Review: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at The Children’s Theatre of Virginia

If you are looking for a short, sweet way to get into the Christmas spirit and you have small (and wiggly) children, look no further than ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre of Virginia.

  Jan Guarino directs a simple but charming production about how Clement C. Moore became inspired to write his now famous poem.  The quick 55 minute production is packed with songs, tender moments and humor, perfectly suited for brand-new theatre goers.

Pamela Shaw, P.J. Freebourn, Jessi Johnson, and Ashlee Heyward. Photo by Jay Paul
Pamela Shaw, P.J. Freebourn, Jessi Johnson, and Ashlee Heyward. Photo by Jay Paul

P.J. Freebourn carries the play with ease as the sentimental Clement C. Moore struggling with his annual Christmas eve poem.  Audry Snyder delivers a crisp performance of the gentle and inviting Mrs. Eliza Moore. Jessi Johnson sparkles (quite literally) as Diana Mouse; she and her Sugar Plums have the audience toe-tapping and humming along with their song “Stop”.   Lastly, John Hagadorn is a delightful Kris Kringle, a Dutch gardner with a secret identity.  Ron Keller’s story book set is a perfect backdrop for this production, transforming the intimate theatre at Willow Lawn and putting you right into the pages of this Christmas classic.

The younger cast members ranging from 2nd to 7th grade steal the show with their talent and enthusiasm, and inspire young audience members.

Though recommended for ages 4 and up, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is a play the whole family can enjoy (and gets everyone home before bedtime).


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
TickeNovember 29 – December 29, 2013

The Children’s Theater at Willow Lawn

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