The universal language of song and dance

Sally “O’Malley” Evans

Looking for something to do this Saturday evening? The Lake Country Performing Arts Society (LCPAS) is putting on a show at the Creekside Theatre and, if past performances are anything to judge by, this one is certain to be an event worthy of making plans for.

Around the World in Music and Dance, as the show is called, draws on different styles of performance from around the globe. It’s the second year that the spring show has run under the same theme but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a repeat of last year’s show.

“We wanted to try and get some different groups for this years show,” said LCPAS Chair Nina McInnes. “We’ve added a trio of Latin musicians, Kiwi, Tahitian and Hawaiian dancers, and an African drumming group from Pentiction this year.”

McInnes says the society’s shows are enjoyed by crowds of all ages but that they resonate particularly well with seniors. That may have something to do with the somewhat nostalgic format of their shows.

The mandate of the LCPAS is to organize variety shows. McInnes says that Creekside Theatre coordinator Horst Jassman does an outstanding job of bringing in touring entertainers, but that there is a niche for local performers that also needs to be addressed.

“We do two shows each year and they just offer a couple more opportunities to support Okanagan performing artists to be seen and heard,” says McInnes. “And I personally like variety shows because we used to have a lot of them in town when I was younger but they’ve become less frequent over the years. It’s still nice to have a show with something for everybody.”

LCPAS is a self-funded non-profit organization with the proceeds of its shows being re-invested in future shows.

Tickets to Around the World in Music and Dance are $22 for general admission or $72 for a group of four. The show gets underway Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

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