MANITOWANING – What do Nanabush, three very foul-mouthed grannies on a mission, a dead raccoon and a remorse-ridden wi-fi all have in common? An evening at Debajehmujig’s ‘A Disconnected Christmas’ will reveal all.
With a mix of veteran and novice performers bringing an eclectic range of characters to the stage, this year’s original Christmas production will quickly have the audience rolling in the aisles, or perhaps under the table, as there are plenty of dinner theatre opportunities with both private office parties and public performances on offer. The event is licenced through Debaj’s ongoing partnership with Rainbow Ridge Golf Course.
‘A Disconnected Christmas’ is co-directed directed by John Turner and Bruce Naokwegijig and was created by the Debajehmujig team who also star in the production. The credits include Ashley Manitowabi, Bruce Naokwegijig, Sheila Trudeau, Brian Fox, Daniel Recollet-Mejaki, Sheldon Mejaki, Samantha Brennan, Ethan Mejaki and Jacob Hallaert.
“This year’s show is inspired by the classic Christmas television sitcoms that we all hold dearly in our hearts and memories, but with a Wiikwemkoong twist,” said Debaj general manager Lynda Trudeau. “What could be more relaxing than enjoying a cozy evening watching television with family and friends while the snow blows outside, or more exciting than being part of a live studio audience?”
A fun pastime during the show is guessing which sitcom each skit parodies.
This year’s Christmas special-themed production comes complete with commercial breaks, where some tongue-in-cheek advertising pokes fun at some of the stereotypical aspects of “rez life.”
“This show was a lot of fun right from the start,” said Mr. Turner, who has collaborated with Debaj on a number of productions. Mr. Turner was settled into his seat ready to take notes on the December 4 preview show. “It’s a bit hard for Bruce (Noakwegijig, his fellow director) to take notes, being that he’s in the show,” he laughed.
Dates available for group bookings are December 11, 12, 13 and 14. These bookings include dinner and show and require reservations, but call in to check as there may be room at the inn.
The public shows will take place on Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17 and don’t include the dinner. A previous public show on December 7 featured dinner.
The dinner theatre shows will see dinner served at 6 pm, with the show itself beginning at 7 pm. Admission for dinner and show is $50 a seat, and admission for show only is $20 a seat.