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SFA's The Original Cast to present 'Christmas at the Movies'

November 17, 2009 - Sylvia Bierschenk
SFA School of Theatre's The Original Cast will present the musical revue "Christmas at the Movies" in W.M. Turner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; at 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Original Cast, a musical cabaret troupe from the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre, will present four performances of "Christmas at the Movies" as part of the Nacogdoches Nine Flags Festival Friday, Dec. 4; Saturday, Dec. 5; and Sunday, Dec. 6.

Director Alan Nielsen, SFA professor of theatre, has combined songs and scenes from six decades of Hollywood films to create an original musical production suitable for the entire family.

Included on the program is a mixture of holiday standards originally written for films, film songs that never became holiday standards, and holiday standards that later made it into films, explained Nielsen.

The 15-member Original Cast will present the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; at 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

All performances will be in W.M. Turner Auditorium located in SFA's Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr.

"This year we are moving the shows from downtown to Turner Auditorium to accommodate larger crowds," said Nielsen. "And with Turner's stage facilities, we can also expand the scope of the show."

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students or youth. Tickets may be purchased online at www.finearts.sfasu.edu or by calling the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Tickets may also be purchased at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 200 E. Main St.

"Christmas at the Movies" is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Theatre and the Nine Flags Festival. It is sponsored in part by Regions Bank and Tipton Ford-Lincoln-Mercury.