A Midnight Clear: A Musical Story of Christmas
, making its world premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre. Not only is Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin directing, but he wrote the book for this musical; David Nehls, his collaborator on earlier musical I’ll Be Home for Christmas
, has written the American folk music and lyrics. Christmas and the holiday season, as anyone knows, can be a mixed blessing, something this work doesn’t shy away from, McLaughlin says. “We have this kind of almost legend that Christmas is this happy time. It’s not always. Not everyone celebrates.” Still, he says, the musical emphasizes the amazing joys and hopes that Christmas can bring to people. There’s another cast member as well, but that’s a surprise you’ll have to come to the theater to find out about.
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. November 8 through December 24. 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit stagestheatre.com
. $25 to $63.
It’s 1964, on the eve of Vatican II, and the three sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart are supposed to be getting ready to host a concert. Change is in the wind, not only in the Roman Catholic Church; the local weather patterns predict a sizable snowstorm. Two strangers arrive at the chapel, independently of each other; they and the nuns wind up trapped together in rural Ohio. It’s