Sketchy Santa — Take Two! - theHumm October 2022
Sketchy Santa — Take Two! - theHumm October 2022
Two three years ago, Rob and Kris Riendeau (aka Humm Team Productions) presented their show Who Stole Christmas from Mississippi Mills at the Almonte Old Town Hall. That musical parody sold out all performances and was a ton of fun for all involved. This December they are back with their new undertaking, Sketchy Santa — Holiday Shorts, which they attempted to put on in 2021, only to be thwarted by you-know-what. Foolishly optimistically, they are trying it again this year, so Rob Riendeau of theHumm caught up with head writer of Humm Team Productions, Rob Riendeau, to get the inside scoop on the new show.
theHumm: So, what’s the inside scoop on the new sort of new show?
Rob Riendeau: Well, two three years ago, we had so much fun putting on Who Stole Christmas that we immediately booked the Almonte Old Town Hall for two weekends in December of 2021. Our original plan was to put on another full-scale, big production, original musical. The pandemic kind of took the wind out of our sails for that show, but I do have a couple of scenes written and we will probably put it on one day.
Meanwhile, Kris and I stayed active theatrically over Zoom. I took some writing courses. Kris and I gave some writing workshops, and we presented an evening of short plays on Zoom for Hallowe’en last year. At some point, we decided that if it was at all possible, an evening of sketches at the Old Town Hall would be a fun and do-able project. I sort of envisaged a cross between Saturday Night Live and The Muppet Show.
What makes an evening of sketches a more do-able project?
Great question, Rob. By focusing on one sketch at a time, we could keep the rehearsals limited to smaller groups. We were also able to make use of several of the sketches that I wrote during the lockdown that had never seen the light of day. And we were able to open up the writing to more people. This show features a sketch by Zach Brown, who participated in our writing workshop.
I have heard that Zach’s sketch is great! Really worth the price of admission all on its own. A real laugh riot! People are saying it will be the highlight of the show!
So, are there any other talented people involved in writing the show?
Umm… well… Kris Riendeau wrote a very funny sketch as well. And Mike McCormick, who was a big part of the success of Who Stole Christmas, wrote the music and reworked some of the lyrics for the song This Is Not a Musical in this show.
He fixed your lyrics?
I wouldn’t say “fixed”…
He would. So, is this a musical?
No, it is definitely not a musical! We just couldn’t afford the expense of doing music… as we explain in the big musical production number This Is Not a Musical.
So, no jingles like in Who Stole Christmas?
There might be a few jingles that sneak in from time to time.
Oh good! The Jingle Belles were one of my favourite parts of the last show!
Yeah, I didn’t write those either. That was all Bonnie Vallentyne.
She’s really funny!
How many more questions are there?
We’re nearly done. So, when is it happening and how can people get tickets?
Performances are scheduled for 7:30pm on November 11, 12, 17 and 18, with 2pm matinees on Sunday, November 13 and Saturday, November 19. People can head to ticketsplease.ca to order their tickets, or call 485–6434 if they want to go old school. And if they order before November 1, they save $5 with our early bird special!
What happens on November 1?
Then we shift to “late bird” regular pricing. Don’t be a late bird.
And do any of the proceeds go to a good cause?
Oh yes! This show is a fundraiser for the 2022 next Puppets Up festival — since this year’s was so much fun and we had planned to raise money for them last year…
Does that mean that there are hilarious puppeteers involved? I’m a big fan of Stephen Brathwaite’s comedic genius!
Yes. I think we’re done here.
Thanks Rob! Can’t wait to see the show. This is Rob Riendeau, signing off.
Turpin’s Trail Returns to CP - theHumm October 2022
The Celtic-Folk band Turpin’s Trail returns to Carleton Place for a concert on November 12. Members of this Kingston-based band play over a dozen instruments and sing traditional songs as well as original tunes. They have played all over eastern Ontario and Atlantic Canada, including Newfoundland. Visit turpinstrail.com to hear their music and find out more about them.
