Burnaby performer part of new Christian musical

Forever and Ever is onstage at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in November and Michael J. Fox Theatre in December

NOTE: This story was updated Dec. 10 with new information about a cancellation. There will be no Dec. 21 benefit show at Michael J. Fox Theatre.


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A Burnaby performer is part of a new musical playing Nov. 29 at Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Olaf de Shield is onstage in Forever and Ever, The Christian Musical, by B.C. composer Thomas Hogge.

The musical, which was six years in creative development, traces the 4,000-year journey of the hope of Christian faith, with original songs performed by the show’s 12-member The New Jerusalem Project Band – as part of a team of professional musicians, vocalists, dancers and visual effects artists.

“It’s been an incredible journey bringing all the talent – singers, dancer, musicians, visual artists – and the shows message of faith and love together,” Hogge said in a press release.

The New Jerusalem Project Band brings together bassist Miles Foxx Hill, and Tom Arntzen on keyboards and vocals, with guitarists de Shield and Tim Porter, all of whom have decades of live touring and studio experience. De Shield also contributes rock-style vocals along with singers Laura Doyle, Ashley Tendesai and Keith Bennett, who together bring a wealth of gospel, jazz and Latin vocal experience to the mix.

Drummer Phil Robertson also comes to the table with a 25-year career, having played with major artists including Michael Buble. Rounding out the band is the horn section: saxophonist Steve Hilliam, Vince Mai on trumpet, and trombonist Rod Murray.

The show welcomes audiences of all ages.

Forever and Ever is onstage Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Evergreen, 1205 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through the box office at 604-927-6555 or www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

NOTE: A planned Christmas benefit performance at the Michael J. Fox Theatre on Friday, Dec. 21 has been cancelled. (It then returns to the stage for a special Christmas benefit show for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through www.eventbrite.ca.)

For information, see www.foreverandevermusic.ca



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