A Beautiful, dystopian cabaret that gives animals a voice in the climate crisis

  • Posted on September 29, 2022

A Beautiful, dystopian cabaret that gives animals a voice in the climate crisis

“Gorgeous… moving… expert work. The message is one of radical inclusivity… (they) aren’t offering any quick-fix solutions. They’re only asking that we listen to the animals.” - Toronto Star (3.5/4 Stars)

VERNON, BC— Part nightclub, part enchanted forest, part musical cabaret – come, and be transported into The Cave, a dystopian fable about the folly of our actions as the climate crisis rages around us. The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents The Cave on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 7:30PM as the first performance of the 2022-23 SPOTLIGHT Theatre Series.

A group of animals flee from a vicious forest fire and seek refuge in Bear’s cave. Waiting out the inferno, they reflect on their lives, their lost garden, and their impending doom. These unlikely and singed bedfellows share their stories and take comfort in their newfound community while the fire encroaches. They comment, through songs sung in both English and Cree, on their fate and the fate of the world.

This beautiful dystopian cabaret combines haunting music, immersive visuals, and joyous humour into a story that is as captivating as it is timely. Composer John Millard, as the wry and charming emcee, gives context and brings lightness through jokes and stories with his warm self-deprecating playfulness. The six-person band, led by music director Gregory Oh, swings between playful and dark with compositions reminiscent of Tom Waits and Danny Elfman on banjo, accordion, keys, reeds, and percussion.

Four superb vocalists – Alex Samaras, Maryem Tollar, Derek Kwan, and Andrea Koziol – bring to life the cast of both compelling and comedic creatures; including a workaholic beaver, a very hungry wolf, and the oldest creature of all: an ancient grandmother spider whose memory spans centuries.

Directed by Dora Mavor Moore Award-winner Adam Paolozza, The Cave was conceived for the Luminato Festival by renowned Canadian artists John Millard (music), Tomson Highway (lyrics) and author Martha Ross (book writer) to address the dire effects of climate change in a poignant yet entertaining way.

“I was born and raised in the completely natural environment," reflects Highway, "specifically in Manitoba where it meets Nunavut and Saskatchewan. It was completely safe, and a blissful experience to live in that ‘garden’. And a true garden it was. Now, a half-century later, it is no longer safe to live up there. The reason? Forest fires. Hundreds of them every summer. In Fort McMurray's fire some 2,000 people lost their homes. How many animals lost theirs? The destruction was, and is, gargantuan. That is to say, the current state of global warming is THEIR eviction from the garden. And it is ours.”

The Cave is one of those shows that makes you laugh and cry and feel motivated to do better,” said VDPAC Artistic Director Erin Kennedy. “I had actually booked this show before the summer of 2021, but I think because our community has been directly impacted by fires it will resonate with local audiences on a deeper level.”

Theatre fans can preview video highlights of The Cave on ticketseller.ca.

The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre presents The Cave on Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. The show runs 75 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $40 for adults, $37 for seniors, and $35 for students. Or, bundle The Cave into a SPOTLIGHT Theatre Series subscription to save 25% off this show and more! To get tickets please call 250-549-SHOW (7469) and for video previews, please visit our 2022-23 SPOTLIGHT Season online at: www.vdpac.ca.


Ticket Link: https://www.ticketseller.ca/tickets/event/the-cave

Video: https://vimeo.com/361662762?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=98245459

Photo: Derek Kwan, photo by Jeremy Marasigan

About Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society is a non-profit, charitable organization devoted to fostering artists, their work, and live performance in all genres and for all ages. The Society operates the Performing Arts Centre’s (VDPAC) on behalf of the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) and with the support of over 30 staff and 200 volunteers. Each year, we present our SPOTLIGHT Season of over 30 diverse performances, complemented by over 125 concerts, festivals, and special events. We select professional touring productions to entertain, enlighten, move and amuse our patrons. Altogether, they offer audiences of all ages a world of unforgettable live theatre experiences. Please visit: https://vdpac.ca/ & https://ticketseller.ca/

Facebook: @vdpac
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Photo by Jeremy Marasigan
Photo: Derek Kwan, photo by Jeremy Marasigan
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