Arts groups prepare a feast of Christmas productions.
Local arts groups stage holiday offerings
Home is the place to be this holiday season as a host of arts groups are preparing musical and visual feasts. It’s a goose of a different feather that will be served up by Windsor’s Theatre Alive.
The Snow Goose is an original musical from Brian Raisbeck and company, using traditional and contemporary Christmas carols in the context of a heartwarming story about reconciliation.
Besides Windsor Light Musical Theatre’s A Christmas Carol and the Edmunds Towers Dance Studio’s The Nutcracker, featured in these pages on Nov. 6, there are many other attractions from now through Dec. 25.
There’s the annual Broadway-style revue by students of St. Clair College’s musical theatre program, A St. Clair Christmas.
Windsor Symphony’s beefedup seasonal offerings include Christmas pops concerts the first weekend of December in Windsor and Tecumseh, as well as chamber concerts that include parts of Handel’s Messiah at several area locations.
Windsor’s 12.13 Productions is bringing back its popular adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story, complete with a lady’s leg lamp and an official Red Ryder, carbineaction, 200-shot range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock. The show is at Capitol Theatre, Nov. 26-28.
There are also holidaytheme events at several galleries, including Artcite Inc. and Artspeak Gallery in Windsor, Leamington Arts Centre and Amherstburg’s Gibson Gallery.
John McDermott sings his favourite Christmas songs Nov. 28 at Kingsville’s Migration Hall, 130 Main St. E. The performing arm, Migration Hall Productions, will stage The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Melissa McLeod, Dec. 11-12 and 16-19.
Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich St. W., is hosting an original Christmas drama, The Promise Box, by LaSalle’s Dennis K. Smith. The play is staged by W.O.R.D. Ministry. The Snow Goose is a followup to the successful 2009 holiday show, A Christmas to Remember: Windsor, 1959.
Director and writer Brian Raisbeck said unlike last year’s completely original score, The Snow Goose features familiar seasonal music.
“ The idea came from the Snow Goose sheets our son, Justin, had as a little kid,” said Raisbeck.
The story revolves around a town loner who is reconciled with his estranged family when a young teacher organizes a Christmas pageant. There is an antiwar thread running through the show, said Raisbeck, and one of the key numbers is a seldomheard anti-Vietnam song by Stevie Wonder, Some Day at Christmas.
There are also snippets of several traditional carols, plus a couple of contemporary tunes — Paul McCartney’s A Wonderful Christmas Time and Amy Grant’s Breath of Heaven.
Performances are Dec. 3-5 and 10-12 at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W.