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Happy Ha Ha Holidaze announces special guests

GLACE BAY — The Happy Ha Ha Holidaze cast members are busy preparing their unique brand of Christmas craziness, music and comedy.

Last year, audiences were treated to a parade of surprise special guests, including MP Rodger Cuzner, radio host Dave Wilson and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who appeared as one of the video characters on the big screen. Show producer Stephen Muise says people were in shock when the Prime Minister appeared on screen and addressed the audience.

“We actually had to slightly edit the video for the second show, because as soon as the PM said, ‘Hello Glace Bay, Justin Trudeau here!’ the whole place erupted,” Muise said in a news release. “Regardless of your politics, you have to think that’s pretty cool, especially since he was such a good sport about it. He agreed to stick to our script without edits and so he was actually poking fun at Ottawa and at himself, all in a very light-hearted way.”

For the past three Christmas seasons, the Holidaze crew has played to sold-out crowds at the Savoy Theatre. Cast member and co-writer Jenn Sheppard credits the infusion of feel-good moments in the script.

“We always strive to weave a loose storyline throughout the entire show, and that allows us to explore all the emotions,” she said. “People tell us they laugh and cry at our shows cause we give them ‘the feels.’ I’m fairly certain they mean that as a compliment.”

Terrance Murphy, a staple Holidaze cast member, adds that the group enjoys including people who wouldn’t normally be involved in the entertainment scene. “We always have our musical special guests, who are fantastic and are always fun to work with … but our surprise guests tend to be those people who you might know, but not because they’re entertainers. We’ve been really lucky too. Every guest we’ve had have been great sports; they trust us. We can’t understand why.”

There are details still under wraps, but the Holidaze crew is announcing its musical special guests. The Men of the Deeps chorus will return to the stage once again, as they continue celebrations of their 50th year together. Heather Rankin has also agreed to come on board. Rankin recently released her solo album, “A Fine Line.”

Tickets are on sale now at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay. Performances will be Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The box office can be reached by phone at 902-842-1577 or online