Kelowna Community Theatre celebrates 60 years with live music and more this fall
Since 1962, Kelowna Community Theatre (KCT) has served as Kelowna’s premiere performing arts venue, bringing world-class music, dance, theatre and comedy to the Central Okanagan. Now, with fall just around the corner, KCT is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary in style with exciting new shows and exhibits.
This September, the public is invited to join the celebration with anniversary presentations of The Gary Cable Project and special guests on the mainstage (Sept. 16 & 17), in addition to a community open house to showcase recent enhancements at the Theatre (Sept. 13).
“The pandemic has certainly been challenging, but it’s also given us the chance to revitalize our facility to ensure it continues to serve our patrons, presenters and local cultural community well into its retirement years,” says Caroline Ivey, Manager of KCT. “Now, with restrictions eased, we can’t wait to welcome our community back to the Theatre to show off all our recent upgrades and celebrate this exciting milestone. And what better way to celebrate than with one of Canada’s most acclaimed musical acts?”
Led by renowned pianist and musical director Gary Cable, The Gary Cable Project is a Kelowna-based nine-piece band whose members have performed and recorded with the likes of Barbara Streisand, The Pointer Sisters, Sarah McLachlan, Ray Charles, Bryan Adams and more. On Sept. 16 and 17, this outstanding lineup will appear with special guests Rosemary Thompson and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO).
“We’re thrilled to be working with Rosemary and the OSO,” says Cable. “The OSO was one of the first organizations to perform at KCT way back in 1962, so it’s very special to have the chance to bring them to the stage as part of this anniversary celebration.”
Proceeds from the performances will be shared between the Gary Cable Foundation and the Central Okanagan Foundation and will be used to support local arts and culture organizations.
Judy Neiser, CEO of the Central Okanagan Foundation, says, “We are delighted to have been chosen by Gary Cable to receive partial proceeds from this exciting event to support arts and culture in our community.” Neiser adds, “Bringing entertainment to the community for 60 years is a significant milestone, and we extend our warm congratulations to KCT on six decades of enriching the cultural life of our beautiful city.”
In addition to Cable’s performances, KCT will offer free tours of its newly renovated facility during a community open house on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The open house begins at 11 a.m., with tours at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Highlights of the refurbishment include renovated back-of-house and dressing room areas for performers, as well as a brand-new gallery space in the lobby called Art@KCT, featuring work from local artists.
Younger theatregoers can also join in on the fun by entering the KCT anniversary colouring contest. Colouring sheets will be available to complete at the Sept. 13 open house and are also available for download now at theatre.kelowna.ca and in Kelowna’s upcoming Fall Activity and Program Guide, available August 9 at kelowna.ca/recreation. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 13, with prizes drawn during the anniversary celebration on Sept. 16.
The Gary Cable Project appears at KCT September 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online, by phone at 250-762-5050, or at the SelectYourTickets Box Office at 1223 Water Street in Kelowna.
This performance is generously sponsored by Coldwell Banker/Jane Hoffman Realty, Gibbings & Associates/IG Private Wealth Management, ChocXO Chocolatiers, Harmony Honda/Harmony Acura, Bekins Moving & Storage and Wentworth Music. Promotional consideration provided by 104.7 The Lizard, Castanet.net and KelownaNow.
Learn more about Kelowna Community Theatre at theatre.kelowna.ca