Burlesque and Bordeaux springs to Hope

Dance students from the Hope Studio of Music, Dance and Theatre are set to present their new spring show.

Dance students from the Hope Studio of Music

The Hope Studio of Music, Dance and Theatre in partnership with Hope Performing Arts Community Theatre (HPACT) and the Hope Golf Course will be presenting their spring show, Burlesque and Bordeaux.

It’s a buffet dinner theatre featuring music, comedy and dance. There is something for everyone on the menu, including a  wildly zany cast of characters serving meals in an upper class restaurant in Hope.

“It is going to be so much fun,” said Cheryl Lynne Lacey, director and teacher at the studio.  “We can barely stop laughing ourselves, every time we rehearse it.”

The first half of the show is set in a restaurant with a lumberjack chef who uses strange practices to check for soup poisoning, dead parrots, vegan,  gluten-free, vegetarian and wheat free customers, who include a woman who can’t say no and a group of endearing men, reminiscing about the good old days.

The second half of the show encompasses a walk down memory lane with great singers such as Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Sonny and Cher, Elvis Presley and many more.

Lacey started the theatre group five years ago and has grown it to over 40 members. She also started along with her business partner, Lori Steberl, the Hope Studio of Music, Dance and Theatre.

Their little studio on sixth Ave, offers courses in piano, tiny tot music and rhythm, guitar lessons, tap, jazz, ballet, cultural (Highland Dance) baton, adult tap, burlesque, ballroom, children’s theatre and the new class, line dancing.

“We specialize in personal treatment, where every student is recognized for their unique skills and we encourage the students to participate in community events, while encouraging the  community to be involved in the dance/theatre studio,” said Lacey. Not everyone can afford extra curricular classes but every child deserves the opportunity to participate and learn new skills, according to the director. They are also actively involved at community events and in nursing homes.

“We are a non-competitive studio and our motto is — we dance for those who can’t. Some of the children whose parents cannot afford classes are sponsored by community members and others offer a trade for services,” she said.

Our spring theatre performance is on May 30th and 31st at the Hope Golf Course and our dance recital is on June 19th at Coquihalla School.  For more information please contact hopepact@gmail.com or phone 604-869-2435.