Ron Reed, artistic director of Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, delivers a monologue at last year’s Christmas Presence. This year’s show takes place Saturday, Dec. 22 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.  Abbotsford News file photo

Ron Reed, artistic director of Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, delivers a monologue at last year’s Christmas Presence. This year’s show takes place Saturday, Dec. 22 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. Abbotsford News file photo

Christmas Presence show like a ‘family gathering’

Songs and stories presented Dec. 22 in Abbotsford by Pacific Theatre and Gallery 7

Pacific Theatre and Gallery 7 Theatre present Christmas Presence, a collection of songs and stories for the holiday season, on Saturday, Dec. 22.

The show, which starts at 8 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way), is a gathering of musicians and actors who meet the day of the performance to trade songs and choose readings.

This year’s show is headlined by Michael Hart, Langley-based duo The Kwerks, Jon Ochsendorf, Brett Ziegler, and Rick Colhoun, featuring readings by Ron Reed and Gallery 7 Theatre’s artistic director Ken Hildebrandt.

Christmas Presence sets aside the lavish sets and costumes that dominate the season for what artistic director Ron Reed likes to call “the un-slickest Christmas show in town.”

He says the vibe at Christmas Presence is that of a family gathering that has burst into song – if you happen to have a family of diverse and talented musicians who harbour an equal love for David Sedaris, Stuart McLean, and Madeleine L’Engle.

Tickets are $36.50 (plus taxes and service fees) and are available online at pacifictheatre.org or by calling 604-731-5518.