On the Horizon - November 30

Tis the season to give

Hey everybody, it seems like it’s been a while since we chatted, but it’s really only been a couple weeks. They’ve been busy ones so maybe that’s what makes it feel longer.

Since my last column, we had Luke McMaster at Horizon Stage, plus a new renter with Element Theatre. The Horizon Players held auditions for their spring performance of Flat Stanley Jr, which were very well attended and successful. The Grey Cup was held in Edmonton (yay Stampeders!), and Christmas in Central ParkExternal brought us some beautiful lights and seasonal cheer. Whew, I need a nap.

We are looking ahead to December at the Stage, and it shaping up beautifully. On December 1, we have 2 almost sold out shows with DuffleBag Theatre’s Twas the Night Before Christmas at 2 pm, and Amero Little Christmas at 7:30. Not sure if there will still be tickets available at the door, but you can always try if you haven’t already scooped yours. Then Spruce Grove Composite High School moves in for a week of rehearsals, with performances of Cinderella on the 6th and 7th. Tickets and information for this rental event are available at the school.

Our next two Season performances are both sold out, Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant… Ever! and Lizzy Hoyt, and that will wrap up the Horizon Stage shows for 2018. Other renters this month include The Dance Place, Millgrove School, Vocal Collective Choir, Miss Maddi’s Dance, and Woodhaven School. The only one we’re selling tickets for is the Vocal Collective, and all the others are through their respective organizations. December is full of fun and lots of audience members!

At this time, I’d like encourage you, if you are attending anything at Horizon Stage in December, to remember that we are collecting for Parkland Food Bank. We will accept non-perishable food donations and will have bins on site, and we will also collect cash on their behalf. Throughout the entire year, the Horizon Stagelighters donate all their tips from the bar and concession to this worthwhile organization (thank you Stagelighters), so it’s just another way we can support them by accepting donations through the month of December.  When you are deciding whether to donate food or cash, consider this note on the Foodbank website: “We are currently needing to spend approximately $6000 every month to provide 1L of milk and 1lb of meat per client/month, due to the high demand for our services.” Food donations are always welcome, but sometimes cash is an even better way to ensure they can support their clients. Thank you in advance to all our patrons who choose to donate, and to those who are unable, we hope that your situation improves. Help is available for those who are in need.

I’m going to leave you with this last thought, which I have seen online in several places lately. With all the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas marketing, remember: you shouldn’t go into debt to prove your love to someone at this time of year. Set reasonable expectations with friends and family, and your children. Spend time with them, do activities with them, and demonstrate what they mean to you, rather than wrapping up expensive gifts. As always, we remind you that Horizon Stage tickets or gift certificates make wonderful gifts, especially because we believe our prices are reasonable. They fit into the category of “experiences” and “treasured time” rather than “stuff”, and we hope you’ll consider this as you work your way through your holiday shopping list.

Happy Friday, and we hope to see you at one of the many performances at Horizon Stage this month.

-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager

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