The annual variety showcase is back this Sunday, May 27, 3-5 p.m., at White Rock’s Kent Street Activity Centre (1475 Kent St.).
Producer and organizer Shirley Logan said she has been bending every effort to improve on last year’s popular show by including an even wider range of entertainers from the Semiahmoo Peninsula community.
That includes two separate groups of junior dancers from Loretta Sramek’s Spiral Dance, plus old friend Rice Honeywell Sr. (of Red Beans and Rice fame) on piano, playing ever-popular jazz standards.
Logan, who was one of the founders of the Vancouver Classic Jazz Band Ball in 1991, has also included another jazz act – one of band instructor Rob Leeder’s Elgin Park Secondary combos – in the line-up.
The combo features Josh Harnak and Jessica Lin on saxes, plus Strauss Wilesch on piano and Paul Chen on guitar.
“They’re Grade 10 students and they’re fabulous,” Logan said.
Two members of the Kent Street Choristers group, Heather Reid and Joyce Key, will both be heard in unusual solo roles in the show, accompanied by choir director Gale Lindenthaler.
The versatile classical recorder group The Sandpipers will also be heard, and, to provide a complete change of pace, there will be stand-up comedy by Jessica Crane.
Kent Street favourites, The Three Tenors.– also known as Russ Morgan, Bill Lewis and Terry Kirstein – will also be featured, an d, at press time, Logan was still trying to confirm the presence of another well-known singer who lives locally.
“I was trying to get the biggest variety I could,” Logan said.
“We’re going to have a bit of everything, from little kids to some of the older performers. It’ll be new and different – I think it’s going to be a winner.”
Tickets ($8) will be available at the door, or can be reserved by calling the centre at 604-541-2231.