What’s New Pussycat?
New Vintage Theatre is in the last days of rehearsal before their much anticipated annual fundraiser and season launch, The Black Cat Cabaret.
This weekend’s event, held at The Black Box Theatre, is a lively, irreverent one where New Vintage announces their upcoming season in between scenes, songs and comedy sketches. A 10 Minute Play Competition is the centerpiece of the event and this year four plays made the finals: The Grind by Andrew G. Cooper of Kamloops, Green Alibi by Catherine Cunningham-Huston, Cancel My Appointments by Natasha Daly of Kelowna and the comedy The Hammer Shop by past winner Logan Mullin from Vernon.
The winner is awarded a cash prize and an unusual often hilarious trophy, The Black Cat Cup.
“Every year our artists go all out at The Black Cat,” said Artistic Director Bonnie Gratz. “Not only do we get to perform cabaret songs and scenes but we get to perform new short plays by Okanagan artists. Our audiences also get into it by dressing up and they vote on the winning play. It is a crazy fun celebration of the arts. This year over 40 artists will be performing,”
Fifteen local businesses have also contributed hotel packages, jewelry, wine and collectables to The Black Cat which also serves as New Vintage’s major fundraiser for the year. One lucky audience member will also get to take home a pair of diamond earrings worth $500 from Premier Jewellery and Loan.
“It is the perfect Valentine’s event. We encourage everyone to dress up in lover’s red or black cat to fit in with our party, set in London’s Kit Kat Club,” said Gratz.
The Black Cat Cabaret runs Feb.11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at The Black Box Theatre. It is a 16-plus event.
Advance tickets are foe sale for $25, are available from www.selectyourtickets.com or $35 at the door (cash only).
For more information about this not for profit, charitable professional theatre company, check out www.newvintage.ca