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Art… and Soul
I exaggerate. She only has skulls. The Marina Raike skull sculptures currently on display in Gallery II at Sivarulrasa Gallery in Almonte are models Marina has created out of plaster and hydrocal using a human skull that had been in the collection of the Niagara Falls Museum. Welcome to the intriguing and intellectually challenging world of postmodern art.
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Two Plays inOne Exciting Evening - theHumm October 2022
By — Submitted Justin Starkweather
Great news — a double bill opens at Studio Theatre Perth on October 13!
One play is entertaining and funny. The other — intriguing, perhaps a wee bit spooky — is a real treat for mystery lovers. Hence the title of the evening: Muses and Mysteries.
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Save the Date for MAG! - theHumm October 2022
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The Community Centre is located at 354 Read Street — adjacent to the fairgrounds. Admission is free and parking is available on-site. For additional information, please visit mag-artists.ca or contact Nick Previsich at ...more
Expressions of Art - theHumm October 2022
The West Carleton Arts Society is delighted to announce that its signature show “Expressions of Art” will return to the Carp Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall this fall! This exhibition and sale will showcase the creative talents of more than thirty top artists from the Ottawa region, all selected through a formal, independent jurying process. The show has been held annually for more than 25 years, and returns on Thanksgiving weekend this year.
After two years......
By Hilary Chop
The vendors of the Almonte Farmers’ Market would like to thank all of our loyal patrons and friends for shopping with us on a regular basis. We would also like to welcome all of the newcomers to town! If you have not made our market part of your Saturday morning routine, this is the time of year to start. Mark these important dates on your calendar!
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Guatemala Stove Project Update - theHumm October 2022
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A Celebrationof Trees at MERA - theHumm October 2022
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Worried about the climate crisis? Vote! Climate on the Ballot in Municipal Election - theHumm October 2022
By Susan Brandum
Four years ago, I ran for election in my township of Drummond/North Elmsley. I picked up at the door that there was a change in the wind, people were genuinely concerned about the climate crisis.
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Garden of Mana - theHumm October 2022
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Samantha Martin Shakes the Cove Blues on the Rideau Season Starts on October 28 - theHumm October 2022
Samantha Martin belts out Delta blues, soul, funk and R&B with a voice that literally shakes the foundations with its strength and passion. Backed by her terrific band Delta Sugar, she has been a force on the Canadian Blues scene since her début album Send the Nightingale came out in 2015, earning her four Maple Blues Award nominations. Her next two albums — Run to Me (2019) and The Reckless One (2022) — both earned her Juno Award nominations, and she’s had a staggering......
Sketchy Santa — Take Two! - theHumm October 2022
Two three years ago, Rob and Kris Riendeau (aka Humm Team Productions) presented their show Who Stole Christmas from Mississippi Mills at the Almonte Old Town Hall. That musical parody sold out all performances and was a ton of fun for all involved. This December they are back with their new undertaking, Sketchy Santa — Holiday Shorts, which they attempted to put on in 2021, only to be thwarted by you-know-what. Foolishly optimistically, they are trying it again this year, so Rob Rien......
Just Say Thank You - theHumm October 2022
By Glenda Jones
A lesson from our favourite son- in- law, Uwe. We were out for dinner, and when the bill came there was the usual tussle over who was going to pay. Uwe deftly picked up the bill, and quietly said, “Just say thank you”. So easy, so refined. From then on, we’d settle the paying scheme before we left the house, so there was no hassle at the end of a beautiful meal. For the non-paying party, a simple “thank you” sufficed, knowing that the next time, the tables would be turned.
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The Wondrousnessof Coral Reefs - theHumm October 2022
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Pieces of Me - theHumm October 2022
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Tickets are $10 and will be available soon from Tickets Please (485–6434, TicketsPlease.ca). Free tickets will also be made available upon request by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
This event, in supp......
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