A Columbia tradition continues this week as the School of Creative and Performing Arts shares “A March Family Christmas” with local audiences.
For more than 20 years, Stephens College vocal arts and performing arts students and faculty have staged a Victorian holiday celebration set in the College’s Historic Senior Hall, which is recognized as a National Historic Property. The event includes traditional Victorian fare and music as well as the opportunity to interact with the cast in a historic setting.
For many years, the theme has been based around the works of Charles Dickens, but last year the College introduced a new story based on the characters in Louisa May Alcott’s classic American favorite, “Little Women.” The story follows Marmee, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they try to keep up their spirits during the holidays while their father is away at war.
“This production preserves all of the Victorian warmth and charm our audience expects while providing more opportunities for students to get involved,” said Assistant Professor Trent Rash, who serves as musical and artistic director for the program. “There are more roles for women and more opportunities behind the scenes. Heather Manning ’18 wrote the script last year, for example, and Winona Wiley ’19 is in her second year directing the production.”
As the directer, Wiley says she enjoys the interactivity of the production, which this year features a brand new cast as well as other exciting twists, including a redesigned floor plan.
“I’m having a blast directing this show again this year,” Wiley said. “I love to immerse audiences in the story, and that’s definitely what this show is about. A March Family Christmas is a Columbia holiday staple that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit, no matter your age.”
Other students involved behind the scenes include Maggie West ’20 as choreographer and Lauren Douglas ’19 as stage manager. Douglas also portrays the character Hannah. Recent alumna Brittany Stanfield ’18 designed the promotional poster and advertising.
Pictured above: The ensemble for “A March Family Christmas” on opening night. (Pictured L-to-R): Julia Vuolo ’21, Natalie Botkins ’19, Mackenna Morrow ’19, Fiona Bleu ’20, Calista Cherches ’20.
A March Family Christmas
If you go: Remaining performances are 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 4-5, in the Historic Senior Hall Parlors, 100 Waugh St.
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