Holly-day mood at concert

The Holly Jolly Oliver! concert will light up smiles on Sunday November 24. Local choirs, dancers, and musicians celebrate winter festivals and fun. The family-friendly event begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Venables Theatre. Admission is by cash donation, with proceeds going to the Oliver Food Bank.  In addition, the event is a drop-off for food bank goods.

The Oliver Elementary Handbell Choir creates a winter mood in the Venables atrium, filling the space with sparkling tones. Jazz vocalist Bianca Berkland will entertain on piano during intermission. 

New performers join Holly Jolly this year. Soul Funktion Dance Studio and Sparkle Dance Academy also strut their stuff. Expect a little bit of bhangra dance in the mix! The rafters will echo with the deep tones from the Okanagan Christian Men’s Chorus, including a Caribbean carol and some hillbilly gospel. Songstress Aimee Grice takes the stage with some heartfelt ballads. A duet from Pl@ss performs a “Snow” dance, with a surprise for the audience thrown in.

SOAP Theatre offers a sneak peek of “Bob’s Your Elf”, their upcoming Christmas comedy by Canadian Norm Foster. Part “Grinch”, part “Elf”, Bob gets an assignment from Santa to help him mend his grouchy ways.  

Back by popular demand is country rock duo Rebel Luv. Tiny Toes from The Dance Studio of Oliver will delight anyone with a soft spot for pre-schoolers dancing.  Gifted siblings Kelan and Laura Harty return to the piano, with an eclectic mix of tunes. JoAnn Turner performs a humorous reading (you try counting all the birds!).  Holly Jolly wouldn’t be complete with Lori Martine conducting her two talented choirs. The Sage Valley Voices and OES Chorus open and close the concert

Everything wraps up with a rousing audience singalong of “Holly Jolly”. Children will receive goodie bags as they leave.  

Holly Jolly Oliver! is produced and presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council. Grand piano courtesy of the South Okanagan Concert Society and Marley dance flooring courtesy of the Oliver Community Theatre Society.

Elf needs self-help

Bob’s Your Elf is the perfect family comedy for the holiday season.

You will recognize The Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, The Night Before Christmas and even the Nativity as the small-town Thithleville Thespians make an attempt to put on a Christmas play that needs some serious work.

In comes Bob, a real live Elf sent by Santa to save the day. Unfortunately, Bob is one miserable and incompetent Elf who first needs to learn a lesson or two about the Christmas spirit.

“You’re bringin’ us down Bob. You’re bummin’ us out…and that’s why I’m sending you away,” said Santa.

Bob the Elf is banished from the North Pole for his bad attitude. Santa sends him to help with a small-town Christmas pageant, where he meets a group of bumbling actors trying to put on Christmas show. Of course, undecided on a theme, they combine the Nativity, A Christmas Carol, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Night Before Christmas into one show. This a hilarious family comedy filled with holiday spirit.

​There will be laughs, silliness, confusion and some tender moments before you know the answers in time for Santa’s big night.

A play full of laughs and just in time for Christmas. Suitable for all ages.​ See our special pricing for children to attend this show.

Written by Norm Foster, Directed by Denny Kaulback

Friday November 29 and Saturday November at 7:00 pm
Sunday Matinee December 1 at 2:00 pm
​Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7 at 7:00 pm

Single Show Ticket Prices
Adults Day-of-the-Show $25/person
Adults in Advance $23/person
Group of 10 or more Adults $19/person (use promo code GROUP)
Students Day-of-the-Show $15/person
Students in Advance $13/person
Children 12 and under $10/person (Special price – this show only!)

A Scrooge to make you smile

Just in time for Christmas, DuffleBag Theatre returns to Oliver Friday December 13 with A Christmas Carol. DuffleBag creates theatrical magic by inviting audience members on stage as stars of the show in this timeless classic.

Penny-pinching miser Ebenezer Scrooge is well known across Victorian London for being far more interested in making money than friends. Above all else, he hates Christmas time and its spirit of giving. On one particular Christmas Eve, several spirits give Ebenezer the surprise of his life, as they whisk him off on a magical journey through past, present and future, to show him the true meaning of the season. From Fezziwig to Tiny Tim, all the favorites are included in DuffleBag Theatre’s exuberant version of the Charles Dickens Yuletide classic!

A Christmas Carol is part of Venables Theatre’s Family ShowTime Series which includes Samajam – Rythmo 2 on Friday January 24th, Will’s Jams, (from CBC Kids) on Friday February 21st and Uzume Taiko on Saturday April 18th.

Family ShowTime is presented by Venables Theatre with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program (of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council) as well as The Coast Oliver Hotel.

A Christmas Carol will delight our audience members on Friday December 13th at 6:30 at Venables Theatre, (6100 Gala Street in Oliver). Tickets are $12.50 or purchase tickets to all four shows for only $40! For more information visit www.venablestheatre.ca