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There’s music on the horizon for December with the 10th and final season of Naughty But Nice; a Canadian premiere of a country jukebox musical, and the return of the family holiday musical Candy Cane Kids.
This is the last chance to catch Forte Musical Theatre Guild’s cheeky adult holiday musical Naughty But Nice. Its creator, Joe Slabe, has decided “10 years is a nice, round number, and a good place to stop. People keep telling us the show gets better every year, and that’s a lot of pressure. We don’t want to let our audiences down.”
There will be something to fill the void. Slabe has written a new musical that will premiere in Naughty’s time slot in 2024, and, he promises, it will also be nice.
In the 10 years, 19 different actors have played one of the four roles, with Scott Olynek having eight appearances. Selina Wong, Katherine Fadum and Justine Westby have all been in four of the incarnations. This year’s cast includes Olynek and Fadum with Katelyn Morishita and Eric Wigston completing the foursome.
During its run, Naughty has featured 65 different songs. The only three to have been included in all 10 seasons are the title song Naughty but Nice by Matt Board, Brendan the Brown-nose Reindeer by Dan Perrott, and Slabe’s own Baileys for Breakfast. This year will feature four new songs. Kids Table is about young adults who have been relegated to the kids’ table, Holiday Love about a woman who sees happy couples and wishes she could have someone in her life, and a new closing song to thank audiences for their support. There will also be a mash-up medley of 50 Christmas carols in three minutes.
Upwards of 12,000 people have seen Naughty but Nice, and, by audience request, there is a cast recording from the sixth year. It can only be streamed now because the original 1,000 CDs sold out in record time.
Naughty but Nice was originally produced in the former Lunchbox Theatre space, but is now in its new homeat cSPACE King Edward at 1721 29th Ave. S.W. and will run from Dec. 6 to 23. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Special discounted pricing on Tuesday nights.
SING A GOOD OLD COUNTRY TUNE OR TWO
Calgary’s 42nd Street Productions is presenting the Canadian premiere of May We All, a country jukebox musical that debuted in Nashville last summer.
This story of a small-town singer with big dreams, big talent and big problems was conceived by Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and features chart-topping songs from artists like Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line.
Scott Drewitz, 42nd Street’s artistic director, says as soon as he heard there was a country jukebox musical, he knew Calgary was the city to give it a Canadian premiere, and 42nd Street was the company to make that happen. It was not just the list of songs, but the story that grabbed Drewitz who says “Growing up in small-town Saskatchewan, I related to the story and all its characters who live in Harmony, Tennessee. I wanted to share this story and the importance of family, community, and all those other great values of small Prairie towns.”
Jillian Bauer and Patrick Lynn lead a cast of 22 actors with an on-stage band who often become part of the action.
May We All runs in the GRAND Theatre at 601 1st Street S.W. Dec. 1 to 3.
THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT IS IN GOOD HANDS WITH THE CANDY CANE KIDS
Now in its sixth year, The Candy Cane Kids is holiday entertainment aimed at the young and the young at heart.
Conceived and written by Barb Mitchell, The Candy Cane Kids is the story of how Cookie, Pep and Stripe, the quality control inspectors at McJingle’s Inc., have to stop the dreaded humbugs from stealing the Christmas Spirit. They have to sing, dance, bake, and cheer to raise the flagging holiday enthusiasm in Canada. This is an interactive production that encourages the youngest audience members to sing and even dance along.
This year’s cast includes Katie McMillan as Cookie, Kayla Mackenzie as Stripe and Alex Smith as Pep. The show is directed by Griffin Cork, with musical direction by Bob Stagg and choreography by Kayla Mackenzie.
The 80-minute show runs Dec. 8-10 in the BMO Theatre in the Shane Homes Rocky Ridge YMCA with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Dec. 8, and noon and 3 p.m. shows on Dec. 9 and 10.
On Dec. 16 and 17, the show moves to the Evan Hazell Theatre in the Brookfield Residential YMCA in Seton for 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. shows. Advance tickets for all performances are available at occasionalnotes.net/candycanekids
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