Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Theater Fun at Arden!

The Gift of the Magi and A G&S Christmas Carol opened December 17 at Arden’s historic Gild Hall. A joint effort of the ArdenSingers and Thespis Etc., the performances showcase local talent. The productions, which premiered two weeks ago in Media, Pennsylvania, are sure to bring holiday cheer.

Jerry Goldberg and Seymour Reiter’s musical version of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi is a sweet Christmas tale of young newlyweds’ quest for the perfect gift. The show, which features some sweet melodies and touching scenes, takes us through the day before Christmas in the lives of Della and Jim.

Gayden Wren’s G&S Christmas Carol is a witty adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ chestnut, set to music from favorite Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Not only are tunes like “Three Little Ghosts for Scrooge” (“Three Little Maids from School” from The Mikado) lifted right from the beloved operettas, so are many of the references and lines. The show is very entertaining, even for those uninitiated in the world of Gilbert and Sullivan patter-song and ensembles. Shows are Friday, December 18 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm.

Jessica Graae

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