This winter, there’s entertainment for everyone at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe
Dance, music, theatre – the 2020 season at Meridian Centrepointe has something for every entertainment taste. “The 2020 season is not only exciting,” says Allan Sansom, Meridian Theatre’s artistic producer and manager, “but there is an amazing cross-section of productions and performances that will appeal to all ages.”
If you’re looking to end 2019 on a musical note, check out JW Jones and Friends: Live and Local on Thursday, December 19. Jones is not only local, but an award-winning blues artist. He’ll be joined by excellent local performers and make this the perfect high-energy date night.
The month of February is jam-packed with tremendous talent, starting with Chase Padgett on Saturday, February 15. This extraordinarily talented guitar player not only plays guitar in six different and distinctive styles, but sings, acts and improvises. He’ll have you laughing and loving the music at the same time. Sansom says it’s a “not to be missed show,” perfect for aspiring teen guitar players.
On Saturday, February 22, take the kids to Ripopée in the afternoon and in the evening enjoy a night of funk, soul and pop with The Commotions. Ripopée features four Cirque de Soleil-styled clowns who take the audience on a hilarious non-verbal adventure with an underlying theme about friendship. It’s an ideal performance for kids up to age 10. The Commotions features local performers Rebecca Noelle and Jeff Rogers, along with an amazing 14-piece band. “This will be a fun evening,” says Sansom, “and we’ll be featuring New Orleans-themed snacks at intermission. It makes a great date night.”
Rounding out the month on Saturday, February 29 is Llama Llama Live. This live version of Anna Dewdney’s best-selling book is a delight for kids. And every parent will relate to the bedtime-story ritual.
Classical music fans will thoroughly enjoy the Canto Sentimento Strings on Friday, April 17. This lovely evening will feature a quartet of the ‘Tea With’ musicians performing Mozart and Dvorak. And for something completely different, that older kids will really enjoy, check out Catapult: The Magic of Shadow Dance on Friday, April 24. This American dance company creates moving tableaus with their bodies that are unique and magical. They gained fame on America’s Got Talent and performed at the OSCARS. They’ve since been touring the world with their incredible visual art. Dance lovers will be enthralled by the world premiere of Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet, performed by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. “The company will have done their premiere performance in Halifax,” says Sansom. “It’s part of their world tour, so it was a real coup to get them for Ottawa. These are beautiful young dancers from across the country and a must-see for dance lovers.” Sansom says to get your tickets early for any of the performances, or better still, become a Front and Centre Member and enjoy membership privileges. Check out www.meridiancentrepointe.com for ticket information or to buy a membership.