It’s hard to believe it, but Christmas is only a month away – and that means it’s time for the annual Playhouse holiday gift guide! We have great suggestions for everyone on your list this year. Read on for our top picks.
For the classic rock fan:
Classic Albums Live recreates Supertramp’s 1979 album Breakfast in America in this unforgettable concert. This release won two Grammy Awards, and was certified quadruple platinum. It features a number of hit singles including the title track, as well as “The Logical Song,” “Goodbye Stranger” and “Take the Long Way Home.” Breakfast in America is Supertramp’s best-selling album of all time.
For the dance lover:
Returning to the Playhouse following their stunning performance in 2014, contemporary dance company Toronto Dance Theatre is back to celebrate its 50th anniversary season. This mixed program features five masterworks from Artistic Director Christopher House’s career, ranging from the kinetic classic Vena Cava to contemporary creations Echo Dark 1 and Martingales.
For the party animal:
Following their wildly celebrated performance at the Playhouse in 2015, Lemon Bucket Orkestra returns with another adventurous and unexpected show. Canada’s only balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk superband will blow you away with their ability to connect with audiences through reworked Balkan and Eastern European folk songs spiked with a signature blend of funk, punk, psychedelia, blues and swing. Incorporating an impressive array of influences and instruments into their performance, this is a truly unique act that inspires joy in all who have the chance to experience them live.
For the comedy fan:
Led by beloved Canadian comic Elvira Kurt, Girls Nite Out has been wowing audiences for 10 years. This all-female variety show features comedians with Second City roots, who will have you laughing in the aisle over their hysterical stand-up and improv performance!
For the indie pop aficionado:
With an electrifying voice and memorable lyrics, Basia Bulat is a rising star on Canada’s folk-pop music scene. Juno-nominated and shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, she often appears solo in gigantic concert halls, winning over crowds with an autoharp or charango, stomping feet and two mighty lungs. Bulat’s songs have been adapted for major performances with symphony orchestras, she’s been tapped for prestigious tributes to Leonard Cohen and The Band, and she’s performed at music festivals around the world, including a highly praised show at Fredericton’s own Shivering Songs Festival.
For the hip theatre buff:
PostSecret: The Show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humour and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves and, on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide you through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. See the hopeful, shocking and painful secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, which has led to six best-selling books and an exhibit in the Smithsonian.
For the a cappella lover:
Canada’s premier vocal group Cadence has been wowing audiences across Canada and around the world for nearly 20 years. The members of Cadence bring an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song they sing, whether it’s a classic song by Joni Mitchell, an old bebop standard, or a cheeky arrangement of a 1980s hit. On-stage antics and audience participation are par for the course, but so is a mesmerizing display of musical genius. What these boys can do with their voices needs to be heard to be believed.
For the whole family:
Created by six alumni of Quebec City Circus School in 2011, Flip FabriQue adopts a creative and collaborative approach to highlight each performer’s strengths, and create pure magic on stage. Their astonishing, lively show Catch Me will leave you smiling from ear to ear. This cirque show incorporates acrobatics, hula hoops, trampolines and lots of humour, creating a spellbinding, crowd-pleasing and incredibly fun performance.
Still not sure what to choose? Give your loved ones the gift of live performance with a Fredericton Playhouse gift certificate! Shop online, in person, or by phone at 458-8344.