Five years ago, Katy Bowen-Roberts promised to create a new Christmas tradition for local audiences.
It looks like she has delivered.
Next month, the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular turns five years old.
In December 2007 producer, creator and director, Bowen-Roberts, opened the first professional Christmas show at the Cedar Community Hall.
This December she will bring another new professional show to the community and will be showcasing many talented musicians and performers from across the country.
“At the beginning of December, the Cedar Community Hall will be transformed into a mini-Christmas wonderland by the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular carpenters,” Bowen-Roberts says in a press release.
“Thousands of lights and decorations will be hung from the ceiling and walls. The Santa’s Elves will be getting back to work as volunteers in the Christmas gift shop, on the door and serving hot mulled apple cranberry and butter tarts.
“This is an event that embraces local communities and shouldn’t be missed and has for many families become a Christmas tradition.”
Sixty dancers and singers were auditioned in Vancouver in June.
Nanaimo violinist and composer James Mark has finished arranging the music for the show.
Shawna Parry, presently performing with the Vancouver Opera in West Side Story, is busy designing her choreography.
Bowen-Roberts went back to London, England again this year for some dazzling costumes and is looking forward to filling the stage with sparkle.
This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza will include a Buddy Holly and friends tribute, Michael Jackson hits, Dirty Dancing and Flashdance hits, wartime tunes including Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, medleys from Bizet’s Carmen and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker as well as many more classical hits and Christmas favourites.
Seventeen performances are slated From Dec. 7 to 18, including two performances at the Old Church Theatre in Courtenay.
Bowen-Roberts says most shows were sold out well in advance last year.
For ticket information, call the Port Theatre Box office at 250-754-8550 or visit www.porttheatre.com.