Get in the Holiday Spirit!

The Friends of the Hill Public Library invites you to celebrate the season with a presentation of, “A Poets’ Christmas”, performed by the Pontine Theatre of Portsmouth, NH.  This special program, created to appeal to audiences of all ages, will feature the following holiday works:

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, a cherished holiday classic,  is full of colorful aunts and uncles, playmates and adventures, all set in a snowy December long ago and far away.  Pontine Theatre’s co-directors, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews, bring Thomas’ images to life with poetic movement and charming bits of stage magic.

The centerpiece of the program is a story poem by Ogden Nash, The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t. Upon its publication in 1957, the plot of this tale was amusingly summarized in a New York Times review:  “Take a rollicking jolly king and his cheering subjects, add an evil nephew, bring it to a boil with other assorted hags and hoodlums, create an inextricable situation, send a boy to extricate, and have him meet a bad, bad bird and good little girl and a long-dead saint.”

The performance also includes a lively staging of Clement Moore’s A Visit From St. Nicholas. Perhaps we’ll all have a chance to give our wish lists to Santa!

This fun and festive program will be held on Sunday, November 28, 1 PM, at the JD Blake School Auditorium, 32 Crescent St., Hill, NH.  Admission is free.   Following the performance, audience members are invited to enjoy refreshments and get a close-up look at Pontine’s handcrafted set and props.  Don’t forget to bring a camera.

Pontine’s 2010 Holiday Tour is made possible in part by a grant from the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation.





We’ll be drawing the winners of our Holiday Raffle on this afternoon, too!  Good luck and thanks for your support.