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December 1, 2021


11/24/2021 11:31:00 AM
Lemon Bay Playhouse presents "A Child's Christmas in Wales"
Cast members (L-R) are: Ron Ritchell, Mackie Boblette, Polly Hogan, and Bill Olson.
Cast members (L-R) are: Ron Ritchell, Mackie Boblette, Polly Hogan, and Bill Olson.

Dylan Thomas’s beloved holiday story, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” comes to life at Lemon Bay Playhouse this season. This fully staged adaptation blends Thomas’s story with many other stories of his boyhood growing up in a small village in Wales in the early twentieth century. It brings vividly to life his eccentric aunts, curmudgeon uncles, and grandfather whose tall tales delight young and old alike. Add the beauty of Welsh carols and songs, and, of course, the magnificent language of the great Dylan Thomas, and the result is a theatrical event not to be missed. “I was delighted when Lemon Bay Playhouse decided to include “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” in this season,” said Polly Hogan, the adapter and director of the play. “Christmas is a special time. It was this special magic of Christmas that I intended to capture when I first set about transforming Thomas’s wonderful short story into a staged play. I found in all his writings that deal with his family, and especially his boyhood, a deep love and joyous humor. He did not picture his family as perfect, but rather loved them for their weaknesses. He enjoyed the quarreling of his uncles, the “tipsiness” of Auntie Hannah, mischievousness of the children, the mothers driven to distraction, and the poetically beautiful reminiscences of Grandpa.” Hogan, with her husband Ron Ritchell, co-founded The Lyric Stage Company – now in its 47th year in Boston where “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” was first performed. Now they have brought this full staged production to Englewood where it will have its Florida premier in December. The show runs from Wednesday, December 1 through Sunday, December 19. Performances are Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased online at www.lemonbayplayhouse.com or by calling the box office at 475•6756.






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