Live Bait bring­ing Christ­mas pro­duc­tion to Amherst

Golf club to host shows on Dec. 2, 3

The Amherst News - - NEWS -

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 live­baitthe­ 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@ hot­


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.

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