Casa Mañana Presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Casa Mañana presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Submitted by Darcy Koch, Casa Mañana
Casa Mañana is excited to celebrate the holiday season with the joyful musical ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This production is presented by Community Bank and runs through December 23 at Casa Mañana Theatre.
With her daddy off to war, Molly is having trouble finding her Christmas spirit. Determined to make it a Christmas to remember, Molly’s mother takes her on a magical treasure hunt where they encounter dancing elves, a rocking Santa Claus and many other characters throughout the night only to awake to a special Christmas surprise. Featuring a score of beloved Christmas songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen” and more, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is a dazzling show destined to become a Fort Worth holiday tradition!
Casa Mañana’s production of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmasfeatures Mary Gilbreath Grim as “Molly’s Mother,” Sara Prejean as “Molly,” and Avery Presson as “Jingle,” and Lauren Weik as “Jangle,” Santa’s magical elves.
Additional cast members include Christopher J. Deaton, Maurice Johnson, Paul Grant, Zach Sutton, Jeremy Dumont, Brendan Cyrus, Tanner Lee Hanley, Becca Brown, Emily Ford, Aubrey Adams, Abi Abel and Stefanie Tovar.
Children’s ensemble members include Reagan Shankland, Caroline Ellis, Erin Patterson, Sam Sturgeon, Ansley Speares, Brooke Verbois, Claire Holmes, Kendall Procaccino, Ally Ramsey, Ella O’Donnell, Alyson Kessinger, Ashton Miramontes, Tristin Thomas, Hayden Hart, Clayton Slee, Grayson Pollard, Lindy Jones, Haley Afflack, Faith Stalzer, Whitney Pavell, Marisa Hampton, Megan Wahrmund, Mathilda Thompson, Caleb Midkiff, Westin Brown, Trevor Douglas, Brandon Shreve and Theodore Morris.
Casa Mañana’s production of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is directed by Joe Sturgeon and choreographed by Jeremy Dumont. Sturgeon is the Resident Director at Casa Mañana and most recently directed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the Apprentice Program’s Parade, Annie Jr., and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. Dumont has choreographed several productions at Casa Mañana including Oliver, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. and the Apprentice Program’s Parade. He has also performed in 42nd Street, Rent, Hairspray and Evita at Casa Mañana.
Sheilah Walker is the Music Director for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Walker has been conducting for over 25 years and has performed with Broadway shows, national tours and regional productions. Walker’s credits include the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof and the national tours of Ragtime, The Color Purple, South Pacific and Hello, Dolly!. She was recently the conductor for the American Repertory Theatre workshop of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess with Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis.
Jonathan Parke is the Sound Designer, Samuel Rushen is the Lighting Designer, Tammy Spencer is the Costume Designer, Katie Dill is the Scenic Designer and Catherine Petty-Rogers is the Wigs/Hair Designer.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is presented by Community Bank and proudly sponsored by Macy’s. Tickets for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Casa Mañana Theatre box office at 817.332.2272. You can also visit the box office at 3101 West Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. Ticket prices are $20 to $28, depending upon seating location. For more information, visit Casa Mañana.
Photo courtesy of Glen Ellman