Photos: ‘Shakespeare’s Lost Christmas Play’ in Utah

Here are some photos from the dress rehearsal for SHAKESPEARE’S LOST CHRISTMAS PLAY at Eskdale High School in Millard County, Utah. First, the back story: Director Lois Faber had produced two scripts of mine a few years ago. In September, she contacted me out of the blue to say she was looking for a Christmas play for her class to perform. She’d come up short. It need to fit a specific number of students, with a specific gender mix, a specific length, and needed to be performed socially distanced. Oh, and it would be nice if it would address the pandemic. So I wrote a script to fit those specifications — except I changed the setting from the COVID-19 pandemic to the plague in Shakespeare’s day.

The cast included some musically-talented students so I wrote in some musical interludes.

More wonderful photos below:

So a small town in rural England wants to stage a Christmas pageant, but lost all its scripts in a fire.

The director writes Shakespeare. He, um, declines. Here’s the messenger reading his reply.

A royal herald arrives — with a Plague Doctor in tow.

Everything works out in the end.

Here’s NURSERY CRIMES at that school in 2017 and JOY TO OTHER WORLDS in 2016.

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