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Major players such as Odessa Young (far left) and Colin Firth (far right) are cast in Mothering Sunday, Reel Monday's next selection screening Nov. 7 at the Arden Theatre. TIFF/ACCUSOFT INC.

Reel Mondays 

In the third movie of Reel Monday’s series, the Friends of St. Albert Public Library screens Mothering Sunday, a beautifully crafted cinema of Eva Husson’s steamy and feminist epic drama about post-First World War British society.

Elegantly filmed, it is narrated by Jane (Odessa Young), a wealthy family’s maid whose life evolves along three main points in her life. They are the day she was born, the day her wealthy employer (Colin Firth) gave her a typewriter, and a day she refuses to reveal. 

It is May 1924 and, on her days off, Jane has enjoyed a years-long affair with Paul Sherrington (Josh O’Connor), the last surviving male heir of an aristocratic family. The affair is punctuated by class differences and Paul is destined to marry a more suitable spouse. Everyone’s plans are derailed when Paul dies in a car crash. 

Jumping time back and forth, Mothering Sunday is a story about an unceasing love that defines a woman throughout her entire life and chronicles her literary awakening. 

Mothering Sunday contains full frontal nudity. It runs Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Arden Theatre. Tickets are $15 and are available through the Arden box office at 780-459-1542 or online at tickets.stalbert.ca. 

Citadel Theatre  

It’s getting cold out there and it’s time to make some hot soup, share it with friends and rekindle kindness. At least that’s what Canadian singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman championed in his Christmas album, Almost a Full Moon

Commissioned by Citadel Theatre, playwright Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman's musical of Almost a Full Moon receives its world premiere from Nov. 5 to 27. Directed by Citadel’s artistic director Daryl Cloran, the production weaves three story lines about different ages of Christmas, love and family. 

St. Albert Children’s Theatre alumnus Luc Tellier returns to the Citadel stage as Sébastien. Joining him are Alicia Barb, Felix de Sousa, Chariz Faulmino, Peter Fernandes, Kaden Forsberg, Kendrick Mitchell, Amanda Mella Rodriguez, Lyne Tremblay and Patricia Zentilli. 

Almost a Full Moon takes place in the Shoctor Theatre. Age recommendation is 10 plus. Price ranges from $33.15 to $126.15. Call the Citadel box office at 780-425-1820 or online at citadeltheatre.com. 

Plain Jane Theatre 

Johnny Depp and Helena Boham Carter sent sweaty chills down people’s backs with their performances in the 2007 film, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Plain Jane Theatre resurrects this delightful, ghoulish tale of an English barber and serial killer who murders his customers with a straight razor. Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim’s music underscores 80 per cent of this hair-raising tale of love, obsession and murder. 

This sophisticated plot reveals Todd was a victim of a ruthless judge who exiled him and raped his wife driving her mad. When Todd returns, he vows revenge. On his road to vengeance, he meets Mrs. Lovett, the owner of an unsuccessful pie shop. They collaborate and hatch a plan that takes them into a zone of sweet carnage. 

St. Albert Children’s Theatre (SACT) alumna Kate Ryan directs the musical that stars powerhouse actors Sheldon Elter (Sweeney) and Kristi Hansen (Mrs. Lovett). Other actor-singers include Vance Avery, Josh Travnik, Erin Selin, Aran Wilson-McAnally, Jacqueline Hernandez and SACT alumnus Mark Sinongco. 

Sweeney Todd runs Nov. 11 to 20 at 7:30 p.m. at CO*LAB, 9641 – 102 A Avenue. Tickets are $30 regular and $25 students and seniors. Visit www.tickettailor.com/events/colab/783333. Some tickets will be available at the door.      


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