Chatter checks out Motown and a Christmas pageant

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Motown comes to the Jube

The sixties was a prolific era that saw incredible music rise to the top. One of the most famous stories was of the Motown Sound, created by Berry Gordy, a featherweight boxer turned heavyweight music mogul.

As producer for Motown Records, he built a successful portfolio of African-American artists that included Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5.

Broadway Across Canada is touring Motown the Musical and its legendary songs from February 13 to 18 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Tickets are $35 to $105. Visit http://www.ticketmaster.ca

A different kind of Christmas pageant

Nearly a decade ago, transplanted Newfoundland actor Cheryl Jameson mounted The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant … Ever! as a way to celebrate with other homesick families from the Rock.

The pageant play, a staple of Newfoundland lore, succeeded beyond Jameson’s wildest dreams. Eight years later it keeps drawing crowds.

In The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant, auditions are held for a play on the birth of Jesus. The three Herdsmen children, whose only link to Christmas is a charity hamper, show up for auditions. They heard food was being served.

They are the world’s worst kids, but what initially looks like a disaster, turns out to reinforce the true meaning of Christmas.

The comedy runs at Varscona Theatre Dec. 16 and 17 and 20 to 23. Tickets are $23 to $29. Call 780-420-1757 or at http://www.tixonthesquare.ca

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Anna Borowiecki

Anna Borowiecki joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2000. She reports on local people and events in the arts, entertainment and food industry. She also writes general news and features.