Based on the latest announcements for what's going on at CN Centre in 2013, it's going to be a great year in Prince George for entertainment.
Carrie Underwood, Jerry Seinfeld and The Price Is Right Live stage show are all coming to Prince George during the first half of the year.
Judy Russell presents Les Miserables at the Playhouse in July, something she's been waiting to do for the last 20 years. Finally, the rights became available to amateur theatre companies and she'll take it from here, thank you very much.
As an arts community, we're hoping to hear Excalibur Theatre Arts Company announce a show in the next few months. They've not presented a show for about two and a half years and it's time to get back into the musical saddle. We're all waiting for some good news on that front. This strong community of arts enthusiasts will be happy to support any endeavour presented.
Theatre North West will continue its season in the new year with Privilege, Paul Weitz's heartfelt comedy about two brothers whose jet-set lifestyle is threatened by their father's arrest for insider trading. The show will go February 7 to 27 at Parkhill Centre. Next up will be Henry and Alice: Into the Wild by Michele Rimi. The play will run from April 18 to May 8. The audience met Henry and Alice in TNW's Sexy Laundry and now as times get tough, the tough go camping in this funny sequel.
With a new music director (Kevin Zakresky) and general manager (Marnie Hamagami), the Prince George Symphony Orchestra has some exciting times ahead. Hopefully, the non-profit organization will enjoy a bit more financial stability than it has in past years, continuing to provide outreach programs to the area, like the Christmas flash mob that found several orchestra members and Prince George Cantata Singers spring up from their chairs in the Pine Centre Food Court to entertain onlookers the week leading into Christmas. It was great to gauge the reaction of the audience to the seemingly spontaneous musical outburst. The entertainers were applauded, whistled at and were greeted with many handshakes and waves for their efforts.
The Prince George Regional Performing Arts Centre Society will be pushing on, continuing to get community support for a centre to be built in the downtown core. With the big picture not quite clearly in focus, the society looks for financial partners and further support from the City of Prince George, putting the emphasis on the 'when', rather than the 'if'.