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Swift Current children will get a taste of Christmas at Lyric

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Lyric Theatre in Swift Current is continuing to offer a Christmas matinée for the community’s youngsters, in keeping with a tradition that started decades ago.

This year’s matinée, at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11, will feature Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.

“This is a tradition at the theatre that started way back when the Lyric first opened,” explained Erin Gehl, one of the organizers of the event. “There has always been a Christmas matinée, and we’ve always strived to stay true to the roots of the theatre and offer the same kind of programming that used to be available.”

Family programming is another focus at the Lyric Theatre. The Christmas matinée is available to children of all ages, although younger children might need the help of a parent to participate in the craft following the film.

“We will be making beaded snowflakes and candy canes, and after the crafts, we will be having a visit from Santa Claus,” added Gehl. “This is a really great tradition for people to start with their families.”

For some, it could be a resurrected tradition from their own childhoods. The matinées could be a unique opportunity for grandparents to share a bit of their pasts with their grandchildren.

Gehl noted her aunt fondly recalls attending Christmas matinées at the theatre when she was younger.

“This is the fourth year that we have been offering the matinées, and it is really something that the community has gotten used to looking forward to,” she added. “We’ve really seen a lot of great support from the community, as well. Many local businesses are really big believers in children’s activities.”

The local Kiwanis Club is a presenting sponsor of the event, with additional sponsorship from Stark & Marsh and the Pioneer Co-op. The matinées have also been well attended, selling out each year.

“It’s something different, and a great opportunity at this time of year to come together as a family for a fun afternoon,” Gehl explained. “It’s nice to sit back and watch the kids get into the festive spirit, and who doesn’t love a visit from Santa Claus?”

Admission for the matinée is only $5 for children and adults, and children under two get in free. Tickets for the event are available at Pharmasave. Patrons are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hampers.

“We do always try to keep our ticket prices low, to ensure that everyone can attend,” said Gehl. “We do ask for non-perishable items for the hampers, though, because it’s a great way for us to help the Salvation Army since our matinées are so well-attended. It’s important for us to pass on the goodwill people show us, and give it back to the community — especially at this time of year.”

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