Three members of the eccentric Saltmarsh clan, Hepzibah (Steve Weller), Ebenezer (Michael Charrois) and Arabella (Jacqueline Becher), provide chills – and laughs – in Royal Canadian Theatre Company
Three members of the eccentric Saltmarsh clan, Hepzibah (Steve Weller), Ebenezer (Michael Charrois) and Arabella (Jacqueline Becher), provide chills – and laughs – in Royal Canadian Theatre Company's thriller spoof It Was A Dark and Stormy Night, at Surrey Arts Centre for three performances only, Oct. 7-8.
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IAD Festival

International Artists Day – founded by White Rock artist Chris MacClure – returns to the city as usual on Oct. 25 (Picasso's birthday).

But this year's celebration – now a month-long event – actually gets under way this week at the city's Pop Uptown arts space at 1459B Johnston Rd. (near Thrift Avenue just north of Hilltop Mall).

Throughout the week featured artists Georgina Hunt, Jill Charuk and Richard Tetrault will be displaying their work at the space and sometimes painting on location there.

In addition, Tetrault will speak on his work Thursday (Oct. 6), 7-9 p.m.; the public will have an opportunity to explore their own creativity at a Art & Wine Party, Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m. ($50 each, all supplies and instruction included); and noted celebrity artist Dave Benning will do a demo and talk on his portrait techniques on Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m.

Partial proceeds from the events will help fund IAD High School Fine Art Bursaries.


Spooky spoof

Latest production of Ellie King's Royal Canadian Theatre Company, the comedy chiller It Was A Dark and Stormy Night, materializes briefly at Surrey Arts Centre this week for a three-performance run (Oct. 7-8).

Tim Kelly's skewering of Hollywood 'old dark house' thriller cliches is ideal Halloween-season fare (suitable for older children), and part of Royal Canadian Theatre Company's second year of producing a three-play series at Surrey Arts Centre and the ACT Maple Ridge (with an extra stand-alone run at Metro Theatre in Vancouver).

Directed by RCTC founder and artistic director King, the comedy concerns a group of strangers forced to take shelter from a storm at an old inn in Boston – home to the eccentric Saltmarsh family and haunted by the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier.

Starring as the three Saltmarsh cousins are RCTC regulars Steve Weller (in drag as Hepzibah), Jaqueline Becher (as Arabella) and Michael Charrois (as the dangerous Ebenezer).

Krystle Hadlow – well known from White Rock Players Club productions – plays the role of dancer Belle, a key witness to a crime, fellow South Surrey-ite Stephen Fowler appears as salesman Smiling Sam, and Cloverdale's Jennifer Lane plays strange servant girl Olive.

Also on the scene are a hard-nosed detective (Taz Kandwhani) several young nurses (Elyse Ritchie, Evelyn Clarke, Amy Goheen) two college students (Kay Lozada, Julian Legere) and a state trooper (Kevin Sloan).

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7 and 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

Tickets ($10 to $28) are available at tickets.surrey.ca or by calling 604-501-5566.


Frankenstein 1930

Pre-Halloween chills are assured in the White Rock Players Club's current production Frankenstein 1930, by Fred Carmichael – an updated retelling of Mary Shelley's classic tale that sets it in the era of its first talkie adaptation.

Running to Oct. 15 at the Coast Capital Playhouse, the play, directed by Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan alumni Dann Wilhelm, features Elliott Figuera (Rev. David Lee in Beach House Theatre's The Foreigner) as obsessed scientist Victor Frankenstein; Janine Guy as Gorgo – a female counterpart to the traditional henchman Igor – and Jerret Schwartz as The Creature.

Also featured are Gary Pettinger as the august Dr. Hellstrom, Lauren Gloanec as Elizabeth, Brad Dewar as Henry and Colleen McGoff-Dean as Aunt Frederica, with support from Chantelle and Kris Dewar, Paige Thomsen, Lionel Rust and Charles Buettner.

