Scrap Arts is one of the music groups gracing the Port Theatre’s stage as part of the annual Spotlight Series.

Scrap Arts is one of the music groups gracing the Port Theatre’s stage as part of the annual Spotlight Series.

Canadian artists dominate Spotlight series

something of interest for everyone the goal of program

The ballet, the circus and Chantel Kreviazuk return to Nanaimo as part of the annual Spotlight series from the Port Theatre.

Three ballet companies in total will grace the stage this year, with the National Ballet of Canada presenting three dances from contemporary to classical.

The Cuban National Ballet, with its style steeped in Russian ballet traditions, visits for the first time. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to the familiar Port Theatre stage with their original work Svengali.

Canadian singer Kreviazuk performs ahead of Shane Koyczan and his band the Short Story Long. Koyczan is the spoken word artist who highlighted the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

The series also features Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, a popular rock musical,  and music acts The Good Lovelies and The Human Statues; Elmer Iseler Singers; and Scrap Arts Music.

Returning favourites include International Guitar Night and Winter Harp.

Jamie Adkins brings his stunts of Circus Incognitus and the series wraps up with a sing-a-long Sound of Music.

The goal for general manager Bruce Halliday was to offer a little bit of something for everyone.

Spotlight events are promoted by the Port Theatre, which receives grants from multiple levels of government to bring the shows in. The majority of shows at the theatre throughout the year are paid for by third-party promoters.

Tickets for the Spotlight events are open to members of the Port Theatre for the next four weeks. More information on the series, and how to become a member, is available at www.porttheatre.com.