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Port Hope: The Capitol Theatre announces its in-person holiday programming

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre is pleased to invite community members, guests, media, and local dignitaries to the launch of the 2022 Capitol Theatre Season: Welcome Back. This season marks the first for Artistic Producer Rob Kempson, who was appointed to his position in August.

The 2022 Season Launch Event will take place on November 16 at 2:00pm on the Mainstage. Guests are invited to find out about next year’s programming, followed by a sneak peek of the 25th Anniversary of Capitol Christmas before it opens to the public later that day. Kempson will host two meet-and-greet receptions in the Sculthorpe Theatre at 7:00pm and 8:30pm that evening to talk more about the season, share his vision for the future of the theatre, and connect with the community.

“I’m excited to share the news about our 2022 season with the community,” said Kempson, Artistic Producer. “After a long time apart, I wanted to gather folks together to talk about this exciting line-up. And to follow it with the official opening of Capitol Christmas feels like kismet.”

Tickets to these events are FREE but we request that they be reserved in advance to ensure a safe experience for all attending.


The Capitol Theatre is also sharing their 2021 Holiday Programming. The 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Lights & Trees will running again this year from November 16 - December 16 and will be complemented by a series of workshops, events, community activities, concerts, and Miracle on Queen Street (a spontaneous celebration of comedy, music, and joy!)--playing on our mainstage from November 30 - December 23.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the 25th anniversary of such a cherished community event and excited to present a new kind of holiday performance this year with a musical improv show,” said Managing Director Erin Peirce. “With the same energy, laughs, and holiday cheer as our traditional panto, this show offers the chance for audiences to come back again and again--and they’ll never see the same thing twice.”

The Festival of Lights & Trees November 16 - December 16

The Festival of Lights & Trees illuminates Northumberland County’s holiday spirit like nothing else. This year we celebrate an exciting milestone: our 25th anniversary! Since its inception in 1997, this fundraising initiative has been a community favourite, creating memories and becoming a tradition for guests of all ages. We are proud to celebrate this landmark anniversary alongside our dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors.

Once again, to keep our visitors safe, we will be creating a socially distanced tree viewing experience on-site AND offering a virtual slideshow component that allows guests the ability to enjoy Capitol Christmas and enter the raffle from the comfort of their own home!

Miracle on Queen Street

A spontaneous celebration of comedy, music, and joy! November 30 - December 23

Behold! A Holiday Miracle! Seven of Canada’s most daring and hilarious improvisers descend on the Capitol Theatre to bring you a divine evening of script-less holiday merriment... out of thin air. A new surprising, joyous show each night performed by a cast of Canadian Comedy Award winning improv all-stars. Both family and naughty performances available.

Created by Ron Pederson

Featuring Rob Baker, Christy Bruce, Jan Caruana, Becky Johnson, Ron Pederson, Sharjil Rasool, and Jordan Armstrong as Music Director

Set Designer and Costume Coordinator: Anna Treusch Lighting Designer: Jeff Pybus

Stage Manager: Seann Murray


$40 for adults | $25 for children (12 and under)

The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre (known as the “Capitol Theatre”) is a community-engaged arts organization committed to producing and presenting high quality professional and amateur theatre, live music, film, and other special events in the historic and picturesque small town of Port Hope. The Capitol Theatre was designated by the Government of Canada as a National Historic Site in 2017.