New Ground Theatre presents "The Gift of the Magi"

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
The Gift of the Magi

The O’Henry story, “The Gift of the Magi” will be presented by New Ground Theatre beginning December 10th at the Village Theatre in the Village of East Davenport. The classic holiday tale takes a musical look at newlyweds Della and Jim on Christmas Eve, 1903 as they try and buy the other the perfect present, each sacrificing for the one they love.

The cast includes the 2010 River Cities Reader Best Actor, Tristan Tapscott. He is joined by Kelly Lohrenz, along with Wendy Czekalski, Patrick Gimm and Zack Finn. Directed by Lora Adams, the musical is written by Peter Ekstrom and was a mainstay of the Christmas season at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Showtimes are: December 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm, December 12 at 2:30 pm, December 14, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm and December 19 at 2:30 pm. Ticket prices are $15 and $13 for students and seniors. Tickets can be reserved by calling 563-326-7529. 

“Several years ago Tristan and Cari Dowling did the show for me at my church” said Lora Adams. “It is such a sweet, family friendly, holiday story that I wanted to bring it to New Ground Theatre and Chris Jansen, New Ground’s Artistic Director was happy to add a holiday show to the season.”

Hot Apple cider and cookies will be available at the show which runs an hour long. “We want you to get a great big Christmas ‘hug’ when you enter the theatre,” said Adams.