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Ready or not Golden, here comes a lot of Christmas fun

Column by John Akal
Posted 12/4/18

I was playing a gig tonight with my band Nightwolf and between songs our guitar player was kind of noodling around with some Christmas tunes when from the back of the room I hear someone yell …

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Ready or not Golden, here comes a lot of Christmas fun

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I was playing a gig tonight with my band Nightwolf and between songs our guitar player was kind of noodling around with some Christmas tunes when from the back of the room I hear someone yell “It’s too early for Christmas music!”

Obviously he doesn’t watch television or listen to the radio. If he did, he’d know that from the end of October on, we get bombarded by every conceivable version of those songs chopped up into 30-second commercial endeavors to entice us to buy something.

Just trying to get a jug of milk subjects you to hearing half a dozen of them by the time you get through the checkout lane.

Personally, I like a lot of holiday traditions including the music. But too much of anything starts to ruin it. By the time the actual holidays arrive we’ve all been forced to deck the halls or jingle bells about 500 times.

I wouldn’t consider myself a Scrooge by any stretch of the imagination, but truthfully, I really of have to agree with the guy at my gig tonight. If we’re already sick of hearing that stuff and it’s only the first week of December, then yeah … It’s too early for Christmas music. Bah, humbug, eh?

Speaking of Scrooge, guess what’s on the holiday menu at the Miners Alley Playhouse for the rest of the month? They will be presenting their very own adaptation of Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

Their production is a hilarious, fast paced version that uses only five actors to bring all the characters to life.

That’s right, Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Fezziwig and all the rest are portrayed by this small but mighty ensemble of thespians.

They just use simple props, fun physicality and the power of your own imagination to bring a truly innovative portrayal of this timeless classic to life.

It’s going to be running now through December 23, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. as well as two shows on Sundays at 1 and 6 p.m.. Tickets run from $22 to $34.

This year you can take advantage of a special offer of 15 percent off your dinner bill by presenting your tickets for that evening’s performance at either the Old Capitol Grill and Smokehouse or Miners Saloon, both within walking distance from the theater.

Nutcracker Theater

Miners Alley Playhouse will also be presenting a theatrical version of The Story of the Nutcracker. This is presented as a play rather than a ballet and is more geared for kids.

It’s been adapted by Rory Pierce and offers a different approach to telling the story. This one will be running on Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22 with shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets for these shows run $12.

You can order tickets for both A Christmas Carol and The Story of the Nutcracker by going to www.minersalley.com or by calling the box office at (303) 935-3044.

Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Avenue here in Golden. That’s upstairs in the back of the old Foss building and the entrance is actually on Miners Alley.

Get out a pen and paper

Yes, you can write a letter to Santa. Of course you could just do what most people do and address it simply to the North Poll and drop it in a mail box, but that puts in Santa’s pile of millions of other letters coming in from all over the world. Forget Email. He gets zillions of those.

A better way to go is to bring your letter to the Golden Visitors Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and drop it in their special express mailbox for letters to Santa.

You can do that every day from now until Dec. 15. Why should you do that? Because if you do, Santa will write a letter back to you. Just make sure your letter has a return address and you’ll be getting a reply in your mailbox at home.

Now you are glad you live in Golden, huh? There aren’t many other places that have a direct line to Santa!

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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