For those who are not yet into the holiday spirit this season, the Stokes County Arts Council may just have the cure. The organization will present three student led theatrical performances of “The Gift of the Magi”, with shows scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., all taking place at the North Stokes High School Auditorium, 1350 North Stokes School Road in Danbury.
Directed by Brack Llewellyn, the performance is based on a short story by author O. Henry about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money.
“We’ve re-located the story to the year 1960,” said Llewellyn. “Jim and Della Young’s story of sacrifice is set against the backdrop of a struggling Brooklyn neighborhood at Christmastime. The tale is recounted by a present-day narrator who was a kid in their apartment building. Our production of “Magi” has moments that will tickle your funny bone and others that will touch your heart. I think there’s something for everyone in our show.”
The cast is made up of current students and alumni from North Stokes High School, as well as students from Chestnut Grove and South Stokes. The production came about when former theatre students at North Stokes contacted the Stokes County Arts Council about the need for theatre arts to continue at the school.
“Due to low student numbers, the theatre arts classes at North Stokes were dropped in the current school year” stated Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee. “Since North Stokes has such a wonderful theatre arts history, we asked Mr. Rasey and Ms. Moore (Principal and Assistant Principal) if Stokes Arts could organize the production and they fully supported the idea.” “Shortly after we hired Brack to direct the show and we’ve been working towards opening night ever since.”
The cast includes Colin Anderson, Jenny Smith, Makalya Utt, Alex York, Kristen Sands, Jay Anderson, Ione Johnson and Jane Tucker.
“I’ve been impressed with these young actors since our first meeting,” commented Llewellyn. “I’ve directed many teens in my many years in the theatre, and I’d rank these kids among the best. They’ve been a joy.”
Tickets to the performances are $8 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased in advance at the Stokes County Arts Council office or at the door on the dates of the performance. For more information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159 or visit www.StokesArts.org