“Jake’s Gift” is a surprisingly funny and touching drama that tells the story of a Canadian Second World War veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. While roaming the shores of Juno Beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious ten-year-old from the local village whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long ignored ghosts – most notably, the wartime death of his eldest brother, Chester, a once promising young musician.
“You will see some amazing character portrayals and transformations in ‘Jake’s Gift’, “ notes Arts Council President Melanie Friesen. The show is about the legacy of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave. This multi-award winning play has toured to more than 200 communities since 2007.
Friesen says the evening’s theme will be carried on in the music of the evening featuring our own Swift Current Jazz Orchestra, a community-based non-profit jazz ensemble. A traditional Big Band sound is created by the orchestra which showcases local musicians on five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets and a four-piece rhythm section.
Tickets for the show are $45 and are available by calling Ticketpro at 1-888-655-9090 or online at www.ticketpro.ca. If there are remaining tickets, they will be sold at the door.
While this is the final concert of the series it is not the final Arts Council event of the season, as the group is celebrating 50 years at its Golden Gala on May 27. The evening, which focuses on celebration not fundraising, will be held at the Sky Centre and includes a served plate dinner, music of the 40’s-60’s by “Memory Lane” and room to dance. Tickets are $100 at the Living Sky Box Office.