Tuesday March 20,
Songs, Strings and Steps
delivers spell-binding entertainment with his Hits From Broadway
in Abbotsford April 13-14
Submitted by Rosemary Phillips, Abby
is an upcoming, remarkable collaborative community show that over
the last 12 years has grown, sold out continuously, and is greatly
anticipated every year by residents in the Fraser Valley and is now
considered Abbotsford's city treasure.
Director Calvin Dyck has created a phenomenal concept of bringing
music to life, to inspire the musicians of the future, by involving
visuals, action, theatre and surprises to keep the participants and
audience enthralled and spell-bound.
Calvin and his
creative team, which includes show designer Sylvia Friesen, his wife
Heather and a host of community volunteers, have pulled together
multi-dimensional shows combining top-class professional and amateur
artists and youth trained in music, dance and theatre, the talented
Abbotsford Youth Orchestra and various guest artists.
Themes for SS&S
shows have included everything from movies and journeys around the
world to pirates, cars, country-hoe-downs and chocolate.
Featured in every Songs Strings & Steps show is the Abbotsford Youth
Orchestra (AYO) with musicians who not only play music, they are
choreographed, and wear costumes (there are videos on YouTube that
give tasters). Begun as an educational tool for students this
orchestra has grown in popularity and recently Calvin mentioned
music teachers in the Vancouver area now suggest their students
Why go to the 'City that Never Sleeps' when it can come to you in
On April 13 and
14 the Abbotsford Arts Centre transforms into the theatre district
of New York as the highly successful Songs Strings & Steps
collaborative production team shoots for the stars with the greatest
and most loved Hits from Broadway.
"It's such beautiful music," says director Calvin Dyck. "It's a
program that everybody can relate to. When we mention Broadway,
everyone has their favourite musical!"
But it's not just about the music (here featuring the Abbotsford
Youth Orchestra accompanied by some of BC's brilliant professional
musicians, and the return of Canadian Idol finalist Shane Wiebe),
it's about stories. "It's important to have the right type of
costumes, not just for the characters but also the orchestra. So for
this production we have hired professional
Show designer Sylvia Friesen is pulling out all the stops - with
visuals, sets and props to accompany the stories of Fiddler on the
Roof, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Mary Poppins (featuring Chelsea
Hiebert), Sound of Music, Swing, Lion King, Footloose (with iSing),
Oliver, West Side Story, Tarzan and Les Misérables.
"The string players are doing their usual dancing while playing,"
adds Dyck. "And we have choreographer Janelle Stauffer teaching them
to do the Charleston. Members of the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance
will be doing the West Side Story Medley - in dance. And we have
auditioned kids from the Pacific Mennonites Children's Choir for
Food Glorious Food from Oliver."
It's music full of heart and emotion that connects with people. This
is a production that includes thrilling song and dance, and as with
every Songs Strings & Steps production, fantastic surprises for the
audience. That's Hits from Broadway - a blockbuster hit all
on its own!
To book your reserved seating ticket (adults $25, seniors $22,
students $12, plus HST) call Kings Music at 604-853-5996 - and make
haste before they sell out! You'll be so glad you did!
For more information, visit:
www.calvindyck.com or call Calvin Dyck at 604-855-9696.
Phillips is a freelance writer based in Abbotsford. Her website is
"a joyous adventure in words, music, images and colour as I share
with you the gifts I love to work with. Read about, watch, listen
and be inspired by: world class musicians; original songs and
stories for children and the child within; and interview articles
with people who are making a difference in this world."
regarding many local artists as well as the Songs Strings and Steps
shows at 250-447-9713 or e-mail
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