Hudson Village Theatre brings Christmas into your home
By Brian Gallagher
PHOTO BY DEAN PATRICK FLEMING
The HVT stage offers a warm and peaceful setting for holiday magic that you can safely enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? Well if you aren’t, here’s something that will certainly help you get in the spirit of the season. The Hudson Village Theatre (HVT) will be presenting a series of YouTube shows from December 10 until December 24. So if you’re counting, that’s 15 days, because 12 days of Christmas is simply not enough! Every night, HVT will broadcast a show right from the stage of the theatre out onto the internet and into your homes, laptops, phones and tablets. So you can kick back with your cup of eggnog, your favourite snacks, and enjoy some special performances to make this holiday season feel a little more festive.
HVT’s ‘12 15 days of Christmas’ is an online-only exclusive event and links to each performance will be sent out via email to subscribers as well as being posted on social media (see links below). All shows are completely free of charge although donations will be accepted for Le Pont/Bridging Food Bank through the HVT website all through the 15 days and nights. And, in the spirit of giving back to the community, The Journal will match all donations.
Dean Patrick Fleming, the HVT artistic director, reached out to members of the HVT family for storytellers. Be it actor, director, volunteer or patron, each reader has been sought out for their connection to, and love of, this theatre and each has graciously donated their time and talent to this holiday event.
PHOTO BY DON ANDERSON
Bruce Dinsmore and Tallula Dinsmore-Savage share a moment as part of the upcoming ‘Fifteen Days of Christmas’ presented by the Hudson Village Theatre.
Shared holiday stories
Dean says, “A theatre isn’t a theatre without people. I miss people being in our home, our theatre. I am longing for the day we greet people at the door, and I watch and listen as the lights go down and feel the excitement of an audience ready to be brought on a journey. We haven’t been able to bring actors together and bring in an audience – yet. The 15 days of Christmas is a way for us to invite people in and a way to allow them to tell stories. This is an amazing community and they deserve to be told stories. The theatre has built up quite a family over the years. It’s so wonderful and heart-warming to see just some of the people who love the theatre coming in to share their favourite holiday stories.”
Classics to modern
The stories range from classics to some new tales that Dean hopes families will love. Each storyteller personally chose the story they wanted to share.
The storytellers are: Don Anderson, Bruce Dinsmore and Tallula Dinsmore-Savage, Mark Drake, Megan Fisher, Dean Patrick Fleming, Angela Galuppo, Diana and Phil Gausden, Amanda Kellock, Inga Lawson, Heather Markgraf, Jamie Nicholls, Diane Roseman, John Sheridan, Steve Walters and Clint Ward.
“It is our sincere hope that this labour of love, our gift to you, will bring each and everyone a little holiday cheer right in the comfort of their own home,” says Dean. If you have had the opportunity to catch any previous HVT productions, you know that you will certainly not be disappointed this Christmas season.
If you would like a sneak peek, you can check out Dean’s intro to the event on the HVT website at villagetheatre.ca. You can contact the Hudson Village Theatre by email,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (450) 458-5361 or follow them on social media:
Facebook: /hudsonvillagetheatr, Instagram: /hudsonvillagetheatre