On Saturday, July 1, from 7 pm to 10:15 pm, Brookfield Theatre for the Arts will present Christmas in July: Battle of the Christmas Musicals. This festive evening event will treat audiences to excerpts from 3 brand new holiday-themed musicals who were finalists in the Christmas musicals contest. Each show will be performed as a 45-minute preview. At the end of the evening, audiences will vote for their favorite show. The winning show will be performed at the theater as a full-length staged reading in December! Come meet the writers, enjoy the shows, and vote for your favorite musical.
FREE EVENT (donations welcome)
1. “A Christmas Bride” by Noel Katz (Music and Lyrics) and G. Wolf (Book)
“The Christmas Bride” is a joyous holiday tale of love lost and found, home and family, faith and forgiveness. From the bright English countryside to the dark underbelly of London town, this charming musical based on a Charles Dickens Christmas story follows young Marion Jeddler on her journey of discovery through a world filled with delightful Dickensian characters and featuring a lively musical theater score.
2. “Christmas Letters” by Paul Cozby (Book, Lyrics, and Additional Music) and Laura Bergquist(Music/Arrangements)
“Christmas Letters” is an original musical comedy unfolding in a series of comic and poignant vignettes with four actors bringing 46 characters to life celebrating everything that drives us crazy about Christmas…and why we love it anyway. From receiving that first obnoxious Christmas letter to taking the family picture, from dealing with in-laws, to facing unassembled gifts on Christmas Eve, “Christmas Letters” shows why sometimes we want to “wreck the halls” and why were wistful when Christmas is over.
3. “Come Find Me” by Holly Reed (Book, Lyrics, Music), Kelvin Reed (Music), and Eric Mears (Book)
“Come Find Me” tells the story of Ben, an autistic child, and his widower father Harry. When Harry is deployed on a secret military mission in the weeks before Christmas, Ben is left in the care of a grad student caregiver. He struggles with the prospect of spending the holidays without family. With the help of some creative elves and the power of belief, Ben and Harry not only find each other, but a new sense of the meaning of the season.
Join us for a reception with the authors after the readings.
For more information, visit www.brookfieldtheatre.org
For tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2964680