I had the chance to go see The Newtowne Players’ production of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” on their press/sponsors night at the Three Notch Theater in Lexington Park, MD.
Since it’s before Thanksgiving, I hadn’t even THOUGHT about Christmas yet. Call me a Scrooge all you want, but it takes me a while to get into the holiday spirit. But this show definitely helped me begin to celebrate!
As soon as the performance started, I was instantly taken back to my childhood and how excited I was waking up Christmas morning. The play stars Emily (played by Sophia Williams), a girl who goes on an adventure with her mouse best friend Amos (and his twin brother Amos from Kansas, both played by Andrew Roell) and “Elf-B-I” member Calliope (played by Meg Pugh) to the North Pole to save Christmas from the mean Sir Guy (played by Steve Pugh) and his comrade Mulch (played by Kenneth Faison). This play is full of comedic moments: It is most certainly a show that audience members of all ages will enjoy! Each actor shines in their roles. It was impressive that they were able to play multiple characters and put on different voices for each part. The show was excellently cast.
The show itself (including intermission) is only about 1.5 hours, so if you worry about your child not being able to sit through an entire play, this would be the best show to introduce them to the performing arts and help bring some holiday cheer. Director Timothy Joyce informed me that on various nights, there will be “opening acts,” such as choirs from local schools singing Christmas carols, etc. so be sure to get there early to not miss a single moment!
The cast itself only consists of a few members, but in talking to Timothy after the performance, I found out that extra cast members were put in as non-speaking members to add extra flair and comedic elements to the play (I will not spoil it for you readers, but pay careful attention for special moments throughout the performance). Cast members even were able to work with a professional choreographer to develop their sword-fighting skills!
Timothy and his assistant director Aubrey Joyce worked very well together to bring out the Christmas cheer in the kids and adults alike in their audience. This show was a family team effort- Timothy’s brother Christopher Joyce (the director for Three Notch’s next show “A Streetcar Named Desire” for the 18+ crowd) designed the poster for this production.
The rotating set was a great touch as well, thanks to the excellent backstage crew. Set designer Chris Maulden went above and beyond to get Santa’s workshop of toys all the way from the North Pole to Lexington Park, MD. he also designed this side of the rotating set: the living room decorated for Christmas (pictured below)
Long story: This is a must-see for kids and adults alike if you want some Christmas spirit this holiday season! Tell them Amanda LePore from “As The Amanda Turns” sent you!
Book your tickets now because they’re sure to sell out!
Shows run November 17, 2017- December 10, 2017
(No performances Thanksgiving weekend- keep that in mind when planning your trip!)
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 PM
Adult general admission $15.00
Seniors (65+) / Students / Military $12.00
Children (12 and under) $10.00
Be sure to leave a comment below: Do you want to go see this show? If you did see, what did you think of it?