Oh, Licorice sticks!
Merry Christmas Holly!
Uhh…Merry Christmas Noel…
So, what happens when Santa’s elves fall asleep after the end of the year Christmas party and do not wake up until September? There are no toys made and there might be a spy in the workshop. How will the elves manage to save Christmas in just three months?
For the past few weeks I have been preparing for my theatrical debut in Dakar, Senegal. I have been cast as Carl in A Little Christmas Magic, and star in a thirty minute children’s play with Holly (Claire), Noel (Yvette), Ivy (Chelsea), Snowflake (Ada), Garland (Andy), Joy (Sylvie), and Fruitcake (Daniel).
There’s nothing like bring Christmas to a country that is 95% Muslim…but again, the play was performed at Club Atlantique (an upscale ex-pat club), where everyone practically celebrates Christmas. We did two shows, and definitely brought the feeling of Christmas to Dakar for a couple of days. We ate sugar cookies and listened to Christmas music. We took pictures with Santa and listened to lists of what little kids wanted Santa’s elves to make. We had a faux Christmas tree with mismatched lights, a handful of ornaments, and over-the-top garland. We had almost everything…I mean except for the fact that it was 80 degrees, we were overlooking the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, there were more palm trees with lights (than evergreens), and there was not a hint of snow (even fake snow) in sight.
Well, won’t I be in for a shock when I return to “sunny” Chagrin Falls, Ohio in less than 5 days! Wish me luck!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Dakar!