Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular shines with talent

By Sara Wilson

The Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular returns to the McPherson Playhouse with an extravaganza of music, dance, lights and decorations.

Producer, director and creator, Katy Bowen-Roberts brings this year’s show back to the McPherson Playhouse from Dec. 8 to 10.

Bowen-Roberts and her team are busy writing and planning their 11th annual production. This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza includes musical tributes to The Beatles, Nina Simone, Rod Stewart and Lady Gaga. Also Broadway show-stoppers from Mary Poppins, hit tunes from Top Gun, a country medley of Shania Twain and Garth Brooks tunes as well as many more classical hits and Christmas favorites including the old classic White Christmas.

“There is something in it for everyone,” says Bowen-Roberts. “This year, we’re trying out some Lady Gaga, which is a bit different and out there, but it’s exciting. The show is basically a bunch of different types of music and Christmas greetings.”

This year’s production is made possible by a cast of 16 professional singers, dancers and musicians who begin an intensive rehearsal period in preparation for opening night.

“This year we have six singers — three men and three women — five dancers, and a live band of five musicians – so 16 in total. We always get a lot of incredible performers, which means we have a hard time casting because if it,” she said.

Lindsay Sterk will choreograph the show featuring colorful, dazzling costumes and a wide variety of music and dance from rock & roll to Broadway.

“I hear from so many people that come (to the show) that it just starts off that holiday season and gives them that warm fuzzy feeling which is what the holidays are all about,” Bowen-Roberts said. Tickets are on sale at the McPherson Theatre box office, 250-386-6121 or www.rmts.bc.ca. There are two matinée performances (Dec. 9 and 10) and two evening performances (Dec 8 and 9). For more information about the production, please visit www.yellowpointchristmasspectacular.ca.

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