Plenty of holiday fun this December

Girls, guns and gags

No tradition is too sacred for Tracy Atin and her band of jesters at Windsor’s Korda Productions.
For their annual December panto they’ve cooked up a clever concoction titled Annie of Green Gables Get Your Gun!!!
It’ll be a truly western experience for that darling of the Maritimes, Anne of Green Gables.
So slap some leather and head down to the Kordazone Korral, 2520 Seminole St., Dec. 7-17. But you’ll have to check your sidearms at the door.
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The winter of love

St. Clair College’s supremely talented group of music theatre performance and entertainment technology students have put together Merry Christmas 1967 for their annual holiday revue and dinner show, Dec. 14-16, at St. Clair Centre for the Arts’ Chrysler Theatre.
Earlier in 1967, it was the Summer of Love. But several top stars got into the holiday spirit with new releases in early December: The Royal Guardsmen offered Snoopy’s Christmas, while Stevie Wonder put a Motown spin on Someday at Christmas and Roger Miller sang Old Toy Trains.
The chart-topper the first week of December 1967 was The Monkees’ Daydream Believer. Favourite toys that year included Easy Bake Ovens and G.I. Joes.
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Rock This Town

New York City-based Rock This Town Orchestra brings its swinging sound to the Chrysler Theatre, Dec. 17. The show is billed as a Christmas Spectacular, as well as a tribute to the music of the Brian Setzer Orchestra and The Stray Cats. There’s even a dash of Luis Prima to spice things up.
Tickets are $25 plus taxes and fees at the Chrysler box office or online at


Mighty Messiah

Handel’s choral masterpiece will be performed Dec. 9 at Leamington United Mennonite Church; and Dec. 10 at Tecumseh’s Ste. Anne’s Church, both starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra under Peter Wiebe will be accompanied by soloists and the WSO Chorus.
Tickets for both performances are $14-$35, at, or at the Capitol Theatre box office.


Holiday Pops with WSO

If you’re looking for something a little more frothy than Handel, there are three Windsor Symphony pops shows, Dec. 15-17, at the Capitol’s Pentastar Theatre. Tickets range from $13 to $64.

The program includes a visit from Santa and a recitation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Tickets are available at


The S’aints are marching in

That group of local rockers who band together for food bank charities every year is back at it, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., at the Colosseum at Casino Windsor.

A musical, a rhapsody and a piano


Two of Windsor’s leading cultural organizations – Windsor Light Music Theatre and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra – shared the spotlight at sold-out events over last weekend.

Mamma Mia!, Windsor Light’s fall production – its 136th since 1948 – opened at the Chrysler Theatre to packed houses, and continues with four more shows this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24-26.

Windsor Symphony unveiled its newest acquisition, a Steinway grand piano, last Saturday at the Capitol Theatre.
Guest pianist Alain Lefevre delivered a flawless performance of Rhapsodie Romantique by the late Quebec composer, Andre Mathieu.

This is a work that has been largely ignored since Mathieu’s death in the 1960s. But Lefevre has been championing it in performances during Canada’s 150th anniversary year. It’s a marvellous melange of colourful musical language that requires virtuoso playing from both the soloist and the orchestra.

While he was compared favourably with Rachmaninoff in his lifetime, Mathieu was all but forgotten until Lefevre took up his cause in recent years.

The new Steinway, with its resonance and shimmering clarity, was the ideal vehicle, and Lefevre, who is one of Canada’s pre-eminent soloists, captured every nuance of the work.

As for Windsor Light’s Mamma Mia!, the audience had to brave cold and wet weather over the weekend, but they were warmed quickly by the familiar music of ABBA.

Under director Chris Hickman, the cast responded with blue-sky enthusiasm.

Janet Dixon-Snaden, as Donna, the Mamma of the title, is a standout in her third appearance with Windsor Light. Her rendition of The Winner Takes It All in the second act, particularly, brought tears to many in the audience last Saturday.

Also outstanding are Elena Holowitz as Sophie and Brian Yeomans as Sam.

Windsor Light has added an extra matinee performance on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m., due to high ticket demand. But tickets may still be hard to come by. Check out just in case.