Cayla Brooke performs in How Can I Keep from Singing, a tribute to Eva Cassidy.
Cayla Brooke performs in How Can I Keep from Singing, a tribute to Eva Cassidy.

Vancouver’s newest theatre company presents its debut production in the same week the local theatre community announces its nominees for its annual awards, and Eva Cassidy gets some love in West Vancouver.

[pullquote]”When you begin with a wonderful story; add some stellar vocals, mix in some incredible music and let it all sizzle together with a remarkable four-piece band, you have the recipe for one fantastic evening of live entertainment.” – on Eva Cassidy: How Can I Keep from Singing[/pullquote]One of Vancouver’s newest theatre companies, Stages Theatre Co., presents its debut production with a production of the comedy Seminar (May 20-24) by Theresa Rebeck. Starring Andrew Wheeler and directed by Cory Haas, Seminar tells the story of four aspiring young creative writers who sign up for a private writing class led by an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliance are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.

It’s time once again for Vancouver’s theatre community to honour its own, and it all starts with the Jessie Nominations Party (May 20). The awards themselves will be handed out on June 23.

Vancouver vocalists Cayla Brooke & Tom Pickett and four-piece band pays tribute to Eva Cassidy in Eva Cassidy: How Can I Keep from Singing (May 23 & 24). From Cassidy’s humble beginnings to some of her most magical moments on stage and ultimately her untimely death in 1996, the show is a journey that is as eclectic as it is interesting.