Where has the time gone?
The other day I was working on the program for "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)" and went to update the "About CP" page in the program. You know that third page in the program that not many people read which lists the Board of Directors, the Staff, grant credits, professional affiliations, etc. We also list which production this is, for example our next show "Annie Get Your Gun" will be our 138th regular season production. What I hadn't realized was that this is our ninth annual Holiday bonus production.
Holy eggnog Rudolph! Is it possible that we've been doing Christmas shows for nine years? It seems like only a few years ago that we did our first bonus Christmas show, "Nuncrackers" (the Christmas "Nunsense"). We did that show as a special fundraiser and felt that it would be nice to bring back some of the ladies who were in earlier "Nunsense" productions to reprise their characters.
After that first show we decided to try another Christmas show. Momentum was building so we did a third show the year after that. Doing something for three years in a row around here gets a project pretty much imbedded in our organizational programming, budgeting and planning processes. And now we don't even think twice about producing a Christmas show every December.
It really is amazing how things can become a tradition and before we know it we've been doing them for nearly a decade (by the way that makes me feel really old). Looking at traditions and poking fun at them is at the heart of "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)".
The show combines a sleigh-full of familiar holiday stories and creates two hours of fast-paced comedy that is a great distraction from the hustle and bustle of this time of year. This show has also reached into another holiday tradition - the company Christmas party. The show is proving a popular choice for Christmas parties with several groups/companies having already bought their tickets. So much so that Friday night's show is 2/3 full already!
Slow things down for a couple of hours and join CP for our holiday tradition. See you at the theatre.
CP Artistic Director