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December 15 2014 @ 10:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: Plays  
I know a few of you have Christmas Programs you go to (or are super involved with) but what about local plays or Christmas plays?

Some of the best that play around here are The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and a local private school puts on a huge production every year.
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image not from our play
Every year the town above me puts on The Nutcracker so it has become a tradition around here for most of the family to trudge up the hill to go see the play. Typically, I don't want to sit through a play (some more than others) but there are some plays worth seeing.

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image not from our play
A town across the reservoir from us, usually puts on A Chistmas Carol. This to me is one of the few Christmas stories I love hearing every year though admittedly I rarely go see the play because it is further to drive which means you might have to contend with scheduling and weather. Still, when I can manage, I'm there.

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The local private school (my niece went there and my cousins children go) put on a Christmas play every year. It is a huge town production which is free to the public. Throughout the year they do walk-a-thons, sell candy and have bake sales to pay for this play and make it free for the public. And at the play every year people donate money for scholarships (they have some many as a goal) and for the play the following year. Every year they always manage to make the money and entertain the masses.

Sometimes this play can be overly long though last Thursday (when I went) it was cut in half because school attendence is down and they've decided they had the ability to cut it down, focus on academics at the same time, and still get the message they want across.

Any plays you go to see? Any local plays or festivals around you?

Days Until Christmas: 10
tracyj23: Holiday - gingerbread mentracyj23 on December 16th, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
We don't really have plays here - the Royal Winnipeg Ballet does the Nutcracker every year but the tickets are so expensive and I'm not really a huge ballet fan so I've never been to see it. 'Course I'm usually fried from doing all of the music for my kids' program so I'm happy to just veg and not go out for days afterwards. *lol*
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, I hear you there. I never go to the big productions. I would probably go to something like you are putting on. A lot of the local plays are simply that... just small productions that are put on and the tickets aren't outrageous. Those are the ones I go for.

You are brave. Good luck!
tracyj23: Holiday - green Christmas treetracyj23 on December 20th, 2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It went really well. They only problem with a show like ours is the parents. People stand up and walk to the front and then just stand there in front of everyone, taking pictures and filming their little angels, blocking the view of everyone behind. It's disgusting. There are people I talked to after, including my hubby, who said they didn't see any of the show because all there was were people walking up and down the centre aisle constantly to get to the front so they can take pictures. I don't think you'd like that part much. I know I find it horribly rude.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 22nd, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
That is horribly rude! For the local private school play they hired someone to record the show and then they sell the DVDs for fund raising for the next year. Maybe you all could get someone from the parents to video tape the whole thing and then you could send it to them or something so they have it digitally?
tracyj23: Holiday - snow heart in mittenstracyj23 on December 23rd, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea! I was wondering how to bring up the topic and what to suggest as an alternative - we used to have a way that parents could come up and take pictures but it still involved walking up and down the aisle blocking people's view, if only for a short while. Doing a video and letting parents buy it in lieu of actually coming up themselves is a much better idea. We could even suggest the money go to charity rather than the school if people prefer that idea, especially at Christmas time.

Thanks for that! ♥
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 24th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Well does the school raise money for something? A yearly thing for the students or even scholarships. That is always a great thing to raise money for and people who are paying for a private school appreciate it usually.

Also, you can tell the parents that flash photography and people coming up front interfere with the recording. This usually works at our local play.
tracyj23tracyj23 on December 26th, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
The school is always raising money for something. It's a small school and part of the Independent Schools Federation so it doesn't get the same funding as public schools do.

That's a good idea. I'm definitely going to put it forth and see what we can do with it. Thank you!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 2nd, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
You are welcome.
catceycatcey on December 16th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
San Diego always does How the Grinch Stole Christmas including local kids in the cast. We went a few years back, but haven't been again. It is quite well done and very funny, kind of a cross between the old cartoon and the newer movie with it's own added hilarity. I'd love to see it again.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
You totally should go.

It sounds adorable and well worth going and dragging people too. It is a fun memory.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 16th, 2014 09:01 am (UTC)
That is so awesome. I don't even know if there's anything like this around here.
I used to go to plays with my dad when I was younger, but it's a rare thing today.

I really like the idea of the school play! :)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
It is always fun to see if you can find local plays put on by schools in local settings or just a town putting something special on.

I love the idea of the school plays!
Phoenixburned_phoenix on January 5th, 2015 09:01 am (UTC)
I don't think we have too many that are open to the public, but I'll keep an eye out next year :) well, THIS year :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 7th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
All you can do... I keep calling it next year too!