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Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre 2015/16 season offers intimate shows with renowned artists

The Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre is a new, 275-seat community theatre in Revelstoke that was completed in 2012. The clean and modern facility is getting a reputation for attracting renowned artists to play intimate shows not available in larger centres.

The Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre has unveiled their full 2015–2016 season line-up, featuring some sure sell-outs like Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, Sean McCann of Great Big Sea, amazing Vancouver musician Dan Mangan, the energy-filled gypsy jazz of female act Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, and many more.

The series features comedy, gypsy jazz, classical music, ballet, contemporary dance and four outstanding kids’ shows.

It’s paired with six films from the Music in the Mountains series that brings the best of multicultural programming from the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre is offering big savings when you buy season passes and multi-show packages.

Save $70 with the Begbie Pass at $190. Or buy any four performances and receive 20% off. Only available online at the Revelstoke Arts Council.

Here is a multimedia preview of what’s coming up this season.

 

Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre by the month: November

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures

When: Thursday November 5, 2015 – 7:30pm.

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Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, a four-woman band showcase a unique flavour. Photo: Michel Pinault.

A cocktail of energy-filled gypsy jazz music, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, a four-woman band, showcases their originality and offers a new show sparkling with invigorating ingredients.

It includes subtle harmonies, modern inflections and playful shams. Add to this an assortment of brilliant songs, a dash of poetry and a great deal of humour, this cultural melting pot also has a pinch of Cuban flavors, a hint of Argentinean languor and an exquisite Quebecois whiff.

These women are pioneers in a domain usually reserved for men and precursors of the gypsy wave that swept across Québec. This quartet continues to reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences.

From standards to original compositions, the Imposteures’ musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate and leave room for unbridled creativity from four talented and accomplished young women.

“Their stage act is full of spirit, humour and camaraderie and they readily engage the audience, often venturing into the crowd while playing, making for a very down to earth but uplifting musical experience.” – CBC News, Saskatchewan

www.christinetassanetlesimposteures.com

Tickets: $15 (Buy 4+ tickets and receive a 20% discount).

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

An evening with Séan McCann of Great Big Sea

When: Tuesday November 10, 2015 – 7:30pm.

Sean McCann's show is a mix of song and story. Photo: David Howells.
Sean McCann’s show is a mix of song and story. Photo: David Howells.

Séan’s love for Newfoundland and Labrador folk songs shot him to international fame as a founding member of the renowned group Great Big Sea.

After millions of albums sold, countless hit songs, and record breaking tours around the world, Séan realized that his 20 years with the band had to stop. Music is supposed to connect, heal, and bring happiness, and while Sean was giving that to tens of thousands of people a night, he himself was lost.

Instead of finding truth in his music he was using it to hide so he left the band and started over.

In 2014 Séan released his first album, post band life. Help Your Self is a collection of songs that helped Séan find his truth and a path towards dealing with issues of addiction and abuse, which has taught him to find strength from pain.

The journey to find his own peace, love and happiness continues through music and a new album that will be released one song at a time. You Know I Love You is a happy collection of songs made by a man intent on being happy.

Tickets: $25

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

When: Saturday November 14, 2015 – 3pm.

Come along for some kids theatre with this classic comic strip show. Photo: Publicity shot.
Come along for some kids theatre with this classic comic strip show. Photo: Publicity shot.

Brought to you by Kelowna’s very own, highly successful and ridiculously prolific Bumbershoot Theatre.

Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. His friends think he’s a “good man,” but poor Charlie Brown can’t seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl. We join him and his friends, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, and his faithful dog, Snoopy in a story of wild optimism and utter despair.

After battles with kites, blankets, school, and baseball, the Peanuts gang slowly begins to realize what makes them happy.

www.bumbershoottheatre.com

Tickets: Kids $5, Adults $10.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Force Majeure

When: Wednesday November 25, 2015 – 7:30pm.

An avalanche not only changes lives but could be grounds for divorce in Force Majeure. Photo: Publicity shot.
An avalanche not only changes lives but could be grounds for divorce in Force Majeure. Photo: Publicity shot.

