Mak­ing room for mir­a­cles

Here’s to a funny, wise and warm Christ­mas para­ble

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON -

Nos­tal­gia rules in Fox­ton Lit­tle The­atre’s pre-Christ­mas charmer.

It’s the 1950s - prime baby­boomer ter­ri­tory, and Con­ner Leonard Mur­phy re­vis­its his sixth grade year - that’s the Amer­i­can equiv­a­lent of in­ter­me­di­ate school.

That was the year Con­ner was in the class of the for­mi­da­ble Miss McLaugh­lin along with his best pals Neil Garner and Tater Tag­gart. It was also the year Con­ner wanted a go-kart for Christ­mas.

Un­for­tu­nately, he is in com­pe­ti­tion with great aunt Jesse who needs a new wheel­chair, his straight-As 17-year-old brother Frank who wants a wrist­watch, a 14-year-old sis­ter who just wants - and his school re­port card is, in a word, ter­ri­ble.

Neil sums things up for him suc­cinctly: ’’This is a socks and un­der­wear card if ever there was one’’.

So, how to get a go-kart for Christ­mas.

Con­ner’s con­niv­ings to ob­tain his heart’s de­sire at any cost will have con­se­quences.

Writ­ten by Texan Pat Cook, Dad’s Christ­mas Mir­a­cle is an af­fec­tion­ate and funny look at Christ­mas as seen through Con­ner’s 11-year-old eyes and wise­cracks.

De­spite the one-lin­ers, there are heart-warm­ing lessons for the boy to learn.

Di­rec­tor, Globe Award win­ner Carl Terry said he has been blessed with a tal­ented cast - es­pe­cially Navah Chap­man in his first lead role as Con­ner.

Dad’s Christ­mas Mir­a­cle opens on Novem­ber 17 at 7.30pm and runs each Thurs­day, Fri­day, and Satur­day un­til Novem­ber 26 at Fox­ton Lit­tle The­atre. Book­ings can be made through Fox­ton Prop­erty Bro­kers (06) 363 0022.

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