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Theatre returns to The Great Depression

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 | 6:00 am

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<p>The cast of The Dirty '30s is ready to sing their hearts out. (Photo contributed)</p>

The cast of The Dirty '30s is ready to sing their hearts out. (Photo contributed)

By Holly Miyasaki

On the tail of Canada’s current recession, Theatre Kelowna is presenting The Dirty ’30s, a tribute to the Great Depression.

The cabaret-style show features songs from the Dirty ’30s and was written by Jeff Samin. Samin also created Theatre Kelowna’s last two fall fundraisers – B.C. Follies and Old Time Musical.

The show features Samin, Max Loewen, Marika Haspeck, Doug Armet, Jim Baldwin, Rome Donati, Geoff Ingram, Chris Morley, Ewald Bergen, Denise Wolfe, Howard Eduardo-Darblay, Kate Eduardo-Darblay and Allison MacFarlane.

Musical direction is provided by Sylvia Clerke, who will be assisted by Ron Rubadeau on bass. The actors will perform songs like Summertime and Brother Can you Spare A Dime dressed in costumes from the era.

And audiences will be able to enjoy food and drink while taking in the show, as it’s being held at the Black Box Theatre located within the Kelowna Community Theatre.

“It’s a wonderful intimate place with small cafe tables,” explains producer and Theatre Kelowna vice president Debby Helf. “It’s a great atmosphere and it provides the tenant with an opportunity to make money on the bar and on the food.”

This show kicks off a special season for Theatre Kelowna. The group is celebrating 60 years of providing the community with live entertainment.

“Before there was a bridge…Theatre Kelowna provided the entertainment for this town,” says Helf, who joined the group in 1981 when she took a role as a spider in Babes in Toyland. “For 60 years we’ve been providing a positive creative outlet for performers, backstage people and audiences in Kelowna.”

The Dirty ’30s opens Sept. 24 and runs through to the 27th. It continues Oct. 8-10. Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday  matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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