Creative Cauldron Presents MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS

Madeline's back at Creative Cauldron this holiday season in Madeline's Christmas, returning December 6 - 23, 2018. Adapted from the classic children's book by the beloved author and illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans, this delightful production returns after two sold-out runs in 2014 and 2017. Librettist Jennifer Kirkeby and composer Shirley Mier artfully tell Madeline's story, while director Matt Conner brings this exciting adventure to life. Veteran Scenic and Costume Designer, Margie Jervis, and Lighting Designer, John Sami have once again created a whimsical visual world for the production inspired by Bemelmans' timeless illustrations. Madeline's Christmas runs from December 6th through December 23rd, 2018 at Creative Cauldron, 410 South Maple Avenue. Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. And 4:00 pm. There will also be showings Tuesday, December 18th and Wednesday, December 19th at 7:30 pm. Press Night is Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 pm.

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." With that familiar phrase, Bemelmans set in motion the adventures of a precocious little girl named Madeline, winning the hearts of generations of readers to come. In this musical adaptation, it's the night before Christmas and Madeline's schoolmates, along with their tutor Miss Clavel, are all sick in bed. Brave and resourceful, Madeline comes to the rescue with help from a magical rug merchant who takes them all on a Christmas journey they will never forget.

Gabriella Simmons-Robles will return, once again, as Madeline. Simmons-Robles is a veteran of both Learning Theater and professional productions at Creative Cauldron. She was most recently seen this season as Peter Pan in Peter Pan and Wendy. She was also seen last season at Creative Cauldron as Avery in Charlotte's Web.

Shaina Kuhn returns as Miss Clavel, the intrepid head of the Catholic boarding school. Shaina has appeared professionally at Washington National Opera, Landless Theatre, Virginia Rep, the Capitol Opera in Richmond, and the Lyric Opera Baltimore. She has also appeared on the Creative Cauldron stage in the Helen Hayes Awards© Recommended production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Ruthless, and Madeline's Christmas.

The professional cast also includes Ryan Sellers in the double role of history teacher, Monsieur Brun, and the magical rug merchant, Harsha. Sellers has appeared professionally at Synetic Theater, Signature Theater, Folger Theater, Studio Theater, Shakespeare Theater, Imagination Stage, Constellation Theater, and Keegan Theatre. Sellers has previously appeared at Creative Cauldron in The Turn of the Screw and Madeline's Christmas in 2014 and 2017.

Producing Director, Laura Connors Hull will play the role of Mrs. Murphy, the Irish cook. Hull played the iconic Wicked Witch of the West in Creative Cauldron's 2017 production of The Wizard of Oz, and the Gypsy Mama in Madeline and the Gypsies in 2014.

The twelve little girls, resident mouse, magician's assistants and carolers will be played by Marianne Meade, Lily Kales, Gizem Onerci, Alessandra Simmons-Robles, Arianna Vargas, Sophia Rader, Ella Krauss, Madeline Aldana, Sofia Sami, Sofia Marcus, Abby Fred, Mai Gabra, Bevin Mills, Carmen Ortiz, Enola Danewitz, and Jaimie Friedlander.

Tickets for Madeline's Christmas can be purchased on-line at www.creativecauldron.org or by calling 703-436-9948.

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