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Holiday Magic – It’s what we do best.

by on December 22, 2015

The holiday season is upon us, and while it’s one of the most joyful times of the year, it’s also one of the busiest. Amidst all the chaos that comes with December, the performing arts can provide a warm respite, giving family and friends the chance to come together, slow down and reflect, all while experiencing a little holiday magic.

This time of year is always an eventful one at the Fredericton Playhouse, and 2015 has been no exception. Throughout our history, the Playhouse has played an important role in hosting inspiring holiday shows and acting as a gathering place for Frederictonians to share magical moments and make memories. This is an atmosphere we cultivate all year round, but it shines through more brightly than ever as Christmas approaches.

This year, our audiences have been treated to world class music, thanks to the likes of legendary singer Darlene Love, hometown hero David Myles and Irish quintet Lúnasa, all concerts that featured Christmas music both new and familiar. Every family’s traditions are different, but spending time with our loved ones while singing or listening to carols is a ritual that many can relate to, and I believe that’s why our holiday music performances are so popular and impactful.

Others may have fond memories of watching plays or pageants during the holidays. For many of us, watching theatre during this time of year connects back to our childhood and recollections of our own on-stage school or church performances. Experiencing such nostalgic moments with our own families is a wonderful opportunity to create meaningful memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Theatre New Brunswick’s holiday performance is certainly a treasured tradition for many of our patrons, and this year’s presentation of Little Women, The Broadway Musical was a moving play, loved by audiences of all ages. This production’s strong message about the importance of family made it a perfect seasonal show.

We’re always excited for the opportunity to highlight local talent, and the holiday season is a wonderful time to appreciate how lucky we are to have amazing performing arts organizations based right here in Fredericton.

One of those groups is Dance Fredericton – we love seeing them return year after year with their beautiful performance of The Nutcracker, and last month’s performance was as charming and magical as ever, featuring original choreography, elaborate costumes and the classic Tchaikovsky score.

Last week, we wrapped up our pre-Christmas performances with Symphony New Brunswick’s festive show, featuring acclaimed singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant, as well as Fredericton’s own celebrated soprano Measha Brueggergosman, with a two-night holiday event.

Finally, when Christmas Day has passed and families are looking for a fun post-holiday activity, we’re once again presenting DuffleBag Theatre as part of the Playhouse Kidstage Series on Dec. 27. This group is a perennial favourite, full of spontaneous fun and audience involvement, and this year’s sold-out performance of Snow White is sure to delight parents, grandparents and children alike.

This time of year always feels particularly enchanting at the Fredericton Playhouse, but the magic certainly doesn’t end with the holidays – we provide joyful live performances all year round. With tickets now on sale for a wide range of upcoming performances, and gift certificates available for the hard-to-buy-for recipients on your holiday list, you can share magical performing arts experiences with your loved ones well into 2016.

From all of us at the Fredericton Playhouse, we wish you and yours a happy holiday season, and we look forward to sharing the magic of live performance with you in the year ahead.

Tim Yerxa is the executive director of the Fredericton Playhouse.

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