The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Artist rendering of the newly minted BMO Theatre Centre

Just a month after seeing her fiancé kiss another woman on national TV, Mary is ready to re-enter the dating world. Going on dates that range from comical to bad to comically bad, Mary grows increasingly pessimistic—until she meets someone who changes her outlook on life. This charming one-woman play puts a Sex and the City spin on the holiday season.

“This show is a smart, savvy examination of what it means to be single during the holidays as an urban, 30-something woman,” said Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran. “And with the hilarious pair of Genevieve Fleming and Melissa Oei led by our stellar director, Barbara Tomasic, this play is going to be seriously funny!”

Of the play, the director Barbara Tomasic said, “This play isn’t your typical Christmas rom-com story. Don’t get me wrong—it’s hilarious—but while you’re laughing, you’re following Mary on her journey of learning about herself. It’s a joy to watch an actor, especially ones as skilled as Genevieve and Melissa, take on a one-woman show and play all the crazy characters that appear in the story.”

The Twelve Dates of Christmas is being produced using the Arts Club’s “bubble method” of theatre production. It will have two rotating casts and crews, led by stars Genevieve Fleming and Melissa Oei, who will each perform seven times a week and rehearse in separate halls. Director Barbara Tomasic will move between the bubbles. The performance and rehearsal models are designed to be as safe as possible for artists, staff, and audience members.

In order to aid in physical distancing, only 50 in-person tickets are available for every performance. Patrons will also have the option to purchase tickets to digital streams—both live and recorded—of The Twelve Dates of Christmas, which will be available to view for a limited time.

The Arts Club is taking many precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and welfare of patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers. Productions will be staged in adherence to safety guidelines established by the B.C. government.

Check the Arts Club website for exact dates and times, especially during the holiday season.

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