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The Christmas Express opens Dec 2 at Barn Lot Theater

By Ann Moss

Barn Lot Theater in Edmonton will present the heartwarming holiday play, The Christmas Express, opening Thursday, December 2, 2021, and running the first two weekends of December.

Show dates are December 2, 3, 4, and 5, and December 9, 10, 11, and 12. All performances are at 7pmCT except for our Sunday matinees at 2:30pmCT. Masks are required at all times during performances. Present your vaccine card for a free small popcorn.

This nostalgic theatrical greeting card is full of eccentric small town characters, wise-cracking their way to finding the true wonder of Christmas. And on the way, they make us all wish we could take a ride on The Christmas Express.

Interested parties can find information about purchasing tickets and more about upcoming shows at

"This is the most hopeless place in the world!" Hilda intones as she and Satch, her assistant, argue over what time it is. She dreams of faraway places and only finds tedium in running the Holly Railway Station. That is, until Leo Tannenbaum drops in out of nowhere the day before Christmas Eve.

Suddenly, an old radio that hasn't worked in years springs to life, the local group of carolers (which usually yowls like a gang of wet cats) begins to sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the whole town gets the Christmas spirit.

Coincidence? Or is Leo doing all this? Even Satch changes his tune when it turns out that Leo might be on the run.

Executive Director of Barn Lot Theater and Director of The Christmas Express, Kyle Hadley, describes this show as "a Norman Rockwell portrait brought to life."

Hadley also said, "Thirteen years ago when I read this script, I realized it was something special, but the timing wasn't right back then to do the show. Earlier this year, as we were preparing to finally bring shows back to our stage after the COVID pandemic shutdown, I revisited this script and realized the themes of this play were more relevant and prevalent than ever.

As Leo says, 'We all need a little hope.' Hope is, of course, one of the main themes, but this show transcends so much more: love, family, finding the joy of the holidays, and moving beyond tremendous loss, are all addressed during this 90 minute show. When audiences leave our theater after seeing this play, they will have had a profound experience and truly understand what it means to take a ride on the Christmas Express."

This story was posted on 2021-11-23 15:56:33
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