A new twist on a classic holiday tale is on stage courtesy of Persephone Theatre. It’s A Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey a man whose hit his breaking point and contemplates ending it all one Christmas Eve when he’s helped by an angel who shows him how good life really is. This performance is being staged as a 1940s radio play in front of a live audience. You’ll see the actors play multiple parts complete with commercials, jingles and sound effects. It’s just the thing to warm your heart and get you into the holiday mood. Tickets are $30 – $60.
Take the family and head inside Prairieland Park because it’s time to sparkle. Glow Saskatoon is the perfect place for the selfi enthusiast and the ideal spot to grab a photo for that Christmas card. The 2021 theme is Glow Around The World and you’re not going to want to miss the landmarks and theme rooms of destinations like Mexico, Holland and China all created out of mini lights. The kids will want to give a wave to Santa as you check out the market and food fair. Tickets are $19 – $25 or a family pass for $71.
The magic of the holidays are all around and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is adding to the mix with its annual Holiday Pops! show. This performance will be a mix of Christmas favourites and traditional carols. Guest vocalist Falynn Baptiste will perform carols translated into Cree and Maria Fuller takes the podium as guest conductor. This concert will have all the music you know and love. Tickets are $60 – $82.
Family is complicated in real life and on the stage. Anita Smith, Ed Mendez and Oliver Claxton (l-r) star in Fruitcake. (Matt Olson)
Dec. 8 – 19
BackStage Stage – Remai Arts Centre
25th Street Theatre is stretching its wings and returning to its roots with Heather Morrison’s brand-new play Fruitcake. 25th Street is the oldest professional theatre company in Saskatoon and for the last 22 years has focussed it’s energy on producing the annual Fringe Festival. This year, the company is stepping back on stage to perform its own shows. Fruitcake is the story about a family returning home for the holidays after the death of their mother. The loss isn’t the only complication facing these characters; Si has recently come out as trans-femme but her dad wants her to go back in the closet “just for the holidays”, Jill and Michael are struggling with infertility and, newly-widowed Henry just wants it all to be over so he can go back to his regular visits at the coffee shop. Oh, and then there’s the question of who will take over caring for the family heirloom, a 137 year-old fruitcake. This is a funny, tender performance about family and the search for understanding. Tickets are Pay-what-you-can $16/$26/$41.
He’s been called one of the most celebrated pianists of the 21st Century and right now, Jan Lisiecki is in the middle of a world tour in support of his latest album. Lisiecki could play anywhere in the world but has chosen Saskatoon, only one of his 2 Canadian dates to perform Chopin’s Nocturnes and Op. 10 Etudes. Lisiecki has always held a special place for Saskatoon audiences and in this solo recital, you’ll see the brilliance that’s sweeping the world. Tickets are $25 – $50.