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Vaudeville is Really Alive and Well in Barkerville

Fran Dowie’s infectious brand of music hall entertainment is delighting the hundreds of thousands of visitors that flock every summer to this restored Cariboo gold rush community of Barkerville, 55 miles east of Quesnel. The veteran vaudeville showman, known variously as the Barnum of Barkerville and the High-Priest of Nostalgia, has written directed and generally inspired a small troupe of actors in an annual production of what can be most accurately described as “Barkerville-style music hall”