Students of Michelle Gierman’s English 102 class
Tom Kephart’s production of “The Gifts of the Magi” captured the original selfless and charitable idea of Christmas. It was a true portrayal of the sacrifices people make for others.
On Dec. 2 our English class was fortunate enough to attend the dress rehearsal of “The Gifts of the Magi” directed by Tom Kephart. This SC4 production was a musical combination of the O. Henry stories “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Cop and the Anthem”. “Gifts” was written by playwrights Courts and Germain; it revolves around a struggling couple, Jim and Della, and an unlucky bum, Soapy, scheming his way into jail for the winter.
Audience members Bruce and Judy Kirkpatrick said they “enjoyed it very much.”
“Gifts” portrayed real feelings and situations of today’s world, which many people can relate to, and showed sacrifices people make for someone they love.
As Jim and Della, the pair Christian Jones and Sydney Vlaminck channeled their combined thirteen years of experience to create an authentic romance on stage. Ryan Hiller, who served as the narrator, contributed a great deal to the production, despite this being his first performance. The City Him and Her, played by Arthur Knisley and Rebekah Woelkers, gave stellar vocal performances which displayed their incredible vocal range. Soapy, played by Christopher Brennan, added a comedic touch to “Gifts” with his incessant run of “bum luck”.
The preshow music of Christmas carols, and the lighted lamppost within the set, created a relaxing mood for the holiday spirit. Soapy’s costume, much different than the tattered suit and worn out shoes the script had described, portrayed characteristics of a high dollar bum. The actors projected their lines properly for a musical setting; however, at times the piano overshadowed the actors’ voices.
Overall, “Gifts” was an excellent start to the Holiday Season.
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