Vernon Winter Carnival will feature live online play with local celebs

Our Town goes virtual

With the ongoing COVID crisis this year's Vernon Winter Carnival is going to look a lot different than previous years.

Carnival events are going virtual this year and that means there will be some firsts for the annual event.

According to organizers, Our Home Town – A Virtual Theatrical Experience has never been done in Western Canada before.

Our Home Town is a live theatre production that will be produced, directed and performed entirely online - physically-distanced, as required by provincial health orders.

“We are making the most of available technology and creative techniques to bring you a unique theatrical experience – like a staged reading, but better,” says Heather Sharpe, event producer and director at Sherpa Group Events. “The casting, rehearsals and tech were all done through video conferencing. Each show is performed live from the actors’ homes. So, you never know what may happen and each night is going to be slightly different.

“While we aren’t able to meet in person at this time, Vernon’s Winter Carnival is still offering lots of activities and events that are safe. We wanted to be sure that Carnival had an arts and culture component for the community that was unique and entertaining.”

The play, custom written by local radio celeb Jason Armstrong, is a light-hearted and family-friendly homage to Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” adapted to feature local happenings and celebrities.

Radio personality Brian Martin anchors the production in the lead role, with Rebecca Barton supporting.

Brad Krauza of Gonzo Okanagan, Melina Schein and Craig Howard of Big Apple Productions, Roger Knox of the Vernon Morning Star and many other local icons making an appearance, with a special cameo from Vernon’s Mayor Victor Cumming.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 per device through the Vernon Winter Carnival website


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