The holiday season is upon us. With it comes time off from school and work, celebrations with friends and family, and more than a little extra time at the mall. While certainly joyous for most, it is sometimes difficult to avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed. It might be a good idea to find a fun and relaxed way to sit back and enjoy the season!
The Rose Theatre has put together a whole month of entertainment designed to deck the halls and keep your spirits bright.
Starting the month off on December 1st, Elvis’ Wonderful World of Christmas: Graceland Edition promises to have you dancing in your Blue Suede snowshoes. Internationally renowned Elvis tribute artist, Steve Michaels will serenade the audience at the Rose with the King’s best holiday offerings. Featuring a five-piece rhythm section, horns, and a church choir; the show will cover sacred songs of the season as well as Elvis holiday classics like Blue Christmas and Santa, Bring My Baby Back to me.
There are few traditions quite like seeing a performance of The Nutcracker at Christmas. Every year, all over the world, families revisit this classic ballet piece set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved and unmistakable music. The piece comes to Brampton on December 5th courtesy of the well-loved Ballet Jorgen du Canada. In addition to the wonder of the performance, the convenience of avoiding a trip downtown to see it is a big plus.
The Rose also kept lovers of Christmas music in mind this month. Christmas concerts by the Rose Orchestra and The Brampton Concert Band offer the sounds of the season for listeners to enjoy. A Patriot’s Holiday is the theme for the December 2nd performance by the orchestra, offered as their final concert of Canada’s 150th birthday. Christmas At The Rose follows on December 9th by the Brampton Concert Band. The latter promises all of your seasonal favourites and Christmas Carols along with a very jolly special guest too.
For those who might be looking for a break from the craziness of the holiday season, The Rose offers a couple of fantastic comedy performances the month from some of our country’s best performers. Gerry Dee Live, on December 15th, features Mr D himself draws from his years as a high school teacher to provide a night of laughs you won’t forget. Then, on December 18th, two of Canada’s most beloved comediennes reunite for An Evening With Cathy Jones and Mary Walsh, which promises both boundary-pushing and belly-laughs. Either show could be a good way to forget your holiday stress for an evening.
No Christmas is complete without a telling of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim all come to life onstage the December 20th. This fascinating, scary but ultimately joyous tale has been created for the stage with many musical moments and finishes with a singalong concert in Scrooge’s workhouse. The message of this classic has waned holiday spirits for over a century.
There is certainly no shortage of holiday entertainment in Brampton this year.
Tickets for these shows are available by calling the Rose Theatre box office at (905) 874-2800 or online at www.rosetheatre.ca