Windsor Star

Arts groups prepare a feast of Christmas production­s.

Local arts groups stage holiday offerings

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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.

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 ?? TYLER BROWNBRIDG­E/The Windsor Star ?? Abigail Decaire stars in Theatre Alive’s Christmas show
The Snow Goose, playing next month at the Capitol.
TYLER BROWNBRIDG­E/The Windsor Star Abigail Decaire stars in Theatre Alive’s Christmas show The Snow Goose, playing next month at the Capitol.
 ?? SCOTT WEBSTER/The Windsor Star ?? Tickets are available for St. Clair College’s A St. Clair Christmas, which takes place next month. Performers include Lauren Blanchard, bottom, Mandy London, Christine Lindo, Raven Mullan and Hillary Wirachowsk­y.
SCOTT WEBSTER/The Windsor Star Tickets are available for St. Clair College’s A St. Clair Christmas, which takes place next month. Performers include Lauren Blanchard, bottom, Mandy London, Christine Lindo, Raven Mullan and Hillary Wirachowsk­y.
 ?? Courtesy of Migration Hall ?? John McDermott brings his holiday tour
Courtesy of Migration Hall John McDermott brings his holiday tour

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