Lots of family entertainment during festival weekend

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville’s Annual Lite Up the Nite Festival takes place Nov. 27 to 29, and the Morinville Community Cultural Centre will play host for three shows over two days that will help get families into the holiday season.

A Quartette Christmas features Canadian singer-songwriters Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, and Sylvia Tyson. The show takes place Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Linda Getzlaf of Getzlaf Realty.

A Quartette Christmas brings a mix of Christmas songs — old and new — in a show of rich harmonies, warm humour, and love for the music of the season that organizers believe will recall fond memories of Christmases past.

“We traditionally have done a big concert during the Lite Up the Nite Festival weekend,” said Cultural Services Manager Laurie Stalker. “It was an opportunity to bring in some Canadian icons, particularly Sylvia Tyson. Their Christmas show is very popular. The show is fun and humourous with lush melodies. I think it will be a great way to ring in the season.”

The Lite up the Nite Festival will also include entertainment aimed specifically at children on the Saturday. Quest Theatre’s Christmas Stories show will play at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Each show offers a whimsical collection of stories and sing-along songs with audience participation. The show will appeal to Preschoolers up to Grade 2 and their families.

Admission to Quest Theatre’s Christmas Stories is free. Tickets for A Quartette Christmas are $40 for adults and $35 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the cultural centre box office or online at TixOnTheSquare.ca.

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