Home for the Holidays

Returning to the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm, is Home for the Holidays featuring all the best of popular Christmas and Holiday music performed by some of PEI’s finest singers :   Kendall Docherty, Catherine O’Brien and Caroline Bernard backed up by a great band, The Reindeer Express, with Deryl Gallant, bass, Alan White, drums, Don Fraser, keyboards, and Perry Williams, guitar.  The icing on this special Christmas cake will be the reading of well known Island entertainer, Marlane O’Brien featuring Island Christmas stories.

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This show, Home for the Holidays featuring classic and contemporary Christmas music and Island stories will be as warm and cozy as a good glass of egg-nog in front of a crackling fireplace on Christmas Eve.  Prepare to have your spirits lifted just as high as that bright shining star so many years ago. This year’s edition has many new songs, as well as old favourites.

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On Thin Ice

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
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With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Elf Jr. is at the Guild December 8th through the 17th.

Putting the Victoria Playhouse Under Your Tree

For every theatre and live music lover on your Christmas list…

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Two ways to put 

Victoria Playhouse under the tree!

The Victoria Playhouse Flex Pass. Four tickets to any of our Festival Season plays or concerts. Make a theatre lover very happy this Christmas and save almost 20% off the regular admission price.
New and just in time for the Holidays, our Gift Voucher for Two! Two admissions to any of our Festival Season plays or concerts. Give your favourite couple a night of entertainment in beautiful Victoria by the Sea. 

Jingle Juries and Frozen Princesses

The Guild Music Theatre School is presenting two shows in one: Jingle Jury and Elfis and the Frozen Princess, on Saturday, December 2nd, at 2 PM.
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The Candy Cane Courthouse is now in session, and your audience is the jury! The defendant, young Jim Dandy, has called Christmas spirit ’a lot of nonsense,’ but that won’t fly in the Christmas court of justice! In comes a colorful parade of Christmas personalities, including reindeer-in-training, an angel from atop a Christmas tree, wise men, and holiday shoppers, all trying to prove Jim wrong. Jim tries to defend himself, but it’s hard when even Mrs. Cratchit and Tiny Tim make an appearance. It’s up to the Toy Maker to discover why Jim is acting so strangely. The answer involves a teddy bear and some bad kids who aren’t so bad after all.
Elfis and the Frozen Princess 
Everyone in the village of Icebergia is shivering with excitement when they hear that the Arctic-renowned band “Elfis and The Sleigh Riders” is coming to perform at the Snowflake Festival! The King and Queen have invited everyone in the entire Kingdom of Frozonia to attend, including all the princesses who live in the land. All except one – The Abominable Snow Princess. An oversight or a deliberate act of omission? No matter to her. An affront is an affront. After crashing the Festival, the Abominable Snow Princess takes her revenge by casting a freezing spell on Snowella, the daughter of the King and Queen. Snowella is unable to move! Despite the usual efforts to break a spell, nothing seems to work. Until, that is, Elfis steps forward. A gentle song sung tenderly to a scorned princess is the only way to thaw a frozen heart.

Confederation Singers Celebrate the Messiah

Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre presents an afternoon celebrating of one of the most enduring pieces of music in the Western choral tradition. On Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m., the Confederation Singers, orchestra, and four guest soloists perform Handel’s Messiah, the Baroque-era oratorio that celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Written in 1741, Messiah is the most famous creation of German composer George Frederic Handel, and its performance still awes listeners more than 250 years after the composer’s death. Ludwig van Beethoven himself, citing Messiah, said that Handel was the “greatest composer that ever lived.”

The concert is an annual tradition at Confederation Centre of the Arts, led by Choral Music Director Donald Fraser. Joining the Centre’s adult choir this year are guest vocalists: mezzo-soprano Hannah O’Donnell, soprano Shannon Scales, baritone Parker Clements, and tenor James Smith.   

Scales and Clements, both Islanders, have previously performed Messiah with the Centre’s Choral Programme, while this marks the debut performance for fellow Islander, Hannah O’Donnell. Also making his first performance with the Centre is James Smith, a tenor from Des Moines, Iowa currently completely his Master’s of Music degree at The University of Western Ontario.

The Confederation Singers include 70 members this year from across the community. The Singers present an interesting and varied program of music throughout the year, performing seasonal concerts on local stages and at a variety of events. Other concerts include Choral Music on a Holy Day and the popular holiday tradition Sing Along Messiah, where the audience is invited to participate.

Handel’s Messiah will be presented on Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m., in the Homburg Theatre of Confederation Centre of the Arts. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

Special thanks are extended to Maritime Electric, sponsors for the Centre’s Choral Music Programme, and Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5.

Mass for Peace: The Armed Man

The Choral Music Programme with Confederation Centre of the Arts presents Choral Music For A Holy Day, this year featuring the Karl Jenkins epic Mass for Peace : The Armed Man. The concert will be held at historic Trinity United Church, in Charlottetown on Good Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Maritime Electric Company is the generous sponsor for the Choral Music Programme.

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The Confederation Singers under the direction of Donald Fraser will be joined by guest soloists Suzanne Campbell, Shannon Scales, Masoud Fahandezhsaadi; members of the Atlantic String Machine; a percussion ensemble lead by Dave Shephard; and Sarah Chace, flute, Laura MacLeod, trumpet, and Frances McBurnie, organ.

A Mass for Peace : The Armed Man was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to mark the transition from one millennium to another. It reflects on the passing of “the most war-torn and destructive century in human history” and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future. The Armed Man is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict, whose tragedy was unfolding as the piece was being composed. It was first performed in 2000 by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, conducted by the composer himself.

The text incorporates words from various religious and historical sources, including the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible, and the Mahabharata. Writers whose words appear in the work include Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge, who survived the Hiroshima bombing but died some years later of leukemia.

Admission is $20 and tickets are available at the Centre Box Office, (902) 566-1267, online at confederationcentre.com or at the door of Trinity United on the day of the concert. Choral Music for a Holy Day is presented by Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre.

The concert will be held at historic Trinity United Church on Good Friday April 14 at 7 PM.