|Tia Hatley-Webster, left, plays Chester the Cat, and Konar Sanderson performs the part of Harold the Dog in Bumbershoot Children's Theatre production of Bunnicula.|
Bunnicula will appear on the Bumbershoot stage Oct. 17-27, bringing to life the James Howe classic children's book of the same name.
Â The production will mark a number of firsts, including the directing debut of experienced on-stage actor Brad Hull, who has appeared in many roles. They include the Wolf in the joint Bumbershoot-Okanagan Symphony Orchestra staging of Peter and the Wolf earlier this year.
Artistic director Tracy Ross said she was delighted to have Hull's talented acting skills translated into the directing field, inspiring the cast of adult performers as well as up-and-coming young performers.
The Bunnicula fun begins when the Monroe family returns home with a new pet bunny who Chester, the family cat, and Harold, the family dog, played by Tia Hatley-Webster and Konar Sanderson respectively, soon suspect of being a vampire.
Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts and home for this unique bunny.
Bunnicula will be presented at Bumbershoot Theatre, located at
125-1295 Cannery Lane in the heart of Kelowna's Arts District.
It runs Thursday to Sunday, with Thursday through Saturday evenings at 6.30 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. from Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26. There will also be Sunday afternoon matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27.
Tickets are available at the Bumbershoot box office, located at the theatre, or by calling 778-478-0142.
James Howe's book Bunnicula was adapted to the stage by playwright Jon Klein and composer Chris Jeffries.
Â In addition to its annual productions, Bumbershoot also presents a full schedule of drama workshops and classes for different age groups, designed to engage children's' voice, body and imagination through drama games and creative movement.
A full slate of fall classes is now under way at Bumbershoot for young people aged three to 17 years. All sessions include a free performance on the last day of class for parents and friends.
The classes each follow a theatrical theme. For example, two age groups will each have classes in Fancy Nancy Tea Party, where participants will explore all elements of creative play through hosting and creating adventure tea parties.
Led by instructor Sheila Dyer, parents will be invited to join the final day for a celebration and tea party hosted by the participants.
Full details on the fall classes can be found on the Bumbershoot website at
Â The children's theatre company, launched in 2009, is a non-profit registered charitable theatre company dedicated to introducing Okanagan youth and children to theatre.
"All these experiences offer excellent opportunities for young people to explore the fun in theatre and to make new friends and great memories," Ross said.