The Gifts of the Magi

date. November, 2011

venue. various in Eastern Ontario

credits. O. Henry, Mark St. Germain, Randy Courts

It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak as both are out of work and penniless. Their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions in order to buy presents for each other, thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city. In addition to their story, the play captures the hilarious plight of a cheerful vagrant names Soapy, who wants only to get arrested so he can spend the night in a cozy cell, all gracefully enhances by tuneful songs and neatly tied together narrations from city folk.

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THE ARTISTIC TEAM

JONATHAN HARRIS (Director) | SUSAN MARRINER (Graphics Design) | ARIANE ROY (Assistant Director) | AMANDA SCOTT (Make-up Artist) | MISHELLE STOTT (Choreography) | CARLO VERDICCHIO (Sound Design) | PATTI VOPNI (Production Design - Set, Properties, Costumes)

THE ENSEMBLE CAST

GEORGE DUCTH (Soapy) | JONATHAN HARRIS (City Him) | BONNIE MACDIARMID (Rehearsal & Performance Pianist)  | ANDREW MCDOUGALL (Jim) | MEGAN PIERCEY MONAFU (Della) | ARIANE ROY (City Her) |

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

BRENDA BLANDFORD (Seamstress) | DALE COBURN (Assistant Stage Manager) | KATE GOVER (Front of House Co-Manager) | CLAUDE HACHÉ (Photography) | JONATHAN HARRIS (Producing Artistic Director) | EVELYN JOST (Hospitality Coordinator) | PETER LEYENAAR (Assistant Producer) | DAVE SMITH (Front of House Co-Manager) | MARK TURCOTTE (Marketing) | ED VOPNI (Principal Set Builder) | DANIEL VOPNI, KYRA VOPNI, JULIA VOPNI (Assistant Set Builders) | RACHEL-DAWN WALLACE (Production Stage Manager)