The cast of Generations of Music rehearse a song for their upcoming production on March 8 at Coquihalla Elementary School.

The cast of Generations of Music rehearse a song for their upcoming production on March 8 at Coquihalla Elementary School.

Hope musical celebrates International Women’s Day

Generations of Music starts at 7 p.m. on March 8 at Coquihalla Elementary

Hope Performing Arts Community Theatre is staging a musical next Thursday in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Generations of Music is a combination of singing, dancing and acting that incorporates themes from the 1940s to 1960s. The production features many doo wop classics while examining women’s lives, loves and challenges.

“It’s to raise awareness about the issues that women have faced through the years, but there’s also humour and comedy in it,” said director Cheryl Lynne Lacey.

“It’s serious issues put forward in a different way. The things we have faced back in the 1940s, we’re still facing today – issues such as no equal wage parity, problems facing working mothers and the effects of war on women.”

Generations of Music features over 20 local performers, ranging in age from six to 67. It is narrated by June Cleaver, played by Adrienne Marshall, who takes a trip down memory lane as she waits at a nursing home for her two sons Wally and Beaver on her birthday.

Heather Garfield from the Hope & Area Transition Society will open the show with some information about women in history. Local artists from the Hope Arts Gallery and The Art Machine will also have artwork on display.

Generations of Music starts at 7 p.m. on March 8 at Coquihalla Elementary. Admission is by recommended $5 donation. Refreshments will be served during intermission.