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Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60613
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5 reviews
8 stars
Its Chicago neighborhood theatre. Don't be timid. Enjoy your drive knowing there is always street parking. We parked a half block away from the theater and it was free
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"The Christmas Schooner"
195 ratings
4.7 average rating
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18 events
9 reviews
12 stars
attended Dec 07 2011

Lively production. Honest sentiment. Great performances by actors, singers and orchestra. Highly recommended for all ages.

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4 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 09 2011

The Christmas Schooner was a beautiful surprise. My mom and sister came in for an early Christmas. Tickets through Goldstar were very reasonable and I figured the play would be average but decent for a holiday play. Wow. Were we blown away. Every...continued

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5 reviews
4 stars
attended Dec 15 2011

This musical could become a new family tradition. This bittersweet true story was truly a delight to watch. It made the audience laugh and cry at the same time. The lead male and female roles were done beautifully. Our favorite role -...

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Quotes & Highlights

  • “A sacred part of a Chicago Christmas!” —Chicago Tribune
  • “This year’s voyage is overflowing with sincerity and love, and audiences will indeed ‘Take it, and pass it on.’” —Colin Douglas, Chicago Theater Review
  • “A full, uproarious cast finds harmony in the telling of a now classic Chicago holiday show.” —Kaitlyn Kearn, Chicago Stage Standard
  • “It is the story itself and the ensemble of actors … that tell this story and make this more than a play, but rather an experience and even better a memory.” —Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago


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.