What: Movies in the Mountains

Revelstoke Multicultural Society & Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre present Movies in the Mountains – the best multicultural films from the Toronto International Film Festival. This series runs on the last Wednesday of every month.

Director: Ruben Östlund, Country: Sweden/Norway/Denmark/France

An impulsive decision in a moment of crisis drives a wedge between a husband and wife in Ruben Östlund’s gripping moral drama, which became a critical sensation at Cannes in 2014.

Östlund’s film confirms the Swedish director as one of the most daring and audacious filmmakers to emerge in the last decade. On a family skiing vacation in the French Alps, Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) and Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) are enjoying lunch with their two children, when the sudden, shocking threat of an avalanche prompts an impulsive, and perhaps unforgivable, reaction from Tomas.

Although in the event life and limb are preserved, the marriage bond between Tomas and Lisa may be shattered forever, and the film grippingly and incisively measures the fallout from Tomas’ fateful response.

Replete with bravura sequences, from the frighteningly realistic avalanche scene to the incredibly extended crying jag that teeters between the harrowing and the hilarious, Force Majeure is “an unsettling psychological thriller … visually stunning [and emotionally perceptive” – Peter Debruge, Variety.

Tickets: $8 (Three Film Pass $20, Si Film Pass $30).

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Ha Ha Harem

When: Thursday November 26, 2015 – 8pm.

Check out this all-female comedy show with Revelstoke’s own Katie Burrell. Photo: Publicity shot.
Check out this all-female comedy show with Revelstoke’s own Katie Burrell. Photo: Publicity shot.

The Ha Ha Harem is a brand spanking new comedy show featuring an all female cast of stellar comedians.

Revelstoke’s own locally grown comic Katie Burrell is coming home to fill us in on what it’s like being a mountain girl come city slicker and she’s set to bring with her some of Vancouver’s finest ladies of laughter.

Burrell, former Stoke FM radio host, was last seen here on stage at the Big Eddy where she sold out her solo show. Now she’s back and joined by the wonderful Katie-Ellen Humphries and headliner Erica Sigurdson.

Described as a sugar-coated razor blade, Sigurdson is a dominating force in the Canadian stand-up comedy scene. This femme-fatale has a darkness to her sense of humour that she tempers with a little smirk.

Come early to grab a drink in the foyer and secure your seat for a great night out. The Ha Ha Harem is guaranteed to be Ha Ha hilarious.

“Erica Sigurdson is one of the best standups this country has to offer.” – The Georgia Straight.

Tickets: $20

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Dan Mangan

When: Friday November 27, 2015 – 8pm.

Dan Mangan's latest sound is darker and more complex, but just as affecting as anything he’s done before. Photo: Publicity shot.
Dan Mangan’s latest sound is darker and more complex, but just as affecting as anything he’s done before. Photo: Publicity shot.

Never one to rest on his laurels or do what’s expected of him, Dan Mangan has, yet again, transformed his sound. From the traditional, stripped-down acoustic folk of 2010’s Nice Nice Very Nice, to the sweeping orchestration and avant-jazz arrangements of 2012’s Oh Fortune, Dan Mangan works best when he’s moving forward and challenging himself.

And what’s more challenging than departing from the sound, that has earned you two Juno Award wins, international critical accolades, and radio chart success?

His latest release Club Meds, released in 2015 by Arts & Crafts, is a departure both sonically and thematically. The music is darker and more complex, but just as affecting as anything he’s ever done, with the richness and honesty of his singular voice ascending over the music.

The critically acclaimed album includes Vessel, both a Top 5 charter on Canadian radio as well as the focus song from the film score he wrote for Hector and the Search for Happiness, starring Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike.

www.danmanganmusic.com

Tickets: Adults $25, Youth $15

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Spot

When: Sunday November 29, 2015 – 11am and 3pm.

Get the kids enjoying theatre with Spot's latest adventure to his dad's farm. Photo: Publicity shot.
Get the kids enjoying theatre with Spot’s latest adventure to his dad’s farm. Photo: Publicity shot.

Together with Spot, toddlers and their parents will have a new adventure in the theatre. Spot will take the audience to the farm of his father Sam, where all the animals are lost.

