Favourite kids’ entertainers the Kerplunks come to the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium April 14, with catchy tunes guaranteed to get kids engaged, singing along and joining in on the actions. Bass, banjo and kazoo, trumpet, trombone, and more – there’s no better way to put a little spring in your spring step.
A little later in the month, on April 23, the McPherson Playhouse welcomes the stage version of that favourite childhood picture book, Richard Scarry’s Busytown. Be prepared for plenty of music and audience interaction!
Celebration at the Symphony
Toes will be tapping when the Victoria Symphony hosts a Celtic Celebration with The Barra MacNeils March 1 to 3 at the Royal Theatre. Widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world, the Barra MacNeils offer beautiful sibling harmonies complemented by a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments, dancing, storytelling and Gaelic songs to create family entertainment at its highest level.
The symphony turns its attention to the Great White Way with Broadway Spectacular March 30 to April 1. Under the baton of Brian Jackson, the orchestra will be joined by the talented singing and dancing students of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in a showcase of past and present Broadway show-stoppers.
Armed with the colourful repertoire of uncategorizable American music icon Tom Waits, Quebec City’s L’Orchestre d’Hommes-Orchestres (The One Man Band Band) offer an event that is more of a carnival show or musical circus than just a concert. Coming to the Metro Studio, March 25, this bustling orchestra performs the music of Tom Waits using nearly 100 objects and invented instruments on stage, which they hammer and caress in madcap scenes of unbridled energy.
The Belfry Theatre gets busy March 12 to 25 with its annual SPARK Festival, full of new plays, new ideas and a ton of free events, while at the Langham Court Theatre, March brings Rabbit Hole, by David Lindsay-Abaire. How can a family survive when the light of their lives has gone out? This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama offers a view of personal tragedy that is at once mesmerizing and heart-wrenching, but full of compassion, humour and, finally, hope.
Opening April 26 is 1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible, two one-act plays in one from James McLure. In Lone Star, set outside a small town Texas bar, Roy regales his brother, Ray, with stories about his three loves: his country, his wife, and his beloved 1959 pink Thunderbird convertible. In Laundry and Bourbon, Bourbon and gossip flow freely while Elizabeth waits for her wayward husband, Roy, with friends Hattie and Amy Lee.
As the bottle empties, past indiscretions and present fears bubble to the surface.
America’s master contemporary ballet choreographer, Alonzo King, brings his LINES Ballet to the Royal Theatre March 9 and 10. Performing two finely honed and polished pieces, Resin and Scheherazade, the dancers will transport the audience “to an ethereal world where time stops and imagination is King.”
Come March 16 to 18, Ballet Victoria brings Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to the McPherson Playhouse with new and exciting choreography, live music, poetry and painting – West Coast-style. Guaranteed to recharge your soul!
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet visits April 26 to 28 with Svengali, based on the George du Maurier novel Trilby, created and choreographed by Mark Godden. Yearning for public recognition, Svengali escapes the repression of his mother’s ballet studio and finds the beautiful and malleable young dancer, Trilby. Under Svengali’s entrancing influence, Trilby is transformed into the darling of the ballet world but her star ultimately rises beyond Svengali’s powerful emotional grasp.