OKANAGAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SPOOKTACULAR WAS A MACABRE MASH OF TREATS
They did the mash…….they did The Monster Mash……. it was an Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus smash…..it caught on in a flash.
Good goblins, that was a frightfully good Halloween SPOOKtacular performed with devilish depravity at Kelowna Community Theatre a few nights ahead of trick-or-treaters taking over the streets. The sold-out house was treated to a Saturday night special 2-for-1 deal that saw the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and OSO Chorusperforming together on one stage. Saying the KCT stage was jam-packed with talented artists was attuned to saying kids like candy.
But there was more. The evening’s guest artist was Christopher Gaze, Founding and Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach which is the annual Shakespeare festival that runs from May to September in Vancouver. His fiendish vampire role, at stage front, was doing spooky readings between pieces and joining in for the final number. As an accomplished actor and narrator, he sounded like the British version of Vincent Price.
On my scorecard, this show got an A+ for creativity. I believe everyone on stage, including the Maestra, narrator, orchestra, and chorus, was costumed. We’re talking bats, vampires, witches, werewolves, pirates, scary brides, and more. The front of the stage was adorned with a row of lit jack-o-lanterns and there were two ghouls hanging above the orchestra. BOO-ya to the stage manager and helpers for setting the mood.
OSO Musical Director Rosemary Thomson (costumed as a bat) had these comments after the show. “It was amazing to see all the people and props come together on stage. We had orchestra and chorus members coming to dress rehearsal this afternoon in full makeup. Everyone bought into the SPOOKtacular theme and that made it an extremely fun night.”