Children’s Theatre Presents World Premiere Musical “The Christmas Doll  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is proud to celebrate this year’s holiday season with the world premiere musical “The Christmas Doll” (Nov. 30-Dec. 16), by acclaimed playwright Joan Cushing. Set in Victorian London with rich storytelling and the period detail of a Charles Dickens novel, this heart-warming story of hope is destined to become a holiday classic.  

Orphaned sisters Lucy and Glory flee the bleak public workhouse and try to survive on the bitter winter streets of Victorian London. Knowing her sister will die if they cannot find food and shelter, Lucy, the older and stronger of the two, kindles Glory’s hope and imagination with stories from their happy early childhood. Inspired by these stories, Glory clings to a dream about a beautiful doll that will change their lives. When Lucy finds holiday work at a doll shop, it looks like their dreams may come true, and an act of selfless generosity leads to an unexpected homecoming.  

The musical is adapted from the book “The Christmas Doll”, written by Elvira Woodruff. “It is a beautiful story, with rich characters, a great plot and plenty of humor mixed in with the pain and poverty of the lower classes in Victorian London,” commented Joan Cushing. “’The Christmas Doll’ shows how if one concentrates on others and thinks about giving, one actually ends up getting more.”  

According to TYA Today, Joan Cushing is “the most produced playwright in children’s theatre.” Her past work includes the successful musical adaptations of “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” and “Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business”. Joan Cushing and author Elvira Woodruff will participate in an audience talkback after the opening night performance of “The Christmas Doll.”  

The production features a strong lineup of professional actors, including Caroline Bower, Ben Mackel, Amy Van Looy, Chaz Pofahl, Mark Sutton , Nicia Carla, Gina Stewart and Barbi Van Schaick. They are joined by a cast of 15 student actors. The production is directed by Artistic Director Alan Poindexter .  

Performance times and dates are:  

Friday, Nov. 30                               7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 1                            1:00 pm

Saturday, Dec. 1                            4:00 pm

Sunday, Dec. 2                              2:00 pm

Friday, Dec. 7                                7:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, Dec. 8                            4:00 pm

Sunday, Dec. 9                              2:00 pm

Friday, Dec. 14                              7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 15                          7:30 pm

Sunday, Dec. 16                            2:00 pm  

Performances will be held in the McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn, 300 East 7th Street .  Front Orchestra tickets are $21.00; General Admission tickets are $16.00. For tickets to the productions, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website:  Recommended for ages 6 and up.  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is supported by the Annual Fund Drive of the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc., ArtsTeach, and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The media sponsor for the 2007-08 season is WCNC-TV.

US Airways: the 2007-08 Official Airline of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

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