Live Bait bringing Christmas production to Amherst
Golf club to host shows on Dec. 2, 3
Live Bait’s new Christmas dinner theatre is proving to be one of the most popular in years.
The company will present A Rockin’ Little Christmas at the Sackville Legion in December. Since five of the eight shows were sold out by early November the company is taking their show on the road and bringing it to Amherst.
In addition to two previously announced performances in Springhill on Nov. 29 and 30, the company has just added two performances at the golf club in Amherst on Dec. 2 and 3. They will also be performing the show at the Trinity United Church in Port Elgin on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 10 as a dessert theatre. Proceeds for that performance will be going to the Westford (Nursing Home) Foundation.
Charlie Rhindress, who cowrote the script with Karen Valanne, is directing the show, and is thrilled with the response.
“Although I worked on more than a dozen holiday dinner theatres for Live Bait between 1994 and 2006 I’ve only done one in the past ten years or so. It’s great to be returning to this holiday tradition and have it so well received,” Rhindress said recently. “We performed Anne of Springhill to a sold out crowd at the Amherst Golf Club this past summer so we thought we’d bring our holiday show to town too.”
A Rockin’ Little Christmas, features classic rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950s and 60s as well as many Christmas favourites and a roast turkey dinner. In the show, everyone in town has gathered at the River Road High cafeteria on Christmas Eve because strange lights have been seen in the night sky. People are scared the town is going to be attacked by aliens so they gather at the school, which has a bomb shelter. In typical dinner theatre style the show features wild characters, big plot twists and lots of laughs.
The show features James Hand, Heather MacIntyre, Ron Kelly Spurles, and Carley Varner, who all appeared in Anne of Springhill. They will be joined on stage by Live Bait newcomers, Karen Kay and Grayson Kenny, who both bring a wealth of musical theatre experience with them. Musical direction is provided by Jennie Del Motte.
Tickets for the Sackville and Amherst performances of A Rockin’ Little Christmas are available by calling Live Bait at (506) 536- 2248 or visiting livebaittheatre.com Tickets are also available in Amherst at Buds to Blossoms, 115 E. Victoria St. Tickets for the Springhill performance are available by calling (902) 5978614. For the Port Elgin show tickets are available at Cole’s Grocery in Port Elgin, the Amherst Shore Country Store and Lake’s General Store in Murray Corner.
For more information contact Rhindress at charlierhindress@ hotmail.com.
Heather MacIntyre’s Grandma character from Anne of Springhill will make a brief appearance in Live Bait’s holiday dinner theatre, A Rockin’ Little Christmas.