Theatre - Medieval miracles

Posted December 6, 2007

The beautiful St. Andrew's Church in Edgartown is the perfect setting for "Miracles at Christmas," the Island Theatre Workshop holiday production. This show will take you back to a more traditional Christmas, combining medieval carols and St. Nicholas plays.

St. Nicholas may be best known as the model for Santa Claus, but this play tells a story about this man that may not be as well known. St. Nicholas rescues a young woman from poverty and sin, captures thieves and murders, and helps them repent and find forgiveness.

Brad Austen plays the role of St. Nicholas. He is joined by Joyce Maxner, Kevin Ryan, Abigail Southard, Caleb Enos, Amy Fligor, and Sheila McHugh. The show opens with Ms. Southard singing "O Holy Night" and closes with the entire cast singing "O Come All Ye Faithful."

The show is directed by E. St. John Villard, with musical direction by Stephanie Burke and choreography by Tessa Permar. Ms. Villard has adapted three 12th-century St. Nicholas plays to form the script, which she says brings out both the power and the humor in the tales.

For a combination of singing and storytelling, take in "Miracles at Christmas" this year.

"Miracles at Christmas" Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 pm (benefit for Edgartown Public Library, $20); Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 pm; Sunday, Dec. 9, 4 pm, at St. Andrew's Church. S. Summer St., Edgartown; Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 pm, at Baylies Room, Old Whaling Church, Main St., Edgartown. Suggested donation is $15 or $40 for a family. For more information or reservations, call 508-627-2529.