Prepare to have fun

A doctor, a dietitian and a nurse walk onto a stage …

If you’re waiting for the punch line, you’ll have to wait at least one day more. From Dec. 7 to 10, close to 30 Nova Scotia Health Authority staff and physicians from the Halifax area will showcase their theatrical and musical talents in It’s a Central Small Town Christmas, playing at Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth.

Each year, NSHA’s workplace community theatre troupe, founded in 2008, welcomes veteran performers and those new to the stage. More than a dozen others support the show behind the scenes each year.

Patrick Daigle, clinical therapist and team lead, Mental Health and Addictions, is in his seventh year with the Players.

“I keep coming back as it provides a great way to promote balance between my personal and work life in a safe, supportive environment,” he said.    

This year’s show, written and directed by Dan Steeves, health promotion team leader, brings three families with competing Christmas tree lots together in one common space. While their differences quickly become apparent, they compete, dance and sing their way to common ground.

“I always tell the cast, ‘If we have fun, the audience will have fun,’ ” Steeves said.
Prepare to have fun.

Thursday and Friday performances are already sold out. Tickets still remain for opening night, Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 10 – matinee and evening. For more information, visit