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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:32

Lyric Christmas set for Dec. 17-18

Written by  Joey Donnelly
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Everyone is welcome at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, especially children during the holidays.


The Christmas matinée is the longest living tradition at the theatre and it continues on Dec. 17 and 18.
Rachel Wormsbecher, long-time Lyric volunteer and former contributor to this column, will present a short festive play that she’s written, followed by crafts, singing and Santa.
In 1924, a Christmas matinée was held for a rowdy crowd of 636 children.
Admission was a potato, producing seven bushels of spuds to a local family in need.
Then in 1933, 500 children attended a matinée and each brought a toy as admission.
The Boy Scouts collected the gifts and acted as ushers.
For next month’s matinée, the Lyric will gladly accept non-perishable food items for charity and we’re currently seeking youth volunteers for both days.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m.
Youth Talent Night kick-starts the holiday cheer on Dec. 2. Yuk Yuk’s follows that on December 3 featuring comedians Miles Morrison and Charles Haycock.
There will be two open stages at the Lyric next month: Dec. 8 and a special homecoming Boxing Day presentation.
Blenders Music returns on Dec.10 with Yes We Mystic, a dynamic and emotional musical powerhouse originating out of Winnipeg.
The big name acts keep coming in 2017. Connie Kaldor will grace the Lyric stage on Jan. 20, Valdy on Feb. 19 and Codie Prevost on March 18.
For more information on Lyric events, visit our website, lyrictheatre.ca, and like our Facebook page.
Joey Donnelly is a journalist, folklorist and Lyric board member.

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