Director’s Notes: Notes From Imperial

Director's Notes: Notes From ImperialI love Saint John for so many reasons: the river, the great old buildings uptown, the market, the people. But I think what I love most are the old-school traditions that Saint Johners hold dear that just do not necessarily happen in other places. Things like all traffic stopping for funeral processions (so lovely), the fierce pride in our city and the tendency to give directions based on the landmarks that no longer exist (“turn right after the old Aquarius Tavern” or “it’s right next to where Leisure Time used to be”). Just so we’re clear, this is not something that you hear in other places and I LOVE IT.
 Somewhat new to me after being out of the city for 15+ years is the general rule that you do not directly promote anything Christmas-like until after Remembrance Day. I know that it is an unspoken rule in most places in Canada but here in Saint John it is a serious, hard and fast rule. It would be disrespectful and is just not done. I really like this rule. It displays a deep respect for the past, our country and those that have fought for us. These days where else do you sing God Save the Queen while standing next to a typically reticent pal who tears up with pride and nostalgia? In my experience, only here at home.
 Once November 11 is respectfully honoured we can then, and only then,  let loose our holiday excitement. And at Imperial we can begin to promote our holiday season line-up. Y’all love your holiday shows and we cannot wait to celebrate with you.
 We have a wonderful line-up on our stage. Shows that are presented by us at Imperial Theatre, the Saint John Theatre Company, Symphony NB and Gala Ballet.  There is everything you would want to make your season bright. So take a look at the shows on our website ( under Events or Buy Tickets and make some choices for yourself. And also stop by a grab a Gift Certificate for that hard to buy for relative or friend.
 So sorry! I cannot stop myself from trying to sell tickets. But, we don’t think of them as just tickets that we’re offering. We’re offering experiences. Experiences with your parents, your grand-kids, kids, or best pals. Experiences that you make an annual tradition. Experiences that you use to connect, learn new things or just have some good fun. Experiences that enrich your own holiday plans and those around you.
 Whatever you choose to do this holiday season our sincerest hope is that you enjoy it with those that you love and cherish and take the time out to truly enjoy one another.
All of our very best to you and your from all of here at Imperial Theatre!