Spot and his friend Helen are going to need the help of the audience to find all the animals and bring them back to the farm. Can everybody recognise the sounds of the animals and help spot and Helen to find them?

Tickets: Adults $10, Kids $5.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

 

Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre by the month: January

The Nautical Miles

When: Saturday January 16, 2016 – 7:30pm.

Four-piece alternative roots band from Vancouver, The Nautical Miles. Photo: Publicity shot.
Four-piece alternative roots band from Vancouver, The Nautical Miles. Photo: Publicity shot.

The Nautical Miles are an adventurous four-piece alternative roots band from Vancouver, BC. Together, they have spent a decade crafting richly textured and emotionally complex folk music around the thoughtful lyrics of songwriter Corbin Murdoch.

Their songs tell stories steeped in the natural and emotional histories of the Pacific-Northwest. Migratory mammals, extraordinary and ordinary humans, historic and urban mythology are all subjects in the narratives they spin.

Hailed as “a new kind of folk music” by Alex Varty of The Georgia Straight, the Vancouver band continues to push the boundaries of contemporary Canadian roots music. They have collaborated with visual artists, choreographers, bluegrass bands, and brass quintets. With this band you can never be sure what is going to come next, only that you don’t want to miss it!

The Nautical Miles are: Corbin Murdoch – vocals and acoustic guitar, Tim Tweedale – slide and electric guitars, Simon Rotheisler – bass, Rachel Tetrault – voice, Lucas Schuller – drums and percussion, Brendan Krieg – drums and percussion, Alison Gorman – trumpet, Ellen Marple- trombone.

www.thenauticalmiles.com

Tickets: $15.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Cascadia Reed Quintet

When: Friday January 22, 2016 – 7:30pm.

Cascadia Reed Quintet, from Kamloops, are a group with a unique blend of wind instruments. Photo: Publicity shot.
Cascadia Reed Quintet, from Kamloops, are a group with a unique blend of wind instruments. Photo: Publicity shot.

One of the newest groups on the music scene, Cascadia Reed Quintet are a unique blend of wind instruments performing a variety of arrangements, ranging from impressionist Claude Debussy to the jazzman Billy Strayhorn.

Kamloops Symphony Chamber musicians: Marea Chernoff, Oboe/English Horn; Shawn Earle, Clarinet; Colin MacDonald, Soprano/Alto Sax; Olivia Martin, Bassoon; A-K Coope, Bass Clarinet.

Tickets: $15.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Jimmy’s Hall

When: Wednesday January 27, 2016 – 7:30pm.

In 1930s Ireland, political activist Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward) faces deportation for running a community hall for the arts. Photo: Publicity shot.
In 1930s Ireland, political activist Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward) faces deportation for running a community hall for the arts. Photo: Publicity shot.

What: Movies in the Mountains

Revelstoke Multicultural Society & Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre present Movies in the Mountains – the best multicultural films from the Toronto International Film Festival. This series runs on the last Wednesday of every month.

Director: Ken Loach, Country: United Kingdom

Recounting the incredible true story of activist Jimmy Gralton and his deportation from Ireland during the country’s “Red Scare” of the 1930s. “Lovely [and] heartfelt … infused with a gentle romanticism that buoys the film without cheapening the gravity of its subject.” — Scott Foundas, Variety

Tickets: $8 (3 Film Pass $20, 6 Film Pass $30).

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre by the month: February

Corb Lund And The Hurtin’ Albertans

When: Wednesday February 3, 2016 – 7:30pm.

Road dogs, Corb Lund and the band headline Canadian country and folk festivals. Photo: Scott Council.

The fourth-generation rancher and former frontman of the punk and metal band, The Smalls, has been a road warrior since releasing his album Cabin Fever in 2012, which shot to number one in Canada.

Corb Lund is a Juno Award winner with multiple Canadian Gold Records to his name, he also won the Canadian Country Music Awards Roots Artist of the Year eight times running.

Although it may look like a quartet onstage, the Hurtin’ Albertans are really a seven-piece band according to Lund, “because Grant plays a bunch of stuff”. This includes mandolin, banjo, Dobro, and the baritone guitar.

“Grant and I have a complex system of hand signals because I don’t use a set list,” Lund said. “We’ve got seven records’ worth of material now, so every show is different. I find it more interesting that way.”

