Today: Nine opens at the Annex Theatre, the Mackenzie House celebrates Christmas Victorian-style, and gifted young musicians from the Royal Conservatory will leave you feeling talentless.
MUSIC: Want to spend your lunch hour feeling inferior? Well, probably not. But what if it’s in the name of entertainment? Today, attend a performance featuring some of Canada’s most gifted classical musicians—some of whom haven’t even started high school yet. The Young Artists Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music is made up of musicians between the ages of nine and 18, and its Rising Stars showcase promises to be both unique and awe-inspiring. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 12–1 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVE ACTIVITY: December is just around the corner, and that means you can’t deny it anymore: the holiday season is on its way! Take a break from the bustle of the malls and travel back in time to a traditional Victorian Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Kids can write letters to Santa Claus on cards made on an 1845 printing press, then send them off to the North Pole via the magical post box. Mackenzie House (82 Bond Street), 12—5 p.m., adults $7.08, seniors $4.52, children $4.42 (plus tax).
THEATRE: Nine—the critically acclaimed and semi-autobiographical musical loosely based on the life and work of director and writer Federico Fellini—premieres tonight. Directed by Kiri-Lyn Muir and presented by the Randolph Academy, a private performing arts career college, the production features a strong female cast from the graduating class of December 2012. Annex Theatre (730 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $28.75.
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