“Madeline’s Christmas” is appropriate for the seasons in more than one way.
The holiday musical presented by Little Lake Theater in Washington County starting on Friday has 12 girls living together at a boarding school in Paris, all apparently unable to get home in time for Christmas because they and their babysitter are got sick. The disruption Madeline and her friends face may well have an additional impact in 2021 as families cruise through the holidays with COVID-19 looming in the background.
“But what’s really beautiful is that they can all come home to their families,” said Jena Oberg, artistic director of Little Lake.
“Madeline’s Christmas” was on the theater company’s 2020 vacation schedule, but it was canceled due to the pandemic. They were in the “Madeline’s Christmas” casting recall phase last year, and when they decided to move forward this year, the actors who were recalled in 2020 were invited for a new recall. , and cast from there.
“A lot of these kids have waited a year and a half to perform this play,” Oberg said. “It’s nice to see these kids doing what they love. “
“Madeline’s Christmas” is based on the book of the same name by Ludwig Bemelmans and first appeared in McCall magazine in 1956. Bemelmans has written a whole series of books based on the character of Madeline Fogg, such as “Madeline in London ”,“ Madeline at the White House ”and“ Madeline and the Gypsies ”. The books have sold millions of copies since Madeline’s first story was published in the 1930s, and they have spawned a feature film, TV series, audiobooks and more. The musical “Madeline’s Christmas” has a book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, a native of State College who now lives in Southern California.
The musical is one of two holiday-themed productions that Little Lake is offering this season, with the comedy “Christmas Belles” premiering on Thursday, December 9. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. on December 2 and 3; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 4; and 2 p.m. on December 5. For information or tickets, go online at littlelaketheatre.org or call 724-745-6300.