While raising children, Denise Meagher, a returning area native, became a published freelance writer, voice over talent and enthusiastic community theatre participant. She loves reading, writing, traveling, time with friends and most of her family and empty-nesting with husband, Ted.
'Back in the day,' the twenty-five days between Thanksgiving and Christmas were full of anticipation. Nothing appeared in the stores or was strung across the streets until the day after the turkey was consumed. Nothing! It made the wait all the more exciting. The days were filled with school and shopping and planning. But what to do in the evenings and on long weekends till the 'big day' arrived?
When the television specials began in the 60s, it filled that gap. While we celebrated the true meaning of Christmas; it was fun to participate in the pretend and fantastical. Those specials added warmth and gaiety to the cold and often dreary winter days and nights. My sisters and I glued ourselves to the box. My husband remembers doing likewise.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was one of our favorites with its cast of colorful characters. We even enjoyed the Norelco commercials with Santa and his electric shaver sled. Frosty and subsequent shows emerged. Every year we looked forward to them.
Even now that I'm much older and we no longer have children in our home and despite my spending a good number of years in the 'retail trenches' and being a bit contentious where Christmas shopping is concerned, my husband and I still like watching the Christmas specials. And this holiday season, WCT has one that you won't want to miss.
Candy Cane Tales and Holiday Carols, this second year of WCT's new family tradition includes a few new scenes and songs and is coming to you live onstage. Celebrate the season with this cast of all ages as they sing, dance and re-enact many snippets from classic holiday favorites including: Rudolph, Scrooge, the Grinch, Frosty and even the Bumble. Bring your friends and family to this all-inclusive holiday treat brought to you by John Cramer and WCT.
This merry musical variety show runs weekends December 3-19, 2010. Join us for the songs and stories that make Merry Midwest Magic! Candy Cane Tales and Holiday Carols, is a winter PIX FIX for everyone.
And if you're stumped on gift-giving, consider giving the gift of theatre; no gift wrapping necessary. Make a memory this holiday season, and please join us!