Hopkins patrons are invited to celebrate Christmas in Paris when twelve little girls in two straight lines when Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans comes to life this holiday season at Stages Theatre Company (STC). Madeline's Christmas opens November 16 and ends December 27.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.stagestheatre.org for performance dates and times, or by calling the Box Office at (952) 979-1111, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for children (ages 5 to 17) and seniors (60+).
Audiences will witness a first for STC – the tallest set ever designed – with the Eiffel Tower taking center stage. Coming in at 24 feet high, the tower is a visual wonder that allowed Set Designer Brian Proball to think of creative possibilities. "The original tower is 81 stories high and is considered an architectural wonder of its time. It is a feat of engineering - even miniaturized for the stage. It was quite a challenge to get it both to fit in size and have the right look while still having enough structure to hold everything up. It's the type of set you can stand right up against the front of the stage and almost see the top if you squint your eyes."
The extravagant set adds to the timeless story about Madeline and her efforts to take care of the other girls and Miss Clavel when the flu hits the Old House. Sadness sinks in when the girls realize they may not be able to go home for Christmas, but an unexpected person arrives and that is where the adventure begins. Filled with magic carpet rides and miracles for Madeline and her friends, this beloved holiday favorite is suitable for audiences of all ages. Adapted by Jennifer Kirkeby with music by Shirley Mier, this musical holiday hit teaches a very important lesson – miracles really do exist.
Stages Theatre Company was founded in 1984 and since then has grown to become one of the largest professional theatres for young audiences in the country. We engage young artists with themes relevant to their lives and involve them in creating magical works featuring young people in meaningful roles. Through theatrical productions, workshops, conservatory classes and other outreach programs, Stages Theatre Company annually serves more than 130,000 young people and their families.