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Chemainus Theatre hosts new British invasion

The music of the "British invasion" in the 1960s will be celebrated in an acclaimed Canadian tribute presented by the Chemainus Theatre Festival this summer.

The Twist Shout: The British Invasion song and dance revue that includes 64 all-time hits and anecdotes about the music revolution will be playing from June 12 to Aug. 29. This chronicle of mid-sixties pop-culture, and the revolution it started, is a passion project of Canadian writer and director, Alex Mustakas. He draws upon his memories and love for the iconic music, trivia, dance, personalities, language, and vibe of the era, as well as the help of historical consultant Michael Bignell, to re-create the significant moments in meticulous form.

Festival marketing manager Michelle Vogelgesang said she is "thrilled" to welcome Mustakas to Chemainus. "In the summer, we like to give audiences of all ages a reason to take time for the theatre," Vogelgesang said. "Twist Shout is a show that is both entertaining and a great story for a wide variety of people." At its core, Twist Shout is a celebration of culturally significant music, which is handled with great flair in the experienced hands of Nico Rhodes. Rhodes directs a live band through dozens of rock and roll

songs by the Beatles, Dave Clark Five, The Searchers, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Donavon, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Freddy and Dreamers, Swinging Blue Jeans, Spencer Davis Group, The Hollies, and more.

The musical tribute captures the spirit of the 60s in an imaginative piece of nostalgia.

Mustakas said he has been a fan of the British Invasion sound all his life, and many years ago, he told a close friend that he would love to pay tribute to that era with a show.

"The true British Invasion took place between 1964 and 1967 in America and this fresh sound would dominate the American music scene like nothing before or since," he said, "In a musical review format of this period, we pay tribute to all those great acts that forever changed the landscape of modern music." Tickets, which range from $25 to $50, are on sale now at chemainustheatre.ca

Robert.Barron @nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4234

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