The Christmas Schooner: An Annual Family Holiday Tradition
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The last date listed for The Christmas Schooner was Saturday December 28, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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Broadway's Into the Woods combines a Tony-winning score by Stephen Sondheim with the iconic stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack (the giant killer) -- cleverly turning the fairy tale world on its head to deliver a deeper message about the nature of greed and whether "happily ever after" is even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant their wish, sending them on an eventful journey, where they encounter several familiar characters. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards, including a trio of Tonys. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy, and a movie is now in production for a Christmas 2014 release with an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and more. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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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!
Quotes & Highlights
- "A sacred part of a Chicago Christmas!" —<em>Chicago Tribune</em>
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.