Just when children thought they wouldn’t get to see Santa before Christmas this year due to isolation and the pandemic, some were ecstatic to discover “The Spirit of Christmas” is alive and well thanks to Border City Dance Company’s drive-in style live dance theatre holiday experience. The dance company started bringing their original production to audiences last weekend in collaboration with Platinum Room Banquet Hall and Rockstar Music Hall, both located in the building on Central Ave. and Ypres Ave. The dance music theatre drive-in style holiday showcase continues to take place nightly through Dec. 23.
Audience members pull into the parking lot and park at the rear of the building which has been transformed into a stage with a beautiful Christmas themed set representing the forests near the North Pole. Each vehicle then tunes into a special radio station that plays a soundtrack as passengers enjoy watching Toys magically come to life and dance. The highlight of the show features Jack Frost and Santa Claus making special appearances.
On Saturday night, four year old Linus Walker excitedly screamed hello to Santa repeatedly when Santa looked towards the vehicle he was in and waved. Linus’ six year old sister Layla giggled and commented that Santa doesn’t know how to dance very well compared to the toys dancing around him. She then worried that Santa might have heard her. Both Linus and Layla were told by their parents that this year, due to the pandemic, they wouldn’t be able to see Santa. They usually go to visit him at one of the local Malls. That all changed on Saturday night during the Spirit of Christmas Drive In show.
Local youth dancers of Border City Dance Company that make up the cast of The Spirit of Christmas Drive In Attraction are directed by renowned choreographer, and dancer Melissa Williams. She is known in the entertainment industry for her work with the world’s leading dance choreographers, celebrities including Prince and Britney Spears, and much more. Her long list of credits locally include choreography for the 2016 FINA Opening Ceremonies and founding Border City Dance Company.
While the Spirit of Christmas cast benefit from Melissa’s industry expertise in movement, dance and choreography, she has also given them the opportunity to be part of creating an original production. Each cast member was asked to imagine they were a child writing a letter to Santa asking for the toy they were cast as in the show. As each cast member comes onto stage and performs, the audience gets to hear each of them do a voice over of the letter they wrote over the radio.
Not only is this original production by Border City Dance Company giving children the opportunity to see Santa, it is helping people of all ages get their minds off of the pandemic and against all odds putting people in the holiday spirit.
Final performances of “The Spirit of Christmas Drive-In Holiday Attraction” take place on Dec. 22 & 23, at 2418 Central Ave., each performance is 20 minutes long and start every half hour between 6pm and 8:30pm, space is very limited per performance, tickets are $25 per vehicle and must be purchased in advance at https://platinumroom.ca/xmas.php