Sage Valley Voices: Practicing to entertain you

 Story and photos contributed by Marion Boyd

IMG_7006Almost 50 members of the Sage Valley Voices choir are choosing costumes, fine tuning music at numerous rehearsals and even doing some baking for the delicious goodies planned for intermission. The Spring concert, “That’s Entertainment”, will be

performed Saturday, April 20th at 7 pm and again Sunday, April 21st at 2:30 pm at the Oliver United Church. Tickets are $10 at the door and proceeds go to outreach programs here in our community like the soup kitchen.

The entertainment starts with Songs of the 1890s and runs the gamut of favourite show tunes into the 1990s. Think everything from “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man” from

Showboat right through tunes like “Puttin’ On the Ritz”, “The Impossible Dream”, “Moon River”, “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, “Memory” from Cats, and many more.

Photo 1: Morley Carter, Bass, chooses a costume


Photo 2: Marlene Docherty, Soprano, checking her music with Linda Nunweiler, 2nd Soprano, in background.












Alice DeRoche, conductor, approaches the concert with the finesse of a fine lion tamer. Much loved, she is able to use humour and occasionally a big stick to coax latent talent from the masses.

Photo 3: Alice DeRoche, conductor, setting up sound equipment








Sandy Andres, a superb pianist, provides the accompaniment. Nothing seems to faze our Sandy although she is holding her breath more than usual. She is poised to become a first time grandmother perilously close to the performances dates. We are all offering prayers the sweet little babe does not decide to come early!

Every one of you is urged to come out and enjoy “That’s Entertainment” as we usher in another Okanagan Spring.

Photo 4:  Doreen Visser and Kaye-Marie Yuckin, Altos, taking time for a joke