The Scene

Lauren Benson as Dick, Marina Cyr as George Merry, Jaimie Reynolds as Tom Morgan,  Cassie Strain as Anne Bonney and Black Dog, Mia Jones as Nigel in Surrey Youth Theatre Company’s presentation of Treasure Island. - Contributed photo
Lauren Benson as Dick, Marina Cyr as George Merry, Jaimie Reynolds as Tom Morgan,  Cassie Strain as Anne Bonney and Black Dog, Mia Jones as Nigel in Surrey Youth Theatre Company’s presentation of Treasure Island.
— image credit: Contributed photo

Grease is the word

There are still tickets available for tonight’s (Feb. 19) show of Elgin Park Secondary’s virtually sold out Feb. 19-23 run of the ever-popular ’50s high school musical Grease.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)

Director Stan Engstrom has assembled a cast of 30, plus 10 stage crew for the show, which also features a 10-piece band directed by music teacher Al Henderson, and choreography by Carol Seitz.

Featured are Harrison McDonald as Danny, Kylie Edwards as Sandy, Chanel Stasiuk as Rizzo and Alun Gunderson as Kanicki.

In addition to the numbers from the Broadway musical, this version also includes popular songs from the movie version, including Grease Is The Word, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy and You’re The One That I Want.

Tickets are available from the school office (604-538-6678) or at the door.

Film festival

The White Rock Social Justice Film Festival returns Feb. 22 and 23 with a ninth-annual series of thought-provoking documentaries, screened at First United Church (Buena Vista Avenue and Centre Street).

The seven films have have been chosen to help inform the community, and provide support for neighbourhood action on important issues facing Canadians today.

In Four Horsemen (Feb. 22, 7 p.m.), 23 international thinkers talk about how the world really works and why there is still hope in re-establishing a moral and just society, while David Versus Monsanto (Feb. 23, 10 a.m.) shows how one farmer stood up against a massive multi-national.

Haiti: Where Did The Money Go? (Feb. 23, 11: 30 a.m) asks the key question of why so much money bought so little relief from a disaster, while The Future of Medicare (Feb. 23, 2 p.m) documents a now famous town hall meeting calling for a renewed and strengthened federal-provincial health accord. On The Line, (Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m.) offers unmatched eco-adventure through the wilderness, following the route of the proposed $5.5-billion Enbridge oil pipeline and Oil In Eden (Feb. 23, 4:35 p.m.) chronicles the Enbridge proposal in detail.

Wrapping up the festival on an inspiring and upbeat note is the the musical documentary Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song (Feb. 23, 7 p.m.) tracing the social activism of the world-famous performer.

Admission is by donation.

For more, visit whiterocksocialjusticefilmfestival.ca or email Herb at spsi@shaw.ca

Treasure Island

Pirate denizens of the Caribbean shores will invade Surrey Arts Centre this week as Surrey Youth Theatre Company (SYTCO) presents a rollicking new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s immortal adventure Treasure Island.

The always delightful ensemble, ranging in age from nine to 16 (with a couple of adult exceptions), will demonstrate the power of theatre to enlist audience imagination in this version, specially written for them by SYTCO founder and artistic director Susan Pendleton and featuring costumes by Rosemarie Hezelton.

While the show is family-friendly, it is recommended for older children (seven plus).

Performances are Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. at the centre’s main stage, 13750 88 Ave.

For tickets ($19.75 for all performances, or $26.75 for the matinee show plus a ‘Pirate Pickins’ reception with the cast) call 604-501-5566, or visit http://tickets.surrey.ca

The Good Game

There’s laughter aplenty at Coast Capital Playhouse where White Rock Players Club’s production of Quesnel playwright Roy Teed’s popular The Good Game, runs to Feb. 23.

You don’t have to be a passionate fan of hockey – or a theatre snob – to enjoy this earthy locker room sit-com about four over-the-hill hockey players reuniting to face a much younger team for a charity game.

First-time director Lisa Pavilionis has lined up great performances from a solid ensemble, including Paul Cowhig, Pat McDermott, Andrew Wood, Roger Meloche, Lunne Karey-McKenna, Keaton Mazurek and Dave Carroll, and the production values are above average.

The warning of coarse language, however, is no exaggeration.

For tickets ($18, $16 students, seniors and Coast Capital Savings members), call 604-536-7535 or visit www.whiterockplayers.ca

Jazz at Blue Frog

Jazz fans won’t want to miss the recording of another Live From Blue Frog event, an evening with the Oliver Gannon’s Quartet (Feb. 23, 8 p.m.) at the popular White Rock studio and live venue.

The well-known guitarist, who was for many years a Peninsula resident, will be joined by three of the best go-to talents on the West Coast jazz scene: Miles Black on piano, Blaine Wikjord on drums and Jodi Proznick on bass

For tickets or more information on the show, call 604-542-3055, or visit www.bluefrogstudios.ca

Jazz Society

The danceable rhythms of retro jazz continue each Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240 (2643 128 St.).

Upcoming groups include The Hellions of Jazz on Feb. 24 and Ray Skjelbred’s First Thursday Band on March 3.

Admission is $8 (members) and $10 (non-members). Memberships ($15) are available at the door.

My Fair Lady

Southridge School presents the classic Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady Feb. 27-March 3 at the senior school’s Alan Brown Great Hall.

Directed by drama teacher Jennifer Kelly, the classic story of spirited Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her imperious speech and deportment mentor Professor Henry Higgins) promises to be a singing-dancing delight,

Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.southridge.bc.ca or by calling 604-535-5056.


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