MCC Theatre announces performance dates for A Welsh Christmas Remembered, a devised production based on Dylan Thomas’ beloved classic, A Child’s Christmas in Wales to be presented in the Weeth Theatre in Tipton Hall on the campus of McCook Community College. The production will run Dec. 6 & 7 at :007 pm and 8 at 2:00 pm.
This holiday reflection is best enjoyed by audience members age 13 and up. A mix of movement, music, poetry and improvisation, it all blends together into a dreamlike reflection of Christmas in a small sea-town in Wales. The performance runs about 90 minutes and is presented without intermission. “We didn’t want to break the whimsical spell that enthralls the audience,” says Mark Hardiman, director. The ensemble developed the piece building off of Dylan Thomas’s much-loved short story, A Child’s Christmas in Wales. “Using improvisation and original music combined with beloved carols the show is woven into an intricate, loving tail that blends flash-back and present day in a richly satisfying performance.”
The cast includes: Galayna Erickson of Culbertson, Beth Hoyt, Rachel Gordine of McCook and JeriLynn Karr, who composed and plays the musical underscore for the show is also from McCook. “The cast is extraordinary,” says August Roy, owner of Roy Sound Action the linguist who was brought in to coach the cast in the complex and beautiful Welsh dialect. “They have captured the sound of both Thomas’ poetry and the romanticized sea-town in which he spent his childhood.”
“The show is magical in the way it effortlessly flows from past to present while illuminating the characters’ memories. Just three actors populate a whole sea-town in a swirling wintry dream,”
says MCC Alum Allison Priddy joins the directorial team having completed her degree at Doane. Director Mark Hardiman, says “Devising theatre brings extraordinary tools to theatre artists that help them create their own work, The actors bring their own experiences to the performance making it moving, touching and funny.” As the new theatre faculty at MCC. Hardiman has been teaching theatre for two decades and brings the experience of running a professional theatre in Chicagoland for 15 years to MCC.
Tickets go on sale December 1 and can only be purchased in advance online through this website.