The Fredericton Playhouse gift guide


Christmas is only a month away, and that means it’s time for the Fredericton Playhouse’s annual gift guide! Give the gift of live performance this holiday season for an experience your loved ones will never forget.

For the dance lover:

Ballet BC (Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.)

Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed contemporary ballet company. Bold and creative, the company is known for its distinct style and unique approach. With three pieces from three celebrated choreographers, this performance will showcase dance at its most essential.

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For the folk music fan:

Good Lovelies and Old Man Luedecke (Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.)

Two of Canada’s most delightful folk music acts will liven up the Playhouse stage during this double bill. Funny and upbeat with just a pinch of sass, the three musicians behind the Good Lovelies excel at combining lighthearted songwriting with their irresistibly buoyant dispositions for a blithe brand of folk music with universal appeal. Old Man Luedecke is a Juno-winning performer known for creating narrative-driven folk songs that are playful, coy and soul-warming. He’ll have audiences hanging on his every word.

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For the nostalgic:

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience (Sunday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.)

Returning to the Playhouse, the always crowd-pleasing Billy McGuigan is a dead-ringer for legendary icon Buddy Holly. Rave On! is an electrifying, high-energy, rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza that reinvents the tribute show and  breathes new life into the music of Buddy Holly for a sincere and exciting rock performance.

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 For the jazz aficionado:

Jill Barber (Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.)

With a career that has spanned genres from acoustic folk to powerful jazz, and lyrics that cross language barriers from English to French, Jill Barber is well known for her incredible range and versatility. In concert, Barber charms her audiences while weaving a romantic spell that draws listeners in and keeps them hooked on her every note. Featuring new music from her sixth album, Fool’s Gold, this show promises to be fresh and intimate.

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For the whole family:

Fredericton Chamber Orchestra (Saturday, March 21 at 3 p.m.)

In this special matinee show, the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra offers a fresh take on Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, a composition inspired by classic fairy tales. The orchestra will be joined by pianist Heather Dunham, and local group Peekaboo Shadows Theatre will add an extra element to the performance using the ancient and mystical art of shadow puppetry. This is the perfect show for families, and an excellent way to introduce children to the power and presence of orchestral music.

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For the Broadway buff:

Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway (Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.)

From composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg, 101 Years of Broadway brings the best of Broadway to Fredericton. This show recreates the biggest moments from the finest shows of the century, featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more. These amazing performers will light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred.

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For the rocker:

Pink Floyd: The Wall (Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.)

Classic Albums Live recreates Pink Floyd’s rock opera concept album The Wall in this unforgettable concert event. Featuring classic tracks like “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Comfortably Numb,” this 1979 release has sold 33-million albums worldwide, making it the best-selling double album ever. Experience the album as it was meant to be heard – note for note, cut for cut – from the skilled musicians of Classic Albums Live.

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For the comedy fan:

Mary Walsh with Special Guest Sharron Matthews (Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.)

Celebrated Canadian comic Mary Walsh is known for her cutting political satire and broadly defined caricatures. Walsh brings the same wit to her stand-up comedy, expertly navigating the rage brought on by pop culture, politics and capitalism. Special guest Sharron Matthews will offer her own unique take on pop culture, serving up irreverent wit with mash-ups by artists like Lady Gaga, Guns ‘N Roses and Beyonce in a comic tour-de-force cabaret performance.

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For the circus lover:

Timber! (Monday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.)

Using forestry resources available on their real-life family farm in small-town Quebec, the members of Cirque Alfonse will keep audiences on the edge of their seats with incredible feats of aerial acrobatics backed by a live traditional folk soundtrack. Timber! is a creative, one-of-a-kind show that inspires awe and excitement in all who have the chance to see it first-hand.

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For kids:

Kidstage Package (Peter Pan on Sunday, December 28 at 2 p.m.; The Star Keeper on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m.; and Fred Penner on Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m.)

For the special discounted price of $39, children can enjoy all three Kidstage shows in our Spotlight Series this season! Kids will get to experience DuffleBag Theatre’s fractured fairytale version of Peter Pan; Théâtre de l’Œil’s compelling piece The Star Keeper, which incorporates puppets, music and special effects; and beloved award-winning Canadian entertainer Fred Penner.

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For everyone:

Gift certificates

Still not sure which show to choose? Give the gift of live performance with a Fredericton Playhouse gift certificate. Shop online, in person, or by phone at 458-8344.

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