In a world that rushes headlong from Christmas to Boxing Day to New Years, there’s something lovely about being able to pause a moment to revisit the Christmas story.
Onelight Theatre’s Tell it on the Mountain offers that opportunity with a blend of original narration by poet/playwright Clyde A. Wray, rousing gospel music by North Preston’s The Sanctified Brothers (plus some fantastic female vocalists including Reeny Smith) and visually-striking tableaux.
Wray’s lyrical text examines the familiar story from new angles, emphasizing the danger of Mary and Joseph’s journey and imagining their relationship as one we can all relate to. (“Are we there yet?” asks Mary) The music also offers a different take on familiar favourites, infusing carols with soaring vocals and rhythms that had the audience swaying and clapping.
With its run-time of only 60 minutes and its fresh take on the Nativity story, Tell it on the Mountain is a show that families can enjoy together.
Showtimes: Dec.27, 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 28 and 29, 4 p.m.; Dec. 30 and 31, 7 p.m.
Tickets are $18, $15 for students and seniors, $14 for groups of four or more. They are on sale at 1-888-311-9090, ticketpro.ca, Port City Coffee, Evan’s Seafood and the Wooden Monkey.