Going for the laugh

Norman Foote will bring his award-winning musical style to a show with the Victoria Symphony this weekend.

Norman Foote brings his musical comedy show The laughing symphony to Victoria this weekend.

Norman Foote will bring his award-winning musical style to a show with the Victoria Symphony this weekend.

Foote will do his best to break up the musicians along with the audience in the show that features Victoria’s Bill Sample, an entertainer recognized in the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.

From Beethoven to Old MacDonald, Foote takes the audience on a light-hearted symphonic adventure in the Laughing Symphony. Engaging songs, clever arrangements and Foote’s gentle sense of humour make the show an original experience.

“I’m so thrilled to be coming back to Victoria,” said Foote. “Of all the presentations I do the symphony show is my favourite.”

The last time Foote performed with the Victoria Symphony was four years ago. “They really bring these songs to life. The Victoria Symphony is fabulous,” he said.

Most of the time Foote performs on his own or with a band, but he likes a bit of variety and enjoys the symphony experience.

“Bill is a brilliant piano player and a brilliant arranger and composer,” Foote said of Sample. “He picks songs that lend themselves to symphonic treatment.”

The show is geared towards kids, but crosses generations, said Foote.

“Comedy cuts through the age demographic. I try to hook young kids to engage and connect with them. When I present songs, something I look forward to is them becoming engaged by the humour. Between the parody and the comedy it works for parents too. The parents laugh harder than the kids,” he said.

Foote thinks kids are still into kids music as well. “Kids are listening to music a lot younger. I think the music has to stand up for itself. My music is laced with folk and jazz, fused together … melody is still king for me.”

Foote’s CD Love My New Shirt won a 2010 Juno for Best Children’s Album. He has written and recorded songs for Disney Records, Shari Lewis, CBC Scoop & Doozie, Max and Ruby and many others. He is currently writing a musical adaptation of Richard Scarry’s Busytown.

Norman Foote will be playing with the Victoria Symphony on Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St. Victoria. To purchase tickets, $11 to $30, or for information, contact the box office at 250-386-6121.

Just Posted

Hey Amazon, the bid’s in the mail: Langford mayor

The City of Langford has officially submitted its bid to become the home of Amazon HQ2.

Art has become a lifestyle for local resident

Coast Collective’s latest exhibit celebrates all things late fall

Deadline looming for youth transitional housing

Province says funding for 10 units not available at this time

Greater Victoria Public Library announces new music streaming service

Victoria Conservatory of Music to perform at Langford Heritage Branch on Saturday

Rogue masseur arrested for sexual assault in Victoria

John Heintzelman, 65, is accused of assaulting a person at his former business, James Bay Massage

WATCH: Greater Victoria restaurant chain stepping up after employee struck by SUV

31-year-old Khushal Rana fighting for his life in Victoria hospital

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

Weekend hit list: Things to see and do in Greater Victoria

The Victoria Fall Home Expo returns, Rebels host the Cullen Cup, a gallery tour and more

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

West Shore Baha’is come together to join in world-wide celebrations

200th commemoration of the birth of Baha’u’llah this weekend

JOCK TALK: Canada’s national cycling team is at Bear Mountain this weekend

Your weekly round up of all things sports on the West Shore

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

Salmon have arrived in Saanich

Two weeks ago, Dorothy Chambers, lead steward with Colquitz River fish fence,… Continue reading

Most Read