A mid-July production about Elvis Presley and his music kicks off the 2012-13 season at Surrey Arts Centre.
Blue Suede Shoes hits the theatre's main stage from July 12-15.
The show will feature world champion Elvis tribute artist Roy LeBlanc in a tale told through the eyes of Presley's longtime business manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker.
Tickets for the production range from $30 to $40 at the SAC box office, 604-501-5566 or tickets.surrey.ca.
Chris McHarge and Colin Stewart (C2 Entertainment) are co-creators of Blue Suede Shoes. McHarge, who plays Parker, is also the director, and Stewart doubles as producer and band leader.
New to Surrey Arts Centre in the fall are "Classical Coffee Concerts" held Thursday mornings in the studio theatre of the Bear Creek Park venue, launching Sept. 27 with flutist Krzysztof Kaczka, of Poland. Seats are $22.50 for each concert in the series, which also features guest performers Ariel Barnes (cello), Sarah Hagen (piano), Martin Chalifour (violin) and Ken Lavigne (singer).
On Oct. 30, humourist/musician Lorne Elliott brings his The Upside of the Downturn show to Surrey Arts Centre.
The season continues Nov. 3 with an afternoon performance of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company's production of Prince Rama in the Wilderness, followed at 8 p.m. by "An Evening of Indian Classical and Contemporary Dance."
Musician David Myles is in the spotlight at the arts centre on Nov. 16, in an acoustictrio setting.
On Nov. 23, one lucky audience member will win a deck built during the interactive staging of DECK: Or How I Instigated then Overcame an Existential Crisis Through Home Improvement. Written and performed by Lucas Myers, the show features original music, observational humour and a sizable patio actually built by the audience. The show comes with a warning of "power tools, physics and partial nudity."
The annual "Sounds of Christmas" concert, featuring Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir, is on Dec. 11 - always a sellout, so jump on this one early.
Next February, a pair of concerts at Surrey Arts Centre will feature veteran local rock band 54-40 (on Feb. 16) and musical-theatre singer Louise Pitre (Feb. 9).
The arts centre's 2012-13 season concludes March 15-16 with a staging of This is Cancer, created by Bruce Horak and Rebecca Northan. Horak, a cancer survivor, plays the dreaded disease as a narcissistic songand-dance man in a gold lamé suit, bringing humour to a tough subject.
Next season's Surrey Spectacular series staged by Arts Club Theatre Company will bring three "fun and entertaining" shows to Surrey Arts Centre for 2012-13. The series opens Oct. 9 with a week-plus run of Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craiglist Cantana, written by Bill Richardson and composer Veda Hille. The two other Surrey Spectacular shows are Michele Riml's Henry and Alice: Into the Wild (Jan. 15-26, 2013) and Patrick Barlow's comedic adaptation of Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (Feb. 26 to March 9, 2013).
SAC's new season brochure offers a "Create Your Own Series" ticket deals, among other subscription packages. More details are online at surrey.ca/arts, or visit the arts centre.