Looking for a bit of Christmas spirit (not THAT kind of spirit)? My nephew Alex, Megan, and I found a smattering at the Huber tonight as the Village Players presented a duo of one act plays. Things got started with an adorable retelling of the immortal Nutcracker story. Most of the cast was made up of children with a few adults in the mix to keep things under control. There were whole families taking part in some of the roles! And what would the tale of little Clara and her Prince on a magical Christmas Eve be without the classic music of Tchaikovski’s ballet. There were also some of the dances thrown in: The Waltz of the (ADORABLE) Snowflakes, The Chinese (Tea) Dance, and of course The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. And the Snow Queen really sent shivers down my spine. BRRRRRRRRR! And WHO was behind the Owl Clock who kept popping up in rhyme?
After intermission, O. Henry’s classic tale of unselfish, sacrificial gifting was presented. What better way to remind us all what the Christmas season is all about than by seeing a young couple give what they “think” is their most valued possession in order to purchase a gift for their true love. Be it by reading the printed story, seeing it presented on stage, or watching the Mickey and Minnie version, The Gift of the Magi has always been a personal favorite of mine. And the narration wasn’t bad, either 😉
After the performance, my trio greeted the cast… most of whom I have either worked with previously, been directed by, or been reviewed by (“a raised eyebrow speaks volumes” still cracks me up!). Travis received his giant nutcracker director’s present… very appropriate. No present for Amber, yet. And of course, my young companion had to endear himself to everyone. Calling Miss Mare “a gift from God?!” Honestly…
I did forget how much I adored the two sets. The Nutcracker was full of fun colors, a giant tree, over-sized sweets, and the razzle-dazzle of the season. The polar opposite was true of the second show. The young couple’s (by the name of Young, coincidentally) abode was dark and dreary. Both sets captured each tale beautifully.
A really fun evening full of friends and Christmas magic.