The Grand Theater is internet hosting a free Christmas digital present for the London Meals Financial institution

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There is something to be said for tradition during the holiday season.

If you’re one of those who count on the Grand Theater’s Christmas show to kick off the annual celebrations, even the pandemic can’t stop that spirit from rising up.

The Grand Theater’s creative team and a number of other artists have combined their talents to produce a virtual Christmas show, Comfort and Joy, which will be streamed for free on December 22nd.

“We regard comfort and joy as our gift to our city and the many frontline workers who continue to inspire us,” said Dennis Garnhum, the Grand’s artistic director.

“We hope that on December 22nd, people can gather virtually or in their bubbles, take a break from holiday preparations and enjoy holiday entertainment.”

Comfort and Joy is a variety-style production in which more than a dozen artists perform songs to visit various city attractions. Each of the 10 stations tells a little story for Londoners to think about over the holidays.

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Although Garnhum is still in production, he hopes the 45-minute film will help the theater reach new audiences, but will also provide a boost and inspiration for a donation to the London Food Bank. Over the past three seasons, the grand and his cast have raised more than $ 290,000 in donations for the food bank for the Christmas show.

“The need is greater than ever to help people who need a little kindness,” said Deb Harvey, executive director of the Grand.

“We may not be able to personally interview our viewers this year, but we know that what we present virtually will entertain, inspire and encourage people to donate and support this important cause in our city . “

Garnhum said the show will feature songs, stories, music and memories put together with the help of three other directors, including Megan Watson, the Grand Artistic Contributor, who staged the previous two Christmas musicals on the Spriet Stage; Award-winning actress, singer and artist Vanessa Sears and Andrew Tribe, Artistic Director of the Original Kids Theater Co.

Guest artists include Jan Alexandra Smith, who appeared as Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol in 2018, and Amaka Umeh, who was to play the title role of Hamlet at the Stratford Festival last summer.

“One of our goals with this production is to introduce our extraordinary city to people watching near and far,” added Garnhum, adding landmarks like Museum London, Boler Mountain and Victoria Park.

Visit grandtheatre.com for more information about the show and to make donations to the food bank.

“It should be an evening with the people you love,” said Garnhum.

“It’s going to be like an expanded music video, each with its own song and story. It’s free, but we’re asking everyone to make the same donations to the food bank as if you were back at the Grand. This is how you can greet our show. “

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