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The Grinch is back for another Christmas treat

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is presented by Nove Voce Choral Society now with safety protocols in place.
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The Nove Voce Choral Society performed How the Grinch Stole Christmas - A Choral Storytelling in 2019 and it's back again with safety protocols in place at a new venue.

The Grinch is back and Nove Voce will be presenting the show Saturday, Nov. 27.

Things will look a little different this year in an effort to keep all audience members safe, as well as the choral society members, while following pandemic protocols.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be presented at Trinity United Church, at Fifth and Union, 3555 Fifth Avenue, at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m.

The show is only 30 minutes long so it’s perfect for all ages including the little ones, said choral director Robin Norman.

People will hear their favourite Grinchy songs like You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Welcome Christmas and Where Are You Christmas?

“Everybody from the good old days is back,” Norman said.

“We’ve got Richard Bjarnason who was our reader two years ago. He’s a lovely gentleman in town whose daughters sang in the choir and he did Les Mis with us and he was on stage with us during Beauty and the Beast as well.”

Bjarnason will be the voice over as choir members take on the roles of several characters and sing the songs.

Zarrah Holvick will be the Grinch, as she has been in the past, and Courtney Hayhurst will be playing Cindy Lou Who.

“It’s all worked out so well,” Norman said.

The venue is now Trinity United Church and there will be a smaller audience in a much bigger room than could be accommodated in the small room at the Civic Centre where the show was held before the pandemic hit.

“We are intensely aware that our target audience is under five (years old) and unvaccinated so we have to keep them safe so we’ve gone very hard core into safety protocols,” Norman said. “So the choir will be masked the whole time and we’re decorating our masks to match our Who costumes - we found a fabulous mask for the Grinch and the Grinch doesn’t speak during the show anyway so it’s only Richard who will be isolated away from everyone else while he is unmasked to read.”

Audience members will be masked and proof of vaccination must be shown to adhere to current provincially mandated restrictions.

All tickets are $10 per person or $40 per family at the door and cash only. Seating is limited to 50 patrons per show so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets can only be booked through email at general@novevoce.ca.