Variety Showcase bolsters lineup with sixth act

The first Stettler Variety Showcase (SVS) of the 2016-17 season is just around the bend.

The first Stettler Variety Showcase (SVS) of the 2016-17 season is just around the bend, and this year the committee has managed to line up six interesting musical performances instead of its normal five.

Rose Fenske, spokesperson for the SVS committee, said that while this year’s lineup is all music, the music comes with a lot of levity and fun.

“We’re pretty excited,” she said.

Performances range from award-winning Lisa Brokop and her Patsy Cline Project to Ellen Doty’s jazz and Everything Fitz’ fiddlers and step-dancing.

The inaugural performance of the year is also the dinner and entertainment evening, which takes place on Nov. 5. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Stettler Community Hall. The Travelling Mabels, a female folk/country trio, will bring a variety of music and humour to the evening. Tickets for the dinner are $50 for adults and $35 for students.

A season pass, which includes the dinner theatre as well as the regular Sunday performances, is only $125 for adults and $60 for kids. Tickets can be purchased individually for all shows at $25, except for the Lisa Brokop show on March 5, which is $35.

Excluding the dinner performance, which takes place at the Stettler Community Hall, all performances are at the Stettler Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus. Performances happen on Sundays with a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

“They make great gifts,” Fenske said. “Where else can you get six shows and a dinner for $125? If you can’t go to a show, give the ticket away. It’s still a great value.”

The local not-for-profit volunteer committee is dedicated to bringing a wide variety of cultural opportunities to the rural Stettler and area community and began 35 years ago as the Stettler and District Overture Concert Association. The association covers the cost of performers and rental of the PAC through ticket sales and through governmental grants, Fenske explained.

The season’s full line-up can be found on the SVS website at Tickets are available at Pfeiffer’s House of Music or by mail.