The Three Musketeers
Ottawa Little Theatre is presenting The Three Musketeers. The show runs from November 30 to December 17, with performances Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees December 4 and 11. Based on the swashbuckler by Alexandre Dumas, this adaptation is a tale of heroism, treachery and honour. The story is set in 1625 and it starts with d’Artagnan setting off for Paris in search of adventure. His sister Sabine poses as d’Artagnan’s young male servant in order to accompany him. Reaching Paris, d’Artagnan encounters the heroes of the day, musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis, and joins forces with them to defend the honour of the Queen of France. As a result, he finds himself in hot water with the most dangerous man in Europe, Cardinal Richelieu. Even more threatening is the notorious Countess de Winter, who will stop at nothing to get revenge on d’Artagnan and Sabine. For tickets and details, see www.ottawalittletheatre.com/the-three-musketeers.
Happy Holidays with Heppner
The Ottawa Chamber Music Society presents tenor and CBC Radio broadcaster Ben Heppner as host of two evenings of favourite carols and stories in December. These festive celebrations are slated for December 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street, and they are presented in partnership with the Ottawa Choral Society. Featuring conductor Jean Sébastien Vallée in his debut with the Ottawa Choral Society, these concerts star soprano Mireille Asselin, and an ensemble of Ottawa’s brass and percussion players. See www.chamberfest.com and www.ottawachoralsociety.com for details and tickets.
Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia
Travel back to 1858 at the Canadian Museum of History and meet some of the thousands of gold diggers – fortune-seeking prospectors – who dreamed of striking it rich by finding gold in Canada. Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia showcases 280 artifacts, including the spectacular, 1,642 gram Turnagain Nugget, the largest existing gold nugget from British Columbia. A gold box by Haida artist Bill Reid demonstrates the influence of gold on culture through the ages. A real stagecoach restored by the Historic O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, BC evokes an era of adventure and exploration. Authentic miners’ tools and personal belongings from the gold rush, modern objects such as a $1 million gold maple leaf coin from the Royal Canadian Mint and a set of Olympic and Paralympic medals from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games illustrate the allure of the glittering metal.
This exhibition is organized by the Royal BC Museum, in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of History, and it runs until January 15. See www.historymuseum.ca for details. Note: There’s still time to see the Napoleon and Paris exhibit at the museum. It’s on until January 8.