Creative Current – Song and dance and Hallowe’en fun

Bi-monthly round up of music and theatre in the Ashcroft-Cache Creek area.

Kids Dance Classes offered

Akimbo Dance Studios of Kamloops is bringing dance back to Cache Creek. The eight-week classes start today (Oct. 18) and include various styles like  Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Highland. Classes are for students aged 3 and up and are held at Cache Creek Elementary School.

Time for classes are as follows; 3:15pm – 3:45pm (3–5 yr olds) for Ballet, 3:45pm – 4:30 pm (6–8 yr olds) for Combo I (Ballet and Jazz), 4:30pm – 5:15 pm        (7–9 yr olds) for Highland, at 5:15pm – 6:15 pm (9–11 yr olds) for Ballet, 6:45 – 7:45 pm (9–11 yr olds) for Jazz, and 7:45 – 8:45 pm (12+ yr olds) for Contemporary. Please call 250-374-5404 or e-mail  akimbodance@gmail.com to register.

Halloween afternoon Greenspiel and evening dance

The Ashcroft Curling Club and Creative Cow Concerts will be co-hosting a Greenspiel afternoon of fun and goodtimes with an evening with a dance. The event includes a Halloween ‘dress up’ evening Dance with live music by High Society. The afternoon Greenspiel will run from 10 am to 4 pm. Names for teams will be drawn out of a hat. Teams will get to play at least three games. Prizes available for best Child and Adult Costume. Kids welcome! Entry fee includes Curling and Potluck lunch. For more info about the Greenspiel phone Barb Hoddder at (250) 453-9286 or Janet Quesnel (250) 453-9665.

The Dance featuring Vancouver-based rockin’ blues, soul band High Society starts at 7 pm; music starts at 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door. High Society is an unstoppably dramatic Rockin’ Soul and Blues band, eager to fill your ears and eyes with euphoric excitement and inspiration. Their unique and contemporary take on old school performance and blend of R&B, Soul, Folk, Blues, Hip Hop, and Jazz that has been building them a reputation in theaters, pubs, cafés, street corners and on the radio across Western Canada. The Organizers will be providing designated drivers for the afternoon and evening. Cash Bar and Snacks. For more info call Nadine or Andrea of Creative Cow Concerts at (250) 453-9100.

Strings extravaganza with Infinitus

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society hosts another fabulous Dessert Concert in downtown Ashcroft. Mark your calendars for their November Dessert Concert with Infinitus – a matinee at 2 pm on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Infinitus is a string trio known for their unique sound and upbeat performance style. With  programs that feature polished Classical works and original Jazz, Latin and Hip-Hop arrangements/compositions, audiences can expect a fun and interactive concert experience! It’s amazing the musical concoctions these three award-winning musicians can cook up with just a violin, viola, cello and some vocalizations.

In the Fall of 2008, Infinitus was formed, as a dynamic trio, with John “Adidam” Littlejohn on Violin, and twins Alex and Anthony Cheung on Cello and Viola, respectively. The members hold degrees from the University of Michigan and the Peabody Conservatory and have won numerous awards at the local, national, and international level.

The group has been broadcast on OMNI/CityTV, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and National Public Radio (NPR), and are co-directors of the Vancouver Chamber Players. They are on faculty at the Saint James Music Academy, the Thrive City String Academy, the Thrive City String Boot Camp, and the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Infinitus is dedicated to quality outreach and often performs for schools, nursing homes, hospitals, Native reserves, fundraisers, and correctional facilities. Since 2006, they have performed over 500 outreach concerts throughout North America.

Infinitus  will also be performing in Lillooet on Saturday Nov. 3 at 7:30 pm at , presented by the good folks at Lillooet Music. Tickets are sold at the door or can also be purchased in advance from Created by Design and KC Health in Lillooet. For more info call, 250-256-0614.

A Midsummer Nights Midterm in rehearsals

Local actors are set to throw themselves into a busy schedule of rehearsals as the WRAP Society prepares for the upcoming Community Play called ‘A Midsummer  Nights Midterm. The Cast of 25 is busy memorizing there lines and taking direction from director Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan. You can look forward to some behind the scenes photos in the next Creative Current in two weeks.

The production of Midsummer Nights Midterm runs Nov. 15-17 with three evening performances beginning at 7 pm and a matinee on the Saturday at 2 pm at the Ashcroft Community Hall. Entrance is pay-what-you-can. A big thank you to Literacy Now for their contribution to the production. If you would like to be involved backstage send us an email to windingriversarts@gmail.com or phone (250 ) 453 9100.

Don’t forget in January and February WRAP will be presenting in a comedy improve weekend workshop, followed by four Wednesday night performances of improv and stand up comedy. Step out of the winters blues and get your improv boots on!

Skary-Oke Club crawl : a ghoulish singers dream

Every Halloween, The Log Cabin in Spences Bridge holds a Skary-Oke Party. Co-owner John carves the jack-o-lanterns and the pub is decorated with a fabulous Hilltop Gardens display of giant pumpkins, fancy gourds and broom corn.

Come and  join in on the fun – costumes encouraged and get your best ghostly vocal chords in order for lots of monster Skary-Oke songs for Oct. 27 from 8 pm at the Log Cabin is located at 4857 Chucker Crescent in Spences Bridge. For more info call (250) 458-2215.

The Riv in Ashcroft will also be holding a Skary-Oke on Oct. 27 with Tracie Model will helping you howl out some ghoulish songs into the Witching Hour. Costumes encouraged – the fun starts after 8 pm.

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