Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Preview: The Christmas Scooner

This Holiday season will mark the end of a tradition that has lasted 12 years - or at least this version of it.

Bailiwick Repertory Theatre will end its tenure at the space at 1229 Belmont with its annual production of The Christmas Schooner. Along with other farewell events in December, this will mark the final hurray for Bailiwick in their current space. When the show closes on January 4th, the lights will come down on their residency that has lasted 15 years.

The play tells the story of a schooner that used to deliver Christmas trees to Chicago from across Lake Michigan until its sinking in 1912. Intertwined are the stories of the immigrants who sailed the ship and the love story of Peter and Alma Stossel. The Christmas Schooner has been a leader in alternative holiday programming such as A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker and has allowed it to do quite well. Not only has it done well commercially, but it has provided dozens of Chicago actors with work around the holidays.

Hopefully this Holiday tradition will not die off with Bailiwick's moving, but one never knows. If you have a chance, please go out and support this staple of Chicago theatre one last time.

Happy Birthday: Theophilus Cibber (1703-1758) & Eugene Ionesco (1909-1990)

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