A Tweed & Company Christmas goes virtual

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Tweed & Company Theatre invites residents to participate in the Tweed & Company Christmas from the comfort of their homes this year with a virtual fundraiser for the arts community.

Tweed & Company Theatre is taking the show online this year with the support of two local benefactors, and a group of past, present and future artists.

“When we knew we wouldn’t be able to gather in person this year, we thought why not go big online, and do something that we would never be able to do live on stage”, said artistic director Tim Porter. “Any of our past Christmas productions have been limited to about 5 performers because of travel expenses, artist fees for a limited run, etc. Being online has given us the flexibility to reach out to artists who haven’t been available, or haven’t performed in Tweed for as many as 10 years.”

Unlike previous years, approximately 30 Tweed & Company artists will join forces to present this virtual celebration.

“We have artists joining us from some of our first performances over a decade ago, and artists who were supposed to perform with us for the first time this season” explained creative director Tricia Black. “It’s going to be an amazing presentation with lots of laughs, beautiful vocalists and instrumentalists, some special surprises, and a great chance for us to engage with our audience and connect with the people we haven’t been able to see all year.”

Although a full list of performers has yet to be released, teaser talent includes Chris Tsujiuchi, Jessica Wilson, Kelly Holiff, Danielle Leger, James King and Lauren Mayer, Andre Morin, Sarah Nairne and Tim Porter and Tricia Black.

Thanks to the support of local arts community enthusiasts Don DeGenova and Dr. Charles Mustard for covering the costs of the production, the virtual event will be available to everyone for free and will be hosted as a version of their popular annual fundraising Christmas party.

“We are so lucky in this community to have such an active and engaged group as the Arts Council, and we are thrilled that through Don & Chuck we can support this incredible group, and hopefully raise a bit of funding for our company and our industry after a very difficult year,” said Porter. “I just can’t get over how lucky we are to have this kind of support and love in our community.”

Over the past couple of years, A Tweed & Company Christmas show proceeds are allocated between Tweed & Company and a rotating local charity.

Although this year’s format is different, patrons wishing to contribute to the third annual A Tweed & Company Christmas will have the option to donate to the Tweed & Company Theatre, the Tweed & Area Arts Council, or both.

Residents wishing to watch the production over the holiday season will be able to find the virtual presentation on December 23rd on Tweed & Company’s YouTube channel and social media platforms and will be available until the evening of January 1st.

Be sure to follow Tweed & Company on Facebook or visit tweedandcompany.com for more information or to join the mailing list for reminders about the event.

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer