Well, well. Another year almost over and done. Christmas shoppers and our usual first little sniff of snow, and wow! Driving is hazardous. I am all for encouraging you to stay off the roads when conditions are dire, but then I discovered the beauty of the snow tire. Just give me a traffic report and I'm good to go. The show must go on!
The Young People's Opera Society of BC (YPOSBC) is holding a Christmas concert at Northwood United Church (at 88th Avenue and 156th Street) at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. YPOS president George Austin invited me to come and I would if I could, but I am scheduled to be in the White Rock Players' panto, Pinocchio, until Dec. 29, with two shows on Boxing Day. That's why I need the snow tires.
So it's up to the rest of you to support this group of young singers. I would give you more information about the concert, but it was sent to me on Facebook and I get my computer all tangled up when I try to enter my Facebook account. So, here it is everyone: All I want for Christmas is for you to send me your information not using Facebook. Better is just a simple note via email, to melminty@ telus.net. Posters are for posting, so I use them to admire your creative artwork but not for extracting information.
Rock Theatre Co., started by Katherine Stadel (nee Bethell), strives to put the "rock 'n' roll" experience into your theatre life while providing opportunities to performers and designers that will rock their inner theatre nerd. Stadel is on the board of White Rock Players, has volunteered with Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society and works for Arts Club Theatre Company in bookings. So I'm thinking she is pretty busy already, never mind starting a theatre company.
Rock Theatre staged A Shpadoinkle Musical: A Tribute to the Music of Matt Stone & Trey Parker in the spring, which had enough success that Stadel decided to do a New Year's Eve show. It's called A Revue at the Revue - "a hip New Year's Eve Rat Pack era-themed musical revue." It's at the Revue Stage on Granville Island on Monday, Dec. 31. Doors at 9 p.m., show at 10. Tickets are $30 for early birds (purchased before Dec. 21) and $35 after that date, all taxes and fees included. It's an all-ages show in a licensed venue. Tickets at www.vancouvertix.com or call 604-629-8849.
The show will be hosted by the boisterous Madam Va-Va Voom (Anne Marie de la Giroday), with musical direction by Kerry O'Donovan, a White Rocker currently keeping the cast of Pinocchio on pace with his brilliant piano renderings. O'Donovan has a real understanding of musical theatre, and you know the music is going to be good if he is on keyboard. Also featured onstage will be Andrew Wade, Aaron Lau, Danielle Lemon, Melissa Clark, Henry Beasly and more. I'm told they will even throw in a glass of champagne and a party favour for you and your friends. This should be a fun show at which to celebrate the coming of the next year.
Also of note this week: Applications for Semiahmoo Arts' next "Art on Display" exhibition, BC Coastal Winter, are now available on the group's website. Art of all media is welcomed; the deadline for applications is Friday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. The exhibition will run from Jan. 12 to Feb. 22.
Remember, winter is officially here as of Saturday. We can survive this winter easily with snow tires, maybe a nice knitted toque, a great pair of boots and a little lively entertainment.