MTYP gets Christ­mas gift from Al Sim­mons

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

AL Sim­mons will be home for Christ­mas this year — and that’s good news for Manitoba The­atre for Young Peo­ple and its pa­trons. The one-man vaude­ville act is help­ing out the se­ri­ously in­debted the­atre com­pany, which couldn’t af­ford the fi­nan­cial risk of a hol­i­day show this year, by agree­ing to per­form Home for the Hol­i­days there Dec. 21 and 22. Typ­i­cally, MTYP’s De­cem­ber slot is filled by a big name show ex­pected to sell a lot of tick­ets. “Peo­ple have a tra­di­tion of go­ing to MTYP for Christ­mas; I know we do as a fam­ily when I’m home,” says Sim­mons, who starred in one of the the­atre’s hol­i­day shows, A Year with Frog and Toad, in 2004. “It’s go­ing to give them a Christ­mas show plus they are go­ing to earn some money from it.” Sim­mons is al­ready fig­ur­ing out his list of skits, which will in­clude his reen­act­ment of ’Twas the Night Be­fore Christ­mas. He’s also been rum­mag­ing through his props closet and plan­ning to adapt his horse­cy­cle into Ru­dolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer and Santa’s sleigh. Home for the Hol­i­days will be per­formed at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 and 1 p.m. the fol­low­ing day. Tick­ets are $20 and $15 for sub­scribers, while a fam­ily of four can go for $60.

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