Producer, director and creator, Katy Bowen-Roberts, is thrilled to be bringing the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular back to the Comox Valley again this year.
The show will take over the Sid Williams Theatre stage on Dec. 6 and 7, including an added matinée. In celebration of the 10th annual show there is a Vancouver Island expansion to now include Victoria. Eight years ago, Bowen-Roberts became a Valley resident and she hasn’t looked back since. Not only has she continued to build this unique theatre experience, which will be seen by over 9,000 people this holiday season, but she has also put down her own roots here by growing her family from two to four.
Bowen-Roberts busies herself year round with her work on this production.
“In February, I had a wonderful time revisiting past shows as well as researching new music for our 10th anniversary show,” she said. “It’s full of surprises and we are also excited to be bringing back a few of our favourites from past years. I am always astounded at how much wonderful music there is to choose from.”
This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza will include new Broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favourites, as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. As part of the 10th anniversary show Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of Abba will be back by popular demand. There will be songs from the old classic White Christmas as well as a stunning arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
The creative team which includes Bowen-Roberts, James Mark (music arranger/director) and Pantuso Dance’s own Lindsay Sterk (choreographer) were overwhelmed by the turnout at this year’s Vancouver auditions. More than 100 talented singers and dancers tried out for the show and this year’s cast has been carefully selected.
Costumes have begun arriving from around the world. Sequins, top hats, gowns, feathers, boas, jumpsuits and character garments have taken over the costume room. Bowen-Roberts is slowly piecing together each of the 14 scenes.
“One of the most exciting aspects of this show is the variety of costumes which our singers and dancers will quickly change into to, to transform from scene to scene,” she said. “I love how each new look represents a completely new style and era of music.”
Tickets are on sale at the Sid Williams box office (250-338-2430). For more information, visit www.yellowpointchristmasspectacular.ca.