Penner headlines Family ShowTime
at Venables Theatre

There's still time to grab tickets to see Fred Penner at the Venables Theatre in Oliver Friday.

The Cat is coming back to Oliver.

Fred Penner is the opening headliner for the Frank Venables Theatre’s Family ShowTime — a series of four family-friendly performances scheduled through May 2019.

Mr. Penner will play the Venables October 26. He is one of Canada’s most beloved children’s entertainers and well known for the classics The Cat Came Back and Puff the Magic Dragon.

“Millennials will remember Fred as he crawled through a log into the magical land where his CBC TV show took place,” said Aimee Grice, the Venables Marketing and Promotions Coordinator. “He has entertained families for decades and now children in the South Okanagan can experience the magic of his music too.”

Family ShowTime is being promoted as “a special treat for moms and dads, aunts and uncles, guardians and grandparents and anyone else who enjoys a night out with their kids.”

Other performers include Alex Zerbe, Dufflebag Theatre and Axé Capoeira.

Alex Zerbe zig-zags to Venables with the “Zaniac Comedy Show” on January 25th. The Professional Zaniac, who’s been cracking jokes onstage for almost 15 years, bounces between physical stunts and non-stop comedy.

“During his show vegetables are sliced in half by flying playing cards, bowling balls are juggled with ease and every audience volunteer leaves the stage in triumph,” said Ms. Grice.

Dufflebag Theatre joins the showcase March 1 with Sleeping Beauty. Audience members become the stars of the show in this interactive adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

Dufflebag travels the globe and shares their wit and humour enjoyed by all ages. Unpredictable onstage antics, laughter and a whole lot of family fun are in store when DuffleBag Theatre is in town.

Axé Capoeira rounds out the series May 10. Featuring traditional Brazilian capoeira music as well as upbeat vocals and instrumentals, the professional capoeiristas and dancers are showcased at the height of their skill.

Family ShowTime is presented with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program (of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council) along with Tinhorn Creek and the Coast Oliver Hotel.

Tickets to all four shows are on sale now for only $40. Single show tickets are $12.50 and will be available October 1. For more information visit 


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