Creative Current – My Fair Lady opens in Ashcroft on Nov. 20

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of music, arts and theatre in the area.

New Drum Circle Night starts at UniTea on Nov. 19

The Community is invited to a new event at UniTea (100-210 Railway Ave. – beside Peoples) – Drum Circle Night.

Bring your favourite drum or percussion. No experience necessary – some extra drums will be on hand to join in on the fun.

Drummers of all ages and experience welcomed. The first tribal gathering will be Nov 19. Lots of great organic tea & coffee on the brew – to help inspire our collective rhythms.

WRAPS’ production of My Fair Lady coming together

The Cast and Crew of the local WRAPS Production of My Fair Lady are now coming into the home stretch for preparing to present the WRAPS Community Theater presentation of “My Fair Lady” – so the rehearsal schedule has ramped up significantly!

Twelve of the next 14 evenings prior to opening night will be spent in rehearsals, as well as finishing sets and props, tweaking costumes, setting up the audience tiered seating configuration and fine tuning the stage lighting. All of us involved are nervous, anxious but extremely excited about presenting what we feel will be a unforgettable evening of song and dance, of drama and laughter!

The buzz and excitement is building and the anticipation intensifying! The rehearsals for the upcoming WRAPS Theater production of My Fair Lady are well underway. The cast is learning their lines and practicing their dance steps and trying to keep the songs on key. Set design and construction is under way, and the props and costume people are scouring the country side for appropriate period pieces and costumes. This is going to be the entertainment event of the year – and you are not going to want to miss it!

The dates of the performances of My Fair Lady (five shows in total) have been set – so mark your calendars! (Please note the change of date for the Matinee performance).

Friday, Nov. 20 – Evening Performance (Opening Night!) 7-10pm; Saturday, Nov. 21 – Evening Performance  7-10pm; Sunday, Nov. 22 – Matinee Performance 2-5pm; Friday, Nov. 27 – Evening Performance 7-10pm; and Saturday, Nov. 28 – Evening Performance 7-10pm.

All performances will be staged in the gymnasium of the Ashcroft HUB Center (formerly the Ashcroft Elementary School). Admission is by donation!

The cast of the upcoming WRAPS Community Theater production of “My Fair Lady” numbers nearly 40 actors and singers. Almost all of them have at least two costume changes during the performance – and many have up to four!

As the setting for the play is London in the very early 1900’s, you can well imagine the tremendous challenge this presents to Janika Thur, the very busy and resourceful lady whose job it is to scour the country side looking for appropriate clothing and costumes. This includes both men’s and women’s’ and boys and girls attire – both formal and “street” – of all shapes and sizes!

Winter Lights & Singalong

Get your pipes ready for the fourth annual Cache Creek Winter Lights and Christmas Singalong on Friday, Dec. 11.

Hosted by the Cache Creek Beautification Society, this annual event celebrates the festive lights and outdoor decorations around town by recognizing the residents who put them up for everyone to enjoy.

Join in the celebration at this free family event. This recognition is combined with a musical concert that includes a performance of Christmas music by the Desert Bells Hand Bell Choir, carols performed on Baroque recorders and other musical guests, a singalong of Christmas carols and a visit by Santa Claus.

The program isn’t finalized yet, and the Society is still looking for local performers who have a Christmas tune or two in their pocket. Don’t expect any rock concert-quality flashing lights or mega sound system, but there will be a microphone. Call Carmen at 457-1215 if you’re interested.

Hot beverages, home made snacks and other Christmas treats will be available.

The fun begins at 7 pm in the Cache Creek Community Hall.

WRAPS Concert Series

The Nautical Miles, a rollicking seven piece folk/rock band from Vancouver will kick off WRAPS’ Concert Series in January.

Whether collaborating with jazz artists for mash-up performances, with visual artists for a year-long song-blog, with bluegrass bands or brass quintets, The Nautical Miles continue to push the boundaries of contemporary Canadian folk music. They will be performing at the Crossroads Pentecostal Church, 1551 Stage Rd. in Cache Creek on Saturday Jan. 16.

Celebrate the Easter weekend with the beautiful and transcendent music of extraordinary Celtic Harpist and Vocalist Caroline McKay.

This Kelowna musician creates a space where the mystery of harp and the magic of voice become one. Tender Celtic ballads, soul-stirring Spirituals, lively Latin rhythms, original works and classical arrangements are all part of her diverse repertoire.

In April, How Can I Keep from Singing pays tribute to the music of Eva Cassidy – A North American treasure. It’s a hot new show featuring two of Vancouver’s finest vocalists Cayla Brooke and Tom Pickett and a red hot four-piece band.

Sarah Hagen, Classical Pianist, will be here in May to give a virtuoso presentation of classical piano music. Sarah has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive,” performed with “infinite skill.” A visionary and an idealist, Sarah’s performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and spoken word.

For more info www.windingriversarts.ca or find them on Facebook.

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