Actress/writer Julia Mackey stars as a veteran returning to Normandy for the anniversary of D-Day in Jake’s Gift, coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 20.

Actress/writer Julia Mackey stars as a veteran returning to Normandy for the anniversary of D-Day in Jake’s Gift, coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 20.

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The Vernon Performing Arts Centre prepares for a busy couple of weeks with shows almost every night.

The coming weeks at the Performing Arts Centre are as busy as they come. With new shows loading in and out almost daily, there is something for everyone on the menu:

Today, join the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s glorious Requiem at the Performing Arts Centre.

Joining the Symphony will be a vocal quartet featuring the talents of Melina Moore, Dana Luccock, Isaiah Bell and Alan Corbishley.

Written at the height of Mozart’s creative power, the Requiem is among the most inspirational pieces in classical repertoire. Tickets are still available online at www.ticketseller.ca or at the door within one hour of the performance start time at 7 p.m.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is back at the Performing Arts Centre Monday at 7 p.m. in a fundraiser for Vernon Search and Rescue.

Shown will be some of the greatest outdoor adventure films of the year featuring a film on skiing with Vernon’s own Paralympic silver medalist Josh Dueck, paddling, climbing and much more in this adrenaline-filled evening. Tickets can be purchased through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

The District of Coldstream municipal election forum is coming up Tuesday.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and ask questions of the district’s candidates. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the Performing Arts Centre Society’s children’s theatre fund.

I first heard Isabel Bayrakdarian performing the haunting ballad Evenstar as part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy that was concluded in 2003.

Her flourishing career has also taken her to such heights as the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, and on Wednesday, her alluring vocals will be heard, accompanied by her husband, pianist and composer Serouj Kradjian at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

On Thursday, internationally renowned singer, songwriter and recording artist Ian Tyson comes to the Performing Arts Centre.

Best known for his song Four Strong Winds, this Victoria-born Order of Canada recipient has been an active part of the country music scene since 1959.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW.

Ballet Kelowna returns to the Performing Arts Centre with Breaking Boundaries, Saturday, Nov. 19. It’s an evening of Okanagan-born ballet celebrating the moments in time that will leave a lasting impression.

Breaking Boundaries starts at 8 p.m. with tickets on sale through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

Sunday, Nov. 20 is a double bill at the Performing Arts Centre.

Headlining the event is Julia Mackey’s Jake’s Gift starting at 8 p.m. It’s a surprisingly funny and powerful drama about a Second World War veteran returning to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

Before the show and starting at 7 p.m. is Songs of the War Years by Sally Evans and Molly Boyd. It’s a sentimental musical journey from 1939 to 1945 with songs like Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and We’ll Meet Again.

Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

And the Cirque Theatre Company and Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics are presenting their production of Alice in Wonderland on Nov. 25 and 26.

This high energy show uses a dynamic fusion of circus arts, drama, dance, gymnastics, acrobatics and storytelling to weave a tale about Alice and all the crazy characters in Wonderland.

There are three performances to choose from starting at 7 p.m. on the Friday and at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on the Saturday. Tickets can be purchased through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

Enjoy the shows!

–– Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Vernon Morning Star

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