BRIEFS: Touring American theatre company comes to Brock
A company billing itself as the largest touring children’s theatre in the United States is in the Tournament Capital.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre is spending this week (Feb. 25 to March 2) at Brocklehurst middle school and Kay Bingham elementary.
The stop in Kamloops is part of a year-long tour that’s seeing 47 teams of actors and directors visiting 1,200 communities around the world.
At the two Kamloops schools, students have been cast in a play, The Secret Garden, to be performed on Saturday, March 2.
A pair of matinee shows are scheduled — one at 1 p.m. and the other at 3:30 p.m. — in the Kay Bingham gymnasium.
Tickets are $2 and will be available at the door.
For 40 years, the Missoula Children’s Theatre has been touring across the globe, from its home base in Montana to points as far away as Japan.
It visits communities, holds auditions and casts 50 to 60 students in plays.
The show is rehearsed throughout the week and performed on the weekend.
For more information, visit mctinc.org.
Wood band at Pogue
A Victoria-based band in the middle of a Western Canada tour will play Pogue Mahone this weekend.
The Michael Wood Band kicked off its tour in Saskatoon on Jan. 18 and will be in Kamloops on Saturday, March 2, after swings through Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Frontman Michael Wood said the response so far has been great.
“People hear the songs and see our video for the single End of the World and are excited to have us out to play,” he said.
“It’s been really encouraging.”
For more information on Saturday’s show at the Pogue Mahone, 843 Desmond St. in Brocklehurst, visit poguemahonekamloops.com or call 250-376-4397.
SD73 arts festival
The Kamloops-Thompson school district is slated to once again celebrate the artistic creativity of its students next month at the annual Arts in the High Country Festival.
Scheduled to run March 11 to March 14 at the Sagebrush Theatre, the festival is designed to celebrate arts excellence across the school district.
Twenty-five schools, elementary and secondary, will take part, with guest adjudicators listening to the groups and offering encouragement.
For more information on the festival, contact Lori Jane Froese, SD73’s fine-arts co-ordinator, at 250-376-2266.
Guichon saddling up
Queen Elizabeth couldn’t make it, but the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is getting the next best thing.
Judy Guichon, B.C.’s recently named lieutenant governor and herself an Interior native with strong ties to ranching, is slated to officially open the festival on Friday, March 8.
The festival runs through March 10 and is headquartered at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre.