Being retired doesn't mean quitting work - not to a group of Lower Mainland seniors. In 2001 they formed an entertainment group, The Vaudevillians, to have fun.
They soon felt they needed a more meaningful purpose, so they decided to raise money to support youth in the performing arts hoping to keep live theatre alive. They incorporated as a non-profit organization and joined forces with Douglas College to establish a bursary for their performing arts students. They also worked with the Arts Council of Surrey to establish a scholarship in honour of Fran Dowie, a well-known old time Vaudevillian, who performed with them before his passing.
In 2004, with trepidation, they rented the Surrey Arts Centre.
There had been no reason to worry. Two weeks prior to opening, they were sold out. This year marks their 10th anniversary. They have raised more than $100,000 to date, and 20 students have been presented with bursaries or scholarships.
This year they will perform on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. Performing with them will be eight year old Tyson Venegas. He was presented with a scholarship by the Vaudevillians as the winner of the B.C. Junior Talent contest.
All tickets are $20, available at the surrey Arts Centre box office by calling 604-501-5566.
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