The hilarious Phantom of the Panto opens tomorrow in Surrey

Phantom of the Panto opens tomorrow in Surrey

Phantom of the Panto opens tomorrow in Surrey

The Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s latest pantomime, The Phantom of the Panto opens tomorrow, Wednesday November 28th at Surrey Arts Centre.

The show, with 7:30 p.m. evening performances, runs until December 9th.

Following on the success of last year’s Beauty and the Beast (the CTC award-winner for best musical or pantomime production), the new show is an original script by FVGSS’s own Clive ‘hitman’ Ramroop taking a page (or two) from the famed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and reworking it in broad panto style.

This hilarious take on the classic Phantom of the Opera story will take you behind the scenes at the Paris Opera House. Meet the new owners as they try to make a success out of a tired troupe featuring a temperamental Diva, her obsequious husband, a fickle audience and a company of smart alecks. A tough job, even without adding the mysterious ghost whose demands and manipulations threaten everything the company has striven for as well as a young, beautiful ingenue upon whom they have pinned their hopes for the future. Will they succeed? Find out this Christmas at the Surrey Arts Centre!

FVGSS pantos are known as family events both off stage and on and this year’s show is no exception, with some seven families represented by two or more members.

For further information, please see The Phantom of the Panto.

Don’t miss The Christmas Store at Potters for gifts and decorations

Potters has the largest Christmas store in Western Canada

Potters has the largest Christmas store in Western Canada

For 9 weeks a year Potters convert their 28,000-square-foot greenhouse into the largest Christmas store in western Canada. Greenhouse benches are moved out and store fixtures are moved in, along with everything Christmas. Santa’s workshop is readied and the lights in Santa’s House are turned on.

They shop the world for all things Christmas! Their Christmas Decor is tasteful and unusual with decorations that you won’t see elsewhere. Potters is the largest Christmas store in Western Canada, with over 28,000 square feet of display space. They have locations in Ocean Park, White Rock, Surrey and Langley.

Their line of themed ornaments covers everything from fishing to skiing to baseball to equestrian and more! They have an entire showroom dedicated to Christmas-themed linens and home decor. They also carry an extensive line of decorated Garlands, Wreaths and Swags that are stunning.

If you are looking for unusual gifts for the ‘hard to buy for’ men and women, both gardeners and non-gardeners, no one has the wild and crazy selection of stocking stuffers that they do. Plan on spending a couple of hours here, almost everyone does.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive the last Saturday in November and are there every weekend until mid December. This is their fifth year hosting Santa and kids love him.

Come visit us for everything Christmas. For further information, please see The Christmas Store at Potters.

Don’t miss the Holiday Launch Party at MUSE Social Fashion House

Don't miss the Holiday Launch party at MUSE Social Fashion House

Don’t miss the Holiday Launch party at MUSE Social Fashion House

Launched in October of 2010 and located in the heart of Morgan Crossing, South Surrey, Muse Social Fashion House is a locally owned and operated clothing boutique specializing in head-to-toe styling for the modern woman, aged fifteen to fifty-five.

This Thursday, November 15th, join them for their Holiday Launch Party and an evening of decadent desserts, champagne and style, as Muse celebrates the exciting debut of their Holiday collection.

There’ll be in-store promotions, sweet treats and brand new product all of which make this a must-attend event for your social calendar!

Make it an evening out with the girls, or come on your own and socialize with Muse. As any true Musette knows, these fashionable, festive pieces will not last long!

For further information, please see Muse Social Fashion House Holiday Launch.

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a panto! See what Surrey has on offer

Royal Canadian Theatre Company presents Robinson Crusoe

Royal Canadian Theatre Company presents Robinson Crusoe

Once upon a time here was a seaside village called Chuckling-by-the-Sea. It was a very happy village, full of happy people and every now and then they would all set sail aboard the SS Leaky Lucy for a pleasure cruise. The cruise ship was owned by Mrs Kitty Crusoe and she and her son Billy were in charge of Crusoe’s Cruises.

Unfortunately Billy Crusoe wasn’t a very good pilot and kept crashing the ship.

Enter the dread Captain Blight and his mates. He tells Mrs Crusoe that he will captain the ship so off they all go for their cruise. BUT Captain Blight and his mates are PIRATES!!

Once out on the open main the Pirates show their true colours and try to take over the ship, but a storm comes up and sinks everyone to the bottom of the sea where they meet King Neptune – who is not very happy.

Eventually they all make it to the Island of Linga Longa but there is an evil Witchdoctor about to take over the world. Unless of course Robinson and his friends can stop him …

You guessed it … Robinson Crusoe is coming to Surrey courtesy of the Royal Canadian Theatre Company! Tickets available now.

For further information, please see Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates.

Brighten up your day with the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club

Come and have fun with the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club

Come and have fun with the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club

Laughing is seriously good for you, Carol Ann Shannon and Nicole Worden say.

The pair are instructors in laughter yoga, a discipline developed by a doctor who discovered that deliberate, planned laughing can be a drug-free alternative to antidepressants.

Which is why Shannon, a South Surrey resident, owns two squeaky rubber chickens and a court jester’s hat and why Worden, a White Rock resident, happens to have a Viking helmet of the kind usually seen on old-time opera singers.

They demonstrate a laughter yoga exercise that involves shaking hands and laughing as they do it. If the laughing seems a little artificial at first, that’s okay.

“You fake it till you make it,” Worden says. “Laughter is contagious.”

And what starts as laughing for no reason becomes laughing for its own sake, Shannon explains.

“Sometimes, we laugh so hard that we cry,” Shannon says. “It’s insane fun. You feel divine.”

Shannon says working as a laughter yoga instructor has given her an opportunity to explore her inner child and laugh. Now, the self-described introvert will smile at strangers and say good morning.

Shannon and Worden lead the 20-member White Rock Laughter Yoga Club.

For more information about the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club, visit the club website: or email:

Source: Dan Ferguson, Peace Arch News