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THE 24 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, A Staged Reading on Nov. 3

posted Oct 17, 2018, 7:11 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 3:58 PM ]
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Please check back here for details about more holiday fun at Scenes from the Nutcracker in December! 

We are excited to bring on the holidays with a staged reading of Madeleine L’Engle’s The 24 Days Before Christmas on Saturday, November 3rd at 5 p.m! The play was adapted for the stage by internationally produced playwright Jason Pizzarello and is directed by Carole Claps, director at Curtain Call. All are invited to arrive early for refreshments and to make a holiday craft, and to stay after the reading for a talkback with Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis.

In The 24 Days Before Christmas, the Austin family has a cherished tradition of doing something special every day counting down to Christmas - from baking cookies to decorating the tree. This year is a stressful one for Vicky Austin as she's cast as the youngest angel in the Christmas Pageant. Plus the family is preparing for the birth of a new brother or sister. Will the baby wait until January? Will Vicky mess up her big role? Will Christmas be ruined? The love between the members of the Austin family shines as bright as a Christmas star in the heart-warming tale for the holiday season. Filled with elves, carols, and laughter, this timeless adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's The 24 Days Before Christmas is sure to bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.

Included in the DAC cast are Adelaide Meny, Luke Ryan, Natalie Treacy, Phebe Childs, Alana Arco Peck, Elizabeth Gonnella, Sofia Condon, Nick Condon and Louis Lehman. Executive Director of Open Arts Alliance and DAC Theatre Instructor Rocco Natale and Middlesex Middle School and Darien High School Musical Director Tim Sorenson also take the stage in the production. 

4:30pm: Refreshments and Family-friendly Holiday Craft, ages 5 & up
5:00pm: Staged Reading of The 24 Days Before Christmas
6:15pm: Talkback with Charlotte Jones Voiklis

There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door for attending The 24 Days of Christmas, which takes place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. 

Seating is limited. For reservations, email DAC Theatre Director Maria Pizzarello at maria@darienarts.org, or call (203) 655-8683 for more information.