Leicester’s Curve theatre is presenting a Christmas show for families as part of the theatre’s reopening season.
From December 3 to 6, families will be able to enjoy live, socially distanced performances of Dear Santa, adapted from author Rod Campbell’s beloved book.
The show follows Santa as he tries to find the perfect Christmas present and to help spread cheer, every child in the audience will receive a free gift as part of the show.
Curve has also announced the line-up for its community day, which is set to take place on Saturday, November 14 – and will feature a dance workshop run by legendary choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.
Running from 10am until 4.30pm, the community day will include a variety of socially distanced free events and activities to welcome members of the community back to the building.
The dance workshop will begin at 10am, and will take inspiration from David Bowie’s Life On Mars and This Is Me from The Greatest Showman. It aims to get people of all ages and abilities moving and feeling together after months of lockdown.
Later in the day, Curve Associates Mel Knott and Tasha Taylor Johnson will teach families to sing and dance the Rhinos’ Rock and Roll number from the recent Made at Curve production of Giraffes Can’t Dance.
Local artists Rebecca Harvey-Hobbs and Kate Unwin will host design workshops for participants to create and craft their own pieces.
The sessions will focus on mental health and environmental sustainability in the wake of lockdown, designing worry boxes to help manage stress and creating an installation from unused 2020 show posters.
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The Showstoppers Kids Show will return to Curve, putting children in charge of the marvellous, musical, interactive adventures on stage. Taking place in Curve’s specially adapted socially distanced auditorium, the hour-long performances will run at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
All workshops will be free to attend, with tickets for The Showstoppers Kids Show priced at £10 each.
Tickets for all activities and performances must be booked in advance.
Curve’s chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said in a statement: “We couldn’t be more overjoyed at the prospect of welcoming our communities back to Curve for this very special, socially distanced day of activities and performances.
“Lockdown has taken its toll on everyone and the extension of Leicester’s restrictions has been sharply felt in our brilliant city and across our communities.
“We’re proud to be able to welcome people back to our building for a safe, fun and creative day out for all of the family, focusing on positivity and mental well-being.
“We’re immensely grateful to the incredible practitioners leading these workshops and all those who will be part of creating what is sure to be an extraordinary and memorable day for all of us.”
Tickets for Dear Santa are on sale to Curve Friends and Supporters from today, to Members and Access Register customers tomorrow and on general sale on Friday, October 30 – all from 12pm.
Tickets for performances of The Color Purple in concert (Nov 23 – Dec 5), Sunset Boulevard in concert (Dec 14– Jan 3) and Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual (Jan 25 – Feb 6) are on sale now.