Ring-ding-a-ding!

Oliver Handbell Ringers and Musaic Vocal Ensemble present
SPRING – RING – SING
a concert of music for voices and bells
Saturday May 4
7:30 p.m.
Oliver Alliance Church
Adults $15 Students $5
Tickets at Oliver Shoes & Fashions and Oliver Pharmacy Remedys Rx or at the Door
Sponsored by the Oliver Community Arts Council

For the first time, the Oliver Handbell Ringers and Musaic Vocal Ensemble will join forces to present a spring concert to celebrate the joy of music and the beauty of song. Audiences will recognize both local groups for their history in our communities of high quality, enjoyable, and uplifting music.

The program will include some selections played by the handbells, some sung by the Musaic singers on their own, and several pieces for handbells and voices together. The music ranges from international folk songs, French Canadian, Tanzanian, Irish, and Scottish, to contemporary Canadian works, secular and sacred, traditional to modern. From gentle and profound to fun and joyful, the brilliance and clarity of the bells and the depth and colour of almost forty voices will entertain, enchant and inspire you.

Oliver Handbells director Helen Wollf and Musaic director Frances Chiasson expressed their excitement at having the two groups work together… “We are so looking forward to sharing this unique evening of music with the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos.”

One performance only – don’t miss it! Saturday, May 4th, 7:30 p.m. at the Oliver Alliance Church. Visit www.musaicvocalensemble.ca for more information.

Hop to the museum April 22

Easter Monday at the Museum
Spring has arrived and Easter is around the corner! So, put on your brightest spring-coloured clothing and come celebrate with us at the Museum on Monday, April 22 from 1 – 4 pm (bunny ears not required but highly recommended). This is a free, kid-friendly event celebrating spring and Easter with an egg hunt in the Museum, Fairview Jail, and Heritage Garden where kids can find eggs and turn them in for candy and prizes. Don’t want to hunt for eggs? Then show us your creative side with some crafts and colouring pages.

The Museum itself will be open to the public on Monday, April 22 from 1 – 4 pm, so be sure to explore our new permanent exhibit gallery while you’re here. Take a selfie with your family and friends in the selfie booth, visit the prisoner in the Fairview Jail, and if we’re lucky the Heritage Garden will be starting to grow again. So, come out and celebrate Easter Monday with the Museum staff, have some fun, and enjoy the spring weather!

Good hooch & hoofin’ it up

Shhh! Keep ‘er hush hush, there’s an underground cocktail party coming up at the Firehall Speakeasy. Guys Suit Up! Dolls Dress to Kill! It’s $25 to get past the Big Mutt at the door. That price also gets you your first Dubh Glas Distillery cocktail, and a seat for the show: The Jazz Cafe Trio! Don’t spill the beans, we don’t want our Prohibition Bash to get busted!

Prohibition Bash! Speakeasy Cocktail Party
w/ the Jazz Cafe Trio
Saturday, April 27
7 p.m.
Firehall Brewery
6077 Main Street, Oliver
Tickets $25

Dance “stretches” across styles

Experience Montreal’s vibrant dance scene first-hand when RUBBERBANDance Group presents Vic’s Mix at Oliver’s Venables Theatre on Saturday April 13. Reflecting the freedom and openness of the ebullient Quebec dance scene, this one-of-a kind dance troupe will bring their unique style and choreographic method to BC this spring.

Founded in Montreal in 2002 by artistic director Victor Quijada, RUBBERBAND was immediately recognized for its complex, physically demanding choreography which brings together breakdancing, classical ballet and dance theatre.

Since then, RUBBERBAND has become a touring sensation, representing Canada at the Expo is Japan and presenting many hundreds of performances throughout Quebec and Canada along with frequent tours to Holland, Belgium, the United States, Mexico and England.

In 2016, the company brought Vic’s Mix to the stage with both humorous and serious moments, Vic’s Mix is a kind of “best of” the company’s work and orchestrating the creative clash between urban pop and classical composition. The performance spans the immense territory explored by RUBBERBAND, extracting jewels from their creative repertoire.

Choreographer and artistic director Victor Quijada was born in California in 1976 to Mexican parents. Over the past dozen years, he has developed a unique style of choreography that extols the various artistic influences that stimulated him as a dancer – the power and spontaneity of hip hop, the rigour and virtuosity of ballet, along with the evocative power of contemporary dance. Vic’s Mix also features the lighting design of Yan Lee Chan, original music by Jasper Gahunia along with the “mix” of various classical composers and costume design by Camille Thibault-Bédard.

RUBBERBANDance Group is presented by Venables Theatre with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program (of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council) along with the Coast Oliver Hotel.

Don’t miss RUBBERBANDance on Saturday April 13th at 7:30pm at the Venables Theatre, 6100 Gala Street, Oliver. Tickets are only $29 (students $15) and are available online at www.venablestheatre.ca

SOAP Theatre sets stage for O-Zone Festival

SOAP Theatre’s finale for the 2018-19 season is Lawrence & Holloman by Canadian playwright Morris Panych, staged at the Venables Theatre April 26 – May 4. It is also their entry into the Okanagan Zone (:”O-Zone”) Festival (May 17 – 25, in Salmon Arm).

Lawrence & Holloman is the dark and twisted story of a cynical and suicidal accounting clerk (Holloman) who gets taken under the wing of a happy-go-lucky, ever-optimistic suit salesman (Lawrence).

​Lawrence the optimist tries to teach Holloman the pessimist how to live happily and remain positive, until his own good luck starts to turn… Lawrence’s fiance dumps him, his car is demolished, his dog goes missing, he loses his job, and his apartment is burned to the ground… and that’s just the beginning!

Cast & Characters

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Vance Potter plays LAWRENCE, the overly-optimistic, self-absorbed suit salesman who is simply blind to or in denial of anything that can go wrong.

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Jim Dinwoodie plays HOLLOMAN, the cynical accounting clerk that can only take so much of Lawrence’s cheery optimism before taking matters into his own hands.

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Lisa GLudovatz plays AN, who precedes D in name only. She is a Jill-of-all-trades, and has a talent with crayons and noise-making devices.

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Diane Gludovatz plays D, who has a knack for showing up unexpectedly and making strange, thought-provoking sounds.

Is happiness determined by our outlook on life? Or can our destiny be changed… by another?
​”The dramatic universe of… Morris Panych is an exquisitely well ordered place. Genuinely funny… smart… carefully crafted… and neatly delivered.” — Globe & Mail