For ticket reservations and showtimes, call 604-536-7535, or visit www.whiterockplayers.ca


Blue Frog

Blue Frog Studios in White Rock is venue for a continuing series of concerts bringing world-class performers to the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

Coming up tonight (Oct. 5) at 7 p.m. and Oct. 6 (7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.) is The Piano Man, Ryan Langevin's electrifying tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel, presented by Rock.It Boy Entertainment.

Tickets are $42.50 plus facility fee and service charges.

The venue is located at 1328 Johnston Rd.; tickets are available at 604-542-3055 or to book seats online – or find information on other Blue Frog concerts – visit www.bluefrogstudios.ca


Islands music

Pianist/bandleader Rice Honeywell will bring his experienced touch to jazz standards – featuring his twin keyboards – at Islands Cafe, 1237 Johnston Rd. Thurday (Oct. 6) at 7 p.m.


Author reading

White Rock writer Robert Boyd will read excerpts from his latest novel Portia Bench – a B.C.-based  thriller – Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Pelican Rouge Cafe at Central Plaza.

The free event is part of Boyd's launch of the just-published book.

The novel tells the story of engineer Clint Matheson, who finds himself in a race against time to complete construction on a new highway project through the Cascade Mountains by the completion deadline of Expo '86.

The natural geological feature Portia Bench seems to provide a perfect route through the mountains – but Matheson must battle multiple disruptions to the project, including a First Nations legend that says the area is haunted, a series of strange, possibly supernatural sightings, and, ultimately, murder.


Live at Club 240

A consortium of Peninsula musicians and music promoters – including the White Rock Blues Society – is collaborating with the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240 to build the legion's 'Club 240' brand as a dance-oriented venue for live music on Friday nights.

The Semiahmoo Musical Consortium's Live At Club 240 program – which plans to offer multiple genres of music to reach the largest audience – starts this week, running every Friday, except for special holidays (such as Remembrance Day, Nov. 11).

The line-up so far is Big City Soul (Oct. 7), The So Tight Band (Oct. 14), Incognito (Oct. 21), Souled Out (Oct. 28), March Hare (Nov. 4), The Ocean Park Wailers (Nov. 18) and No Quarter (Nov. 25).

The legion is located at 2643 128 St. Doors open each Friday at 7 p.m., with the music starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets ($20) are available at the legion box office (604-535-1043) or online at www.brownpapertickets.ca



Veteran singer-songwriter Medderick returns with The Jokers and Prophets Band, Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. at the White Rock Elks Lounge, 1469 George St.

A figure in Surrey and Vancouver-based bands since the 1960s, Medderick has been a longtime musical collaborator of singer-songwriter Steve Gidora, including, in recent years, performing guest-vocalist spots on a couple of Wheat In The Barley CDs and co-producing the original album Jokers and Prophets.

Backing Medderick for the concert will be Gidora, on bass, mandolin, and Irish bazouki; Mickey Hovan, drums and acoustic guitar; Randy Schultz (Swamp City), lead guitar and Jan Sentell, back up vocals.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Elks lounge and Bean Around the World Coffee at Johnston Road and Thrift Avenue.


Trad jazz

The White Rock Traditional Jazz Society's season of regular Sunday afternoon dances is back at Club 240 (the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch) most Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Upcoming dates include The Bonnie Northgraves Jazz Band (Oct. 9), The Square Pegs Jazz Band (Oct. 16), WRTJS house band Red Beans & Rice (Oct. 23) and The Ben MacCrae Sextet (Oct. 30).

Admission is $10 for WRTJS members, $15 for everybody else; tickets are available from 604-591-7275.

The venue is located at 2643 128 St.

Red Beans and Rice, led by Ocean Park's Rice Honeywell, can also be caught Friday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner show at Porter's Bistro, in Langley's Murrayville district (for more information, call 604-530-5297).



Peninsula Productions begins another season of staged readings at its regular performance space next to Centennial Arena (14600 North Bluff Rd.), Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.

First up is a reading of Euripides' famous drama Medea – directed by the company's artistic director, Wendy Bollard – which, even 2,500 years after it was written, remains a powerful exploration of ideas of honour, family revenge and the eternal war of the sexes.

