If you think you need to head downtown for good theatre, you haven’t been to Evergreen Cultural Centre. The Coquiltam arts centre and theatre offers great productions right here in our own backyard, and they’re stepping things up for the holidays. Instead of battling traffic and fighting to find parking, take a leisurely trip to the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree, and take in a seasonal show. There’s lots cooking, and today we’re filling you in on some of them.
A Gospel Blues Christmas
The legendary John Lee Sanders is joined by Sibel Thrasher, one of Western Canada’s most soulful voices. The concert features a great mix of gospel holiday favourites, plus some original Christmas music from Sanders. The concert also features a guest appearance by Gary Comeau (Voodoo Allstars), whose Cajun fiddle brings flavuors of the Maritimes and the Louisiana Bayou.
December 7, 2012 at 8:00pm
Comfort and Joy
Coastal Sound Music Academy presents two concerts to put you in the festive spirit. At the afternoon show you’ll hear children’s voices and Valerie Crocker on the saxophone. Performances include seasonal favourites like “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music, “Patapan” and “La Villanella”, among others. The evening concert features the national award-winning Youth Choir, Children’s Choir and special guest operatic tenor Sunny Shams joining with the Adult Choir in R. Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
December 9, 2012 at 3:00 and 7:00pm
A Christmas Carol
On opening night of a huge stage production of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story about Ebeneezer Scrooge, the entire cast quits, leaving only the producer and one remaining actor to try and perform the entire play themselves. Over 50 characters, puppets, songs, dance numbers, flying ghosts, and a heartwarming finale are all performed by just two actors. This is business as usual for Monster Theatre, who have toured hilarious and energetic two-person versions of classic works of literature for the past 13 years.
December 16, 2012 at 2:00pm
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
This splendidly theatrical invention preserves all the magic of the twentieth century’s best-loved fantasy classic. Four young adventurers pass through a doorway to a land in the grip of an icy queen, where it’s always winter and never Christmas. 20 years after the adventure ended, Peter and Lucy have made their way back to the room where it all began only to discover that there is still magic lingering.
December 18-22, 2012
QuiRING in the New Year!
The fun doesn’t end once Christmas is over, with this annual favourite. The Quiring Chamber Players turn up the heat this New Year’s Eve with a mixture of classical and gypsy jazz. Joining the trio will be musical guests Van Django, one of the country’s most celebrated gypsy jazz string ensembles. The concert features eclectic musicians Cameron Wilson (violin), Budge Schachte (guitar), Finn Manniche (guitar/cello), Brent Gubbels (bass). A sparkling reception follows.
December 31, 2012, 8:00pm
For more information on any of the shows, or to buy tickets, visit www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.