Road dogs, Lund and the band headline Canadian country and folk festivals, as well as gigging at New York City nightspots and America’s finest honky-tonks.

The Washington Post, exclaimed: “Lund is a revelation, laconic and scary smart, with a devil’s eye for details.”

www.corblund.com

Tickets: $35.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Classics & Alice In Wonderland

When: Saturday February 13, 2015 – 7pm.

Motus O's choreographed Alice in Wonderland hurls you into another world. Photo: Publicity shot.
Motus O’s choreographed Alice in Wonderland hurls you into another world. Photo: Publicity shot

Motus O Dance Theatre turns 25! In celebration of this quarter century milestone the company will be touring and performing their finest repertoire, which includes a selection of their most popular nostalgic and classic short dance pieces that have been entertaining audiences worldwide.

Following this spectacle the company will then perform their first original family show Alice in Wonderland, an innovative production that hurls you into another world.

This witty and vibrant work, rich in athletic choreography coupled with mime, spoken text and music, is as accessible to children as it is to adults.

This performance includes local youth performing live with Motus O’s professional cast on stage. Local high school students will end the Classics portion of the program in an internationally toured piece, Nothing in Between. Younger performers will have the opportunity to learn and perform roles in the company’s rendition of Alice in Wonderland.

Tickets: Adults $15, Kids $5.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Timbuktu

When: Wednesday February 24, 2016 – 7:30pm.

Herder Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly. Photo: Film still.
Herder Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly. Photo: Film still

What: Movies in the Mountains

Revelstoke Multicultural Society & Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre present Movies in the Mountains – The best multicultural films from the Toronto International Film Festival on the last Wednesday of every month.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako, Country: France / Mauritania / Mali

Set during the early days of the 2012 fundamentalist takeover of northern Mali and inspired by real people and real events, the new film from the great African director Abderrahmane Sissako (Bamako) is a searing drama about the everyday woes and resistance of ordinary people in a city overrun by extremist foreign fighters.

Under Timbuktu’s new rulers, music, laughter, and sports have been prohibited, and kangaroo courts hand down horrendous and absurd punishments. When a proud, independent herder living on the outskirts of the city accidentally kills a man in a dispute, he experiences first-hand the nightmarish perversion of “justice” practiced by the occupiers. Luminous, lyrical and poetic, Sissako’s magisterial Timbuktu movingly attests to the human will to resist the terrors of absolutism.

Tickets: $8 (3 Film Pass $20, 6 Film Pass $30).

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre by the month: March

Boundless by Ballet Kelowna

When: Thursday March 3, 2016 – 7pm.

Boundless is an exciting mixed repertory programme bursting with the themes of youth and love. Photo: TDFolio.ca
Boundless is an exciting mixed repertory programme bursting with the themes of youth and love. Photo: TDFolio.ca

Ballet Kelowna returns to the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre with Boundless, a mixed repertory programme designed to engage and inspire audiences of all ages.

The company premieres a unique work that dynamically portrays a social issue impacting young people today. Created in collaboration with Okanagan youth, renowned Canadian choreographer Matjash Mrozewski, and acclaimed Canadian composer Owen Belton, this innovative new work aims to ignite conversation and initiate social change. Glas, a fresh and youthful work by 2015 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Awardwinner Gabrielle Lamb, is inspired by the stunning blue-green colour of the Bow River in Alberta, and was commissioned by The Banff Centre in partnership with Ballet Kelowna.

The dancers’ athleticism and technical prowess will be on full display in a signature classical excerpt, and Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando remounts one of her own popular works. From exciting new contemporary ballets to the classical masterworks, come witness Ballet Kelowna at its best in Boundless!

Tickets: Adults $15, Kids $5.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Sycamore String Quartet

When: Sunday March 20, 2016 – 3pm.

Kamloops Symphony Chamber musicians are the Sycamore String Quartet. Photo: Publicity shot.
Kamloops Symphony Chamber musicians are the Sycamore String Quartet. Photo: Publicity shot.

