It’s hard to believe it, but if the decorations in my local Pharmaprix are any indication, the holidays are nearly upon us. Although I’m usually a bit of a cynic around the holiday hoopla, I’ve found a great way to overcome this feeling – giving back to valuable causes and community organizations.
There’s no shortage of need, whether you’re looking close to home or overseas, and as a result, the choice of where to contribute your resources and energy can seem overwhelming. The importance of supporting the arts can get lost in this shuffle: when food, shelter, and warmth are in short supply, it can be hard to remember the value of culture and imagination for the human spirit. But as Henry James wrote, “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”
Dreaming, creativity, and joy are as necessary for the development of the soul as shelter and nourishment are to the care of the body. In the current economic climate, however, the opportunities for children to participate in the arts are dwindling. As a way of helping to stem this tide, my husband and I are participating in a fundraising production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol for Geordie Productions, a Montreal-based theatre company that stages productions for children across the province. Now in its fourth decade, Geordie is a world-class organization that connects with over 45 000 kids every year through their travelling plays and theatre school. All proceeds from their annual staging of A Christmas Carol go directly to supporting Geordie’s incredible work throughout the year.
At the risk of lowering the quality of this production, we’re jumping on stage to fill the roles and Victorian costumes of Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig! Don’t miss this opportunity to see us at our hammy best, and support a terrific cause at the same time.The show is a limited run: only Dec. 12, 13, (evening shows) and Dec. 14 (matinée), and each staging will be followed by a cocktail dînatoire with open bar. Please check out Geordie’s website for more information, or contact me directly for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org). I can’t think of a better holiday gift to give than the means for a kid to dream, create, and be silly. Please join us in supporting this valuable cause!
To whet your appetite, check out this video of last year’s production! If you look closely, you can see Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig rocking out in the background ;).