Artsbeat: Shawnigan loading up its arts calendar for 2013

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• Gregg Perry, drama teacher at Shawnigan Lake School tells us his students will mount Cowichan’s first version of the Tony-Award nominated Hairspray April 11 to 13 at Cowichan Theatre. The musical-comedy deals with “not judging a book by its cover,” Perry said of the work probing prejudice, racism, and bullying “in a 1960s, rock ‘n’ roll romp.” In January SLS offers Enchanted April in the Wilkinson Theatre, plus the Greek tragedy Euripides Hecuba in May in the Wilkinson.

• Chemainus Theatre’s musically-tinged 2013 lineup sees spotlights shining on the rock ‘n’ roll musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; farcical Delicious Lies; musical-review Good Timber; Hollywood musical Singin’ In The Rain; drama A Pretty Girl; mystery-drama Dracula; and Noel musical-drama It’s A Wonderful Life.

• Cowichan Valley Hospice Services has booked half of its 2013 Reel Alternatives’ film-screening schedule for the Cowichan Theatre. Jan. 21, Monsieur Lazhar; Feb. 25, Moonrise Kingdom; March 25, The Intouchables; April 22, Beasts of the Southern Wild; and May 27, Still. Tickets are $12, $5 students, rows A-C series February to June, $50. Call 250-748-7529. All proceeds go to Hospice.The Reel Alternatives committee comprises Diane Branter, MaryAnn Deacon, Gwyneth Evans, Leanne Forest, Barb Grimes, Annette Gupton, Brian Hoskins, Janet Hicken, Mona Kaiser, Louise Ketilson, Maeve Maguire, Alan MacInnes, David Minkow, Howard Martin, Charles Rowley and Dianne Whetstone.

• Noted Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo and sidemen Jay Stevens and Gordon Grant-Baird gave a jammed Duncan Garage Showroom a rockin’ seasonal gift during Saturday’s great show. Gogo used a rack of pretty guitars on Dec. 8 originals and standards — from B.B. King’s The Thrill Is Gone, to Just Like Jesse James, and Please Fine My Baby — plus yuletide tunes Christmas Tears, Santa Claus Is Back In Town, and Merry Christmas Baby.Christmas blues rating: 9 tears out of 10.

Peter W. Rusland has been covering Cowichan’s arts and entertainment community for two decades. If you’d like to add to this column, reach him at arts@cowichannewsleader.com.

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