Fred Penner to kick off Family ShowTime Series at Venables Theatre

Fred Penner to kick off Family ShowTime Series at Venables Theatre

Canadian children's entertainer Fred Penner is performing at the Frank Venables Theatre on Friday, October 26. (Facebook/VenablesTheatre)

The Frank Venables Theatre has an exciting year planned for kids and families, starting with a performance by Canadian children’s entertainer Fred Penner on Friday, October 26.

Penner is a two-time Juno winner for Best Children’s Album, Sing with Fred, and eight-time nominee. His hit CBC TV series Fred Penner’s Place ran for 12 seasons – nearly 900 episodes – and even attracted 55 million American viewers (the show ran for four years on the United States’ Nikelodeon).

Tickets to Penner’s show go on sale on October 1 and are $12.50.

However, the Frank Venables Theatre is offering tickets to its Family ShowTime Series, consisting of four family shows, for $40.

On January 25, Alex Zerbe: The Professional Zaniac will beatbox, juggle, dance, sing, play music and perform magic, just to name a few. Zerbe is a Hacky Sack World Champion, was voted the Pacific Northwest’s Funniest Prop Comic, is a two-time Guinness World Record holder and even performed on America’s Got Talent.

The story of Sleeping Beauty comes to life on March 1 with Dufflebag Theatre’s interactive production of the classic fairy tale. Audience members will have the opportunity to dictate the show and play key roles in the story. Good thing the actors are skilled at improvisation.

Axé Capoeira takes the stage on May 10 for an evening of traditional capoeira music, upbeat Brazilian vocals and instrumentals, and professional capoeiristas, acrobats and dancers. The group has performed worldwide and made its Canadian debut at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival in 1990.

Tickets for the Family ShowTime Series are on sale now for $40. Individual tickets for all shows will be $12.50 each and go on sale on October 1.

Tickets are available at the Theatre Box Office (6100 Gala Street), open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., by calling 250-498-1626 or online at