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Celebration Singers bring Broadway fun to the Shatford Centre

Kelowna Celebration Singers are performing at the Shatford Centre May 23 bringing their show Babes on Broadway to the stage in Penticton. - Submitted Photo
Kelowna Celebration Singers are performing at the Shatford Centre May 23 bringing their show Babes on Broadway to the stage in Penticton.
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Modern musical hit songs will fill the Shatford Centre on Friday when the Celebration Singers hit the stage with Babes on Broadway.

The all-female, non-profit singing group from Kelowna has been entertaining Okanagan audiences for 15 years and most recently in Penticton last year for a Christmas concert. Choir member DeAnna MacArthur promises this show is going to be full of fun and energy.

“The Christmas show is very beautiful vocally, but our spring show is so much fun with all the different costumes, dancing, singing and laughs. It is one of the funnest I have been in,” said MacArthur. “We really hope people will come out and get on their feet and dance with us.”

The group has built a reputation in the Okanagan for providing top quality entertainment with high calibre vocal performance and lively choreography. Part of their mission statement is to contribute proceeds to charity such as Elizabeth Fry Society in Kelowna. For this show, 50 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Penticton Rotary Community Kitchen.

“The Shatford has been really great to us so we wanted to give them something back. The people there are so wonderful and have supported our shows and we have seen what the plans are for the kitchen and it is just so cool so we wanted to make sure we helped them out,” said MacArthur.

The Celebration Singers’ broadway concerts started two years ago with songs from the 30s and now they are at modern day broadway hits from the 80s to early 2000’s.

“There will be songs people recognize from the Lion King, Phantom of the Opera. The Broadway show is a little more silly and involves more acting. We have a ton of stuff going on with choreography and full costumes, beautiful melodies and silly dance numbers. I don’t want to ruin anything but I can say we have some great costumes,” said MacArthur. “We have a smaller stage at the Shatford which actually makes our show more interactive with the audience as well.”

The Celebration Singers present Babes on Broadway Three on Friday, May 23 at the Shatford Centre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students and $10 for kids under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the Shatford Centre or at www.eventbrite.com.

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