Holiday musical live on stage at the Orpheum
Stop down to the Orpheum Theater this December and you’ll experience an evening where story and song blend together for a celebration of love and giving that continues to define the true meaning of Christmas. From the frolic in the opening scene, to the last uplifting moment, The Gift of The Magi is a magical theatrical experience for all families to share.
The Orpheum Performance Series brings you another production from the same team that gave you The Music Man and Foxfire. The Gift of the Magi is based on O. Henry's classic story about gift-giving and it comes to life on stage for heartwarming family entertainment during the holiday season. The talents of O. Henry, the ‘master of surprise endings’, combined with the gifts of a contemporary composer make this production a spirited musical filled with laughter, wonder, and love. With the turn-of-the century setting and the intimacy of full arena seating, the stage is set for a Christmas production that strikes a chord in the hearts of young and old alike.
O. Henry gives us Jim and Della Young, newlyweds approaching their first Christmas together in 1905. Although struggling to meet the rent, they could not be happier or more in love. Each wants to give the other a special Christmas gift as a symbol of their love, so they both sacrifice their most prized possessions. Jim sells his gold watch to buy combs for his wife’s beautiful long hair. Della cuts off her hair for a wig-maker to purchase a chain for the heirloom her husband no longer owns. Shock and disappointment quickly give way to joyful understanding: they have already presented each other with life's most cherished gifts.
Peter Ekstrom gives us a lively script and enchanting music to match the spirit of the O. Henry story. The action between the infatuated newlyweds is playful and fun. The lyrics, always intelligent and often humorous, emphasize the comedy and drama experienced in everyday life. Capturing the full range of emotions shared by the couple, Ekstrom's adaptation for the stage artfully sends out the message intended by O. Henry. Audience members will leave the theater smiling, laughing and singing the catchy tune, "Tomorrow is Christmas."
The production is designed and directed by Pip Gordon, starring virtuoso tenor, Michael Oxley of Grinnell and Marshalltown’s very own Eliza Smith. The holiday musical will be running from Dec.11-22 in the Orpheum Black Box Theatre, 220 E. Main St., Marshalltown. Performance dates are Dec.11 at 2 pm, Dec. 12 thru 17 at 7:30 pm, Dec. 18 at 2 pm, and Dec. 20 thru 22 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, Dec. 1 at 9 am. Premier Orpheum Members may begin purchasing their tickets now. To learn all the benefits of having a Premier Orpheum Membership (POM) go to www.iavalley.edu/orpheum/index.html and click on POM Application and Details. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $12 for children and students. Special group rates are available for your office party or church group. Call 641-844-5919 for all your ticket needs or stop by the Orpheum Theater Center office.
The Orpheum Performance Series is made possible in part by a generous grant from The Martha Ellen Tye Foundation. The Orpheum Theater Center is owned and operated by the Iowa Valley Community College District.