Santa is asleep and Christmas may be cancelled

WhatsOn Dec 09, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

There is a worldwide mail strike and no letters are reaching the North Pole. Santa falls into a deep sleep and the theatre audience discovers that it is the children’s love contained in the letters that keeps Santa alive.

The Elves - Smiley, Silly, Jumpy and Nosey — must solve the problem and wake Santa before Christmas Eve or there will be no Christmas presents and the Spirit of Christmas will be lost forever. They will need help!

This year’s 12th annual performances stars four students from George Armstrong School. Ella Burns (Smiley), Savannah Bourque (Silly), Rachel Sheridan (Jumpy) and Kamryn Woods (Nosey) are taking on some of the most challenging roles in children’s theatre. The show will be at The Zoetic Theatre on Concession Street, Sunday at noon.

“There are four adults in the show, but they go on and off stage. The four Elves are on stage from beginning to end and actually carry the play,” says Lee Fairbanks, producer and playwright. “Most kids’ roles are short and monosyllabic, but these kids really have to step up and act, they have to match the professional level of the adults.”

“I think one of the great side lights of Santa’s Big Sleep is that kids in the audience can see their peers really performing, and can maybe believe that they too can step outside of their comfort zone and do something special when given the chance.”

“It’s always so much fun to watch the kids in the audience get pulled into the story,” says Northern Lights Theatre artistic director Patti Cannon. “They count down the days until Christmas, they cross their fingers and wish The Postman luck when he goes to the airport, and as one solution after another fails their concern grows and grows.”

“When Santa really needs their help at the end of the show they give us everything they’ve got.”

Northern Lights Theatre has been producing Santa’s Big Sleep for 11 years and the Mountain company has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Fairbanks wrote the play as a Christmas present for his son when he was five years old. The story will be available in book form next year, and plans are underway to produce a film for television.

This year’s show is directed by Mountain resident Luis Arrojo. G.L. Armstrong students are participating as part of the The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Focus on Youth program.

Tickets are $10 (kids $8, family passes available). Call 905-902-5683 for reservations.

Santa is asleep and Christmas may be cancelled

WhatsOn Dec 09, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

There is a worldwide mail strike and no letters are reaching the North Pole. Santa falls into a deep sleep and the theatre audience discovers that it is the children’s love contained in the letters that keeps Santa alive.

The Elves - Smiley, Silly, Jumpy and Nosey — must solve the problem and wake Santa before Christmas Eve or there will be no Christmas presents and the Spirit of Christmas will be lost forever. They will need help!

This year’s 12th annual performances stars four students from George Armstrong School. Ella Burns (Smiley), Savannah Bourque (Silly), Rachel Sheridan (Jumpy) and Kamryn Woods (Nosey) are taking on some of the most challenging roles in children’s theatre. The show will be at The Zoetic Theatre on Concession Street, Sunday at noon.

“There are four adults in the show, but they go on and off stage. The four Elves are on stage from beginning to end and actually carry the play,” says Lee Fairbanks, producer and playwright. “Most kids’ roles are short and monosyllabic, but these kids really have to step up and act, they have to match the professional level of the adults.”

“I think one of the great side lights of Santa’s Big Sleep is that kids in the audience can see their peers really performing, and can maybe believe that they too can step outside of their comfort zone and do something special when given the chance.”

“It’s always so much fun to watch the kids in the audience get pulled into the story,” says Northern Lights Theatre artistic director Patti Cannon. “They count down the days until Christmas, they cross their fingers and wish The Postman luck when he goes to the airport, and as one solution after another fails their concern grows and grows.”

“When Santa really needs their help at the end of the show they give us everything they’ve got.”

Northern Lights Theatre has been producing Santa’s Big Sleep for 11 years and the Mountain company has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Fairbanks wrote the play as a Christmas present for his son when he was five years old. The story will be available in book form next year, and plans are underway to produce a film for television.

This year’s show is directed by Mountain resident Luis Arrojo. G.L. Armstrong students are participating as part of the The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Focus on Youth program.

Tickets are $10 (kids $8, family passes available). Call 905-902-5683 for reservations.

Santa is asleep and Christmas may be cancelled

WhatsOn Dec 09, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

There is a worldwide mail strike and no letters are reaching the North Pole. Santa falls into a deep sleep and the theatre audience discovers that it is the children’s love contained in the letters that keeps Santa alive.

The Elves - Smiley, Silly, Jumpy and Nosey — must solve the problem and wake Santa before Christmas Eve or there will be no Christmas presents and the Spirit of Christmas will be lost forever. They will need help!

This year’s 12th annual performances stars four students from George Armstrong School. Ella Burns (Smiley), Savannah Bourque (Silly), Rachel Sheridan (Jumpy) and Kamryn Woods (Nosey) are taking on some of the most challenging roles in children’s theatre. The show will be at The Zoetic Theatre on Concession Street, Sunday at noon.

“There are four adults in the show, but they go on and off stage. The four Elves are on stage from beginning to end and actually carry the play,” says Lee Fairbanks, producer and playwright. “Most kids’ roles are short and monosyllabic, but these kids really have to step up and act, they have to match the professional level of the adults.”

“I think one of the great side lights of Santa’s Big Sleep is that kids in the audience can see their peers really performing, and can maybe believe that they too can step outside of their comfort zone and do something special when given the chance.”

“It’s always so much fun to watch the kids in the audience get pulled into the story,” says Northern Lights Theatre artistic director Patti Cannon. “They count down the days until Christmas, they cross their fingers and wish The Postman luck when he goes to the airport, and as one solution after another fails their concern grows and grows.”

“When Santa really needs their help at the end of the show they give us everything they’ve got.”

Northern Lights Theatre has been producing Santa’s Big Sleep for 11 years and the Mountain company has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Fairbanks wrote the play as a Christmas present for his son when he was five years old. The story will be available in book form next year, and plans are underway to produce a film for television.

This year’s show is directed by Mountain resident Luis Arrojo. G.L. Armstrong students are participating as part of the The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Focus on Youth program.

Tickets are $10 (kids $8, family passes available). Call 905-902-5683 for reservations.