Aunt Agnes For Christmas | World Premiere
This new World Premiere Christmas show by Norm Foster is a zany romp with a heartwarming Christmas message.
December 11 - 22, 2019
Total Show Time: 2hrs
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
250 St. Paul St East, St. Catharines, ON
Patricia Vanstone, Director
Peter Hartwell, Set & Costume Designer
David Costello, Production Manager
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by Norm Foster - World Premiere!
The Foster Festival & the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) are thrilled to announce the world premiere of a new holiday play by Canada’s most beloved playwright Norm Foster as a part of the PAC’s 19/20 HOT TICKET season. Aunt Agnes for Christmas will play for 15 performances in The Recital Hall from 11 – 22 December 2019.
Part Mary Poppins with a dose of Auntie Mame to spice things up, Aunt Agnes for Christmas is a zany romp through the ups and downs of family life with a heartwarming Christmas message.
It's two days before Christmas in the topsy-turvy Trimble household when George and Sally and their children Melissa and Brian receive an unexpected visit from George's Aunt Agnes - the only problem is, George didn't know he had an Aunt Agnes! As the wise-cracking aunt settles in for the holidays, 14-year old Melissa begins to suspect there's more to Aunt Agnes than meets the eye! You won't want to miss this Norm Foster world premiere comedy with an all-star Niagara cast - it's sure to become a Christmas classic!
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2019 Talk Back Dates and Times
- Wednesday, Dec 11 » 2pm performance - Post-Show Talk Back
- Sunday, Dec 15 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back
- Friday, Dec 20 » 7pm performance – Adult Drama Club, Post-Show
When I was a boy I had an Aunt Agnes. We called her Aunt Agnes but she was actually my father’s step mother and not an ‘aunt’ at all. I saw Aunt Agnes maybe five times in my life. After her husband died she would come to our house by bus and I would see her walking slowly up the street from our window. She was a mystery to me. I didn’t know much about her except that she was my father’s step mother and she lived ‘downtown’ in Toronto. Sadly, my father didn’t want to keep in touch with Aunt Agnes after his father died. But Aunt Agnes kept in touch with my two sisters and I by sending us birthday cards every year until she passed away in the mid 70’s. So when I was thinking of a name for the ‘Mary Poppins-like’ character in this play, Aunt Agnes seemed like a natural. So, this play is for my Aunt Agnes and for all of those birthday cards she sent us. I didn’t know her all that well, but she sure seemed like a nice human being to me.
I love the holiday season! No matter what you celebrate it’s a whirlwind of baking and decorating and visits with family and dear friends. Bundled up against the elements, making our way toward the warmth of brightly lit homes, those visits are my favourite part of the holidays. But imagine your surprise if a complete stranger knocked on your door and invited herself for Christmas! We’ve had a blast exploring this sweet story of a busy family making room for Aunt Agnes for Christmas. I always say that with Norm’s writing, the funny takes care of itself. This magical company of actors has dug into the story with all their hearts. What a treat it is to welcome Nora McLellan back in a role that fits her to a T, and real-life spousal unit Kelly Wong and Cosette Derome (who last graced the Foster Festival stage in our smash hit Renovations For Six). Rounding out this all-star cast are gifted newcomers Kate Peters as Aunt Agnes’s reluctant accomplice, and Hayden Neufeld as her eccentric younger brother. As the song goes, “to kids from one to ninety-two” I wish a very merry Aunt Agnes Christmas to you!
AUNT AGNES FOR CHRISTMAS PHOTO GALLERY
Watch the development of the world premiere of Aunt Agnes For Christmas by Norm Foster, as we post photos of the creative team at work!