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Christmas goes satire with Hotel Bethlehem

Richmond’s Alvin Sanders is one of the actors in ‘Hotel Bethlehem,’ a Ruby Slippers Theatre production on stage later this month in Vancouver.  -
Richmond’s Alvin Sanders is one of the actors in ‘Hotel Bethlehem,’ a Ruby Slippers Theatre production on stage later this month in Vancouver.
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Richmond’s Alvin Sanders has landed a new role on the stage, in a play arriving just in time for Christmas.

Sanders plays the blind census-taker Addius Miopicus in Hotel Bethlehem, a Ruby Slippers Theatre show on stage Dec. 18 to 23 at Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver.

The play, written by Drew McCreadie, takes a satirical look at the Biblical story of Christmas, examining why the inn was full and what cad turned away a very pregnant woman. Audiences will see shepherds contemplating sheep lotteries, Three Kings evading taxes, ridiculous Roman soldiers and Sanders’ blind census-taker character. And there’s Mary, the virgin about to give birth.

Sanders, a Steveston resident, has acting experience spanning theatre, TV, film, commercials and animation. He’s known to some locals for his work as a cast member in last year’s Salmon Row: The Britannia Project, in which he played a cannery owner.

In Hotel Bethlehem, Sanders will appear alongside accomplished Vancouver actor Scott Bellis, a Richmond native and Matthew McNair grad.

For tickets call 604-689-0926 or go to firehallartscentre.ca.

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