Christmastown ~ Capitol Theatre Port Hope

Christmastown ~ Capitol Theatre Port Hope
August 16 – September 1, 2024

By Briana Brown
Directed by Rob Kempson

A world premiere farce about making magic all year long. 

July 16, 2024: Port Hope, ON – The Capitol Theatre Port Hope today shared a casting update for the fourth and final mainstage show of their summer season, the world premiere of Christmastown by Briana Brown. Directed by Capitol Artistic Director Rob Kempson, Christmastown stars Christy Bruce, Alison Deon, Deborah Drakeford, Darrel Gamotin, Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski, and Mirabella Sundar Singh.

Kringle, Ontario is in a rut. When the well-meaning town reeve devises a tourism development plan to celebrate Christmas all year round, the town thinks it’s a great idea. But two weeks and a heat wave later, they’re having second thoughts. Nora, whose convenience store (and gas station) is the centre of cultural activity, is suddenly desperate for a much-needed vacation. Throw in an anxious restaurateur, a sassy teenager, and a wide-eyed new resident, and you’ve got a recipe for a veritable blizzard of hilarity!

This world premiere Canadian comedy by celebrated writer Briana Brown chronicles the holiday magic of small-town living—all while sweating in Santa suits in August.

“Christmastown is inspired by the small towns in Ontario I’ve lived in and near,” said playwright Briana Brown. “There’s a specific kind of community that exists in these places, and I loved exploring that dynamic between families, neighbours, and tourists. And what could be more fun than writing a holiday show set in the midst of a heat wave?”

“Port Hope loves everything about the holidays,” said Artistic Director Rob Kempson. “So it only makes sense that our first ever summer season world premiere should celebrate a town where they love Christmas just as much. Sharing Briana’s new play marks an important first for the Capitol Theatre and I’m thrilled to share this heartwarming and hilarious production with our audiences.”

During the run of Christmastown, the Capitol will also honour its annual holiday traditions and activities, including  a donation and food drive in support of Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank and a mini-Festival of Trees.

Christmastown features Sound Design by Jeff Newberry, Set and Costume Design by Anna Treusch, and Lighting Design by Jareth Li. The show’s Production Sponsor is Part Time CFO Services.

Christmastown runs from August 16 to September 1 at the Capitol Theatre Port Hope. Opening night is August  17 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for tickets and details.


August 27 at 7 p.m.
Meet the playwright of the Capitol’s  world premiere summer comedy!  In conversation with Artistic Director Rob Kempson, she’ll discuss the inspiration behind Christmastown, her own appreciation for small town living, and the process of going from page to stage as a playwright. Free for subscribers or $5 general admission.


Created and performed by Gabi Epstein

July 31 to August 11

A love letter from one artist to another.

Capitol Theatre favourite Gabi Epstein is one of Canada’s leading stage and cabaret performers, often referred to as “Canada’s Barbra Streisand.” She returns to the Capitol, accompanied by Mark Camilleri, to share her own artistic journey, told through Streisand’s iconic music in original arrangements.

SONG Youth Coffee House

July 12, 7 p.m.

 Performance slots will be given in the order that registrations are received. Parents, guardians, friends, and family are welcome to attend! Pay what you can pricing.

Camp Capitol – July Program 2024

Week 1: July 15 – 19; Week 2: August 19 – 24

This summer, there are  two exciting weeks of Camp Capitol available for aspiring stars ages 9-15. Each fun-filled week includes five exciting days exploring Singing, Dancing, Acting, and Art! Join us to learn about creating theatre, make new friends, and have a great time all while improving your “triple threat” skills. Register early at

MAINSTAGE TICKETS range from $40 – $48 including taxes and fees. Pay-What-You-Can Previews are offered on all Summer Stage performances with tickets offered as low as $5. Concert tickets range from $5 – $50.  The Capitol’s new Shop, Dine, & Show package offers savings of 25% and includes a show ticket, a shopping voucher, and a local restaurant voucher visit to learn more.


Stick around after mainstage shows for Talkback Thursdays for a Q&A with the artists in the show and to find out more about the process of making live theatre. Talkbacks are scheduled after all Thursday, 7:30 p.m. performances.

Twitter: @capitolporthope | Instagram: @capitoltheatreporthope | Facebook: Capitol Theatre Port Hope Season Brochure #Capitol2024

Visit the Capitol: 20 Queen Street, Port Hope, ON Canada L1A 2Y7.

Contact the Box Office: 1-905-885-1071;

The Capitol Theatre gratefully acknowledges regional support from  the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the municipality of Port Hope, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. A special thanks to our 2024 Season Sponsors and Supporters: Allan & Robin Dines of Ganaraska Brewing Company, Atelier on john, Elexicon Energy, The Beamish House, Part Time CFO Services, Schmidt Law Legal Services, Stacy Vermeire Team RE/MAX, and our 2024 Program Sponsors Bosley Real Estate and Furby House Books. The Capitol Theatre is dedicated to producing and presenting a balanced schedule of high-quality professional theatre, live music, film, and other special events in historic Port Hope, while also providing a home for the local arts community. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive future, where all individuals, groups, and organizations are welcome to create, collaborate, and connect. We strive to provide memorable experiences for our guests through artistic excellence, a wide variety of programming, and the historic venue itself. For more information, visit

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Location::20 Queen Street
Port Hope, Ontario

Recurring Event: Yes

Start: 08/16/2024 / End: 09/01/2024
Website: Christmastown ~ Capitol Theatre Port Hope


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