|The Super Cooligans perform at the ChildrenÕs Showcase, Sunday afternoon at the Cleland Theatre. Front row, from left, Thomas Hunter, Yanti Sharples-Roland and Milan Starcic. Back row, Bobby Bovenzi, Chris Ward and Thomas Tumbach.|
local talent inÊkeeping with their 30-year-old mandate of presentingÊprofessional quality liveÊentertainment for multi-age audiences in the SouthÊOkanagan.Ê
The Super Colligans will perform Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Cleland Theatre.
The celebratory event began when Showcase organizers spoke to local
musician, teacherÊandÊperformer, Bobby Bovenzi Ð locally known as "the African drum guy" Ð andÊinvited himÊto form a band to help with the society's anniversary celebrations.ÊBovenzi was already a seasonedÊperformer and teacher in his own right, with a degrees in African and Afro-AmericanÊstudiesÊand elementary education, plus almost 20 years of studies inÊethnicÊpercussion and dance.Ê
BovenziÊformed the band that now
includes fellow musiciansÊYantiÊSharples-Rowland (vocals),ÊThomasÊTumbach (violin and trumpet),ÊMilanÊStarcicÊ(rhythm guitar),ÊChrisÊWard (bass guitar),ÊandÊThomas Hunter (drum kit).ÊÊ
In the wordsÊof Bovenzi,ÊThe Super Cooligans play "funky rock world beat" with musical influencesÊthatÊrange from raggae to foot-stompin' Maritime and sing-along.Ê
"Our song lyrics are easy to recall and singÊalong to, and allow for audienceÊinteraction," said Bovenzi.Ê
TheÊSuper Cooligans will be the hosts and main act for the Showcase anniversaryÊshow on Sunday and will work closely with four special guest performers:ÊdancerÊCheline Lacroix, mime/clown Jenny Moon, urban dancers Jake and DamienÊEvans,Êand inspirational rap artists Austin George and Warren Hooley.ÊÊ
As the date drawsÊcloser, excitementÊamong the performers is mounting.ÊÊ
"This show is shaping up to beÊa humdinger," Bovenzi explained.ÊÊ"Cheline sent me aÊpiece of music that is beautiful,Êand will give a great highlight for ThomasÊ(on violin)."
Tickets for Sunday's show are $12, andÊavailable at the door on the day of the show. Advance purchase tickets are onlyÊavailable in the form of aÊseries ticket.ÊÊOne $30 seriesticket will provide admission toÊthe three remaining shows in the Children'sÊShowcase series which includes Peter and the Wolf with FiguraÊTheatre (Feb. 9) and Robin Hood withÊDufflebag Theatre (April 27).ÊÊ
The Showcase recently received a $3,000 grant from the Penticton and District Community Arts Council to help with its program.