Charlotte Diamond, with sone Matt, is the first scheduled performer for the Venables Theatre's Family Showtime series.

The Family Showtime Series at the Venables Theatre is back — with even more fun than last year.

“This year we are bringing five fantastic evenings of family fun,” said Aimee Grice, Venables Theatre’s Marketing & Events coordinator.

Scheduled to kick off the series this year on October 5 is beloved Canadian singer songwriter Charlotte Diamond.

Charlotte will be joined by her equally talented son Matt and the Hug Bug band, (Linnea Good and David Jonsson). She is best known for favourites like Four Hugs a Day, I am a Pizza (Je suis une pizza), Octopus (Slippery Fish) and All the Nations Like Banana.

Just in time for Christmas, DuffleBag Theatre returns to Oliver December 13 with A Christmas Carol

DuffleBag creates theatrical magic by inviting audience members on stage as stars of the show in this timeless classic.

On January 24, Samajam kicks it up a notch with Rythmo 2. Drumsticks and musical tubes are distributed to all audience members to give them a unique, rhythmic, powerful and energizing experience.

Will’s Jams, (from CBC kids), is a power trio who perform high-energy songs in English and French with fun actions and sing-along choruses. Kids and parents alike will be cheering for libraries, loving their bikes and rallying for vegetables on February 21.

Rounding out the series is Uzume Taiko on April 18. Taiko means “drum” in Japanese and “Uzume” is the Japanese Goddess of Laughter. Uzume Taiko is known around the world for its bold musical collaborations, humour and theatrical stage presence.

Family ShowTime is presented by Venables Theatre with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council.

All performances are at 6:30 p.m. at Venables Theatre (6100 Gala Street in Oliver). 

Tickets to all five shows are on sale now for only $50. Single show tickets are $12.50. For more information visit  www.venablestheatre.ca/familyshowtime.

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