Al Simmons will be home for Christmas this year — and that’s good news for Manitoba Theatre for Young People and its patrons.
The one-man vaudeville act is helping out the seriously indebted theatre company, which couldn’t afford the financial risk of a holiday show this year, by agreeing to perform Home for the Holidays there Dec. 21 and 22. Typically, MTYP’s December slot is filled by a big name show expected to sell a lot of tickets.
"People have a tradition of going to MTYP for Christmas; I know we do as a family when I’m home," says Simmons, who starred in one of the holiday shows, A Year with Frog and Toad, in 2004. "It’s going to give them a Christmas show plus they are going to earn some money from it."
Simmons is already figuring out his list of skits, which will include his re-enactment of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. He’s also been rummaging through his props closet and planning to adapt his horsecycle into Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa’s sleigh.
Home for the Holidays will be performed at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 and 1 p.m. the following day. Tickets are $20 and $15 for subscribers, while a family of four can go for $60.