A TRILOGY OF CHRISTMAS PLAYS FOR CHILDREN by Carol Preston

A TRILOGY OF CHRISTMAS PLAYS FOR CHILDREN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Drawing on her experience as headmistress of The Potomac School, where these three plays are performed in successive years, and on the know-how of an exceptionally qualified staff (John Langstaff, who chose and directed the music, is only one of the names you'd recognize), Miss Preston offers a pre-packaged program--scripts, musical accompaniment, choreography, suggestions for directing, staging, costuming--with allowance for individual circumstances. Each is a variation on the Nativity theme, two variously adapted from English miracle plays, one supplying a turn-of-the-century American framework to the King James text. Since all of the texts are formal, and one is in verse, they demand good diction and artful phrasing for ready comprehension. Done with care, they would provide a distinctive observance of the holiday for church and club groups, a distinctive integrated theatrical experience for the participants.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1967
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World