It's officially the holiday season at the Genevieve E. Yates Memorial Centre.
With a Christmas tree and decorative holiday lights set up inside and outside at the Yates, those attending an upcoming show will certainly start to feel seasonal warmth.
"It's a great way for us to showcase some holiday spirit," says Scott Carpenter, Facility Programmer for the Yates Theatre. "We really wanted to have it ready for the holiday-themed show. We want the building to bring people into that mood before they even get into the theatre."
With two shows this weekend and another coming in mid-December, Yates staff are excited to see more and more events coming back inside the building.
Holiday show All is Calm (The Christmas Truce of 1914), a fundraiser for the Lethbridge Seniors Centre Organization, will run for three performances from Friday, November 19, to Sunday, November 21. Tickets are on sale at the Ticket Centre or online at www.enmaxcentre.ca
Also running this Friday and Saturday at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre is One Act Plays presented by Lethbridge Playgoers. Tickets are available at the door by donation.
Then on December 15, New West Theatre will return with a show called Ode to Joy! More information available here: https://www.newwesttheatre.com/
"These are our first large, full-capacity shows since the onset of the pandemic," says Carpenter. "By following the current public health protocols, we are excited to have guests back at shows in a safe manner."
As with all City of Lethbridge facilities, the Yates Theatre is following Alberta Health Services' restrictions exemption program. Anyone entering the facility over the age of 12 must show one of the following:
- QR code proof of full vaccination
- Proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed)
- Documentation of a formal medical exemption as outlined by the Government of Alberta
Some smaller events have recently taken place in the theatre, but the anticipation is that these shows are the start towards a full return of live entertainment.
"There's a lot of exciting things at the Yates Theatre next year," says Carpenter. "It feels like live entertainment is finally on its way back."
Three more shows were all announced on Friday, including Love Someone: An Intimate Evening with Johnny Reid – set for two shows, April 14 and 16. More event announcements are anticipated in the coming weeks and months. Check out updated information at www.enmaxcentre.ca