After years of dealing strictly with adults, the Arts Council’s Osoyoos Concert Series is getting a bit childish.
The provider of high-brow entertainment in the community — offering up four concerts a year at the OSS Community Theatre — is offering an afternoon show that is decidedly more down-to-earth.
“We had talked for a few years about doing something for a family event,” said Concert Series chair Ted Osborne. “And then we managed to get a substantial grant from the Osoyoos Credit Union.”
A Children’s Festival is promising an adventure of music, movement and make-believe, delivering seasoned Vancouver-area performers Bobs & Lolo and Nanaimo’s Purple Pirate to the OSS Community stage June 10.
“These people are very good at getting the kids up and being a part of the show, not just singing at them all the time,” said Ted. “It’s an audience-involvement event.
“And we’re really encouraging the parents to be a part of the whole event, to come in with the kids and not just leave them there.”
Inexpensive tickets allow a family to do just that. Seats are just $2 for children (no, that’s not a typo) and $5 for adults.
“So, if a couple of parents have a few kids, they can do the show for $12 or $15 and it’s not going to break the bank,” explained Ted. “We thought this was a really good way to honor our local families — seeing parents and kids having a great time together.”
That should be a given, with the headliners the Concert Series has arranged for the event.
Bobs & Lolo are a five-time JUNO-nominated musical team and the creators and stars of the upbeat musical preschool series Sing, Dance and Play with Bobs & Lolo. The duo was recently named Canada’s Favourite Kids’ Entertainer in a nationwide CBC Music poll.
Nanaimo’s Dustin Anderson has his own way of pilfering hearts, taking to the stage as the Purple Pirate aboard his magic pirate ship. His innovative show is replete with dance, movement and even cannon fire.
“He’s really wonderful with kids and takes them on a bit of seafaring adventure with the Purple Pirate,” said Ted.
Off on an adventure of its own, the Osoyoos Concert Series is hoping for a big afternoon.
“We would love to see this thing sold out. We would love to see a full house — 265 children with their parents,” said Ted.
Tickets for the show are available online at festival.osoyoostoday.ca and can also be purchased at the Osoyoos Times office on Main Street.