Thrown aside by her husband for another woman, Medea is determined to exact revenge – and Euripides' sympathetic portrayal of the character's struggle to take charge of her life in a male-dominated world still resonates.

The play is presented with a warning that it is not suitable for young audiences. For tickets ($10) and more information, visit www,peninsulaproductions.org


Touch of Art

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre (14601 20 Ave.) will host A Touch Of Art, a show and sale of new work by six award-winning artists, Oct. 15 and 16, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Adriana Molina, Sandra Tomchuck, Alyson Thorpe, Mary Stevenson, Audrey Bakewell and Reet Herder are all members of the South Surrey White Rock Art Society and promise a variety of painting and mixed-media styles to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

Herder captures the beauty and essence of life around her through her nature scenes, florals, still life and portraits, while Stevenson creates works using textiles, fibre and other mixed media.

Bakewell likes to mix the unexpected with her love of bold color while Thorpe paints exquisite florals and Molina and Sandra Tomchuk are known for their moody acrylic scenes.



A non-profit seniors' entertainment troupe is looking for new members in a variety of roles and positions within the organization.

The Vaudevillians have been performing throughout the Lower Mainland since 2002.

The group is currently restructuring and looking for personnel, including a new artistic director to oversee the 2016 show and rehearsals – and to write and cast the show for 2017.

The Vaudevillians are also looking for an M.C. – someone who’s comfortable on stage, able to relate to and connect with the audience, introduce numbers and tell some jokes.

New members are also needed to fill the following positions: sound tech, backstage manager, and as performers (singers, dancers, comedians).

Except for the position of artistic director, who is eligible for an annual honorarium, these are all volunteer positions.

For further information, visit thevaudevillians.com or contact entertainment@thevaudevillians.com.


Sunshine at night

There's something special about open mic evenings – not only are you likely to hear a variety of music that most venue programmers can't present, but you might just catch an early performance by a rising star, or a surprise appearance by an established performer trying some new material.

Semiahmoo Peninsula open mic king Dennis Peterson – a man with a good eye for White Rock and South Surrey's growing pool of experienced and developing talents – is offering a regular show, 6-9 p.m. most Saturdays at The Good Day Sunshine Cafe, #100-2950 King George Hwy.

With dinner, drinks and dessert also on the menu, it's a good venue to settle in for an evening of unexpected musical treats, and there's no restriction on taking pictures of the performers (although Peterson asks that anyone wanting to video record a performance seek advance permission of the artist).


Morrison Music Nights

Morrison Cafe's Morrison Music Nights, is a regular monthly dinner/concert series in Ocean Park, offering a three-course fine-dining-with-music experience in the licensed venue.

On music nights, dinner is served from 5 p.m., followed by the concert, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets for the monthly presentations ($40) are available at the cafe, at 12855-16th Ave.

The series is being coordinated by well-known musician Randy Schultz (Swamp City), who said it fits in with his long-standing objective of developing local venues capable of providing viable showcases for chronically under-valued professional musicians, rather than simply offering the more usual 'open mic' opportunities.

For more information, call 604-531-3636 or 604-721-0872.


Orchestral recruits

The more than four decades–old White Rock Community Orchestra, now led by newly-appointed conductor Paula DeWit, welcomes new musicians of all experience levels, and is currently seeking violin, viola, oboe, bassoon and saxophone players.

For details, call president Don Miller at 604-807-0560 or email papadon1812@hotmail.com, or visit http://whiterockcommunityorchestra.org


Call for symphonists

Now celebrating its 30th concert season, the Fraser Valley Symphony is seeking new members in the violin, viola, and percussion sections, but also welcomes inquiries from other interested professional-calibre musicians.

Performing alongside world class instrumental and vocal soloists, the orchestra provides an opportunity for auditioned musicians to present a variety of music to audiences throughout the region.

Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings, in Abbotsford.

Contact info@fraservalleysymphony.org or call 604-859-3877.

















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