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Plenty on offer for 15th year at Coquitlam cultural centre

Evergreen Cultural Centre is kicking off its 15th year with more signature presentations, a family series and a full menu of six professional theatre productions under the "Evergreen presents" banner.

Evergreen Cultural Centre is kicking off its 15th year with more signature presentations, a family series and a full menu of six professional theatre productions under the "Evergreen presents" banner.

Among Evergreen's signature presentations this season will be several critically-acclaimed artists including the legendary folk singer Roy Forbes, solo jazz artists Jill Barber and Laila Biali, the talented pop-opera quartet Il Voce and the Penderecki String Quartet. Plus, three of the hottest musical groups around - The Human Statues, Good Lovelies and The Arrogant Worms - round out the musical offerings.

This season also has the return of the Quiring Chamber Players and guests with their magnificent chamber music arrangements featured in two concerts: the 4th annual QuiRING in the New Year and Over the Moon (with VSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop.)

Ballet J├Ârgen Canada also returns to the stage with its touring performance Classical & Contemporary Ballet and two comedy shows are introduced in the mix , including Roman Danylo with his latest creation, The Ultimate Comedy Show, and Rich Elwood.

Evergreen's family series offers five fabulous shows for the younger crowd: At Nightfall by Sursault Dance, children entertainers Dianna David and Flyin' Bob, a Gothic spin on Hansel & Gretel from Vancouver Opera in Schools and masterful puppet theatre by the Maritime Marionettes.

For theatre, Evergreen's season opens with the first of its six theatre presentations, the British farce, A Bedfull of Foreigners, from the folks who brought last year's popular hit, No Sex Please, We're British. Arts Club on Tour returns with the mega-hit Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, the epic comedy Don Quixote, and a delightful new play, Circle Mirror Transformation directed by Vancouver star Nicola Cavendish.

Theatre-buffs will also enjoy World Premiere of Confessions of the Other Woman, by Valerie Sing Turner, a grand-scale project involving three theatre companies.

New adult, teen and children visual arts programs have been added, including two brand-new initiatives Teens@Evergreen, an art club of sorts for high school students and Pro-D day camps. All the studios have been freshly painted and renovations are ongoing to divide the larger studio A into two separate studios, adding much-needed rental space for community groups.

For more details about Evergreen's 2011/2012 season visit www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca or drop by Evergreen's open house on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.