Broadway coming to Abbotsford

The Abbotsford Arts Centre is transforming as the Songs, Strings and Steps concert series presents Hits from Broadway

The Abbotsford Arts Centre is transforming into the Big Apple’s theatre district as the Songs, Strings and Steps concert series presents Hits from Broadway, April 13 and 14.

The production will feature myriad performances from plays like Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Lion King, Oliver, West Side Story and Les Miserables.

“It’s such beautiful music,” director Calvin Dyck said. “It’s a program that everybody can relate to. When we mention Broadway, everyone has their favourite musical.”

The performance will showcase the talents of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, Canadian Idol finalist Shane Wiebe, and members of the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance and the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir.

“The string players are doing their usual dancing while playing,” Dyck said. “And we have choreographer Janelle Stauffer teaching them to do the Charleston.”

He said the production even went so far as to hire professional costume designers.

“It’s important to have the right type of costumes, not just for the characters but also the orchestra.”

The April 13 show begins at 7 p.m., while 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances are scheduled for April 14. Tickets can be booked by calling Kings Music at 604-853-5996 at a cost of $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for students.