A Christmas tradition returns to the Cedar Community Hall

The sixth Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular begins Dec. 6 and runs until Dec. 22 at the Cedar Community Hall.

Emily Fraser

Six years ago, Katy Bowen-Roberts started producing the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular in the hopes that it would become a festive tradition for families in the Ladysmith area.

And with this year’s shows just days away, she feels she’s achieved that goal, as families come back year after to year to see this holiday production, which is described as “a celebration of Christmas, as well as an extravaganza of music and dance, lights and decorations, laughter and tears — all washed down with minced pies and butter tarts.”

This year, the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular (YPCS), which is held at the Cedar Community Hall, includes Neil Diamond hits, a Marilyn Monroe tribute, hits by Tom Jones and friends, a Christmas Around the World set, medleys from Singin’ in the Rain and Les Miserables, and many more classical hits and Christmas favourites.

A cast of 14 professional singers, dancers and musicians will perform for up to 5,500 people during 21 performances from Dec. 6-22.

Bowen-Roberts, who grew up in Ladysmith, is the show’s producer and director.

“It’s a show I started for the community,” she said. “I guess I had two goals in mind when I started. I wanted to create a tradition for families and friends to get together and go to live theatre in a remote area, and it does seem to have become a tradition. Also, I’m a performer, and I ended up moving to England because there wasn’t a lot of work here, so I wanted to create an opportunity for performers to work in B.C. It’s been neat to employ 14 performers a year for a 16-week period.”

Bowen-Roberts chooses all the music then plugs it into her formula, and she has a music arranger from Nanaimo who arranges the whole show.

“It’s tied together with Christmas music, but it’s really a revue of different kinds of music, from Broadway to popular hits, classical … we try to mix it up, and that means the performers are very versatile with their skills as performers,” she said.

The YPCS is a year-long project for Bowen-Roberts, and she says she loves seeing the audience’s reaction once everything comes together.

“When we get up on the stage, to be able to see the smiles and tears at times and people really connecting with each other in a live environment, which is becoming rarer these days with technology, I would say I get enjoyment out of the audience’s enjoyment of it,” she said.

“As someone who grew up in Ladysmith, I feel it’s neat it has become a tradition,” she added. “I hear from men and women of all ages who say we are the start of Christmas for them, which is neat. It’s professional theatre in the countryside, which is rare here.”

About 40 “Santa’s elves and Christmas presenters” from the Ladysmith, Cedar and Yellowpoint volunteer their time to decorate the Cedar Community Hall and to help out during performance nights, noted Bowen-Roberts.

“That support from the community is huge, and we couldn’t do it without them,” she said.

The Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular begins this Thursday (Dec. 6) with a preview at 7 p.m., and shows continue until Dec. 22 at the Cedar Community Hall. Tickets are still available for Thursday’s preview night, and tickets are cheaper than usual at $28.

For tickets, call 250-754-8550. Visit the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular website for show times and more details.

Just Posted

No shortage of water supply in Ladysmith despite stage three water restrictions

Water restrictions remain in place to service community in case of an emergency

Mamma Mia! smashes Chemainus Theatre Festival ticket sales record

Total expected to surpass 30,000 tickets before the show ends on Aug. 31

Ladysmith’s Pamela Anderson adds star power to B.C. Green Party town hall

Celebrity attended Nanaimo meeting Wednesday with representatives from U.S. environmental group

Going with the flow in River Tales

Crofton author documents many interesting experiences from her time on the Cowichan River

Paul Manly to host series of community meetings

The first meeting is scheduled for July 18, at the North Oyster Community Centre, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Rents in most Canadian cities are unaffordable for lower-income earners: study

Roughly one-third of households, or 4.7 million, are renters

B.C. government seeks advice on reviving Interior forest industry

Public website opens as meetings start with community leaders

Film features Chez Monique, an off-the-grid restaurant on West Coast Trail in B.C.

“The story we are trying to share is of the loving haven they created and sustained for decades.”

Psychics, drones being used to search for missing Chilliwack woman with dementia

Drones, psychics, dogs and more have been employed to help find Grace Baranyk, 86

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing ‘like’ counts to more countries

Social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland

Man involved in beating and tasering over a drug debt to be sentenced in Nanaimo

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne pleaded guilty to charges, including aggravated assault

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

Most Read