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With Bells On

Written and Directed by Darrin Hagen
Presented in association with Guys in Disguise

An elevator. An uptight, recently divorced accountant. A drag queen dressed as a Christmas tree on her way to compete for the coveted ‘Christmas Queen’ title. When the elevator gets stuck her dream is in danger and an unlikely friendship is forged. This hysterical and heart-warming show reminds us that the spirit of Christmas can arrive in unexpected packages.

Nominated for 2 Betty Mitchell Awards (Calgary) including best new play
Nominated for 3 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards (Edmonton) including best new play & best production by an independent.


Cast List

She - Paul Welch 
He - Stafford Perry

Production Team

Playwright / Director - Darrin Hagen
Sound Design  - Darrin Hagen
Lighting Design - Scott Peters
Set Design - Paul Bezaire
Make-up and Costume Design - Norman MacDonald
Stage Manager - Sarah Minor


Top 40 under 40 - Paul Welch in Avenue Magazine

Instilling Heart Warming Christmas Cheer Five Years Strong - Janine Eva Trotta, Gay Calgary Magazine

"With Bells On is the rare holiday show that manages to combine a true holiday spirit with storytelling that’s as funny and human as it gets."
- Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald   4 out of 5 stars    

With Bells On still a holiday gem the second time around
- Louis Hobson, Calgary Sun   4 out of 5 stars    

"If you haven’t caught With Bells On, give yourself a Christmas treat. If you have, give yourself a Christmas tradition."
- Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

 “ With Bells On is an hour of hold-onto-your stomach hilarity.…a mirthful and rollicking Christmas treat.”
- Colin MacLean,  Edmonton Sun



Earlier Event: October 27
Jake’s Gift