Solstice: Stories & Songs for the Holidays

Approximate running time: 120 minutes

 

Curated by Michael Federico
Directed by Jeffrey Schmidt
Musical Direction by Cherish Robinson

 

 

 

 

A Whimsical, Fantastical & Lyrical New Holiday Tradition for Dallas Families! Welcome to a winter wonderland with SOLSTICE featuring an all-star cast - Denise Lee, Paul Taylor, Marti Etheridge, Ian Mead Moore, and Sara Prejean.

 

Aunt Brighid (Denise Lee) helps to keep her niece (Sara Prejean) calm through the winter solstice—the longest night of the year—by eliciting the help of magical creatures and other beings to tell stories and sing songs related to the holiday season. Pieces performed and interpreted throughout the evening include a Santa Claus origin story by Frank L. Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz), a story about an Italian witch from Philadelphia who encounters the Three Wise Men, poems from Longfellow, Frost and contemporary poet Susan Cooper, as well as short plays and new music created by local Dallas storytellers and musicians.

 

“It's new and different while still feeling traditional,” says director Jeffrey Schmidt, who collaborated on Federico’s last project at Theatre Three, the critically acclaimed New York-bound musical On the Eve. “One moment the show is magical, then turns funny and just a little bit irreverent.”

 

Audiences can also get into the giving spirit by participating in Theatre Three’s Solstice Book Drive, benefiting local non-profit Readers 2 Leaders. The organization is a Dallas-based literacy program helping underserved children ages 3-12 so that they succeed in school and graduate prepared to live productive lives. Theatre Three will be collecting gently used children’s and early reader books in the lobby, and all materials will be donated to Readers 2 Leaders’ Lending Library. For a list of specific books the organization is seeking, please visit their Amazon Wish List.

 

Run Dates: November 24 - December 17, 2017

 

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

 

Opening Night - Monday, November 27th at 7:30 p.m. with reception to follow
Interpreted Performance - Thursday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m.
Hooky Matinee - Wednesday, December 6th at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday Matinee – December 16th at 2:30
*only one Saturday matinee per show

Sara Prejean as Girl

 

Denise Lee as Aunt Brighid

 

Paul Taylor as Wood Spirit 1

 

Marti Etheridge as Wood Spirit 2

 

Cherish Robinson as Paulette

 

Ian Mead Moore as Young Flanders, Greg

 

Michael Boss as Band

 

 

 

 

 

Promo Photo 01/Credit: Jeffrey Schmidt
Featured in Photo: Sara Prejean as Girl, Denise Lee as Aunt Brighid.

 

Promo Photo 02/Credit: Jeffrey Schmidt
Featured in Photo: Paul Taylor and Marti Etheridge as Wood Spirits.

 

Promo Photo 03/Credit: Jeffrey Schmidt
Featured in Photo: Top: Paul Taylor and Marti Etheridge as Wood Spirits. Bottom: Denise Lee as Aunt Brighid, Sara Prejean as Girl.

 

Promo Photo 04/Credit: Jeffrey Schmidt
Featured in Photo: Top: Paul Taylor and Marti Etheridge as Wood Spirits. Bottom: Denise Lee as Aunt Brighid, Sara Prejean as Girl.