Kanata Theatre
is decking the halls with new production

CLARE FLOCKTON
KANATA THEATRE

December is a very busy month at the Ron Maslin playhouse. Seamstresses are busy with their needles, construction staff are busy with their hammers, painters are busy with their brushes, actors are busy with their lines and directors are busy just trying to keep everything organized. It is just a hive of activity.

All this hoopla is in preparation of Kanata Theatre's full length holiday musical production called Just So. It is a show that promises to be a hit with everyone in your family this year.

Just So answers so many of the questions that have stumped masses for centuries. Quagmires such as, how did the Elephant get his trunk? Why is a leopard so darn spotty? Does a rhinoceros really need all that wrinkly skin?

There is no better way of solving these mysteries other than setting them to an upbeat score that will leave you bopping in your seats. Come and take a sensational journey along the banks of a river in Africa as the wonderful creatures of Just So take you on an expedition that will put a spring in your step and a song in your heart.

 In the past these holiday productions have been such a hit with the audiences that every show has been a complete sell out. Kanata Theatre is doing things a little differently this year with regard to show dates.

There will be four afternoon performances from Dec. 27 to 30, where the seating will be general admission. Ticket prices for the afternoon performances are $8 each.

Two evening performances have been added this year on Dec. 27 and 29. The evening performances will be reserved seating and the ticket prices will be $10 each. The afternoon show starts promptly at 2 p.m. and the evening show starts at 7 p.m. so if you are trying to come up with the perfect stocking stuffer, how about  gift of Theatre? It is a gift that will leave a lasting impression..

The box office is located at 1 Ron Maslin Way in Kanata. The box office will be open Dec.13 and 20 from 10 to 12 p.m. You can-also purchase your tickets on the performance days; the box office will be open from noon until 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Come out and bring the whole family. Just So promises to brighten your holiday season.

 

 

Leopards, rhinos and wallabees, oh my!

SUSAN MONAGHAN
KANATA THEATRE

Santa has his reindeer, the Grinch has his dog Max and Kanata Theatre has elephants, wallabees and wildebeests.

This year's Kanata Theatre holiday season family production is Just So.
Er, actually, it's much better than just so, 'O Best Beloved'.

You see, this is the enchanting musical inspired by Rudyard Kipling's Just So storybook.

Have you ever wondered how the elephant got his trunk?

Or the leopard his spots?

Or the kangaroo his bounce?

The Ron Maslin Playhouse, at 1 Ron Maslin Way has all these answers and more.

To bring these delightful tales to the stage, director Andrew Williams has assembled an enthusiastic holiday cast of actors both young and not-just-so young.

Lionel King (who plays Pau Amma) has been performing at the theatre since 1991.

Karl Wagner, who normally prefers doing lighting designs backstage could not resist the role of the Rhino.

Sara Lavrisa, a proud University of Ottawaacting student is playing the elephant's child. The cream of thespian crops from high schools Earl of March, Bell and A. Y. Jackson; and youngsters

from the Kanata Theatre children's acting class tackle the roles of elephants, wallabees, wildebeests, plus jaguars, leopards, giraffes and more.

Of particular value in this very valuable cast, crew and live orchestra is Eufron Williams and her busy brood of costume makers.

The animals, you see, have agreed to appear in 'people' clothes.

Thus the elephants will be wearing morning suits, the dingo dog comes dressed ready for the boxing ring, the kangaroo is a rock star, and just-so on.
Our rhino is quite appropriately presented as a military man. However, how the rhino will get his wrinkles is at present a Kanata Theatre secret.

Performances are: December 27-30 at 2 p.m. and December 27 arid 29, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices vary. Please consult or call the box office at: 613-831-4435 for more information.

 

The Leopard and the Jaguar