For me, Christmas this year started in March. I know. I am one of those people who does not decorate until AFTER Thanksgiving. But there I was being tasked with creating a new show for our evening programs at Christmas. And I was excited! I love the holiday season in Colonial Williamsburg; the history that the town holds around this season is fantastic. So after months of hard work, from many departments, allow me to introduce to you a brand new, exciting evening program, ‘Tis the Season: An Un-Colonial Christmas.
‘Tis the Season will take you and yours on a tour of an Un-Colonial Williamsburg during the Christmas season. It will give you a taste of life in town after the hey-day of the 18th century. One of the things I love so much about our town is that the history here didn’t end with the capital moving to Richmond. The rich tapestry that happens after 1781 is one that has always fascinated me. In creating this program I wanted to bring some new stories to life and give a different angle on some that are already known. Linked together by music you will get to experience snapshots of three key times in the town’s history ranging from the early 19th to 20th century. You will be eavesdropping on a Christmas party! Considering with Williamsburg inhabitants new hardships and hopes. Experiencing a world at war, and the total changes happening during the 1930s and 1940s in our little town.
Many of you may be familiar with a program that has been running in Colonial Williamsburg for years; Christmastide at Home. It was a program near and dear to my heart, having been in it for ten years. ‘Tis the Season will follow the same format, as your group of time travelers will walk from spot to spot and watch the stories of town unfold. Please keep that in mind if you wish to join us, that there will be walking, and doing so you will be exposed to whatever elements our lovely tidewater weather wishes to bestow that day.
I mentioned earlier the hard work from many departments. It takes a lot of people to make a program like this work. The amazing team at our Costume Design Center has been working hard to produce outfits for our actors that will fit perfectly in the time periods, which are a little outside the usual here. The Wig Shop has also been helping. Apprentice Sara Palmer has made beautiful hairpieces for some of our actresses. Folks from collections, buildings and more are all working together to make sure the rooms that are going to house our scenes are well equipped. Everyone involved has poured much skill and care into their work. I am very grateful to be a part of such a great team.
Speaking of a great team, the actors and the leaders who you will be seeing are among the best in CW, they bring to life the amazing stories that our town has to offer.
Finally, the Cast of ‘Tis the Season and myself, have dedicated this years run to a very dear friend to us all that we lost this year. John Hamant’s legacy in evening programs will be carried on. Thank you, John.
I hope you decide to come, see the show, make new family traditions and enjoy ‘Tis the Season: An Un-Colonial Christmas as much as I do.