Hobson's Selection: Musicals make the rounds for Christmas theatre

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There’s music on the horizon for December with the tenth and closing season of Naughty However Good; a Canadian premiere of a rustic jukebox musical, and the return of the household vacation musical Sweet Cane Children.

That is the final probability to catch Forte Musical Theatre Guild’s cheeky grownup vacation musical Naughty However Good. Its creator, Joe Slabe, has determined “10 years is a pleasant, spherical quantity, and a very good place to cease. Folks hold telling us the present will get higher yearly, and that’s numerous stress. We don’t wish to let our audiences down.”

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There can be one thing to fill the void. Slabe has written a brand new musical that can premiere in Naughty’s time slot in 2024, and, he guarantees, it can even be good.

Within the 10 years, 19 completely different actors have performed one of many 4 roles, with Scott Olynek having eight appearances. Selina Wong, Katherine Fadum and Justine Westby have all been in 4 of the incarnations. This 12 months’s solid contains Olynek and Fadum with Katelyn Morishita and Eric Wigston finishing the foursome.

Throughout its run, Naughty has featured 65 completely different songs. The one three to have been included in all 10 seasons are the title tune Naughty however Good by Matt Board, Brendan the Brown-nose Reindeer by Dan Perrott, and Slabe’s personal Baileys for Breakfast. This 12 months will characteristic 4 new songs. Children Desk is about younger adults who’ve been relegated to the youngsters’ desk, Vacation Love a few girl who sees completely happy {couples} and desires she might have somebody in her life, and a brand new closing tune to thank audiences for his or her assist. There may even be a mash-up medley of fifty Christmas carols in three minutes.

Upwards of 12,000 folks have seen Naughty however Good, and, by viewers request, there’s a solid recording from the sixth 12 months. It will possibly solely be streamed now as a result of the unique 1,000 CDs bought out in document time.

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Naughty however Good was initially produced within the former Lunchbox Theatre area, however is now in its new homeat cSPACE King Edward at 1721 twenty ninth Ave. S.W. and can run from Dec. 6 to 23. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Particular discounted pricing on Tuesday nights.

May We All
Jillian Bauer and Patrick Lynn star within the Canadian premiere of the nation jukebox musical Might We All. Courtesy, Selena Fisher jpg


Calgary’s forty second Road Productions is presenting the Canadian premiere of Might We All, a rustic jukebox musical that debuted in Nashville final summer time.

This story of a small-town singer with huge goals, huge expertise and large issues was conceived by Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and options chart-topping songs from artists like Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Keith City and Florida Georgia Line.

Scott Drewitz, forty second Road’s creative director, says as quickly as he heard there was a rustic jukebox musical, he knew Calgary was the town to offer it a Canadian premiere, and forty second Road was the corporate to make that occur. It was not simply the checklist of songs, however the story that grabbed Drewitz who says “Rising up in small-town Saskatchewan, I associated to the story and all its characters who stay in Concord, Tennessee. I needed to share this story and the significance of household, group, and all these different nice values of small Prairie cities.”

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Jillian Bauer and Patrick Lynn lead a solid of twenty-two actors with an on-stage band who usually change into a part of the motion.

Might We All runs within the GRAND Theatre at 601 1st Road S.W. Dec. 1 to three.

Candy Cane Kids
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Now in its sixth 12 months, The Sweet Cane Children is vacation leisure aimed on the younger and the younger at coronary heart.

Conceived and written by Barb Mitchell, The Sweet Cane Children is the story of how Cookie, Pep and Stripe, the standard management inspectors at McJingle’s Inc., must cease the dreaded humbugs from stealing the Christmas Spirit. They must sing, dance, bake, and cheer to boost the flagging vacation enthusiasm in Canada. That is an interactive manufacturing that encourages the youngest viewers members to sing and even dance alongside.

This 12 months’s solid contains Katie McMillan as Cookie, Kayla Mackenzie as Stripe and Alex Smith as Pep. The present is directed by Griffin Cork, with musical route by Bob Stagg and choreography by Kayla Mackenzie.

The 80-minute present runs Dec. 8-10 within the BMO Theatre within the Shane Houses Rocky Ridge YMCA with a 7:30 p.m. efficiency on Dec. 8, and midday and three p.m. exhibits on Dec. 9 and 10.

On Dec. 16 and 17, the present strikes to the Evan Hazell Theatre within the Brookfield Residential YMCA in Seton for 12:30 p.m. and three:30 p.m. exhibits. Advance tickets for all performances can be found at occasionalnotes.web/candycanekids

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