Making room for miracles
Here’s to a funny, wise and warm Christmas parable
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.