Begins with Preview and Performances
Patchwork Dance Company will preview Michiana’s own holiday tradition, “Christopher’s Christmas” at their fund raising book fair at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Sunday, November 20th. Preview performances will be held at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Purchases made with a book fair coupon or by naming Patchwork’s book fair upon check out will provide a percentage of the sale to support Patchwork’s programs.
Public performances of “Christopher’s Christmas” will be presented on December 2nd and December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at 2:00 p.m. at O’Laughlin Auditorium at Saint Mary’s College. The production will also include community outreach through two days of special abridged daytime versions for area students.
A cast of more than 100 will bring the story to life as Christopher Mouse tried to rekindle the special feeling of Christmas in the heart of his cynical Great Uncle. Colorful sets and costumes, lively dancing and music all combine to make this a holiday favorite enjoyed for over thirty years.
“Christopher’s Christmas” has become a tradition that begins the holiday season for so many in the Michiana community that we feel that responsibility along with the excitement of presenting this production,” says artistic director, Debbie Werbrouck. The production process begins with auditions and casting and continues with costume fittings and rehearsals through fall. “We always have new cast members who are taken under the wings of those with experience. It’s not unusual to see performers who began at a very young age, continue to participate as adults. We have had second and even third generation participation.”
While many performers have enjoyed a range of roles in the show, only one person has portrayed one character, Great Uncle Mouse, Karen Stump of Union Michigan. Her casting in that role has always been amusing to her since, her love of the holiday is completely opposite of the feeling of her character at the beginning of the show.
This years production will feature new choreography by resident choreographer Jenn Wolfe. The touching new addition helps us to remember that there are people who are in need of support.
Tickets for the O’Laughlin performance are available at Debbie Werbrouck School of Dance & Music locations or by calling 574-367-8268. Group rates available.
School performances are on Thursday Dec. 1st and Friday Dec. 2nd. These concerts are at a reduced rate and if teachers are interested they should call 574-367-8268.