St. Clair Centre of the Arts, Chrysler Theatre Hosts Happy Holidays Once Again
Students in the Musical Theatre Performance program at St. Clair College will perform Christmas songs with a unique twist for this year’s rendition of Happy Holidays at the Chrysler Theatre.
Music Theatre Performance is a three-year conservatory-style Advanced Diploma program at St. Clair College which prepares emerging talents for careers in the entertainment industry. After not being able to perform last year, program coordinator Katherine Kaszas says the Happy Holidays performance is a long-awaited opportunity for graduating students to show off their creative skills and give the audience at Chrysler Theatre a truly unique experience.
“The annual Christmas show – this year entitled Happy Holidays show has become a Windsor tradition and it’s something that we started as an opportunity for graduating students to devise and create a show of their own. It is something they build themselves out of nothing,” Kaszas said.
Students start with a general Holiday theme, time period and place. Then they invent characters and narratives, all of which are told within the body of the song. Through that presentation style there is a character journey and story for each of the graduates.
Happy Holidays is about 20 pieces, all sung with no dialogue. Kaszas said the show is a unique and unusual opportunity for the students to experience within their time at the College. “There are a couple of things within the show they would not do typically, such as writing and inventing lyrics, reinterpreting musical pieces and turning them into Christmas songs. ” said Kaszas.
Performances of Happy Holidays at the Chrysler Theatre will take place on Dec. 10, 11, 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Dec. 18 at 2pm. Adult tickets are $20, and students are $10.
“It has always been a children’s favourite because Santa Claus and his elves are featured each year,” said Kaszas. “It embraces the spirit of Christmas which is the spirit of community and acceptance. And we always try to make it as inclusive a holiday show as we can. “
The performance on Thursday, Dec. 16th is the Annual Holiday Dinner and Show at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, featuring a plated meal of Holiday Salad, Stuffed Chicken Supreme and Chocolate Mouse Glace. Tickets for the dinner show are $39.95 plus tax. Doors will open at 5pm and dinner service beginning at 5:30pm, followed by the show at 7:30pm.
Spectators and patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chrysler Theatre Box Office.