Richard Stafford Directs It Happened One Christmas Eve.

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 12:00:00 pm

Richard Stafford is back to Direct this timeless piece after having directed it in 2014. 

It Happened One Christmas Eve
begins in 1919. It is Christmas Eve in a Brooklyn boarding house peopled by eccentric, loveable people--including an actress, a poet, a housekeeper and during the course of the first scene, 2 Hungarian toy makers. On that particular evening, a baby is left on the doorstep. The "family" takes in the baby while the parents are sought. 

The following scene takes place ten years later and the baby "Dolly" is now a healthy 10-year-old. Her parents were never found and she lives with her boarding house family." As the show continues, we progress through the decades and the rooming house survives through the Great Depression and the War. Lives are lived, loves are made and lost, a child is born. The roomers stick together through thick and thin but become, ultimately, distant as fortunes are made and time speeds by.

There are many kinds of families and sometimes we create our own based on trust, love, and hope. Our characters weren't extraordinary, weren't formally educated and didn't own a thing worth owning. But, they had faith and they trusted in each other. They believed in charity, not the showy kind, but the quite kind that brings comfort to the soul. Isn't that what the spirit of Christmas is all about?

The story is original and so relatable (particularly at Christmastime.) Each character is fully formed and their relationships are full and completely believable. Time passes by as it does in all of our lives. It will remind audiences of their own Christmas pasts and, hopefully, move them in their Christmas present and futures.
There are wonderful original songs as well as beloved Christmas songs and hymns such as "Silent Night", "Away in a Manger" and "O Holy Night" The show features a book by Bob Fitzsimmons, original music & lyrics by Steven Silverstein & Barbara Campbell, and musical arrangements by Steven Silverstein.

All ages will love this show. We have a 10-year-old "Dolly" in the show and kids will enjoy seeing the holiday through her eyes.

I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee where 2 things happened: First, at the age of 10, I saw Betty Grable in a touring production of Hello Dolly! from a balcony seat at the Tivoli theater and I wanted nothing more than to join her singing and dancing on that stage. Secondly, I started taking tap dancing lessons at the age of 11.
I haven't looked back.


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