If you’ve lost your Christmas spirit, well rest assured that it’s been found on the colourful, festive, energetic stage at the Upper Canada Playhouse.
“Christmas is always a special time at The Playhouse,” said artistic director Donnie Bowes. “Not only is it the last show of the season, it’s also the time when the stage is filled with a huge cast of fabulous actors and singers bringing a wonderful magical and musical holiday experience to the community and far beyond.
Such is the case with Everything I Love About Christmas, by Robert Moore, which opened on Saturday with another packed house, takes a look into one Christmas eve with the Barnes family as they wait for daughter, Susan, who is stranded in a bus station on her way home from University, for the holidays.
“It’s filled with the many things that make a good show for young and old,” said Bowes. “A good story, some great mystery, exciting magical moments, everyday ordinary characters, magical extraordinary characters, old St. Nick himself, a snow storm, a Christmas tree and lots of wonderful live singing and dancing to keep you smiling all the way home.”
There are some wonderfully entertaining and endearing performances, not the least of which is given collectively by the quartet of mischievous elves (Bruce Tubbe, Jess Vandenberg, Ryan Jacobs, and Paris Greeves). They are delightful. The musical numbers are lively and inspired, particularly the production number at the end. A wonderful show for the entire family.
Directed by Bowes, Everything I Love About Christmas runs November 23-December 16 with 2Pm and 8pm public performances and 11am school shows.
Coming up in 2013, at the Playhouse, Wichita Lineman, The Music of Glen Campbell, April 23 to May 5; Whose Wives Are They Anyway? By Michael Parker, June 6 to 30; Murder at the Howard Johnsons, by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, July 4 to July 28; No Sex Please, We’re British, by Alistair Root an Anthony Marriott, August 1 – August 25; The Cemetery club, by Ivan Menchell, September 5 to 29; Lucien, starring Marshall Button; Vegas Kinights, Live big band tribute to the great Vegas stars, October 23 to 27; and A Christmas Carol, musical version, November 28 to December 15.
Call The Playhouse at 613-543-3713/1-877-550-3650 or www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com for further details .