The Christmas Schooner: An Annual Family Holiday Tradition
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A rotating cast of talented women celebrates their lack of domestic skills with So My Christmas Tree is Still Up, an entertaining evening combining comedy, storytelling, music and more. Laura Hugg and Leslie Lee, dubbed "The Queen Bee of Comedy," host this all-female revue, which also may include performances by Andrea Schwartz, Anne Purkey and Poppy Fields. Lee is known for her adults-only parodies of popular songs, while Hugg is a Chicago stand-up comic who's performed at Zanies and elsewhere. Learn More
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"We all have a story," With this rousing song, the musical based on a true story, begins. The words "heart-warming", and "poignant", come to mind when I think of this show. By portraying the story of a German immigrant community in 19th century Michigan, it says something about the strong family ties, the dreams and the optimism that sustain people in a new land. It also reflects a deep understanding of Christmas - the value of friends and family, the love that can envelop and transform both the giver and the receiver.
The music is wonderful; the actors are perfectly cast. All - including the children in the cast- have fine voices. I would recommend this for the entire family. I have seen it twice and intend to go back next year!
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“A sacred part of a Chicago Christmas!” —Chicago Tribune
The Christmas Schooner is based on a beloved Chicago story. The ‘Rouse Simmons’, a Great Lakes schooner was known as “The Christmas Tree Ship.” Its captain risked life and limb to transport fir trees from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Chicago’s German immigrants during the late 19th century. A timely and stirring tale of love and loss, The Christmas Schooner reminds us of tradition, and our responsibility to celebrate the living while honoring our heritage.
A holiday favorite musical tradition, this production is helmed by the award-winning team of L. Walter Stearns (director), Eugene Dizon (musical director) and Brenda Didier (choreographer).
The Christmas Schooner is an Actor’s Equity Association affiliated production.
Running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, including intermission.