Haydn’s sublime humour and perfect form pave the way for two quartets similar in name only. R. Murray Schafer’s quartet was composed as a 50th birthday gift; Schubert’s Rosamunde unfolds as both a long-breathed poem and suave love song.

Kamloops Symphony Chamber Musicians: Cvetozar Vutev, Violin; Annette Dominik, Violin; Ashley Kroecher, Viola; Martin Krátký, Cello.

Program:

Haydn – String Quartet #1 in G Major

Schafter – String Quartet #5 ‘Rosalind’

Schubert – String Quartet #13 in A Minor ‘Rosamunde’

Tickets: $15.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Samba

When: Wednesday March 30, 2016 – 7:30pm.

Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in ‘Samba’. Photo: Publicity shot.
Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in ‘Samba’. Photo: Publicity shot.

What: Movies in the Mountains

Revelstoke Multicultural Society & Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre present Movies in the Mountains – the best multicultural films from the Toronto International Film Festival. This series runs on the last Wednesday of every month.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, Country: France

A recent migrant to France, Samba Cissé (Omar Sy) fights to stay in his adopted country with the help of a rookie immigration worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg), in this winning drama from the directors of the breakout hit Les Intouchables.

Three years ago, Les Intouchables became one of France’s biggest breakout hits, charming audiences across Europe and then the world. Much of its charm flowed from its co-star, the exuberant Omar Sy. That performance soon led to a role in the X-Men franchise and the beginnings of a global career. If you are yet to discover the appeal of Omar Sy, just watch Samba.

Washing dishes in the back kitchen of a fancy hotel is hardly Samba’s European dream, but it gets worse when a bureaucratic slip-up lands him in detention. There he meets Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an immigration worker new to the job and unused to the hard realities of life on France’s bottom rung. When Samba is released but slapped with an order to leave France, Alice begins to let her professional role bleed into her personal life.

Marking a shift from the broad integration comedy of Les Intouchables, directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache craft a nuanced story here, inflecting the drama of Samba’s predicament with humour that emerges naturally from his growing friendship with Alice, and with a fellow migrant played by the always-engaging Tahar Rahim (A Prophet). There’s even a graceful turn to romance, as Samba and Alice find themselves drawn together by both their similarities and their notable differences

Tickets: $8 (3 Film Pass $20, 6 Film Pass $30).

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre by the month: April

Snow White by DuffleBag Theatre

When: Sunday April 24, 2015 – 3pm.

Get involved with this interactive theatrical show of the classic story, Snow White. Photo: Publicity shot.
Get involved with this interactive theatrical show of the classic story, Snow White. Photo: Publicity shot.

In their refreshing adaptations of fairy tales and Shakespearean classics, DuffleBag Theatre invites audience members into the show to play the main parts! The resulting excitement and spontaneity creates hilarity for all and forms a perfect introduction to the classics. Since 1992, DuffleBag Theatre has wowed audiences of all ages across the country.

Tickets: Adults $10, Kids $5.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre by the month: May

Hamelin: A New Fable By Axis Theatre

When: Saturday May 7, 2016 – 3pm.

Hamelin: A New Fable, delivers a strong message about the importance of keeping your word. Photo: Publicity shot.
Hamelin: A New Fable, delivers a strong message about the importance of keeping your word. Photo: Publicity shot.

This comedic, heart-tugging musical retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, features a cast of six professional actors and musicians using masks and puppets in Axis Theatre’s unique physical theatre style.

In 13th century Germany, Medieval Hamelin Town is way too big for its lederhosen. Governed by a spoiled Mayor, his mommy and stuffy corporate types who have no interest in its hard-working townsfolk, the town is primed to learn some important lessons in life from our heroes, 10-year-old twins Celeste and Ralph.

When it seems that no one, other than their Opa Johannes, ever keeps their word, they come up with a plan to make the grown-ups wake up and smell the strudel.

After the ridiculous new taxes render this tight-knit family homeless, desperate for help, they encounter a hapless “Minstrel”, a flute that has seen better days and of course, lots and lots of rats! With surprising plot twists, Hamelin: A New Fable, is an engaging revisit to one of the world’s most endearing fairytales.

Tickets: Adults $10, Kids $5.

Box Office: Buy tickets online and access online discounts here. Enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.

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