Hits from Broadway at the Abbotsford Arts Centre

The latest in the Songs, Strings and Steps series features some of the most recognizable pieces from Broadway classics.

Costume designer Andrea Demeyer

Costume designer Andrea Demeyer

Decades of hit musicals will be featured in the latest production from Calvin Dyck and his Songs, Strings & Steps series.

Titled “Hits from Broadway,” the 12th annual variety show features songs from such classics as Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver, to more contemporary shows including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Lion King.

Dyck, a local violinist, music teacher and showman, said he Googled the top 100 shows. From that list he picked some of the classic songs that even casual theatre fans will recognize.

As in prior shows in the popular series, it features singers, dancers, music, colourful costumes and even audience participation, including a sing-along of Edelweiss from the Sound of Music.

The performers are a mix of amateurs, professionals  and special guests.

Abbotsford’s Charlene Hart, a former contestant on the television show So You Think You Can Dance Canada, will perform to the music from Phantom and local singer Shane Wiebe returns to perform a medley of hits.

“I said you can do whatever you want,” said Dyck about Wiebe’s performance.

Dyck said the shows have grown since he first began in 2001 and despite the work, he plans to continue with the presentations.

“When I’m up there performing, it feels like this is what I was meant to do. I feel like I’m finally fully alive. It’s so powerful.”

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 King’s Music at 604-853-5996.