Theatre Antigonish celebrating the holidays with all things local

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ANTIGONISH – Theatre Antigonish continues its holiday tradition of staged radio plays with an original piece called Christmas in “Antigonowhere”, on stage at the Bauer Theatre on December 7 and 8.

The play, written by Laura Teasdale and Justin Gregg, is a hilarious and heartwarming story about a group of tourists who are stranded in Antigonish on Christmas Eve, and end up falling in love with the nicest town in Nova Scotia. Complete with live holiday songs, the beautiful sounds of the St. James Handbell ensemble, local references, and plenty of laughs, this family-friendly show is sure to delight all ages. It features a large cast of more than 20 local community members and musicians.

Teasdale and Gregg pitched the idea for this play to artistic director Andrea Boyd in the summer. “We jumped at the chance to create a Christmas gift for Antigonish in the form of a radio play to honor our strengths as a community, and poke fun at our quirks. The play is packed full of Antigonish references and in-jokes. We had so much fun celebrating local people, history, and institutions. Why should you come see this play? Because you just might be in it!”

The play is presented on stage in the format of a live radio broadcast, and Boyd is thrilled to be directing it. “This is a delightful, funny, heartwarming story perfect for this time of the year. Being able to involve scores of talented actors and musicians from the town, county and university is a rewarding experience for us all”, she says.

Christmas in “Antigonowhere” follows the sell-out success of the last two years’ holiday radio plays. It presents the perfect opportunity to welcome the festive season, and organizers encourage everyone to buy tickets early.

New this year: Advance tickets include assigned seating so patrons are no longer required to arrive early to get their preferred seats. There are just three performances – Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors, and $10 for students). Advance tickets can be booked online at tickets.festivalantigonish.com, or by calling (902) 867-3954.