Each winter, Calgary’s arts scene is full of heartwarming Christmas stories, soaring holiday music and wintery settings. This year, several performing arts companies are going virtual due to the pandemic, bringing some festive cheer right into your home. Here are five theatre and music productions that will get you in the holiday spirit this year.
When: December 4 to 20, 2020
Looking for a holiday show that’s geared towards a more mature audience? The holiday musical Naughty… But Nice! (Seven’s on Screen), intended for viewers age 15 and up, may be just the thing for you. The self-proclaimed “sweet but risqué holiday celebration” returns with a digital production this year that promises to be cheeky, fun and anything but boring. Viewers can stream the show for $20.
When: December 11 to 19, 2020
Morpheus Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol will run for just over a week in December. The show will take on the form of a radio play, offering a different way to experience this beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. There are plans to offer the show two ways: virtually and in-person at the Victor Mitchell Theatre.
When: December 11 to 31, 2020
Attending Theatre Calgary’s annual production of A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition for many. This year, you can still keep that tradition going by watching the theatre company’s digital production of the classic Christmas story. Theatre Calgary is pre-filming this year’s adapted production, which features three actors taking on more than 25 characters. Guests can then watch it digitally for $25 per household on their own time between December 11 to 31.
When: December 12, 2020
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has been offering free virtual concerts throughout the fall and will be focusing on the holidays in one of its December performances. The December 12 show will feature holiday tunes ranging from “Deck the Halls” to “Joy to the World,” and you can register to stream it here.
When: December 18, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Replacing its usual Christmas at the Opera event, The Yuletide Sessions is a pre-recorded, 50-minute holiday concert that you can stream online for $10 per household. The performance features the emerging artist ensemble at the Calgary Opera performing classical and seasonal songs.
[This story has been updated to remove the mention of CPO’s holiday concert on Dec. 19, which has been cancelled.]