On the Horizon - November 15

Winter is coming

Hi everyone. Since we last spoke a lot has happened. Halloween, a time change, Remembrance Day, the snowfall that decided to stick around… the world is looking a little different this week. I’m using that as my excuse for talking about some of our winter shows today. We’ve settled into school routines, and we’re hurtling toward the end of the year, so it seems like a great time to talk about some fun stuff.

It seems somehow fitting that our Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Mac Daddy, is here at Horizon Stage just on the heels of the original band finally coming to Edmonton. They were supposed to be there last year, but then there was all that drama, and the show was postponed, and on it went. But here, it’s simple. No drama. Just 2 shows of Fleetwood Mac music, played with respect and integrity, and in a theatre with no bad seats in the house! If you love the songs like Landslide, Dreams, Rhiannon, Don’t Stop, Gold Dust Woman, and so many more, you’ll want to make sure you have a seat for this. Friday, November 29 still has great seats available, but Saturday is pretty much sold out. Which means: don’t wait if you want to share the memories with us. I grew up listening to these beautifully crafted songs, and I am really looking forward to seeing Mac Daddy in our Up Close and Personal space.

Once we’ve travelled down memory lane, you’re invited to make some new memories with your family and friends. The beautiful Christmas kind. Imagine dimmed lights, world-renowned musicians, and rare instruments. Delicate harp music combined with haunting vocals, and you’ve got a new Christmas tradition in the making. Several years ago, a group called Winter Harp played our stage a few times, and they were very popular. Well, as it happens, A Prairie Christmas is performed by the Nadeau Ensemble, who are led by Janelle Nadeau, formerly of Winter Harp. So, as you can see, the art is in good hands. Janelle and her ensemble play with pedal harp, medieval instruments, and violin, which will definitely put you in the spirit of the season. I think of closing my eyes and hearing sounds from a long-past era, of horse-drawn sleighs and salon concerts in a stunning castle. I’m feeling Christmas-y already! The December 7 matinee performance at 2 pm has excellent seats left, while the 7:30 show has good ones but a lot less. That’s because when it went on sale we only had the evening show, and we added the afternoon for everyone who will be attending other parties and dinners and festive events you all have planned. We’ve got you covered – afternoon is a great alternative.

Now, I’m going to jump way ahead and completely to the left. Hang on and go with me. It’s the middle of January. It’s cold. It’s after Christmas. We’re all feeling a little blah and looking for something totally different to do. Ladies – you know what those post-holiday blues are like. You want to try something new. Something fun. Something daring… Plan ahead so you don’t fall into the couch trap, and register for our Tease and Tassels workshop on Thursday, January 16. Taught by the fabulous ladies of Cheesecake Burlesque, this 3-hour workshop will have you up on your feet, learning some new moves, and having a total blast. Two years ago when we hosted the Cheesecakes for the first time, this workshop sold out. Not a single space to be had. And let me tell you – we had the best time! We laughed, we giggled, we tripped over our own feet a few times, and strutted out of there feeling like a million bucks. It was empowering, and gave us a new sense of who we are and who we could become. We even created our own Burlesque names, and I felt the most amazing sense of camaraderie with a group of like-minded women, looking for an outlet to get a little sassy.  You gotta have some sass in your life!

But of course, we can’t leave out the actual performance. On Friday, January 17, the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue takes over the theatre. Again, remembering their show from two years ago, the whole night was like a sequined, bejewelled, over-the-top non-stop trip. The performers are regular women, with regular lives, who happen to be outrageously outgoing Burlesque dancers. They don’t pretend to be anything other than who they are, with all that feisty energy just waiting to be shared. There are also musicians in between dances, because of course, there are 1001 costume changes too! If you’ve never seen Burlesque before, this is a good way to get a taste of it. The atmosphere in the theatre will be a little bit rowdy, a little bit risqué, and a whole lot of fun. Last time, there was even a male audience-member participation section. I’ll never forget how wonderfully good sports our guys were that night. I urge you to take a chance, try something new, and discover how much fun this can be, for the 16+ audience, keeping in mind the mature nature of this show.

These are a few of the shows we’ve programmed to keep you from forgetting what the outside world looks like during the coming months. Check out horizonstage.com to see all the details about these and other upcoming performances, buy tickets, and register for the workshop. We always love to hear from you if you’d rather call us at 780-962-8995 or drop in at the City Hall Ticket Centre. Drive carefully out there, and we’ll see you soon at Horizon Stage.

-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager

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