Friday, December 20 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
The Depot Performing Arts Center will celebrate its first Christmas program through the collaboration of Rogue Theater and Teatro Caravaggio, in the presentation of a Holiday Christmas Radio Double feature. The double bill will juxtapose two Christmas one acts – “Saint Nicholas and the Demon Tree” by local playwright Henry C. Timm. This charming one act was written under the influence of the Miracle Plays as performed by the Medieval Guilds, to present the stories of the Bible and the lives of the Saints to folks who could not read. “Saint Nicholas and the Demon Tree” was written for the Christmas Vespers in Fond du Lac and has been performed in churches and on stage in the Fox Valley, Door County and by invitation at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City.
Along with the Christmas Eve shenanigans of Saint Nicholas (not to be confused with Santa Claus) the performers will visit the idyllic fields of Kenneth Grahame’s English riverbank on Christmas Eve, as describe in Chapter Five of “Wind in the Willows”. In this beautiful story, Grahame describes Rat and Mole paying an unexpected visit to Mole’s abandoned home on Christmas Eve. The two adventurers have barely entered Mole’s cozy old home when a group of young animals comes a-caroling in celebration of the time of the year. But how will Mole entertain these precious youngsters once they have sung a seasonal carol for him? But Rat will not fail his dear friend, and the magic of the tale is exposed in the celebration that comes about as a result.
Both plays will feature performances by Marcel Bruyere, as The Demon and Rat, along with Skyler Champeau, as Saint Nicholas and Mole. Local children will play the intricate role as young animals and the lovely carolers. They will be directed by Henry C. Timm, Artistic Director of Teatro Caravaggio and produced in partnership with Rogue Theater stalwarts, Stuart Champeau and Lola DeVillers. The materials have been adapted for radio performance and audience members may expect an occasional moment of participation in the spirit of the season. This event is fully family friendly with a short break between plays. The performance should last about an hour and a quarter – just long enough to get the kids home by bedtime.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Children’s Book Drive. For each ticket sold, Rogue Theater will donate a book to the Children’s Book Drive. Audience members are encouraged to bring a new or gently used book to help double the donations. The Children's Book Drive is collecting new and gently used books for kids up to high school age. Books will be distributed through the local food pantries.
Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22
Friday and Saturday at 7:00 Sunday at 1:00
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
Tickets can be purchase by calling The Depot at 920-818-0816 or by visiting the Greco Gallery and Avenson Photography in downtown Sturgeon Bay.