This summer won't be the first time actress Joelle Rabu travels from New York to London, but it will probably be the most entertaining.
The Nanaimo musician and actress' numerous trips around the world have her well prepared for her role in the Chemainus Theatre Festival's new play Anything Goes.
The play, set in the 1930s, features songs, dances and various hijinx on the high seas.
"It's sheer entertainment," says Rabu. "It's just full of wacky characters."
Rabu describes her own character, Reno, as an "ex-evangelist turned sexy nightclub singer."
"She's a lot of fun to play," says Rabu with a laugh.
Rabu, who "ran away" from her home in Courtenay at age 16 to travel the world, is thrilled to be back on Vancouver Island.
"While I was gone, there was just an explosion in culture," she says.
"It has just blossomed into a cultural centre."
Rabu's 17-year-old son Nico Rhodes is heavily involved in the Nanaimo music scene and even landed himself a role in Anything Goes.
While accompanying his mother during the audition, the popular jazz musician impressed the director so much he was offered a role in the band.
"This is the first time we'll be performing in a play together," Rabu says.
"It's a great thing for a young musician to work in theatre," she says. "They learn discipline."
"Jazz is often spontaneous, but in the theatre you need to practice over and over again," Rabu explains.
The 1930s musical comedy begins on May 23 and runs to Sept. 15. Call 250-246-9800.
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