Ottawa stages get in the holiday spirit
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Monday, 17 December 2012 14:52
When the theatres of Ottawa get in the holiday spirit, those who travel through Canada during the winter can't help but stop by and see what the capital city's theatre troupes and ballet companies are putting on. From The Nutcracker to Miracle on 34th St., Ottawa's stages are presenting spectacular productions throughout the month of December, catering to audiences with a glimmer in their eye and eagerness for Christmas Day to roll around.
Here's a guide to where visitors can get into the holiday spirit in the capital city:
The Nutcracker, Ballet Jorgen Canada
No wintertime stage production compares to The Nutcracker, and for the last quarter of a century, Ballet Jorgen Canada has been putting on a magical show during the month of December. Whether visitors enjoy the ballet or not, seeing a live production of The Nutcracker is a mesmerizing experience, and audience members may find it difficult to resist getting lost in this enchanting tale of a girl's love for her brave toy. The last date for the show at the Centrepointe and Shenkman theatres is Tuesday, December 18.
Miracle on 34th St., Plosive Productions
Anyone who has ever seen the beloved film "Miracle on 34th St." knows that the true spirit of Christmas is not in giving and receiving gifts, but rather finding little miracles in everyday life. Perfect for families staying at Ottawa hotels, this adaptation (staged as a radio play) features all of the beloved characters in the popular movie with additional singing and dancing that will remind everyone about what makes this time of year so special. Shows will take place at the Gladstone Theatre until December 23.
Handel's Messiah, National Arts Centre Orchestra
Next to The Nutcracker, Handel's Messiah might be the quintessential Christmas production. This grand work, which concludes with the well-known "Hallelujah" chorus, is a celebration of Jesus' birth through a wonderful composition. Directed by Paul Goodwin, a choir of talented and passionate singers will send shivers down audience members' spines as they ring out with beautiful melodies and harmonies. The National Arts Centre Orchestra will present this show on December 18 and 19 in Southam Hall.