On the Horizon - July 26

Two added shows this season!

Welcome to the end of July, 2019. It’s a cliché to say that summer has flown by already, but I think we can all agree that it got off to a slow, soggy start, so to be half way through already feels far too soon. I’m not going to complain about being old and time going fast, I’m just going to say I would like the world to slow it’s rotations a bit!

July started out very busy here at Horizon Stage, with Canada Day, and then the start of sales for our new season. In my last article I said we were thrilled at the response you showed, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. You blew our expectations out of the water! By the end of the first week, we already had a number of shows listed as limited or single seats, and we had negotiated two additional performances. That, my friends, is enough to warm my heart for days. Thank you.

So what are the hot sellers already? I’m glad you asked. Simply put, Jimmy Rankin tickets flew off the shelf faster than any other show. The show is completely sold out, and a waiting list has been started in case any tickets become available. Close behind him, Kenny Hess has less than 30 seats left for his Songs That Wrote Country Music. Ken Lavigne’s Three Knights with a Tenor has about 70 seats, and Billy McGuigan’s Rock Legends has just 50 remaining tickets. Needless to say, if any of these are on your list of choices for this season, you need to act quickly so you’re not disappointed.

I mentioned two additional performances. Mac Daddy, the Fleetwood Mac Experience has only about 40 tickets unsold. We knew this was going to be a popular show, especially with all the interest in the original band’s tour this year, so we decided the demand was probably there for another performance. They will now have a Friday, November 29 date in addition to the Saturday show that is in our brochure. The other artist we approached was The Nadeau Ensemble, with A Prairie Christmas. There are still some good seats left for their December 7 evening performance, but they have agreed to do a matinee at 2:00 the same day. We are pretty sure a lot of you remember Winter Harp and its beautiful music, and think that has led to the quick sales for our first Christmas offering. Janelle Nadeau was one of the members of Winter Harp, so she is very familiar with Horizon Stage and how intimate the setting is. She told me she was very excited to return, and she’s thrilled with the early response to the show. Tickets for both these added times, like all our season shows, are available now. Come visit us in person at the City Hall Ticket Center, because we love chatting with you. Or you can call us at 780-962-8995 and we can still visit. Or, if you’re buying in the dead of night, or while wearing your comfy clothes, or because you don’t feel like talking to us, we’re ok with that too. Our good friends at Ticketpro have made it easy to buy onlineExternal and we won’t take it personally. Most of the time…

On a different note, our FoOtlights Summer Drama Camps in July were all very well attended and a huge amount of fun. Our two new instructors had a blast working with the kids, and we saw some wonderful acting and collaborating. We love to hear comments from students and parents alike about how great camp was and they can’t wait to come back next year. The final camp in our summer program will be held August 12 – 16 and is for the budding filmmaker in your life. Director’s Cut brings in all the equipment to capture the creativity in these 7 – 12 year olds, and believe me, that’s no small feat. The past couple of years have shown us that there really is no limit to what young people can do when they have the skills and the determination to put a project together. And they get to work with Lego and clay, so what’s not to love? From ideas to storyboards, character development and building, sound effects and visual effects, it’s all here. And a red-carpet film screening on the last day is a pretty cool way to end a week-long camp. Registration information is available onlineExternal and we’d love for your kids to join the team.

Whatever your plans are for the next couple of weeks, I hope they include lots of things that make you happy. Recharge the batteries, spend time with friends, and explore around you. Talk to you soon!

-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager

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