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(Updated 1:30 p.m., Nov. 24)
Theatre school's Christmas play the perfect start to to the holiday season

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Santa presents a sleigh belll to the main character in "The Christmas Story" which is the third act in the Ottawa School of Theatre Christmas play "The Mrs and the Elves". Fred Sherwin/Photo

Forget about your Walmart and Giant Tiger Christmas displays in October. The holiday season only truly begins with the Ottawa School of Theatre's annual Christmas play.

This year the Theatre School's artistic director chose to combine three Christmas stories into one play -- "The Mrs. and the Elves".

The production opens with Mrs. Claus agreeing to read the elves three different bedtime stories.

The first story is the Dylan Thomas work, "A Child's Christmas in Wales" about one man's nostalgic reminisence of Christmas when he was just a boy.

The story is narrated by Bruce Deachman and brought to life by members of cast with accompaniment provided by Mathieu Corrigan on the fiddle..

The second story is called "Christmas at Moley's" which is an adaptation of the short story "Dulce Domum" from the children's novel "The WInd in the Willows" about several animal characters including a Ratty and a Moley who meet and befriend each other.

In "Christmas at Moley's", the mole decides to return home with Ratty's help at Christmastime and finds his old abode in need of a good cleaning. The two friends are played by Randy Bellini an Ian Stauffer.

The third story is "The Christmas Train", which most people would recognize as an adaptation of the novel, "The Polar Express", by Chris Van Allsburg, which was turned into a popular animated movie of the same name..

In "The Christmas Train", a young boy wakes up in the middle of the night by the sound of a train which stops to pick him up. The train is filled with chidren heading to the North Pole to witness Santa's departure and the awarding of the first toy.

When Santa asks the boy what he would like for Christmas, the youngster asks for a sleigh bell which Santa takes from the harness of one of the reindeer. The bell is special in that only those people who believe in Santa and the spirit of Christmas can hear it ring.

When the young man returns home and shows the bell to his parents they assume it's broken because it won't make any noise -- except for our hero and his sister.

"The Mrs. and the Elves" is family entertainment at its very best. The kids will love it because of the stories and the characters, and their parents will like it because the stories offer them a reminder of their own youth.

The play will be held on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Two matinee performances will also be staged at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, June 30.

"The Christmas Train" is the third of three bedtime stories Mrs. Claus reads to the elves in the Ottawa School of Theatre's Christmas production of "The Mrs and the Elves". Fred Sherwin/Photo

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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