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GLACE BAY — Colin Appleton has a problem that most entertainers can only dream about.
All 25 shows of his latest dinner theatre project, Scrooged in Cape Breton, have sold out at the Savoy Theatre and there’s two-page waiting list of people who want to attend.
“I am so grateful for all the support I’ve received for these shows over the years,” Appleton said. “We’ve developed such a loyal fan base.”
Appleton would like to add more shows but with other pre-booked events at the historic theatre, it’s nearly impossible to find more dates when the theatre is available.
“The only problem is that there’s other shows going on — there’s just no dates available,” says Appleton.
The show is especially popular among local companies who buy tickets for their staff, instead of holding the usual office Christmas party. The reason for its popularity may be because it’s an affordable alternative, Appleton says.
“I talk to a lot of people and they say the value is there,” says Appleton. “For $55 you get a full meal and a show with comedy and music. It’s a full night out of everything.”
This year’s show follows Cape Breton’s version of Ebenezer Scrooge and what happens when he is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas, with one of them a ghost of a coal miner. Cast members include Appleton, who co-wrote the script with Mark Scott, also a cast member, and Matt Earhart, Angela Duhamel, Liz Kyte and Olivia Adlakha. The meal features a traditional turkey dinner with ginger cake for dessert.
It’s one of three dinner theatres that Appleton prepares annually and he plans on another three for 2019, including one in the late winter around Valentine’s Day, a summer one and another one for next Christmas.
“We’re grateful for the people who support it and who continue to come back,” said Appleton.