October 21st, 2020

‘Legend of the Lost Tooth’ offers holiday fun for children

By Mabell, Dave on December 21, 2019.

Perhaps many would agree with the “Christmas is for children” sentiment. Certainly most youngsters’ excitement mounts as Christmas Eve approaches.

And New West Theatre is also for children. For many years, the Lethbridge organization has offered shows aimed at young audiences over the Christmas break. And this time it’s “The Legend of the Lost Tooth,” a tale of adventure written for the occasion by Nicola Elson, a University of Lethbridge drama professor who specializes in theatre for young audiences.

Elson started with a common childhood event – the loss of a “baby tooth” – and created an adventure story including a kindly grandmother, pirates, puppets, huge masks and a surprise visit by the Tooth Fairy!

And it all starts in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre today, continuing Sunday and Monday – all at 1 p.m. – before taking a break until Boxing Day. For children who nap after lunch, New West has added 10:30 a.m. performances on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

For dates, times and tickets check the http://www.enmaxcentre.ca website or drop by a box office at the Enmax or the Yates.

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While you’re there you could also secure tickets for “Celebrate,” this year’s seasonal show, marking New West’s 30 years of harmony and comedy for southern Alberta audiences. Its 17-performance run opened Wednesday, concluding with two shows Jan. 4.

And judging by the opening night audience’s response, co-directors Erica Hunt and Scott Carpenter have picked some of the very best music, sight gags and comedy skits created over all those years for the occasion. The costume people pulled out all the stops for such show-stoppers as “Hot Stuff,” “Ballroom Blitz” and “California Dreamin’.” And who can forget “The Streak?”

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For something entirely different – bold, brassy and boisterous – all interested are welcome to check out “Tuba Christmas” today, starting at 1 p.m. at Casa.

Conductor Sam Yamamoto will lead massed euphonium, sousaphone and baritone tuba musicians in a concert of Christmas favourites.

The no-charge event is presented each year by the Lethbridge Community Band Society, backed by a community event support grant from the City of Lethbridge.

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With weather forecasts a little optimistic just now, the Christmas break offers some bracing outdoor attractions as well.

Our city’s famous Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden is continuing its Winter Light Festival each Thursday to Saturday until the end of January, with extra nights on Dec. 22, 23 and 31.

Gates open from 6 to 9 p.m., family admission prices are offered, and hot chocolate, snacks and horse-drawn wagon rides are among additional attractions.

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The Helen Schuler Nature Centre is promoting a “story walk” experience over the holidays, with families encouraged to enjoy reading about the natural world at their leisure, as they walk along the Nature Quest Trail.

The centre is also planning holiday programs for children on a drop-in basis, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Dec. 30, Jan. 2 and 3.

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And to enjoy outdoor adventure – warm and comfortable indoors – the Lethbridge Public Library has again teamed up with the Banff Mountain Film Festival to present three evenings of high-country feature films at the Yates, Jan. 9 to 11.

Tickets are available at the downtown library, with reduced prices for seniors and children under 12 – and could be a great gift for anyone who’s fascinated by the world’s peaks and ridges, and all who dare to traverse them.

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No more last-minute suggestions today. But how about some look-ahead teasers?

The Lethbridge Folk Club kicks off its winter series on Jan. 18 with Celtara as headliner after opening selections by Kavanagh and Hepher.

The Geomatic Attic will present Whitehorse, on Jan. 29 at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.

And some of the most memorable Gilbert and Sullivan songs will be revived Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, when the U of L Opera Workshop vocalists offer selections from “The Gondolier” at Southminster United, backed by musicians of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.

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We’ll return Jan. 4 with details of more events featuring southern Alberta musicians, actors, artists, creators and arts organizations of of all of kinds!

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