Miracles at Christmas returns this year with traditional carols and drama to add warmth to the Christmas season — but with a change of location to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown. This Island Theatre Workshop production takes you back to a traditional Christmas, combining medieval carols and St. Nicholas plays.
St. Nicholas is best known today as the prototype for Santa Claus. The saint, however, is a far more powerful individual than the oversized, red-clad charachter so common in modern-day commercials. He is able not only to rescue a young woman from poverty and sin, but also to capture thieves and murderers, repair the damage done by their crimes, and bring them to repentance and forgiveness. Bradford Austen once again captures the power and grace of St. Nicholas. He is joined by Joyce Maxner, Kevin Ryan, and Abigail Southard as the sinners he rescues.
Musical director Stephanie Burke has drawn together a mixture of familiar and less well-known carols. The evening opens with Ms. Southard’s solo performance of O Holy Night and closes with a full-cast rendering O Come All Ye Faithful. Director E. St. John Villard brings out both the humor and the power of the three St. Nicholas plays which she adapted from the original Latin.
The opening night performance is on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation of $20 will support the program to build the new Edgartown Library.
Other performances at St. Andrew’s are Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
There also will be a special performance in the Bailey’s room of the Old Whaling Church on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The suggested donations for all regular performance is $15, with a family donations of $40.
For information and reservations, please call 508-627-2529.