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Leone Grand Christmas Show Artistes PosterFree-flowing talent at The Leone Grand Christmas Show

More than wine or champagne, it will be outstanding talent that is set to free-flow this festive season. Topping the theatre events in Gozo this year is the Leone Grand Christmas Show, on at the Aurora on the last Saturday of the year, December 28th at 8pm.

Christmas Theatre in Gozo
While Malta will be brimming with pantomimes and comedies, audiences in Gozo (even though not exclusively Gozitan) will be entertained with a spectacle more reminiscent of foreign predominantly-English variety shows, where a night at the theatre means live music, excerpts from musicals, spectacular multi-genre dance choreographies and exceptional singing.

Powerhouse voices and incredible talent
The Leone Grand Christmas Show tries to capture this talent-bonanza every year. This year, as it has already announced, it has secured the extraordinary participation of two of Malta’s most successful children at present – the Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner on behalf of Malta, Gaia Cauchi, and the Maltese finalist on the Italian popular TV programme Io Canto, Veronica Rotin, who have both awed audiences with their powerhouse voices and incredible talent.

However, The Leone Grand Christmas Show promises much more. Directed by the renowned director, British expat, Terry Shaw, with Colin Attard at the helm of Gozo’s Leone Band, the Christmas variety is in abundance of music, and singing. Maltese established singer Nadine Axisa joins the line-up alongside the Aurora theatre’s own children choir and the famous Maltese gospel choir EnKor – a highly awaited participating entry in this year’s edition. As if this was not enough, the theatre administration managed to get on board The Voodoo Gurus – a much-sought musical group comprising foreign singers and artistes that has been doing the rounds in the major entertainment places and festivals in Malta.

More music and dance
Musical numbers, apart from the sung ones, are also merrily coming from the Leone Band, with a Christmas symphony, a selection from Broadway musicals, and a wide array of festive and holiday melodies that keep up an upbeat seasonal spirit. With all this music in the air, dancing comes quite naturally – at least on stage, if not in the stalls as well! In fact, other participants in this year’s edition of The Leone Grand Christmas Show include the senior ballet dancers from the Gozo School of Drama as well as a troupe from the Central Academy of Dance (Gozo). As a novelty this year, the event will also include flamenco dance by the Alegria dance school, for whom the Aurora Theatre serves as a Gozo-based educational centre. On similar lines, The Art Factory will also present a dance number adding a modernist touch to the kaleidoscope of genres that blossom and bloom in this production.

Surely, it is no small feat to get all these artistes together in what promises to be one big deal of a show. However, the Aurora has got the wit, the (man)power and the experience to make it. These next few days (and nights!) will transform the theatre, once more, into a hub of energy, creativity and activity – with that much-loved Christmas touch.

In the meantime, the public is encouraged to get the tickets for the event, either online via www.teatruaurora.com or through the box office, which sits next door to the theatre’s main entrance. Regular tickets are priced at €5.00, while children under 10 years of age enter for free (seating tickets still required). A free ticket is issued with every 4 paying tickets.


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