Stephen F. Austin State University


Holiday favorite ''Twas the Night Before Christmas' coming to SFA

November 13, 2018
Two performances of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 27, as part of the 2018-19 Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of the holiday classic "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Inspired by the timeless poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this funny musical introduces Santa Claus in a particularly beneficent light, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series.

"This classic tale has been charming audiences nationwide for many years," Peterson said.

Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre with book, music and lyrics by Bruce Craig Miller, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, the Children's Performing Arts Series annually features five shows designed to entertain, educate and engage young audiences of all ages, according to Peterson. Study guides provide suggestions for pre- and post-performance activities and discussions for teachers to use in the classroom. A comprehensive study guide for "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" may be accessed at

Other upcoming CPAS performances include "I Have a Dream" on Friday, Feb. 1; "Madeline and the Bad Hat" Wednesday, March 6; and "The Jungle Book" on Thursday, May 16.

To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at for additional information.

By Robbie Goodrich
University Marketing Communications
(936) 468-2605