In their first live performance since 2019, Abbotsford Children’s Theatre (ACT) opens its Friday, Dec. 3rd show for free to families impacted by the recent floods.
One of ACT’s own directors for this show, Lucy Mulder, was herself impacted and was forced to leave her flooded Sumas Prairie home.
The theatre group had planned to perform at their usual holiday season venue, Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, but had to move to the Community Arts Addition – adjacent to the Abbotsford Arts Centre at 2329 Crescent Way – when the City of Abbotsford began using the MCA facility as their emergency operations centre.
ACT artistic director Freddy Latham said she is looking forward to families enjoying a short time of respite with a classic holiday favourite, A Christmas Carol, Live Radio Play.
“This production is uplifting and fun,” Latham said. “This is scripted in the style of an old-fashioned radio play when the radio was the centre of entertainment. Audience members will see the sound effects for the show right on stage – complete with a spoon and bowl mimicking church bells and a string attached to a dowel doused with violin rosin creating creaking door sounds.”
ACT performed its holiday season show in 2019 for more than 2,100 students across Abbotsford and Mission. They are unable to perform their school shows this season due to COVID-19.
The production is directed by Miranda Martin, who also directed ACT’s 2019 play, The Grinch Project 3.0 and their 2018 show, Beauty and the Beast. Martin is joined by Lucy Mulder, former ACT actor turned director.
The production takes place Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $11.50 and available at abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.eventbrite.ca
Families impacted by the floods who would like to attend the show for free on Dec. 3 can email ACT at email@example.com.