Heritage Square Children’s Theatre continues its great tradition of delighting children of all ages with its annual Christmas play.
Heritage Square Children’s Theatre continues its great tradition of delighting children of all ages with its annual Christmas play. This year, the cast put on a great improvisational performance of “Santa’s Nutcracker,” written, as all other Heritage Square plays, exclusively for the theatre.
The writer and director, who also played Nutcracker and Ernst Drosselmeier, Rory Pierce, said that this was based off of the original Nutcracker. This version was not, however, composed by Tchaikovsky, although the music was similar. The main difference was character names and roles.
One of the theatre’s original cast members, Mr. Pierce helped to found and create the Children’s Theatre over 20 years ago. He said his favorite part is making kids laugh, an occasion that all cast members rise to splendidly.
The audience participation makes each show a unique experience, allowing children to have fun participating in fun games, activities, and even, occasionally, helping to thwart the villain. Rory Pierce says he never gets tired of performing the same show several times for this reason. “Every single show is a new adventure.”
When he suggested a Children’s Theatre to the owners, Rory was confident it would be as successful as it is today. He said that he loves kids and knows that they like to be entertained. Therefore, there was almost no way that it could fail.
This great Christmas tradition is something I haven’t missed for six years now. I share the director’s feelings in saying that it never gets old. Great for all ages, every show is a unique experience that is an enjoyable treat for anyone and everyone.
Not only does this tradition make you smile, laugh, and allow you to have affordable fun while viewing and participating in the show, but it also gets you in the Christmas spirit and creates wonderful memories to cherish forever.
Although the performance of Santa’s Nutcracker is sold out for the season, “Alice in Wonderland” will be performed from February 4 to the 18th. This will surely be just as enjoyable as the Christmas play.