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Exciting upcoming season at the Key City Theatre

John Reischman and The Jaybirds are playing the Key City Theatre Oct. 18. - File
John Reischman and The Jaybirds are playing the Key City Theatre Oct. 18.
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The Key City Theatre has an exciting season ahead with some returning acts and some brand new ones.

"We're very excited to present this fantastic lineup for our 2014-2015 season," said Sioban Staplin, in charge of marketing at the theatre.

"We have a wide variety of genres, anywhere from classical chamber style to Celtic and classic rock with Eric Burdon and the Animals (April 16), and then we have the Irish Rovers (March 1) and our new artist showcase, featuring Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (May 14)."

French Canadian musicians, Le Vent du Nord (Feb. 10), will be coming, as well as the Barra MacNeils, who have been in Cranbrook before. Then there are the Irish Rovers and Rivka Golani (March 25). Golani, who is listed as one of the top 100 musicians in the world by BBC Music magazine, will be playing with seven other of the top classical musicians in Canada as they perform the classics of the "octet" from Schubert to Beethoven.

Staplin called John Reischman and The Jaybirds (Oct. 18) some of the finest acoustic Blugrass roots musicians you may ever hear.

"We have other great acts that we're just now adding," she said. "We have a little preview to our season with Lisa Brokop (Sept. 4), so we have a little country in our program."

Brokop is a recent addition, so unfortunately her concert is not part of the regular season subscription, Staplin said. But she added that they have the flexibility to accommodate acts like that on their way through the Kootenays.

"That's the thing, if somebody's coming through, we know we have a great audience for them to definitely bring them in," she said.

Later in the season the Key City will be hosting Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Then there are the plays that Mount Baker students and staff put on throughout the season.

"We hope to be presenting more theatre and drama and musical theatre outside of our regular program," she said.

There are some other things coming down the line, but they are still wrapped in a veil of secrecy. She did however hint that Colin James has been confirmed as on of those acts.

Current subscribers can purchase tickets from Aug. 18 - 31, members from Sept. 1 - 14, and general public can purchase single tickets starting Sept. 15.

Major sponsor for the season is Western Financial Group, along with Northstar GM.

"We have a brand new website," she said. All of the season artists and artists that they are bringing in have a video on their performers video page.

"We have a whole host of artists that people may not have heard," she said. "I think they will agree that all of these performers are absolutely worthwhile. That's part of Key City's mandate is to bring in artists that people may not have heard of but if you give them a listen they are well worth your time."

They are co-presenting the wonderful children's show Max and Ruby. So children's programming is certainly going to be a part of our season.

And of course they are looking for ward to welcoming the Symphony of the Kootenays, which have another great season lined up.

The Key City Theatre also recently announced that former managing director Gerard Gibb is no longer with the theatre.

"Gerard has accepted a wonderful position at a theatre in Sheraton, Wyoming," she said. They are working on finding a replacement.

For more information go to www.keycitytheatre.com.

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