Penticton Arts and Culture Notes

Phantom star plays Cleland: International musical star Peter Karrie returns from the United Kingdom to B.C. this month to perform four concerts in the Okanagan Valley, including a visit to Cleland Theatre on Sept. 10.

Phantom star plays Cleland

International musical star Peter Karrie returns from the United Kingdom to B.C. this month to perform four concerts in the Okanagan Valley, including a visit to Cleland Theatre on Sept. 10.

Karrie’s performance in Phantom of the Opera have been acclaimed the world over. In addition to Phantom, Karrie’s voice has been featured in many of the best-know contemporary musicals, like Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess and Evita.

In Penticton, he’s already recruited Tracy Fehr to join him as he sings parts from some of the many musicals he has performed in, including a whole lot of music from his favourite, Phantom of the Opera. Also currently slated to join him are students from the Penticton School of Dance and more youth performers are being added.

A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Penticton and Area Women’s Centre, Penticton School of Dance and the Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre (Wales) for children with cerebral palsy.

Evita auditions

Soundstage Productions is holding open auditions for Evita this Sunday starting at 1 p.m. in the Lakeside Resort ballroom.

The auditions are open to men and women, aged 15 years and up, on a first come, first served basis. Come prepared to sing Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina; Another Suitcase in Another Hall; Rainbow High; Oh What a Circus; On This Night of a Thousands Stars; High Flying Adored; Buenos Aires or bring your own song. Call 250–493–4936 for more info.

Untangled at Leir House

Though a generation apart, Thea Haubrich and Bethany Handfield share a love for colour and texture. From Sept. 8 to Oct. 6, Leir House will be hosting Untangled, a show featuring the two artists’ work in encaustic, a medium that involves painting with melted beeswax mixed with coloured pigments. The versatility of the medium untangles the imagination of artist and viewer alike.

Penticton Concert Band

After their summer break, the Penticton Concert Band gets back to rehearsing on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Hall on Church Street.

They’re also on a recruiting drive, inviting intermediate to advanced musicians from all over the South Okanagan to join the group; an opportunity to “renew” playing of an instrument in a concert band and an opportunity to join an active musical group.

The concert band is under the direction of Gerald Nadeau, and more information is available online at www.pentictonconcertband.ca or by phone at 250-809-2087.