Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas shows

We've decked the halls and hung the stockings at the opera house and we're just about ready for the opening weekend of our Christmas season.
We will perform "It Came to Pass (the Christmas Story)" at

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16
2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27

Adults as well as children particularly will enjoy this show, with its Christmas message, beautiful music, storybook scenery and all of the familiar characters: Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, wise men, as well as angels, the evil King Herod and his chief priest, and the animals in the stable.
Even if you have seen this show before -- we do it every other year -- you won't want to miss it. We can't avoid tinkering with it and this year is no exception. We have added shadow puppet sequences and a few other little details we think you will enjoy.
Chuck may disagree but this is absolutely my favorite of favorite shows and the one I dreamed of doing as a child. I remember seeing a televised production (in the 1950s) of a marionette nativity by Les and Mabel Beaton. Years later, when I became involved in puppetry, I found a wonderful how-to book "Marionette Magic," by Mabel Beaton. And a few years ago, at one of the national festivals we attended, several of the Beaton's nativity characters were on display and I got a chance to see them up close.  They were amazing.

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