Norm Foster’s “The Christmas Tree” a December fundraiser for Upper Canada Playhouse at Stonecrop Acres Winery and Vineyard

MORRISBURG — Like most people who spend 10 months of the year at school, local teacher Kate Egan-Veinotte has always looked forward to her summer vacation. While students and colleagues rush to the beach, however, Egan-Veinotte prefers to head to the rehearsal hall. For over 20 years, audiences have seen her perform in summer comedy at Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg – a place she considers a second home.

So, when The Playhouse initiated their ‘Help The Playhouse Get On With The Show’ campaign to help them navigate the COVID crisis, Egan-Veinotte and her husband, Scott, thought it was time to get creative. What better way to help raise funds for a favourite local theatre company than to stage a play? With this in mind, the pair dusted off their arts education and production company, acting like kids.

Theatre is what brought the couple together in the first place, when Scott worked as a performer and booking agent for the agency that represented Kate in Ottawa. Primarily a musician, he has also been known to invite her on stage to sing with him from time to time. While the couple are most proud of some past productions, namely their three children who form the band, Sons of Gord, this show will find the recent empty-nesters acting on stage together for the very first time.

Norm Foster’s seasonal one-act comedy, The Christmas Tree, seemed the ideal project. Rich with the humour and charm that audiences have come to expect from Canada’s favourite playwright, the show also includes performances by local folk duo Lauren Casselman and Tom Henbest. Appearing as “Lost at the Junction”, these two talented singers / multi-instrumentalists will play some original songs, and put their unique spin on some Christmas standards. Under the watchful eye of Playhouse Artistic Director Donnie Bowes, and with Stonecrop Acres Winery and Vineyard offering up the perfect venue, the Veinottes hope to raise Christmas spirits while offering proceeds to help the Playhouse get on with the show, which kicks off Sat., Dec. 4th and runs several dates through the month.

Tickets are available online at: Search “acting like kids presents The Christmas Tree by Norm Foster” or use the following link:

Also see the official Facebook event listing below with all times and dates.

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