Children’s Showcase is reportedly the longest-running children’s entertainment series in the province and they are celebrating their 30th anniversary this season.
To celebrate the occasion they will mount a one-hour extravaganza of local talent beginning this Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Cleland Theatre at the Penticton Community Centre.
The hosts and musical headliners for the show are the newly-formed group, The Super Cooligans under the leadership of Bobby Bovenzi, known to the community as the rhythm specialist – the “African drum guy.”
Bovenzi can often be seen leading a drum circle at the Penticton Farmer’s Market. He also offers school residency programs in the area.
The prospect of joining the band and performing for this show spurred on lead singer Yanti Sharples-Rowland to write a few songs. Songs like “The Big Mud Puddle” and “My Twirling Dress” will be premiered on Jan. 12.
As a young boy growing up in the Okanagan, another band member Thomas Tumbach (violin and trumpet), was inspired to study music after he watched percussionist Bill Usher at a Children’s Showcase performance in the 1990s. Now the father of four, it is Tumbach’s turn to be the performer on stage.
Milan Starcic (rhythm guitar), Chris Ward (bass guitar) and Thomas Hunter (drum kit) complete this “funky rock world beat” sextet.
The Super Cooligans will be joined by special guests Cheline Lacroix (dancer), Jenny Moon (mime/clown), Warren Hooley and Austin George (inspiring rap artists) and Jake and Damien Evans (urban dancers).
Tickets are available at the door on the day of the show.
Advance purchase tickets are only available in the form of a series ticket. One series ticket will provide admission to the three remaining shows in the series: The Super Cooligans (Jan. 12,) Peter and the Wolf with Figura Theatre (Feb. 9) and Robin Hood with Dufflebag Theatre (April 27.)
Series tickets can be purchased at The Beanery Coffee Company on Victoria Road.
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The Arts Palette is written by David Finnis, publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1217, 9533 Main Street, Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0.