Venables shows off versatility
with performances this weekend

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

Venables patrons will see two different sides of the Oliver theatre this weekend — a family-friendly Friday evening followed by a gracefully frank Saturday night.

Friday, Fred Penner, one of Canada’s most beloved children’s entertainers, is the opening act for the Venables’ Family ShowTime, a children’s series that includes four different acts over the next six months.

Millennials will fondly remember Mr. Penner crawling through a log to the enchanting land where his CBC television show took place. The crawling might be behind him, but Fred still knows how to perform, his 45 years of commitment to a musical career providing him with a talent that artfully blends performance and communication.

Fred’s on the Venables stage beginning at 6:30 p.m. accompanied by long-time friend Paul O’Neill. Series tickets are only $40 for all four Family Showtime events — the three other performers this season are Alex Zerbe: The Professional Zaniac, DuffleBag Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty and Axé Capoeira — or individual show tickets can be purchased for $12.50.

Saturday, a literary classic gets a dance interpretation as Ballet Kelowna portrays the tragic, frank tale of Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski in a stage performance of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Tennessee Williams’ classic tells the story of two sisters — one clinging to a bygone era, the other embracing the reality of post-WW2 life in America. Dancing as it does between present and past, between real-time New Orleans and old-world Mississippi, the work’s dreamlike transitions are particularly well-suited to balletic interpretation.

Ballet Kelowna brings its artistry to the Venables Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for students.

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