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Two Holiday One-Acts: A Shoemaker & His Elves, plus A Rented Christmas
DECEMBER 7, @ 7:30 PM
DECEMBER 8 @ 2:00 PM
(followed by brief “talkback” session with cast and crew)
DECEMBER 8 @ 7:30 PM
DECEMBER 9 @ 2:00 PM
Directed by Dianne Schaumberg
Performed by some of the brightest young talent in the Greater Rochester Area
The Elves & The Shoemaker by Karen Boettcher-Tate. Based on the story by The Brothers Grimm.
The shoemaker has a kind heart but little money. Moved by the plight of an old beggar woman, he gives her his last pair of shoes. With leather enough to make only one more pair of shoes, he sets it out to work on the next morning. Then, the fun begins! Out pop some weird, endearing little elves, who whip up the most fantastic and magical shoes the town has ever seen.
The Rented Christmas by Norman C. Ahern, Jr. and Yvonne Ahern
John Dale hasn’t enjoyed a “real Christmas” for years. So, on the spur of the moment, he decides to “rent” a Christmas from Anne Weston, who owns the local rent shop. Anne is at first flustered with the requirements: a tree with presents, Christmas carols and also a wife and five children. Based on the short story by J. Lillian Vandervere, the story of how John Dale’s rented Christmas turns into a new life for all concerned makes this a warm story for the holiday season.
Beneficiary is Reach Out and Read at RGH — audience members are encouraged to bring NEW books to donate which will be given to children age 6 months – 5 years at their well-child visits.
Reach Out and Read prepares Rochester’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to “prescribe” books and encourage families to read together. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential.
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