By Ian Rigg
All through the Broadway Playhouse, in Chicago so pretty,
audiences were stirring for Emerald City.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is a warm holiday selection,
under Jacqueline Stone’s hysterical direction.
With inventive warm spirit and magical whimsy,
Emerald’s theatre for young audiences is anything but flimsy.
If Ken Ludwig’s heartfelt writing passes your litmus,
Go see a young girl and her mouse rescue Christmas!
Did William Boles’ design the set?
If it’s delightfully useful, that’s a safe bet.
Rachel M. Sypniewski did the costume design,
With clever character touches and colors divine.
Props Designer Letitia Guillaud did a job that’s insane,
Like what she did with a clever biplane.
It’s Celia Villacres as music director:
She turns raps and carols into musical nectar.
Want good performances? You’ve nothing to fear, son.
This show is anchored by Erik Pearson.
This cast’s energy goes up quite a notch!
Kirra Silver is a joy to watch.
Alejandro Tey has the best comedy chops that e’er were deployed,
Playing nervous mouse Amos, and his brave brother (a cowboy).
He does pratfalls and swordfights with the joy of a polka,
(planned by fight choreographer Gaby Labotka).
As a peppy, helpful elf for a happy Christmas fighting,
Nora Lise Ulrey is a bolt of lightning.
And audiences will wish the play wasn’t so quick,
when Anthony Whitaker is Mulch, Sneed, and St. Nick.
If you’ve a young child, you should take them this minute!
Emerald City’s a joy, no matter how you spin it.
You have now ‘til December 30 to get your ticket.
Go on, click it!