Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp!

Video above: It was an Evening of Christmas Music and a Staged Reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, last night (Dec. 14) at McCloskey’s. Organized by Amanda Burger of A Bunch of People Theatre (affiliated with the Dundas County Players Theatrical Society), the event included a sumptuous multi-course meal cooked by Daniel Riitano at the 22 Victoria Street establishment. Two dates, Dec. 13 and 14, offered a combination of dinner and show at the Chesterville venue; a third show (sans dinner) goes ahead tomorrow, Dec. 16, at The Old Town Hall in Winchester.

Music and a staged reading of Grinch story on three dates for charity

NORTH DUNDAS — In the spirit of giving and in support of our beloved community, A Bunch of People Theatre, in cooperation with the Dundas County Players and in association with the McCloskey Project, presents three Christmas performances. Profits received by A Bunch of People Theatre will be given as a charitable donation within SD&G.

“We are very excited about this collaboration” said Amanda Burger, director of the show. “What a great way to celebrate the season with music and a staged reading of this timeless Christmas classic, and give our profits to help people in the community.”

Video below: An Evening of Christmas Music and a Staged Reading of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ … the second of three planned dates played to a full house dinner theatre at McCloskey’s on the night of Dec. 15. A third performance runs Sunday at Winchester’s Old Town Hall.

There will be two dinner theatre shows at the historic McCloskey Hotel in Chesterville. This evening of Christmas music and a staged reading of the beloved Grinch story ends off a four-course meal prepared especially for the night by Daniel Riitano. Following his move from Toronto, Riitano brings with him a prolific career in fine art and design as well as extensive experience in the restaurant and bar industry. He has a vision of McCloskey’s as a venue for performance, music, visual arts and as a community space.

“These two evenings of dinner theatre are the beginning of a long list of community focussed events to come at McCloskey’s in 2019,” Burger said,  “and for children and their families, there is also a matinee performance (no meal) in the Old Town Hall theatre, home to the Dundas County Players.” ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Come join in yuletide song and story, it could even be your company Christmas party event!

Three performances are scheduled:

• Dinner Theatre — 7 p.m. on Dec. 13th and 14th — a package deal with dinner and the performance at McCloskey’s Hotel in Chesterville (dinner and show, $30 plus tax); reservations required;

• Show Only — 2 p.m. on Dec. 16th, a performance only at the Old Town Hall in Winchester (show only, $5).

For the dinner menu and tickets to all performances please visit

A Bunch of People Theatre is a transient theatre group of various enthusiastic people, who create random theatre events to raise money for charity.


Below: The Dundas County Players Theatrical Society’s latest production —Daniel MacIvor’s “Marion Bridge” — ended a two-weekend run on Sunday, with each performance of the sophisticated drama packing the Winchester Old Town Hall theatre. In the clip here, the actors in the three-woman play — (from left) Rachelle Eves (as Agnes), Sharon Anderegg as (Theresa) and Ami Lynn Johnson (as Louise) — wrap up the final act to applause on Friday. The same venue hosts one of three scheduled Christmas-themed performances, including a reading of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by a group affiliated with the Dundas County Players.
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