by Angela Marroy Boerger
Education & Community Programs Coordinator
With Halloween and even our first snow storm of the season behind us already, the fall and winter holidays are just around the corner – as indeed we can hardly avoid noticing in the ever-present cacophony of holiday shopping jingles and advertisements! As we look ahead to shorter days and bleaker weather, it’s a great time to remember those heartwarming traditions and stories that make up our own practice of the season. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, it’s an opportunity for remembering family, counting your blessings, and for finding joy in simple things and unexpected gifts.
For us here at the Playhouse, having just lowered the curtain on our busy, vibrant and frenetic 2011 Season, the change to cooler temperatures means the start of our Winter at the Playhouse season. From November through March, we take a break from producing and offer Family Festivities presentations, Script in Hand play readings, and our popular Holiday Special Events. This year, we are excited to invite you to A Season of Miracles, a sparkling collection of holiday tales from different cultures, onstage Sunday, December 11 at 1pm and 4pm. Through stories based on The Gift of the Magi and The Nutcracker, The Kwanzaa Kite, and A Chanukah Miracle, A Season of Miracles reminds us that we can experience miracles ourselves through the gifts of love, kindness, giving and sharing.
Some of these stories are interpretations of tales that have been passed down from generation to generation, while others are based on stories that began as novels or short stories. In conjunction with the show, the Playhouse is hosting a Writing Challenge for area students, encouraging them to preserve their own family stories in the written word. For details, visit our website–and in the spirit of holiday giving, every entrant will receive a prize voucher for a complimentary frozen yogurt from Pinkberry in Fairfield. All tickets to A Season of Miracles are just $15.
As an extra special treat, holiday cookie decorating with Michelle Jaffee from Sweet & Simple will be a pre-show activity, beginning at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m on December 11. Participation is $5 per child, payable at the event. Reservations are necessary through the Playhouse box office. Please call 203-227-4177.
The holidays are always a great occasion for spending time with loved ones, and we hope you will think of your Playhouse family when making plans for holiday outings. Whether you join us for A Season of Miracles, the rock concert-musical Striking 12, a musical evening with The Broadway Boys, a reading of the play Holiday, or any of our other Holiday Special Events, we thank you for your participation in the life of the Playhouse. YOU are the gift that we are thankful for!