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Theatre Kingston kicks off holiday fun with "Winter Wonderettes"

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Locally produced professional theater returns to the historic Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario next week. The Winter Wonderettes opens on Wednesday. It's a Christmas-themed sequel to the 50's and 60's 'jukebox' musical The Marvelous Wonderettes.

Todd Moe spoke with Brett Christopher, artistic producer at Theatre Kingston.

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The musical, written by Roger Bean, will feature the same four principal actors, director, musical director, and creative team as “The Marvelous Wondrettes.” In this sequel, the four women that met in high school and formed the singing group are performing at a hardware store holiday party.

It’s a, “hilarious and beautiful piece that they create, the four women sing like angels.” It leaves you with a real holiday feeling, Christopher said.

In the upcoming season, starting in January, Christopher said there will also be performances of an award-winning play from England called “Blue Orange,” about two doctors, one older and one younger, arguing over the fate of a mental health patient. It’s black comedy that also deals with the current controversies over health care.

This year marks 50 years since the city of Kingston purchased the Grand Theatre. Christopher, who was the MC for the anniversary event, said that having a venue like the Grand Theatre in the city was very important. Christopher’s goal is to provide opportunities for performers to live and work in the same city or region instead of having to go to bigger cities such as Toronto, Montréal, or Vancouver.

The “Winter Wonderettes” is the first Kingston-based professional show in the Grand Theatre in over a decade. The theatre has brought in outside productions, but this home-grown production demonstrates the city’s renewed commitment to produce its own shows.

For more information visit Theatre Kingston.

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