbia, to recognize and help them fight for aboriginal rights. This powerful document outlines the Aboriginal experience in the BC interior since first contact.
Signed by the Secwepemc, Syilx and Nlaka’pamux peoples at Spences Bridge, British Columbia in 1910, the ideas and emotions expressed in this 108 year old historical document remain relevant to the First Nations experience today. Created with community members of Lytton and the Nlaka’pamux Nation, contributing artists in Words of Our Chiefs include Kevin Loring, Aaron Wells, Kim Harvey, Ron Dean Harris, Sandy Scofield and N’laka’pamux community members.
The performance will be opened by a performance by Mariel Belanger, a Vernon-based multi-disciplinary artist of the Okanagan Nation, Okanagan Indian Band, Vernon.
Tickets for Words of Our Chiefs are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $15 for students.
SaloonSpotlight Special Presentation Series
$42 Senior 60+
$40 Youth < 18
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Cirque Eloize’s Saloon on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. This performance is the Centre’s 17th Birthday Bash!
Swing open the Saloon doors and rustle up some fun for the entire family with this musical and acrobatic adventure! Inspired by the rich legacy of the Wild West, Saloon transports audiences to a dusty gathering place. The stage fizzes and thrums with infectious energy and phenomenal physical feats as 11 top-level cast members perform for a music-packed theatrical thrill-ride! Prepare to be blown away by a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns.
“The show was inspired by our thriving power, the same strength that has motivated us for nearly 25 years. We borrow from the world of the Wild West, which we have so much in common with: a fundamental commitment to moving forward, toughness and the survival instinct, a tendency for irreverence and a sharing sense of community,” says Jeannot Painchaud, President and Artistic Director of Cirque Éloize and Creative Director of Saloon. “The Saloon is a wonderful playground for work of artistic exploration. It’s also a place of opportunity, one that made us want to try something different. It has the physical energy of acrobatics combined with the poetry of the theatrical approach, punctuated with humour and accompanied by amazing live music. Saloon is bright, funny and musical.”
This creation also marks the first collaboration between Cirque Éloize and the show’s musical director, celebrated Canadian composer Eloi Painchaud (Louis Cyr, Laguerre destuques 3D). Staying close to the musical roots of the artistic director and musical director, who happen to be cousins, Saloon mixes country extracts (Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash) with more festive, folk-inspired compositions. There are four musicians and singers onstage, and all the artists sing or play instruments. Saloon director Emmanuel Guillaume has put together an acrobatic comedy with 11 top-level, multidisciplinary artists performing with exuberance and humour: “Saloon is an invitation to the party, a fertile ground for emotions where everything is permitted. It’s also a meeting of different art forms that were already part of the rich heritage of this mythical place back then,” he said.
A driving force in the circus art reinvention movement, Cirque Éloize has been creating award-winning entertainment content for nearly 25 years and ranks among the world’s leading contemporary circuses. Cirque Éloize has taken part in numerous prestigious international festivals and has seduced both New York’s Broadway and London’s West End. Its productions are crafted for a wide range of audiences and have been embraced by over fifty cultures. In the last 24 years, Cirque Éloize’s eleven shows have proudly boasted more than 4,000 performances in over 500 cities and have been seen by over three million spectators.
Join us for pre-show birthday bash celebrations, to be announced!
Diwali in Vernon FestivalSpotlight Special Presentation Series
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents a partnership with Diwali in BC, Diwali in Vernon Festival on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre as part of the 2018/19 SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation Series.
A week long festival culminating in a multicultural showcase featuring numerous dance, musical and storytelling acts with Samosas and Chai on us.
Stay tuned for more information!
The Cheesecake Burlesque RevueSpotlight Special Presentation Series
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre as part of the 2018/19 SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation Series.
Armed with a sassy-silliness and a g-force of glitter, these girls pack a sparkly punch that will make your heart happy and leave you loving the skin you’re in!
The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue are multiple award-winners who have dazzled and delighted in Las Vegas, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, and Berlin, as well as all across Canada! With influences from cult classics like Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Broadway favourites like Guys and Dolls to imaginative roller coasters like their original Cheesecakes In Space, these girls know how to put on the modern day show-stopper! The Cheesecakes are known for their high-energy acts, standout performers, comedic timing, steamy seductiveness and girl-next-door accessibility.
In 2006, these ladies came together with the desire to create an environment where they could cast off the shackles of their 9-5 jobs and have some silly, sparkly fun. Any civil servant, art teacher, veterinary technician, environmental consultant, or student you meet, may have been out the night before entertaining a crowd, performing for fundraisers, or helping add some sass to an event.
The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue will also be hosting a Sass Class 101:
Unleash your inner diva! Join the Cheesecakes for a 2.5-hour burlesque workshop where participants will learn about the history of burlesque and how to bump, grind, shimmy, shake, and tassel twirl! Spend the afternoon with a group of fabulous, like-minded women and leave feeling great about your body and yourself. One participant in Surrey said “Every woman walked out of there that night with a smile on her face, a strut in her step, and in many cases, some pasties in her purse.” Brave and outgoing students with a ticket to the show have the option to join the Cheesecakes briefly on stage during the performance to strut their stuff.
Workshop participants should bring: heels (or shoes of their choice for dancing), clothing comfortable for moving around, and feel free to GLAM IT UP!!! Boas, gloves, and tassels will be supplied for participants to use.
Women only - Ages 18+
Pre-registration is required, space is limited! Available over the phone through Ticket Seller (250-549-7469).
I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff!Spotlight Special Presentation Series
$30 youth < 18
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents the 15th Annual I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. This SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation is one of Vernon’s biggest stand-up comedy events of the year!
What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with the funniest female comics around! A beloved annual tradition, I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff brings a selection of professional stand-up comedians together for a night of female empowerment guaranteed to deliver side-splitting, tear-inducing laughter. Get the girls together for this annual ritual, and revel in the joys of being a woman!
Stay tuned for the announcement of our headliner at the 15th annual I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff!
Celebrate International Women’s Day with us and some of the funniest women in comedy!
Adult material and situations – may not be appropriate for all audiences.