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Plays and performances lead up to holiday season

With audiences back in seats in limited capacities, theatre and music performances have returned to Kamloops
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Just ahead of the holiday season, a number of plays and performances are set for Kamloops venues in November and December.

Groups include the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Western Canada Theatre, Chamber Musicians of Kamloops, the Kamloops Players, the Laughing Stock Theatre Society and TRU's Actors Workshop Theatre.

Up first will be a presentation by the TRU Actors Workshop Theatre, with a play called Dead Man's Cell Phone. Theatre students will perform the play, which was written by American playwright Sarah Ruhl and will be directed by sessional instructor Catriona Leger.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and the play will run from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27, and from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4. Tickets are $15, available online at tru.ca/awt or by calling the box office at 250-377-6100.

The Kamloops Players will also debut their latest production. The classic story A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, will be set on the revamped Bridgeview Theatre stage at 106B Tranquille Ave. The community theatre group's play will feature a cast of 16, with ages ranging from young to old. It will run from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28 and from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors), with a pay-what-you-can presentation on Nov. 28. Call 250-305-6438 for tickets or bring exact change to the door.

As part of Western Canada Theatre's new season, the Kamloops theatre company will present Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Showtimes vary from Dec. 2 to Dec. 11, with evening shows at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on Wednesday and both Saturdays. Tickets start at $25 and are available through the Kamloops Live Box Office, online at kamloopslive.ca or by phone at 250-374-5483. A number of events and special performances will accompany the show's run. Details are available on the box office website.

Music is on offer, too. The Chamber Musicians of Kamloops' next performance is on Saturday, Dec. 4. Baroque Pearls will feature Catharine Dochstader on flute, Cvetozar Vutev on violin, Martin Kratky on cello and Curtis Howell on harpsichord. Tickets are $15 (general admission) and less for students. Family discounts are also available. For more information, go online to chambermusiciansofkamloops.org.

Christmas music will arrive on Dec. 11, with a performance by the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. Christmas with the KSO will feature local soprano Rachel Casponi and guest conductor Cosette Justo Valdés. Tickets are $40 for adults or $15 for youths, available at the Kamloops Live Box Office.

Another Christmas presentation is slated for Dec. 17 and Dec. 18. Comedy duo James and Jamesy will present O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy at the Sagebrush Theatre. The duo says their show is "ideal for fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss." Tickets range from $19 to $44 and are available online at jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea.

Finally, the Laughing Stock Theatre Society will present Sleeping Beauty — A Not So Maleficient Panto from Dec. 24 to Dec. 30 at the Sagebrush Theatre, with matinees and evening shows on offer. Tickets are $25, less for children, youth and seniors, available through the Kamloops Live Box Office, online at kamloopslive.ca or by phone at 250-374-5483.