Christmas concert opening tonight at the GPLT

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With only ten days to go until Christmas, the Grande Prairie Live Theater (GPLT) is filled with the Christmas spirit with a Christmas concert opening on December 16, 2021. This musical performance will consist of a variety of Christmas carols. The concert will take place from December 16 to 19, with two morning performances as well.


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James R. Galbraith along with Rick Hryciuk created and designed the show in hopes of inspiring the Christmas spirit in attendees. Galbraith referred to himself as the “Director, co-creator, music director, almost all kinds of trades” when asked about his involvement in the production during an interview with the Daily Herald-Tribune.

Galbraith explained that this performance is important as it is a great opportunity to get out there and experience live theater again. The show will be a collection of contemporary Christmas songs.

“The program is for people who are in the spirit and for those who may not already be. Hopefully it will help scare away the sneaking bah humbugs, ”said Galbraith. “And just to go out and enjoy live theater, which we haven’t been able to do in a while.”

During the concert, an MC will present the name of each song and a bit of history revolving around the song before the performers dive into the piece. Galbraith added that some people may not recognize every song and hopes that maybe someone will find a new favorite.

“They may find a new favorite for the holiday season, just something new,” Galbraith said. “We hope that people will go away maybe whistling a new one, or maybe looking for a new one. Or just after you go home and put on your favorites and just sit by the tree and enjoy the music. “

Galbraith further explained that the stage is beautiful and that there will be a large gazebo in the center of the stage that was designed by Hryciuk. Galbraith also called Hryciuk “co-writer, co-director, producer, the other jack of all trades in this.” Pianist and pianist Leslie Ann McCloskey will be located under the gazebo on stage.


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“We have the piano in the gazebo, we have Christmas trees all around,” Galbraith said. “We have Shanda Fuller who designed and painted on the back wall for us this incredible mountain scene.”

“I think when people come in, they will be blown away by the whole thing.”

To ensure that movement on stage runs smoothly, the performers were choreographed by Candace Boechler. Boechler is also a co-director of the program.

With auditions in September, the artists and creative team began rehearsing twice a week beginning in mid-October. Galbraith explained that new people are participating in this concert, as well as various faces that have participated in GPLT musical productions in the past. Galbraith added that a fun part of doing all of this is meeting new people during auditions and brainstorming, organizing, and making an idea come true.

Tickets for the Christmas concert can be purchased online at or by calling the GPLT box office at 780-538-1616. Children 17 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Beginning September 20, 2021, and until further notice from Alberta Health Services, all GPLT users must provide proof of vaccination, a paid negative rapid test, or a medical letter confirming that they cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. All adult customers must wear masks and can only be removed when eating and drinking.



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