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Kelowna's #1 summer show returns

It's been almost three years since the 'One Hit Wonders Show' debuted to a full house at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

After years of preparation the show hit the Community Theatre stage in August of 2012.

“The One Hit Wonders Show has been our theatres number one selling summer show each year since," says theatre manager, Randy Zahara.

“It has all the elements of a professional Las Vegas production. The big band, the costumes, the prop and those great songs! The audience is thoroughly entertained from start to finish.“

The shows producer and lead performer, Rann Berry, refers to the show as a musical tribute to an era, and not to any one artist or band. That era being the mid 60s to the mid 70s.   

“Such a wealth of incredible memorable music was produced during this period of time," explains Berry.

"Music which we’ve lovingly incorporated into this nostalgic musical journey. These are powerful songs, which bring back powerful memories.  It can be quite emotional for some people.”

The term 'One Hit Wonder' refers to a band or artist having only one big hit, or one song that they are primarily known for.

During the 60s and 70s many of the biggest hits on the radio were 'One Hit Wonders'.

"It was much easier back then to get a single on the radio," adds Berry.

"If the song took off, great. But as many learned, following it up was not so easy."

Berry worked with Musical Director Justin Glibbery for over 2 years to pick and fine tune the songs chosen for the original show.

Since then, new songs and segments have been added to the line up.   

“We’ve tackled some really challenging songs. Songs that I’ve never heard another band perform live. MacArthur Park comes to mind. We’ve also included songs by female singers as well. Hits like To Sir With Love by LuLu, or Venus by Shocking Blue,“ says Glibbery.

This year the show also features very special guest, popular Vancouver Comedian Billy Mitchell.

The latest iteration of "The One Hit Wonders Show" hits the Kelowna Community Theatre Saturday, Aug 23.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show start at 7:30.

Tickets are available at selectyourtickets, by phone at 250-762-5050, the One Hit Wonders website, or, if available, at the door the night of the show.

 

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