It’s official – holiday season is here! Friday night’s opening of Twas the Night Before Christmas at Dallas Children’s Theater seemed to confirm it. The classic Christmas poem, turned into a story about how the poem came to be, delighted the sold out house of young and old.
Written for President James Monroe to read to his family at the White House Christmas Day, very serious writer for the New York Evening Post Clement Moore has been tasked with the job of authoring a Christmas story. Not too happy about being given such a trivial task to be done over his holiday vacation, Clement asks for quiet from his household of five children anxious for the arrival of St. Nick. Working well into the wee hours of the night, Clement has a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairies. Theatre goers will delight in how the mischievous fairies inspire Clement, leading him from one idea to the next. The family is visited by carolers, the fairies and St. Nick himself, all giving a little to what will become a story told in the form of the poem that went down in history to be one of the most cherished Christmas traditions in many homes.
The show boasts talent including 2010 Miss Outstanding Teen, Meghan Miller, who shines as the Queen of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In Meghan’s premier season in Dallas theater, she was nominated for 3 Column Awards, which is like the Tony’s for the Dallas area. Her talent in the Miss Texas competition was ventriloquism, and her dad handmade her collection of dummies. Spotted as a young fairy was 6th grade McCulloch Intermediate School’s Sydney Favors, and one to watch third grade Bradford Elementary student Chloe Nugent, who plays the youngest caroler. She’s no stranger to the stage, having earned the part of Annie in last year’s Dallas Summer Musicals Academy production.
The show runs for a full month, and is definitely on my list of family-fun holiday events! Don’t miss it!
WHEN: November 22 – December 22
Dallas Children’s Theater
Rosewood Center for Family Arts
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, TX 75231
TICKETS: $13 – $40